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Prison Services Clinical Pharmacist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa inc
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Prison Services Clinical Pharmacist, Band 7 Permanent - full time - 37.5 hours per week

Overview of the Post
  • Provide clinical pharmacy services to the allocated prisons and support the pharmacy technician(s) on these visits
  • Be a responsible pharmacist in the dispensary when rostered.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community trust that provides a wide and growing range of services across the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Kent, Wandsworth and also services in the South West of England. Oxleas Prison Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and provides the pharmacy services to the prison pharmacy contracts. Due to the recent contract award from NHS England, we are now providing pharmacy services (OPS Ltd) and Healthcare Services (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust) to the Devon and Dorset Prisons and are recruiting to newly established posts.

Oxleas Prison Services Ltd and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has a long history of innovation, with established prescribing guidelines, excellent relationships with medical staff, a strong culture of leading clinical audit and research projects and an excellent publication record. All of these attributes we wish to extend to the prison pharmacy and healthcare services.

We believe in supporting our staff to develop to their full potential.

Main duties of the job

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
  • To organise on a weekly basis the pharmacy clinical service provision to the allocated prisons, planning your work and the work of others.
  • To provide clinical services to the allocated prisons.
  • To ensure you personally have high standards of work, both clinical and dispensing and follow all standard operating procedures (SOPs) as directed by the Lead Prison Services Pharmacist.
  • To work as a team with the pharmacy technician in the allocated prisons and to support this technician professionally when on site.
  • To implement the prison formulary, in collaboration with primary care colleagues.
  • To generate monthly reports on drug expenditure for the allocated prisons and to advice the prescribers on areas for improvement and efficiencies.
  • To provide clinical screening and final accuracy checks when working in the dispensary.
  • To ensure all work is carried out in a timely manner to meet the requirements of the delivery service across the prisons.

  • About us

    Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

    We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Management Responsibilities
  • To manage the day-to-day work of the pharmacy technician when on site in the allocated prisons.
  • To manage your own time efficiently whilst on prison visits.

  • Clinical
  • To undertake scheduled clinical visits to the allocated prisons. On these visits you will:
  • undertake MURs for offenders identified as requiring assistance by healthcare staff.
  • review the medication history of newly admitted offenders to ensure prescriptions are correct and if necessary make recommendations to bring prescribing in line with local formulary choices.
  • provide scheduled clinics for offenders to give advice and support on their prescribed medicines, OTC medicines and other medical issues they may raise.
  • Monitor prescribing trends and give advice to healthcare staff to improve prescribing in line with formulary choices and/or current clinical thinking.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles for offenders in line with local and national guidelines or promotions.
  • To be an active member of the Dorset cluster clinical governance/medicines management committee(s).
  • To work closely with the primary care providers to ensure safe prescribing, use, storage and transport of medicines within the secure environments.
  • To liaise with the Specialist Prison Services Pharmacist and assist in writing, in collaboration with primary care colleagues in the Dorset cluster, Patient Group Directions (PGDs) when an appropriate use is identified. To train nursing staff in the Dorset cluster in the use of these PGDs and to monitor use/compliance on an on-going basis, reporting any discrepancies to the senior pharmacist prison services.
  • To review PGDs in use every 1-2 years on a rolling basis as determined by the Lead Prison Services Pharmacist.
  • To assist the Specialist Prison Services Pharmacist to introduce new prescribing guidelines/medicines within the Dorset cluster.
  • To participate in the on-call rota (as necessary) to provide support and advice to the primary care teams when the pharmacy is closed and to liaise with local community pharmacies to dispense urgent medicines during these times.
  • To demonstrate on-going continual professional development (CPD) and be responsible for self-development and learning within the field of pharmacy or other specialty where appropriate.

  • Dispensary
  • To act as responsible pharmacist when rostered to do so in the dispensary.
  • To dispense prescriptions and stock items when in the dispensary.
  • To undertake clinical screening and final accuracy checks when working in the dispensary.
  • To organise the sale of OTC medicines following a request from an offender in the allocated prison cluster.

  • Communication
  • To make clinical judgments within your clinical ability where information is highly complex or lacking or ambiguity exists. Where such judgments are outside of your clinical ability to refer the situation to a more senior pharmacist for assistance.
  • To communicate with the primary care team(s) in your allocated prisons to ensure the safe and secure prescribing, handling and storage of medicines.

  • Research
  • To ensure systems are in place that support the implementation of evidence-based guidelines into practice within the Dorset prisons.
  • To participate in clinical audit as required.

  • On-Call
  • To participate in the on-call rota, as required, to provide support and advice to the primary care teams when pharmacy is closed.
  • To liaise with the local community pharmacies to dispense urgent medicines during these times.

  • Other
  • Post holders will be subjected to an advanced DBS check, a prison security check (level 2) clearance prior to being employed.
  • To appreciate thesecure environment you are working in and to adhere to all prison procedures as necessary.

  • Person Specification

    Education & Qualifications


    • Masters Degree of Pharmacy or equivalent
    • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council of GB (GPhC)
    • Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent (or working towards)


    • Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent



    • Previous prison/hospital/community pharmacy experience in the UK
    • Experience of providing clinical pharmacy services
    • At least 2 years experience post registration of providing clinical services within prisons or hospitals


    • Experience of providing clinical services to mental health or substance misuse patients

    Skills and Abilities


    • Recent clinical pharmacy practice in a hospital or prison setting
    • Sound basic clinical skills

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