Get your first taste of a community pharmacy

Undertaking a summer placement may be the first opportunity you have to spend a significant period of time in a community pharmacy environment, therefore choosing the right placement is critical.

Joining us will put you right at the heart of community pharmacy. You’ll be working in one of our branches, supporting the Branch Manager, colleagues and gaining first hand experience of what community pharmacy is all about. More than an observer you’ll become part of the team and, depending on your experience, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved talking to our customers, offering advice and observing services as appropriate.

The placement is also a great opportunity to find out about our business and the commercial and leadership requirements of operating a successful community pharmacy branch.

The Placement, Locations and Experience Requirements

A placement at The Co-operative Pharmacy will give you a wide range of community experience. It will enable you to build on your university knowledge and will be an excellent grounding for your pre-registration year.

Completed on a voluntary basis over a 4 week period placements are undertaken during June and July and open to MPharm students in years 1, 2 & 3. To gain the most out of the placement and experience a true insight to a typical week you will be working in branch for a minimum of 30hrs per week.

Locations are chosen to ensure you gain the best overall experience; the branch will be delivering a good number of script items and offer a range of services.

If you join us for a placement in your 3rd year and receive positive feedback from your tutor you will be invited to the assessment centre for our 2015 Pre-registration programme.

To begin your career with us, you’ll be confident with customers, commercially aware, empathetic and keen to play a vital role in the community. If this sounds like you, apply for one of our Summer Placements today

Requirements for Students in 1st and 2nd Year

Excellent customer service and team working skills are required to undertake a placement. Therefore we expect you to have a minimum of 4 weeks experience in a retail or customer service role.

This does not have to be a pharmacy related and can be gained through a range of different roles. Your experience must demonstrate that you have dealt directly with customers, ideally on a face to face basis.

Requirements for 3rd Year Students

This is a great stepping stone to our pre-registration programme. Those who receive positive tutor feedback your summer placement will receive an automatic invite to the pre-registration assessment centre. In addition to customer service and team working skills you will also have community pharmacy work experience. This experience must be a minimum of 4 weeks and have been gained in retail community pharmacy environment. This can be a previous summer placement or part time role you have undertaken.

All students , must be able to demonstrate that you are keen to learn and that you have taken on some additional responsibilities or roles either at university or in another capacity, for example voluntary work.

To begin your career with us, you’ll be confident with customers, commercially aware, empathetic and keen to play a vital role in the community, you’ll also share our ambition for commercial success. If this sounds like you, apply for one of our Summer Placements today

Our Q&A section will give you further detail on the placement and answer key questions you may have.

You can also read profiles of those who have completed placements with us by visiting our People Page.

Application Process

To apply you must first complete some qualifying questions to ensure you have the minimum requirements. If successful you will be asked to complete the full Application Form.

Closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 5th January 2014. Applications will then be short listed and you will be notified of the outcome by the end of January.

If successful your placement will commence in June or July, start dates will be agreed with students in conjunction with your allocated branch. You will not be asked to attend an interview but you will be required to meet the Branch Manager prior to commencing in branch. References will also be sought from your university tutor.