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Prison Services Pharmacist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Rochester, Kent,
£37,392 to £44,618 a year pa inc
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Working within prisons can be challenging, yet extremely rewarding forPharmacists to work - where you can use your clinical skills and develop them within the Health and Justice system, supported throughout by Oxleas Prison Services Ltd.

As a Band 6 Pharmacist, you will be working closely with our dispensary teams whilst having lots of patient contact! The post-holder will providepharmaceutical services to a cluster of prisons, supported and trained by the Lead Pharmacist for Kent Prisons. Within this role, you will be an integral member of the Medicines Management team, which forms part of the wider cluster of Healthcare Services.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a leading provider of Pharmacy services in South East, South West and London Prisons. The pharmacy department has a long history of innovation within such areas, with established prescribing guidelines, excellent relationships with medical staff, a strong culture of leading clinical audit and research projects and an excellent publication record. All of these attributes we wish to extend to the prison pharmacy services.

We believe in supporting our staff to develop to their full potential. As a service, we encourage progression clinically and professionally, through funding of management courses as well as clinical diplomas and independent prescribing.

Working hours are 10am-6pm

Main duties of the job

If you a qualified pharmacist wishing to gain experience working clinically in a prison setting, this post could be for you.The post-holder will be based at the dedicated pharmacy department at HMP Rochester, but will routinely visit prison sites in Kent and Medway.

The post holder will be required to:
  • provide clinical pharmacy services to the allocated prison cluster and support the pharmacy technician on these visits
  • be a responsible pharmacist in the dispensary when rostered.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management Responsibilities
  • To supervise the day-to-day work of the pharmacy technician when on site in the allocated prisons.
  • To manage your own time efficiently whilst on prison visits.

  • Clinical
  • To undertake scheduled clinical visits to each of the 3 prisons in the allocated cluster. On these visits you will:
  • undertake MURs for offenders identified as requiring assistance by healthcare staff.
  • review the medication history of newly admitted offenders to ensure prescriptions are correct and if necessary make recommendations to bring prescribing in line with local formulary choices.
  • provide scheduled clinics for offenders to give advice and support on their prescribed medicines, OTC medicines and other medical issues they may raise.
  • Monitor prescribing trends and give advice to healthcare staff to improve prescribing in line with formulary choices and/or current clinical thinking.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles for offenders in line with local and national guidelines or promotions.
  • To attend the allocated cluster clinical governance/medicines management committee(s) and provide information with the assistance of the Specialist Prisons Pharmacist.
  • To work closely with the primary care providers to ensure safe prescribing, use, storage and transport of medicines within the secure environments.
  • To highlight to the specialist prison services pharmacist where Patient Group Directions (PGDs) may be useful in the allocated cluster. To train nursing staff in your allocated cluster in the use of these PGDs and to monitor use/compliance on an on-going basis, reporting any discrepancies to the senior pharmacist prison services.
  • To liaise with the specialist prison services pharmacist to review PGDs in use every 1-2 years on a rolling basis as determined by the senior pharmacist prison services.
  • To assist the specialist pharmacist prison services to introduce new prescribing guidelines/medicines within the allocated cluster prisons.
  • To demonstrate on-going continual professional development (CPD) and be responsible for self-development and learning within the field of pharmacy or other speciality where appropriate.

  • Person Specification



    • GphC registration as Pharmacist


    • Post graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

    Qualifications & Experience


    • Master Degree of Pharmacy or Equivalent


    • Experience of providing clinical services to mental health or substance misuse patients



    • Previous prison/hospital/community pharmacy experience in the UK


    • Sound Basic Clinical Skills

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Rochester,

    1 Fort Road,

    Rochester, Kent,

    ME1 3QS

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