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Specialist Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Runwell, Wickford
£35,392 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you a qualified Pharmacist looking for a unique opportunity? EPUT Pharmacy are looking for qualified pharmacists with excellent clinical and communication skills to join our dynamic and enthusiastic team as a Band 6/7 clinical pharmacist. Joining our team of specialist mental health pharmacists we have roles which will support your professional development and provide opportunities to learn.

As well as spending time with a range of specialist professionals, we are keen to support your development and encourage learning through a variety of forums. We have recently joined with other mental health Trusts across the region to provide an exciting new psychopharmacology teaching programme which you will be able to join.

You will be supported to develop clinical skills through funded postgraduate study/qualification and to develop management skills.

Band 7 - you will have at least 2 years post-registration experience, have completed or be completing a post graduate clinical pharmacy qualification and possess well-developed clinical pharmacy skills.

Band 6 - we are happy to receive applications from newly qualified pharmacists or those who are keen to move from other sectors. You will be placed on our structured band 6 to 7 development pathway which will support you to progress to band 7.

Your duties will include regular dispensary shifts in the main Trust dispensary in Chelmsford plus regular travel, so being a driver with access to your own vehicle is essential.

Main duties of the job

You will provide clinical pharmacy services, enhancing the medicines-related care of patients, supporting the provision and development of medicines management services and participating in training, education, and audit as required. The department provides support to services including adult and older adult, secure and learning disability services at a wide range of locations. You will be based in one, but will be required to support other locations.

Your primary role will be to provide clinical services to a dedicated area, and to develop skills and knowledge to enable you to contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings and ward rounds, and provide medicines education to patients, carers and staff. You will be supported by the senior pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within the team. You should be able to work on your own initiative as well as within a larger team.

You should be currently registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council. We welcome applicants from any background, including community pharmacy, with the passion to manage clinical services in a hospital setting. Experience in psychiatry would be an advantage but is not essential to fulfil this role, as you would be supported to identify and meet your learning needs, for example to undertake further postgraduate training in psychiatric pharmacy.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

    • To actively contribute to, and participate in, the provision and development of pharmaceutical services within the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, as part of the Trusts pharmacy team.
    • To participate as an active member of specific wards / unit / clinical teams, and support the safe and effective use of medicines.
    • To contribute to the organisation and management of the clinical pharmacy service to specific wards / units / clinical teams.
    • To provide clinical pharmacy advice on the management of patients with mental illness in order to maximise benefit and minimise risk in relation to medicines.
    • To support and participate in clinical audit.
    • To support in the education and training of staff groups.

    See the Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • General Pharmaceutical Council registration
  • PG certificate/diploma in mental health pharmacy or equivalent experience. Willing to work towards
  • Member of the RPS / Faculty membership


  • Independent prescriber / willing to work towards
  • Certificate in management studies / equivalent experience



  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Evidence of tutoring and training
  • Evidence of writing procedures, guidelines etc

Skills / experience


  • IT/Computer skills
  • Relevant post registration experience / including mental health


  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Experience of managing staff

Personal Qualities


  • Demonstrates Trust beliefs and values and models these
  • Driving licence / access to a car

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Brockfield House

kemble way

Runwell, Wickford

SS11 7FE

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