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Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
Are you a highly motivated and enthusiastic clinical pharmacist with a keen interest and previous experience in mental health?

The Inpatient Pendleview Unit is a well established MH unit within the Pennine Locality and based on the same site as the Royal Blackburn Hospital.

With a total of 87 beds included on a Male treatment ward, Female treatment ward and a Male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.

The Pendleview Unit is based on '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-centred and needs led, and focuses on promoting recovery and independence.

We are looking to recruit an experienced mental health pharmacist to join our friendly, innovative and supportive clinical pharmacy team on a fixed term contract for 12 months due to maternity leave.

You will have current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

It is also desirable, however not essential that you have a postgraduate pharmacy qualification or equivalent experience, and post registration experience in mental health.

Due to the location of various units, an ability and willingness to travel around Trust locations is required.

The post does not require weekend working or an on-call commitment.

Main duties of the job

As the successful candidate you will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality, pro-active and patient focused clinical pharmacy service to the in-patient mental health unit. Key components of the role include:
  • Clinical review of prescriptions and patient-orientated medication review
  • Provision of specialist pharmaceutical advice to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Involvement of patients in decisions about their medicines to support adherence and improve outcomes
  • Potential to utilise non-medical prescribing skills within the role outline
  • Opportunity to influence the development of services to improve patient care through service redesign
  • Participation in clinical audit and service evaluation
  • Supervision of junior pharmacy staff
  • Contribution to the training and development of junior pharmacy team members and other members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Participation in the clinical supervision programme
  • Input to the development of policies and procedures and treatment guidelines
  • Contribute to initiatives to improve medicines safety

About us

The Pharmacy Service within Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust is a well-established team with a wealth of expertise in both Mental Health and Community services and continues to provide high quality clinical input into all aspects of the health provision delivered by the organisation. We are a supportive team committed to the education and development of our expanding service.

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust encourages flexible working. We believe that a positive work/life balance benefits our NHS people through improved health and wellbeing, and as such we would consider working patterns such as: term time, part time, compressed hours, home/remote working and flexi-time where service needs allow. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms any flexible working requests and to discuss these at interview. Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust also offers a relocation and welcome bonus scheme subject to terms and conditions.

We want to recruit people to the service who share our values and are confident in their ability to contribute to the demonstrated effectiveness and acceptability of our service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • Masters degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Evidence of and commitment to Continuing Professional Development



  • Variety of clinical pharmacy experience
  • Working in a hospital or community pharmacy
  • Awareness of current issues affecting the practice of pharmacy

Skills / Abilities


  • Good communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to maintain and develop professional relationships
  • Good decision making skills
  • Ability to work alone and to work in a team

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Pendleview Unit, Royal Blackburn



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