Specialist Clinical Pharmacist

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
East Grinstead
Depending on experience £35,392-£50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you qualified pharmacist looking for a career change?

Perhaps a band 6 looking for a band 7 opportunity or Pre-registration Pharmacist about to qualify?

Early career pharmacists or newly qualified who are yet to achieve a postgraduate diploma (or equivalent experience) will be considered for this post on a band 6 to 7 development basis.

Banding will be reflective of level of qualification/experience. After a period of embedding as a clinical pharmacist, you will have the opportunity to undertake a diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and the independent prescribing course. Progression from a Band 6 to Band 7 is automatic once the relevant milestones have been satisfied. All newly qualified pharmacists will be enrolled onto the HEE newly qualified Pharmacist pathway and will be supported by HEE accredited supervisors.

The Queen Victoria Hospital is an acute specialist surgical hospital providing a range of exciting opportunities for pharmacists wanting to develop their careers and skills.

You must be, or about to be, registered as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Applications are welcome from all sectors of pharmacy practice, including hospital, community, primary care, industry and academia.

Ideally the postholder will be full time (37.5 hours/week) but part-time will be considered.

Main duties of the job

As with other posts in a small department the Specialist Pharmacist role is varied and constantly evolving to meet the needs of the service. These posts are rotational to allow post holders the opportunity to experience the full range of services provided by the trust, ensuring a more well-rounded and capable pharmacist

You will have exposure to all the specialisms and will be promoting safe, cost-effective prescribing, medicines management and optimisation. You will provide clinical services to all the wards on rotation as well as cover the dispensary as required.

You will be a lead pharmacist for a directorate and be expected to write and update guidelines as well as other indirect clinical activities. In particular you will cover plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, burns, critical care, paediatrics, high cost drugs and formulary. Time will be given to fulfil expected responsibilities.

We are looking to further expand and develop the role of our pharmacists into other clinical areas and you will have the opportunity to be actively involved in this experience.

You should be able to work on your own initiative as well as within teams. team. Good communication skills are essential.

Currently there are no weekend or on-call duties, but will be expected to provide some bank holiday cover. You may also be expected to work some weekends or late nights in the future.

About us

Rated GOOD overall with outstanding care by the CQC. A specialist NHS hospital providing life-changing reconstructive surgery, burns care and rehabilitation services across the South of England and beyond.

A centre of excellence, with an international reputation for pioneering advanced techniques and treatments. Everything we do is informed by our passion for providing the highest quality care and the best clinical outcomes.

At QVH we are proud of our achievements and our specialist services continue to record excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We regularly receive excellent results from patient satisfaction surveys and on average 98% of inpatients say they would recommend the hospital to their family or friends.

Our success is underpinned by the skills and enthusiasm of our staff and a strong culture of partnership. We are fully committed to training and development of the workforce with support for continuing education and learning.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a member of the pharmacy team the post holder shares responsibility for the organisation, management and supply of pharmacy services to patients and healthcare staff for the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The pharmacy team is the hospital lead for all aspects of medicines management, including the safe and secure handling of medicines, and the clinical and cost-effective use of medicines.

The wards and specialties assigned will vary on a rotational basis. Specialities involved include Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Burns, Critical care, Paediatrics, Sleep Disorder, McIndoe Centre, Radiology, High Cost Drugs and Formulary. This will allow the postholders to develop a wider range of clinical, specialties and leadership skills ensuring a more well-rounded and capable surgical pharmacist. Main duties for the post holder include:
  • Clinical ward pharmacy services
  • Lead Pharmacist for one or more specialties
  • Dispensary acting as the Responsible Pharmacist as required
  • Supervise more junior pharmacy staff

There is a drive to encourage independent prescribing within the Trust. Being a pharmacist prescriber is desirable not essential and you would be supported in undertaking the qualification.

As with other posts in a small department, the post holders responsibilities are wide-ranging. Time will be given to fulfil expected responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • GPhC registered pharmacist
  • Certificate in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience (Band 7)


  • Prescribing qualification (band 7)
  • Pharmacy diploma or equivalent (band 7)



  • Experience of clinical pharmacy services
  • Audit experience
  • Supervising staff (band 7)


  • Knowledge or experience of hospital pharmacy services
  • Experience of producing reports / guidelines



  • Good English communication and presentation, with wide range of people
  • IT skills - able to use different systems with training
  • Accurate and attention to detail
  • Ability to problem solve


  • Show appropriate application of clinical knowledge and effective pharmaceutical care skills.



  • Team worker
  • Ability to negotiate and manage conflict effectively
  • Willing and able to learn and develop
  • Flexible and able to cope under pressure
  • Good time management and ability to prioritise



  • Broad clinical knowledge of medicines and use in practice

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Victoria Hospital

Holtye Road

East Grinstead

RH19 3DZ

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