Full Time Foundation Year Community Placements

We are seeking high calibre graduates to join our yearly training programme.

At Dean & Smedley, our vision is to be the pharmacy of choice for the communities we serve. We aim to provide high quality pharmacy, healthcare and related services in a way that builds strong and satisfying relationships with our customers, staff, shareholders and the local community.

With 10 branches employing a range of skilled pharmacists and technicians including Independent Prescribers and clinical specialists in anti-coagulation, you will have the opportunity to experience a broad range of clinical service provision to complement your structured, GPhC approved, training programme.

We are committed to invest in the future, including robotic technology which is now in place within some of our pharmacies. We have been training pharmacy students for over 40 years and have a pass rate close to 100%.

We are passionate advocates for the profession and for the development of new pharmacists. During your foundation year programme, you will be fully supported by experienced tutors to help ensure that you not only meet but also exceed the GPhC requirements.

We have a programme of training and experience to ensure that where possible all GPhC learning outcomes are met by the end of the third quarter of the year leaving time to prepare for the registration exam and for a confident entry into the profession. You will spend 2 weeks with our local hospital partner, Queens Hospital Burton, during which time you will experience a wide range of hospital services, giving you a valuable insight into this field. You will meet and have the opportunity to work with our independent prescriber, providing private services for our customers in a range of conditions, and you will spend time in our anti-coagulation clinics with our in-house experts.

We use a wide range of training resources including Centre for Pharmacy Post-graduate Education (CPPE) and National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) material, monthly reflective seminars with clinical experts, company professional training meetings, along with on the job coaching and one-to-one training through the year. Graduates will undertake specific projects, for example, clinical audits, and are encouraged to spend time with other healthcare agencies, including local drug and alcohol services, hospice care and the chance to attend Local Pharmaceutical Committee (LPC) proceedings. Commercial awareness and skills are developed, but in excess of 90% of the time at work will be spent on professional matters during the training year.

Graduates are encouraged to work together and share experiences during the year as peers, with a strong focus on the Standards for Pharmacy Professionals, and are introduced to the principles and practice of Continual Professional Development (CPD) and revalidation before qualification.

Two places are available through Oriel and two are available directly, without the need to apply through Oriel. Applications for the latter will be accepted at any time via our online application form. If you would like further information, please contact us at our Head Office.

50:50 Hospital/Community Placements

We have places available on our well-established 50:50 programme, which is run in close collaboration with our partners at Queens Hospital Burton, part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
We seek high calibre graduates with an interest in splitting their time between two busy but stimulating training environments. Six months is spent in community, with the opportunities outlined above, and six months is spent at Queens Hospital, where you will have a number of opportunities to expand your learning in areas such as medicines information, high cost drugs, wards, discharge and others.

These places are only available through the Oriel system and always prove popular.

If you would like further information before you apply, please either contact us by email (enquiries@deanandsmedley.com) or phone our Head Office (01283 535255).


Foundation year graduates enjoy the same average 5 day week as our pharmacists but like them, you must expect this to include some Saturday work. You will be entitled to 4 weeks paid annual leave. In addition, you will have the usual benefits of staff discount and workplace pension scheme.

Salary for all of our foundation year placements is currently around £20000.

If you require accommodation, we usually have a fully furnished flat available at a reasonable rate very close to your place of work.

Application: Full-time Community Foundation Year Placements

To apply fill out the following application form: Foundation Year Online Application Form
(In case of difficulty contact our head office on 01283 535255).

Interviews are held at a mutually convenient time, placements commence in August.