Advanced Mental Health Pharmacist

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

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen in Blackpool for an experienced, self-motivated pharmacist with a genuine interest in mental health to take up a clinical pharmacist position within a progressive pharmacy team based at The Harbour.

The post is based at The Harbour Inpatient Hospital in Blackpool, covering a range of Mental Health wards including Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, Acute Admissions, Dementia, Elderly and Advanced Care Wards including 136 suites. The Harbour is a 154 bedded mental health hospital which opened in March 2015. The hospital was designed with extensive input from service users and clinicians and is based on good practice guidance and '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 centered and needs led, and focuses on promoting recovery and independence.

As part of the Fylde locality team you will be provided with the opportunity to contribute to the development and delivery of clinical pharmacy services to a variety of mental health in-patient wards. The successful applicant will be expected to provide professional and clinical leadership to a team of Pharmacists based at The Harbour.

Main duties of the job

The post will provide an opportunity for the following: -
  • Pharmaceutical care planning and clinical review of prescriptions
  • Involvement in multi-disciplinary ward rounds
  • Provision of medicines information to service users and staff
  • Opportunity to experience pharmacy practice across varied in-patient services
  • Provision of clinical supervision and professional leadership to other members of the team
  • Development of a non-medical prescribing role if not already achieved
  • Supporting robust medicines management processes in a wide variety of teams
  • Involvement in service design and development to ensure effective medicines management
  • Attendance at strategic network meetings e.g. locality governance meetings
  • Actively working to deliver the Trust medicines optimisation strategy
  • Ensuring compliance to GPhC standards for dispensing.

You will have current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council, a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience, and significant post registration experience preferably with a hospital or mental health setting. A qualification as a non-medical prescriber would be desirable but applicants with a willingness to work towards this qualification would be considered.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Clinical Pharmacy service is embedded in the culture of the organisation and should you wish to join our team you will become one of a large team of Clinical Pharmacists, Clinical Medicines Management Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants and Medicines Management Nurses working across the Trust.

There is no requirement to work Bank Holidays and weekends and there is currently no on call commitment within the trust.

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

Person Specification



  • Masters/Batchelor's degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Evidence of and commitment to continuing professional development



  • Previous experience working in mental health
  • Good clinical knowledge
  • Awareness of current issues

Skills / Abiltites


  • Good written and verbal skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Ability to maintain and develop professional relationships

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

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


The Harbour



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