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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency and Admissions

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency Admissions and Urgent Care Band 7

Would you like to work in a vibrant, forward-thinking Urgent Care setting? Do you like the sound of moving your clinical pharmacy skills to the next level? After the successful establishment of dedicated ward pharmacist in Urgent Care includes admission and Urgent Care we have a position for a specialist pharmacist .

You will be working within a team of 4 pharmacists in urgent Care fully supported by 3 experienced and knowledgeable band 8a Advanced Level pharmacists

Ideally you would be an independent prescriber, participating fully in Consultant led board rounds. If you do not meet all the essential criteria for this band 7 post, we may be able to offer a band 6 to 7 progression with a supported training program.

We welcome applications from innovative, proactive pharmacists who would want to become part of our dynamic team, contributing to our splendid pharmacy ethos, acting as an advocate for pharmacy and a guardian of medicine safety.

Main duties of the job

This role is a vital part of the expanding development of DWP service within Urgent Care and you would need to be ready to take on the responsibility and challenges of a senior and innovative position within a busy clinical environment.

To work with the Pharmacy Clinical Team to provide a comprehensive Pharmacy Service throughout the locality.

To be accountable, under the guidance of the Advanced Clinical Pharmacist, in ED and Urgent Care for the Medicines Management Service provided to Urgent Care patients, staff and division. To be a clinical specialist and support the Advanced Clinical Pharmacist, ED and Urgent Care in providing a specialist Pharmacy Service to the Urgent Care Team this may include prescribing, VTE assessment , support and supervision and developing initiatives.

Additional responsibilities within clinical areas as specified below:Providing a Clinical and Specialist Pharmacist role

Managing (planning, organising, monitoring, controlling, developing staff etc)

Service development

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the post include the following:

Clinical Services

To provide information, advice and guidance on the safe, effective and economical use of medicines and to challenge poor practice.

To maintain appropriate standards of service and safety to enforce guidelines, policies and procedures to ensure standards are met.

To fulfil the requirements of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Professional Practice.

To optimise medicines management by reconciling drug histories, performing medication reviews, using patients own medicines, counselling and ensuring continuity of care on discharge.

To detect, record and report adverse drug reactions to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and via Datix as per Trust Policy.

To monitor pharmacy interventions and Datix reports to identify training and information needs within Urgent Care.

To participate in CQUINs and QIPPs within Urgent Care.

To identify and implement service improvements within Urgent Care

To lead and support on the auditing of medicines and prescribing within Urgent Care.

To implement countywide and local prescribing strategies within the Trust.

Facilitate the expansion of the tools within EPMA.

Support the development and implementations of medicine related guidance, policies and procedures within Urgent Care.

Support the process for new medicines being integrated into the Trust by Formulary submissions.

To undertake validation duties in the dispensary.

To supervise, check and, if necessary, undertake the supply of medicines. Technical checking is in place pharmacists make initial validations and have a professional responsibility to decide on the need for their further involvement in the supply process.

Speciality Clinical Pharmacy Role

Have a working knowledge of current practice and protocols within Urgent Care and how these relate to national and other guidance.

To optimise medicines through prescribing role operating within areas of competence (where appropriately qualified and authorised via the Trust NMP register).

Provide a specialist clinical pharmacy service to the Urgent Care service

To provide an Enquiry Answering Service for Urgent care-related enquires from other pharmacists or referred from other wards

Support the Advanced Clinical Pharmacist, A& E and Urgent Care is delivering clinical pharmacy and medicine management services to Urgent Care.

Able to demonstrate and understanding of relevant pharmacy services priorities and contribute to the implementation of these priorities

Support the Advanced Clinical Pharmacist, A& E and Urgent Care in development of the Urgent Care service in the submission of relevant business cases

Requirement to undertake and support in project work within the Urgent Care team

Education, Training and Supervision

Act as a role model to the pharmacy team, including supporting junior pharmacist to achieve their objectives

Attend clinical pharmacy meetings and education/training schemes relevant to post.

To take part in formal and informal education of pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals in Urgent Care as well as the wider pharmacy team.

To be a supervisor on the Clinical Pharmacy Diploma course.

To supervise aspects of pre-registration training.

To line manage and lead those staff allocated, undertaking appraisals, supervision and identification of training and development of their skills and knowledge.

To assist in the induction of staff into the service to help identify training and development needs.

To provide information to patients, parents, and carers on admission and at discharge regarding treatment and medication to optimise patient concordance, particularly if there is a need to overcome language or communication barriers.

To maintain up-to-date clinical knowledge in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice to ensure a broad base of pharmaceutical knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgement.

To take responsibility for own personal CPD by participating in education and training programmes to improve competence and to develop specialist expertise in Urgent Care area.

To obtain/maintain prescribing qualification and support services and ward rounds as appropriate.

To help provide the training for Technicians enhanced patient counselling skills and Medicines Management Technician training.

Other Duties

To undertake duties elsewhere in the locality, if required.

To undertake on call duties

To provide a pharmacy service at weekends

Person Specification

Personal Qualities & Attribute


  • Enthusiasm.
  • Willingness to learn and develop personally.
  • Innovative.
  • Both full time and part time candidates should have the ability to work shifts to cover 7 day service.
  • Smart appearance
  • Credible with medical/nursing staff
  • Influential
  • Confidence

Skills and abilities


  • Good Interpersonal skills/excellent communication.
  • Computer skills, eg databases.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multidisplinary team.
  • Ability to prioritise.
  • Time management.
  • Ability to delegate.
  • Ability to work under pressure.

Knowledge & Experience


  • Post-registration hospital clinical pharmacy experience including at least four of the following specialties:.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Skill mix issues/role of technicians in clinical services.
  • Awareness of interface issues.
  • Teaching, supervising and training staff.
  • Undertaken service improvement / quality improvement projects or audits.
  • NHS arrangements, eg CCGs, NICE, CQC, Clinical Governance.
  • Good clinical knowledge.
  • Appraisals/personal development.


  • Staff supervision.
  • Experience of prescribing within a speciality/Urgent Care.
  • Pharmaceutical care of the Urgent Care patient.



  • MPharm.
  • Member of General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Achieved (or working towards) postgraduate clinical qualification (or equivalent knowledge/experience).
  • CPD portfolio.


  • Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.
  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • Member of UKCPA.

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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