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  • Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Graduate Training Programme


    Kamsons Pharmacy Pre-registration Pharmacist Training Programme was recognised at the Chemist & Druggist Awards on 6th June 2019 as the winner of the prestigious C&D Training and Development Award. This award was for the quality, breadth and results of the Kamsons Pre-reg Training Programme.

    Read full details in this article in the professional press about our practical training days and  “How we achieved pre-reg pass rates of 100% two year’s running”

    Have a listen to what trainee pharmacist Basil said,  about his foundation year with Kamsons, on the NHS Careers in Pharmacy website.

    You can also see what his Educational Supervisor/tutor, Will Lloyd at Kamsons in Chichester says about his role as pharmacist manager and independent prescriber on the NHS Careers in Pharmacy website

    Some of the reasons why Kamsons Pharmacy won the C&D Training & Development Award are:

    • Every year Kamsons beats the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Registration Exam national pass rate.
    • Kamsons Pharmacy is the only large company to have achieved a 100% GPhC Registration Exam pass rate for two consecutive years.
    • Long established in-house training programme that has been running and developed over more than 15 years
    • An emphasis on pastoral care- at Kamsons we know it a difficult year working full time whilst studying for the hardest exam of your life. We will look after you and support you throughout the year. Our Training Manager is on hand to support both pre-reg trainees and tutors with any issues
    • We provide a broad experience and partnership working to provide you with a really interesting year including visits to a hospice to learn about palliative care, some joint training days with hospital pre-reg trainees, visiting lecturers from University of Cambridge Medical School and University of East Anglia and full-length mock exams from the University of Bradford. Note that our pre-regs in Manchester and Leeds undertake a different programme and will not attend all of these sessions.
    • Nearly all of our trainees undertake a hospital cross-sector experience
    • Over a third of our pharmacist managers are our ex-pre-registration trainees.
    • Some newly qualified Kamsons pharmacists go straight into managing their own Kamsons Pharmacy whilst most stay on and work covering managers’ days off and holidays in a range of Kamsons Pharmacy branches
    • Our training is broad enough to provide you with the experience to work anywhere- immediately after their pre-reg year with Kamsons,  our newly qualified pharmacists  have gone straight into jobs in hospital pharmacies, GP surgeries and the pharmaceutical industry. One ex-Kamsons pre-reg even owns his own pharmacies in Brighton.
    • Our tutors are committed to providing you with excellent training. They all volunteer for the role.
    • Our ex-pre-regs give great feedback on their year.

    To apply for a trainee pharmacist place in 2024-25, then please search for Kamsons on the NHS Oriel system (under training programmes) available at https://www.oriel.nhs.uk  Details of the Oriel application timetable are available at https://www.lasepharmacy.hee.nhs.uk/national-recruitment/




    Vacancies outside of Oriel to apply directly to start in July 2024:

    Please send a cv to prereg@kamsons.co.uk with details of where you would like to be considered for. Vacancies that are available are:


    Chichester– This pharmacy is in the city centre of Chichester and walkable from the train station. You will be working with an  independent prescriber with ten years prescribing experience who has personally successfully trained about 15 Trainee Pharmacists to become pharmacists.

    South London

    Mitcham Kamsons in Mitcham is a 5 minute walk from Phipps Bridge tram stop which is on the tram line between Croydon and Wimbledon. The very experienced pharmacist has managed this pharmacy and tutored Trainee Pharmacists for nearly twenty years.

    Clapham  This pharmacy is attached to a medical centre situated two minutes from Clapham High Street and just a short walk from Clapham Common Northern line station and Clapham High Street Overground station

    Penge This pharmacy is only a few years old and is a modern health centre pharmacy just a couple of minutes walk from Anerley Overground station and 15 minutes walk from Penge train stations

    Sutton town Centre, south London- this is a town centre pharmacy with an excellent team situated a few minutes walk from Sutton train station

    Wallington     this large health centre pharmacy in South London will give you excellent experience working alongside an experienced prescriber. It is a 7 minute walk from Wallington train station.


    Ashford- St Stephen’s Medical Centre in Stanhope, Ashford in Kent, this is a modern pharmacy next to a busy medical centre with the opportunity to also work in our town centre pharmacy too.

    Other vacancies may also arise. Please feel free to apply for other areas where we have pharmacies and we can let you know if they may be available.

    Eastbourne- Victoria Medical Centre–  FILLED ALREADY a brand new flagship pharmacy that has recently opened

    Pulborough– FILLED ALREADY this is one of the largest pharmacies in the country which is fully integrated with the attached GP practice with excellent inter-professional relationships. It is in a beautiful part of Sussex and Pulborough train station is within walking distance.

    Crawley- Broadfield– FILLED ALREADY- large busy pharmacy providing a large variety of services

    Hove, Portland Road, in Brighton & Hove- modern pharmacy with two consultation rooms, on a high street and next to a health centre- UNDER OFFER

    Oriel Vacancies below to start in July 2025:

    for pharmacy students going into MPharmIV in September 2024:

    On Oriel, please go into the pharmacy programmes then search for Kamsons Pharmacy under employer.

    Oriel opens for applications in June 2024.





    Greater Manchester

    Bolton– modern pharmacy next to Heaton medical centre

    Failsworth, Manchester- placement shared between Focus Pharmacy- the busiest pharmacy in Manchester and Kamsons Pharmacy nearby


    Middleton, Leeds this is a busy health centre pharmacy with a robot and an excellent and experienced team

    East London


    South London




    North West London:

    Ealing – at Watmans Pharmacy


    Peacehaven, near Brighton this pharmacy is easily commutable by bus from Brighton and is a High Street pharmacy a minute’s walk from the sea.

    Chichester– working with an experienced independent prescriber

    Angmering/East Preston, near Littlehampton- this busy pharmacy is across the road from Angmering train station

    Bognor Regis– modern health centre pharmacy situated in the Sussex coastal result

    Southwick, Brighton- this is easily commutable to by bus or train from Brighton. This is a high street pharmacy next to a health centre with a very experienced tutor.

    Pound Hill, Crawley– this large pharmacy is just a few minutes walk from Three Bridges train station with frequent services to Clapham, Croydon and Brighton.

    Brighton, 175 Preston Road– this pharmacy is situated below two medical practices and opposite Preston Park. It has an experienced team who have successfully trained many Foundation Year Pharmacists

    6 month split placements with hospitals

    For the following Foundation Year placements, you will be employed for six months by Kamsons and six months by the respective hospital Trust.


    Redhill, Surrey

    these are split Foundation year placements with East Surrey Hospital whereby you will gain experience of both sectors. You will work for 6 months at Kamsons Pharmacy in Redhill or Southgate, Crawley and 6 months at East Surrey Hospital. To find this place on Oriel, please search for secondary care places in Sussex (not Surrey) under Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.


    Eastbourne, Kamsons Pharmacy in Stone Cross Health Centre – this is split Foundation Year with Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH) whereby you will gain experience of both sectors. You will work for 6 months at Kamsons Pharmacy in Stone Cross Health Centre, just outside of Eastbourne and 6 months at Eastbourne DGH Hospital. To find this place on Oriel, please search for secondary care places under East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.