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Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB)

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Specialist Clinical Pharmacist to join the Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Pharmacy Team.

FTB pharmacy services are undergoing an exciting period of change. We are looking for someone to be part of the transformation in how these services are delivered to our patients and colleagues. We want to increase the patient facing element of the service and expand our involvement on site at our hubs. Working collaboratively with the mental health teams, our joint aim is to develop the FTB services to further benefit our patients, who often have complex care needs. We are also part of a project implementing the use of pharmacogenomic testing in prescribing decision making which is one of the first of its kind in Mental Health. If you are looking for a post that will develop your leadership skills whilst expanding your clinical knowledge then come and talk to us about the changes happening here

FTB is a consortium responsible for the provision of mental health services for the 0 to 25 year age group in Birmingham. It consists of a group of four partners which include Birmingham Women's and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust, the Priory Group, Operose Health and the Childrens Society with Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust as the lead provider.

Main duties of the job

The FTB pharmacy team is responsible for providing medicines to all FTB hubs and ensuring that medicines management practice is in line with trust policies. We currently manage and oversee pharmacy provision for Early Intervention, Home Treatment and Urgent Care and the Community Mental Health Teams. The post holder will be based at the Birmingham Childrens Hospital site but will be expected to visit the FTB hubs situated around the Birmingham area providing expert medicines advice, medication reviews, counselling and participating in multidisciplinary team meetings. There is also the opportunity for cross-sectional working with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation.

If you are a self-motivated and confident pharmacist interested in service improvement, come and join our pharmacy team voted the clinical team of the year at the Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust. Our team has strong links with academia with many opportunities for further education and development. You will be given the opportunity to apply for the Education and training pathway for Specialist Mental Health Pharmacists working as part of Community Mental Health Teams.

Please note the post holder will be expected to participate in the on-call, extended hours and weekend rotas as required.

For further information, please contact Tayebah Abbasi, Principal Pharmacist for Clinical Services and Governance on 0121 333 6489 or email

About us

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust is the first of its type in the UK. Our Trust was formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to provide the highest quality, world-class physical and mental health care for our women, children and families.

Uniting our hospitals means more seamless care more investment to make greater advances in our specialist treatment and world-leading neo-natal and fetal work. Importantly, it also gives us a greater voice in shaping the future of family-centred care.

Birmingham Children's Hospital is a UK leading specialist paediatric centre with an international reputation in several areas. Birmingham Women's Hospital is one of two dedicated women's hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single site maternity unit, delivering more than 8,200 babies a year offering a full range of gynaecological, maternity and neonatal care. Forward Thinking Birmingham (FTB) Mental Health Services are a unique, innovative community and inpatient mental health partnership. Alongside partners FTB offers care pathways of mental health assessment and treatment for young people aged 0-25 years old.

Our Trust is committed to creating the best place to work. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender identity, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification to view the full details for this opportunity at Birmingham Womens and Childrens NHS Foundation Trust.

When completing your application, please ensure you have evidenced how you meet the job description and person specification to include transferable experience, qualifications, skills along with professional registration details (if applicable).

Occasionally we receive a large number of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

Person Specification



  • B/MPharm or equivalent degree.
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a pharmacist


  • Post-graduate certificate in Psychiatric therapeutics
  • Other postgraduate clinical qualification
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society



  • Able to understand the complex clinical and social needs of patients and families and meet those needs whenever possible
  • Able to understand complex clinical situations and to discuss and make recommendations to resolve issues arising from them with medical, nursing and other staff


  • Previous hospital pharmacy experience

Analytical and Judgement Skills


  • Able to work independently, prioritise, set goals and meet deadlines.
  • Able to identify issues and use own initiative to address them
  • Able to maintain standards and accuracy whilst working under pressure.
  • Aware of personal limitations and asks for help as required

Professional/Managerial/Specialist Knowledge


  • Able to use a variety of computer software to organise and present information.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of audit
  • Demonstrates continuing professional development.


  • Previous experience of delivering clinical pharmacy services to mental health patients and staff.
  • Awareness of requirements towards CQC
  • Familiarity with drugs expenditure and prescribing trends
  • An understanding of medication safety

Personal Skills/Abilities and Attributes


  • Good team player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Trustworthy and respectful of confidential information about both patients and colleagues
  • Adaptable to change in working practices and flexible in terms of working hours on an occasional basis
  • Able to remain professional in challenging circumstances
  • Negotiating skills and powers of persuasion.
  • Professional appearance and manner
  • Well organised
  • High standards of work presentation
  • Self-motivated with a can do attitude.

Other Requirements


  • Flexible to accommodate late closing, weekend, bank holiday and daily rotas as service requires.

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

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust


Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Steelhouse Lane


West Midlands

B4 6NH

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