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Advanced Mental Health Pharmacist - Whalley

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Full Time
Job summary

Are you a highly motivated and enthusiastic clinical pharmacist with a keen interest and previous experience in mental health?

Opening in Autumn 2023, the Woodview Unit is a newly refurbished in-patient mental health unit in Whalley which will have a total of 32 beds including 12 Male, 12 Female and an 8 bedded Male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. These additional beds will complement those on the Pendleview Unit, Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The Woodview Unit is being designed with extensive input from service users and clinicians and is based on 'safety by design' to ensure that it can provide high quality care. The ethos of the unit is to provide therapeutic care which is empowering, person-centred and needs led, and focuses on promoting recovery and independence.

You will have current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council, a postgraduate pharmacy qualification or equivalent experience, and post registration experience in mental health.

Due to the location of various units, an ability and willingness to travel around Trust locations is required.

The post does not require weekend working or an on-call commitment.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an experienced mental health pharmacist to join our friendly, innovative and supportive clinical pharmacy team on a fixed term contract for 12 months due to maternity leave. As the successful candidate you will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality, pro-active and patient focused clinical pharmacy service to the new in-patient mental health unit. Key components of the role include:
  • Clinical review of prescriptions and patient-orientated medication review
  • Provision of specialist pharmaceutical advice to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Involvement of patients in decisions about their medicines to support adherence and improve outcomes
  • Potential to utilise non-medical prescribing skills within the role outline
  • Opportunity to influence the development of services to improve patient care through service redesign
  • Participation in clinical audit and service evaluation
  • Line management of junior pharmacy staff
  • Contribution to the training and development of junior pharmacy team members and other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Participation in the clinical supervision programme
  • Input to the development of policies and procedures and treatment guidelines
  • Contribute to initiatives to improve medicines safet

About us

The Pharmacy Service within Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust is a well-established team with a wealth of expertise in both Mental Health and Community services and continues to provide high quality clinical input into all aspects of the health provision delivered by the organisation. We are a supportive team committed to the education and development of our expanding service.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust encourages flexible working. We believe that a positive work/life balance benefits our NHS people through improved health and wellbeing, and as such we would consider working patterns such as: term time, part time, compressed hours, home/remote working and flexi-time where service needs allow. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms any flexible working requests and to discuss these at interview. Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust also offers a relocation and welcome bonus scheme subject to terms and conditions.

We want to recruit people to the service who share our values and are confident in their ability to contribute to the demonstrated effectiveness and acceptability of our service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Masters degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • Evidence of and commitment to continuing professional development



  • Previous experience of working in mental health



  • Decision making skills
  • Calm and objective under pressure
  • Ability to maintain and develop professional relationships

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