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MS Lead Clinical Pharmacist

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic clinical pharmacist to join our Pharmacy team at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, responsible for the delivery of a range of pharmacy services to the MS and Pharmacy service. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced pharmacist to cover the MS Lead Clinical position. You will take a leading role within the MS multidisciplinary team which is expanding and developing new areas of treatment and patient services.

Main duties of the job

The pharmacy team is well integrated into clinical practice and works closely with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and other ward staff in order to provide comprehensive clinical pharmacy support for inpatients and outpatients.

We are looking for a proactive and dynamic individual with the requisite knowledge, skills, experience and expertise to lead and develop a high quality pharmacy service to the MS service.

About us

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) is the United Kingdom's oldest and largest dedicated neurological and neurosurgical hospital. We are part of University College London Hospitals NHS foundation Trust (UCLH) and we are linked with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology. The NHNN is a leading centre for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of conditions such as epilepsy, MS, Alzheimer's, stroke and head injuries.

The majority of the Neurology and Neurosurgery services are provided from within the NHNN. The hospital comprises 240 inpatient beds including a specialist neuro-critical care unit two busy outpatient departments and a Day Care Centre. We also provide a pharmacy service to the Charles Dent Metabolic Unit, a treatment centre for adolescents and adults with inherited metabolic diseases. We are one of the designated national lysosomal storage disease centres.

Job description

Job responsibilities

On a daily basis you will be supporting the band 8a MS pharmacist and a rotational band 7 pharmacist in screening all MS prescriptions (inpatient, outpatient, day care and home delivered medications). You will be working closely with the MS Lead Nurse to ensure the on going blood monitoring service. You will have weekly clinic commitments within the Nurse Led Disease Modifying Drug follow up clinics and daily commitment to meet the MS nursing team to ensure a smooth patient pathway. You also will be working with the UCLH homecare team to support the smooth running of the MS home deliver service Additional divisional responsibilities include governance, financial responsibility: Blue teq Support; medicines information, CIP programme delivery, service evaluation, multiprofessional education and training and other strategic projects as required.

You will also work as part of our broader clinical pharmacy team, and contribute to local and national initiatives to develop and enhance the pharmacy service and medicines management across the Trust. You will contribute to the delivery of educational and developmental programmes, including the Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice.

We welcome applicants from all specialties including neurology, rheumatology, cancer etc. and will support further education and research.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact:

Evelyn Frank, NHNN Head of Pharmacy & Medicines Governance on 0203 448 3137

Closing date: Five days after advertisement

Interview date: Five days after closing date

Person Specification

Qualifications, knowledge & competence


  • Completion of a Master's degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent)
  • Full registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Minimum of five years' experience as a clinical pharmacist practitioner
  • Clinical experience of general medicine, general surgery (including non-specialist neurology patients)
  • Variety of clinical experience equivalent to a Masters/doctorate level
  • An advanced level of professional reasoning and judgement
  • Professional accountability to patients
  • Demonstrates a whole-system approach that is centred on the goal of ensuring patient safety
  • Follows legal, ethical, professional and employers' codes of conduct
  • Identifies areas where non-doctor prescribing may be applicable to specialist practice


  • Ten years post-registration
  • Clinical experience of specialist neurology and/or neurosurgical patients (inpatient and outpatient) and/or Cancer/ Rheumatology etc
  • Membership of Royal Pharmaceutical Society Membership of RPS Faculty
  • Higher degree in clinical pharmacy or a relevant speciality
  • Recognised leadership and/or management qualification
  • Registered Supplementary or Independent Prescriber

Management & leadership skills


  • Evidence of having Implemented strategies aimed at meeting Trust and Pharmacy priorities
  • Identifies and meets appropriate measures of service. Identifies novel ways of working to enhance services
  • Can apply critically appraisal skills to both clinical and operational data
  • Utilise email, word processing, presentation and spreadsheet software packages in order to enhance work efficiency and to generate solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to evaluate quality of clinical pharmacy services
  • Demonstrates innovation
  • Delegates authority appropriately
  • Ability to develop and implement risk management procedures


  • Evidence of having reconciled national priorities with local realities
  • Utilises database and other software packages in order to enhance work efficiency and to generate solutions to complex problems
  • Identifies staff development needs to enhance the clinical pharmacy service
  • Ability to develop and implement risk management procedures at a directorate level

Expert practice & interpersonal skills


  • Demonstrates expert clinical knowledge and skills
  • Ability to identify and prioritise the delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate therapeutic options f
  • Demonstrates advanced level of clinical reasoning and judgement in practice
  • Demonstrate an intuitive grasp of situations based on deep tacit understanding
  • Ability to formulate suitable solutions in areas of uncertainty
  • Ability to influence senior pharmacy, nursing, medical, and other multidisciplinary staff including issues not directly related to clinical management
  • Enhances the quality of patient care
  • Demonstrates awareness of and commitment to the principles of clinical governance
  • Demonstrable use of clinical audit to improve practice
  • Demonstrates ability to achieve desired outcomes in the face of diverse unavoidable pressures
  • Demonstrates ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Displays honesty and integrity, is aware of ethical dilemmas relating to practice within neurology and neurosurgery, and respects confidentiality


  • Ability to manage difficult and ambiguous problems where little information is available
  • Demonstrates a whole-system patient-focussed approach

Education & training skills


  • Ensures own training needs are identified and met
  • Delivers education and training to multi-professional staff at a under- and post-graduate level
  • Evaluates any training provided
  • Maintains a portfolio of practice


  • Actively seeks novel opportunities to meet training needs, and evaluates the training provided
  • Co-ordinates and delivers education and training at a post graduate level

Research & development skills


  • Identifies gaps in the evidence base
  • Integrates research evidence into practice
  • Guides and supports others undertaking research
  • Reviews and evaluates research protocols for medication safety issues

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