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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist – Mental Health Services

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year plus recruitment and retention premia of £6500
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and self-motivated clinical pharmacists to join the Mersey Care Medicines Management Team. The Executive team at Merseycare recognise the value of pharmacy services and have recently invested a significant amount of additional funding to enable the transformation and expansion of clinical inpatient and dispensary services.

The service has been restructured to support this enhanced model and is working under a newly established senior management team which is fully committed to delivering outstanding pharmacy services and investing in the professional development of the pharmacy workforce.

We would welcome applications from pharmacists with primary care, community or secondary care experience who wish to transfer to a mental health setting what matters most is your empathy for working with those with mental health problems.

Recruitment and Retention Premia

There is a recruitment and retention premium attached to the above posts. Successful candidates will receive a �2,000 payment on joining the Trust and an additional �2,000 on completion of the first year of employment. In addition, there is a retention premia payment of �2500/annum.

Recruitment payments must be paid back in full if the employee leaves the Trust within two years of starting.

Shortlisting date is planned for 6th June 2023

Interview date is planned for 21st June 2023

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for the provision of pharmaceutical advice and support to our inpatient or secure and learning disabilities mental health services.

You will develop and improve medicines management activities to promote the effective and efficient use of medicines, improving patient care and minimising waste. You will work as part of the Medicines Management team and be a core member of the inpatient multi-disciplinary team providing a clinical pharmacy service to in-patient areas. The role is very clinically focused and will require approx. 1 session per week to be spent in the dispensary in Maghull. There is a need to support on a 1/16 week basis with the Out of Hours Medicines Advice service and weekend working in the dispensary (10am-2pm).

Inpatients Mental Health

Geographical locations:
  • Hartley Hospital (Southport)
  • Clock View (North/Central Liverpool)
  • Rathbone Rehab/Wavertree Bungalow (South Liverpool)
  • Hollins Park (Warrington)

Inpatient Secure Mental Health

Geographical Locations:
  • Rowan View (Maghull)
  • Whalley (Whalley)
  • Ashworth (Maghull)
  • Hollins Park (Warrington)
  • Allerton/Childwall (South Liverpool)

Dispensary Based

This role could provide a good stepping stone from a community pharmacy dispensary based role into a hospital based dispensary role.

80% of the role will be delivered from our purpose-built pharmacy located in Maghull Health Park. 20% of the role will be ward based to develop clinical skills as part of an MDT.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world's leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care's vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Additional investment has enabled recruitment into a number of mental health pharmacist posts as detailed below:
  • Clinical Pharmacist roles aligned to fixed long/short stay wards
  • Clinical Pharmacist roles aligned to secure and learning disabilities wards
  • Relief Clinical Pharmacist roles to clinical wards across a named geographical area.
  • A dispensary based Clinical Pharmacy role

All roles will require you to have excellent organisational and communication skills.

The band 7 Clinical Pharmacist posts are an ideal steppingstone to gaining experience and developing your skillset in a trust that can support you on your development pathway across a diverse range of clinical services.

Mersey Care Medicines management services are uniquely placed in the range of pharmacy services they provide. The team support physical and mental health inpatient services, intermediate care services, community primary care services including support to care homes, community mental health services, learning disability services, addiction and brain injury services. This provides an unparalleled opportunity to gain experience and develop your skillset across a diverse area of practice within a single Trust.

As a department we are embracing the Trusts ambition to digitally transform our services and have introduced new initiatives which include Ward based automation, EPMA and within our new department three automated dispensing systems including a Blister pack robot.

All roles will have a well structured support system across the department, including, robust individual and group supervision, personal development plans and regular access to professional training which thereby ensures excellent opportunities for professional development

Person Specification



  • Master of Pharmacy degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Pharmacy, willingness to work towards or equivalent experience
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)



  • Demonstrable evidence of commitment to self development and CPD
  • Experience of undertaking audit within pharmaceutical services
  • Understanding of how medicines optimisation contributes to high quality patient care
  • Understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, and their carers
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working


  • Experience of working in a hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing education regarding medicines
  • Experience of working in providing a pharmacy service within a mental health or learning disabilities setting
  • Experience of working within an NHS organisation
  • Experience of provision of Medicines Information services
  • Knowledge of the evidence base relating to the prescribing of psychotropic medicines
  • Knowledge of recent initiatives within pharmacy
  • Experience of line management of staff



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills: - written - verbal - listening
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Decision making skills
  • Ability to travel between different sites
  • Ability to work as a team player and to work independently
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Pro-active and displays initiative
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Report writing skills
  • Professional manner


  • Critical appraisal 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

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Maghull Health Park

Maghull Health Park Parkbourn Maghull Liverpool L31 1HW


L31 1HW

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