Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Central North Leeds Primary Care Network (PCN) is made up of seven practices across North Leeds. We are looking for a highly motivated and aspirational senior pharmacist to join our established pharmacy team. You will work at the heart of the PCN, delivering excellent pharmacy-led services to our population. You will be required to collaborate closely with the multidisciplinary teams across the PCN and the wider locality.

This role is critical in supporting the delivery of the Primary Care Network Contract DES specifications and will help lead improvements to maximise safe, evidenced-based best practice to improve the quality of patient care. You will be expected to contribute to the leadership of medicines-related issues for the PCN.

As a senior PCN pharmacist you provide leadership and mentoring to any clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians within the team.

Main duties of the job

The PCN aims to provide the best patient care possible.

You will be an independent prescriber.

You will be responsible for the mentorship and clinical management of the junior pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

You will work in a role, supporting patients to get the most benefit from their medicines through structured medication reviews.

You will also provide support to the wider multi-disciplinary team with:
  • Medication and prescription queries,
  • Acute requests for medication,
  • Medicines reconciliation following transfer of care,
  • QOF/IIF/local incentives,
  • Prescribing processes,
  • Medicines policies and procedures,
  • Audit and medicines safety.

You will be a registered pharmacist and have experience of working as a pharmacist in a community, primary care or hospital setting.

You will be committed to providing outstanding patient care.

You will have exceptional communication skills.

You will be good team player, while being capable of independent and autonomous work.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

To clinically support the PCN pharmacy team with all aspects of medicines optimisation.

The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide expertise in clinical medicines optimisation across the PCN. This will include structured medication reviews with direct patient contact and may include contributing to:

Management of long-term conditions

Management of medicines on transfer of care

Reviewing systems for safer prescribing contributing to repeat prescription authorisations and reauthorisation

Actioning acute prescription requests

Addressing both the public health and social care needs of patients

Contributing to achievement of QOF and locally commissioned quality improvement schemes

Undertaking clinical audit

Assisting in the delivery of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Framework and the Network Contract Direct Enhanced Service. This will include undertaking structured medication reviews with residents and elderly patients with or without their relatives/carers, and delivering training to care homes staff, to improve medicines optimisation.

Person Specification



  • Professional knowledge acquired through vocational masters degree in pharmacy (4 years) + 1 year pre-registration training.
  • Extensive knowledge of medicines optimisation, acquired through post graduate clinical pharmacy diploma or equivalent experience or training.
  • Holds an independent prescribing qualification.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of, and conforms to relevant standards of practice.
  • Professional registration required - GPhC.


  • Membership Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA).
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.
  • Successful completion of the CPPE General Practice Pharmacist Training Pathway.

Skills & Attributes


  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities.
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise especially when under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • High level of written and oral communication skills.



  • Commensurable experience working at advanced level 1 of the RPS pharmacy framework, demonstrated within practice portfolio.
  • Experience and an awareness of the breadth of common acute and long-term conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice.
  • Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations.
  • Able to analyse and interpret complex prescribing information.
  • Evidence of significant personal development, professionally and managerially.


  • Experience of leading and managing staff.



  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing. Analyse and interpret complex prescribing information and present information in a clear way.
  • Knowledge of IT systems, including the ability to use word processing skills, to create plans and reports.

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.

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

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Central North Leeds PCN

Shadwell Medical Centre, 137 Shadwell Lane


LS17 8AE

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