Bank Band 5 Clinical Pharmacist

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Holiday Pay is added to Basic Pay
Closing date
2 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Job summary

We are looking for hospital experienced pharmacists to work on bank as part of our temporary staffing workforce. Hours of work are flexible and include weekends/public holidays. You should demonstrate initiative, be proactive with the ability work in a team and be flexible in your approach. It is essential that you are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The Pharmacy Department provides a reliable quality patient centred service with empathy, enthusiasm and commitment. It prides itself in being forward thinking and keeping pace with changes in medicines optimisation and technology. We are well respected throughout the hospital and have a close working relationship with the clinical teams. We also have a high level of commitment to staff development and actively encourage all staff to share their expertise to enhance the performance of the department.

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an acute and specialist services provider in North West London situated south of Uxbridge and near to Heathrow Airport. It is the only acute Hospital in the London Borough of Hillingdon, delivering high quality healthcare to a local community. The Trust offers a wide range of services including a busy Accident and Emergency, maternity, intensive care, inpatients, day surgery and outpatient clinics.

Main duties of the job

Job Summary

The post holder will be a registered pharmacist who will undertake departmental as well as ward-based duties within the structured clinical pharmacist rotation. He/she will
  • Ensure compliance with medicines legislation.
  • Provide medication to patients and wards in a safe and legal manner
  • Work independently but be able to seek advice and refer difficult situations to senior pharmacy staff.
  • Provide advice about medication to patients and healthcare professionals.

  • About us

    Our organisation

    The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only acute hospital in the London Borough of Hillingdon and offers a wide range of services including accident and emergency, inpatient care, day surgery, outpatient clinics and maternity services. The Trust's services at Mount Vernon Hospital include routine day surgery, delivered at a modern treatment centre, a minor injuries unit and outpatient clinics.

    The safety and well-being of our patients and of our staff is paramount and we are making urgent improvements to address this - particularly in infection prevention and control. We are making progress and going forward by working in partnership with local GPs, charities, community services, academic partners, our local authority, neighbouring hospitals and the wider North West London Integrated care system, and ensuring that we listen and work in partnership with our local population. We are absolutely focused on ensuring that our hospitals provide high quality, safe and compassionate care, while drive forward the building of the new Hillingdon Hospital.

    We have over 3,500 members of staff that are proud to care for nearly half a million people, with a vision to be an outstanding provider of healthcare through leading health and academic partnerships, transforming services, to provide the best care where needed.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Main Tasks and Responsibilities


    To provide a clinically orientated pharmacy service. This will involve
    • critically evaluating prescriptions and patient information (patient notes, observation charts, laboratory results and medicines) to ensure that prescribed treatment is safe, effective and appropriate for the patient.
    • communicating information to consultants, junior doctors, nursing staff, pharmacists and all other health care professionals, providing advice on doses, side-effects, interactions and how to give medicines.
    • counselling patients, relatives and carers about medication, checking their understanding of information and being mindful of physical and language barriers
    • promoting cost-effective prescribing in line with Trust, local and national policies and procedures

    -To dispense/supply medicines safely and legally for all patients.

    -To respond appropriately to requests for information on medicines from patients and/or their representatives to promote understanding of medicines to ensure compliance and concordance.

    -To respond appropriately to requests from all levels of medical and nursing staff and other healthcare professionals for information and advice about the selection and use of drug therapy and to promote the cost-effective use of drugs.

    -To plan and prioritise work so as to meet agreed deadlines for completion of duties

    -To feedback to pharmacy staff, changes to ward based working practices, policies and other professional issues, at local pharmacist meetings.

    -To keep a record of interventions/contributions to care as directed by the Pharmacist Team Leader/Principal Pharmacist.

    -To undertake Continuing Professional Development and training.

    -To act as an Ambassador for Pharmacy in the course of their duties.

    Service Provision

    -To gain experience in all Pharmacy department sections/specialities as per Pharmacist Rotation.

    -To assist in pharmaceutical sterile and non-sterile production.

    -To learn about the provision of a Medicines Information Service and answer information enquiries from all healthcare professionals and patients.

    -To be familiar with the drug purchasing system and when necessary, to purchase, supply and exercise stock control of drugs according to policies and procedures.

    -To understand the system behind the collection of prescription charges and its exemptions and to collect and deal with the payment as appropriate

    -To ensure that all activities undertaken contribute, wherever possible, to an accurate patient record, electronic or paper.

    -To organise and participate in audit, DUR and project work as directed by the Pharmacist Team Leader/Principal Pharmacist.

    -To participate in clinical trials and research where appropriate

    -To participate in the in-service training of pre-registration pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants where required.

    -To supervise pre-registration pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants, porters and other staff where appropriate.

    -To assist in the provision of information relating to drug use and expenditure.

    -To ensure safe systems of work in line with current Health and Safety policies.

    -To apply Risk Management principles to the practice of Pharmacy and to support the departments Risk Management strategy.

    -To observe local policies and procedures and feedback deviations from them to senior pharmacy staff.

    -To provide cover for senior members of staff, when asked to do so.

    -To liaise with other senior Pharmacy staff in promoting the efficient use of staff.

    -To attend and participate in Pharmacy department and peer review meetings.

    -To participate in the staff appraisal system.

    -To participate in extended hours/flexible working as required by the service, including Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

    -To carry out any other duties as reasonably assigned by the Chief Pharmacist or deputies.

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