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Foundation Pharmacist

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and resilient team player, to contribute to the delivery of our clinical pharmacy service.This post represents a great opportunity for ambitious pharmacists to progress their career in a clinically focused and innovative environment.We welcome applications from pharmacists and trainee pharmacists who want to help create and drive our high quality, patient-focused pharmacy service.

This vacancy is part of our 'refer a friend' scheme, this means if a friend who currently works for us has told you about this vacancy you could both receive a cash payment. The full scheme details are included with the additional documents for this role.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have the opportunity to gain experience rotatingthrough all areas of the pharmacy and clinical services, and will also contribute to the weekend and emergency duty service.

This will involve medication history taking and medicines reconciliation, clinical review of prescription charts, advice to patients and members of the MDT and clinically screening discharge prescriptions.

We provide excellent learning opportunities for staff with group clinical supervision sessions, supervision sessions with directorate leads and regular teaching sessions covering a range of topics.

Staff are further supported and encouraged to enrol in post-graduate studies such as clinical pharmacy diploma and pharmacist independent prescribing.

About us

The pharmacy department at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust is a strong cohesive team of individuals with a positive people-focused culture who pride themselves on delivering high quality medicines optimisation services to the patients of Gateshead.

Over recent years the department has built a reputation for advanced clinical services through a commitment to staff development, education and training, lean methodology and investment in digital support. The trust is supported by a range of innovative digital medicines systems including the Wellsky Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) system and Omnicell automated drug cabinets.

We have a strong trust and departmental focus on health and wellbeing as well as a strong learning culture within the team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide clinical pharmacy input and maintain high standards of medicines management
  • To carry out medication histories, medicines reconciliation and clinical chart checks for patients admitted to hospital
  • To clinically and accuracy check discharge prescriptions, ensuring patients receive counselling and the opportunity for a discharge medicines service referral to improve transfer of care
  • To provide advice and support to patients to ensure that they get the best from their medicines
  • As part of the team you will work closely alongside other pharmacy colleagues, taking part within clinical supervision sessions and teaching
  • You will provide rotational clinical support to the directorates of emergency care, medicine, care of the elderly, surgery, aseptics and dispensary.
  • Work to deliver the 7 day clinical Pharmacy service by supporting the late night, on call and weekend rota

Person Specification



  • Master's Degree in Pharmacy
  • Registered Pharmacist with the UK General Pharmaceutical Council or currently completing Preregistration Pharmacist Training



  • Ability to communicate effectively both written & verbally
  • I.T. Literate
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Experience working within the hospital, community or general practice setting


  • Diploma in clinical pharmacy or desire to work towards
  • Experience within the hospital setting
  • Specialist knowledge of pharmacy systems



  • Excellent consultation skills

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

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Sheriff Hill



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