Spec Pharmacist, VTE Prev & Thromboprophylaxis

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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

An exciting NEW opportunity for a specialist in VTE Prevention and Thromboprophylaxis has arisen within our team at The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you want a role that involves patient interaction, alongside teaching, audits and service evaluation and quality?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated pharmacist to join our Clinical Pharmacy team to lead, develop and promote best practice within thromboprophylaxis and VTE prevention.The post holder will act as an expert clinical practitioner developing and best practice in VTE prevention. You will work closely with the Trust Thrombosis lead and patient safety teams but also will be independent and autonomous with its own daily workload.

You must have hospital pharmacy experience involving clinical pharmacy skills as well teaching skills. This role requires the ability to work effectively as part of a team, through excellent communication and interpersonal skills as well as the ability to motivate yourself and others to achieve common goals. To be successful in this application you will demonstrate confidence as a senior clinical pharmacist and be a role model to staff.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide a specialist clinical pharmacy service to designated wards, clinics and specialist areas, with a particular focus on medicines within anticoagulation and VTE.
  • Lead the safe, rational and cost-effective prescribing of medicines across key specialty.
  • To participate in various consultant ward rounds and clinics within specialties identified as key areas
  • Continued implementation of NICE guidance in reducing the risk of VTE across the Trust
  • Monitor electronic VTE risk assessments and deliver engagement and surveillance in high admission areas optimising risk assessment for all patients.
  • To audit VTE risk assessment numbers on a monthly basis and feedback to Patient Safety Group.
  • Patients who develop a hospital acquired VTE, the post holder will work within multidisciplinary teams to complete root cause analysis investigations, reporting back to stakeholders all outcomes.
  • To support anticoagulation, undertaken VTE assessments and support the MDT in decision making
  • Provide Trust-wide extensive specialist support in an appropriate defined clinical area of care relevant to the care group. This will include developing collaborative partnerships across organisational boundaries.

About us

Royal Berkshire Hospital are pleased to announce that following our CQC inspection we have been rated 'Good'with inspectors reporting that we have made significant improvements. The Trust's overall rating has also improved to 'good'. This is a great opportunity to join our clinical services team to create a positive and motivating environment within our trust. Come and join our team in this exciting time of change as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we put our patients at the heart of every element of health and care that we provide. The Trust works together as a community to deliver its vision which is \Working together to provide outstanding care for our community.

We areCompassionate in our thoughts, words and actions

We areAspirational and have a true desire to be dynamic and to innovate

We areResourceful and responsible in the way we work and live

We areExcellent in our development, fairness and sharing best practice

Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people so why don't you come and join us?You will also have countless opportunities to further enhance your own development either through the independent prescribing course, advance practitioner course or leadership forums.

If you have a passion for clinical excellence, patient care and your own career development, you'll feel at home at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the Job Description and Person Specification when applying for this post, if you have any queries please contact us.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent (from an accredited University registered with GPhC)
  • Current registered practising Member of GPhC
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, MSc or other Clinical Postgraduate qualification
  • Independent Prescriber or willing to work towards one


  • Member of UKCPA
  • Member of RPharmS



  • Substantial Hospital Pharmacy experience of which a significant amount has been within an acute UK hospital environment
  • Experience of attending MDTs e.g ICU, AMU ward rounds
  • Advanced clinical reasoning and judgement
  • Interpretation of physiological / biochemistry data and the impact of these on medications


  • Experience of e-prescribing
  • Experience of delivering developmental feedback
  • Interest in anticoagulation / VTE

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Critical Analysis skills / appraised
  • Leadership qualities
  • Ability to plan and complete tasks / projects


  • Experience of undertaking audit/project work
  • Experience in change management
  • Ability to present

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