Specialist Pharmacist CAMHS

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Mental health nurse, CAMHS nurse
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Pharmacist CAMHS

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is embarking on a very exciting journey to develop our specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In 2021, NHS England confirmed additional funding to develop an interim acute mental health inpatient unit for Children and Young People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

The development of the new service is being done in conjunction with children, parents and carers who have experience of in-patient admission. Young people are helping us plan the ethos of the unit, recruit the staff and think about how we can deliver the best care. Were really proud of the leadership provided by young people to improve mental health services. If you come and join us you will have a unique opportunity to truly collaborate to improve outcomes.

Main duties of the job

To deliver an effective and caring pharmacy provision to the CAMHS Inpatient Units across the Trust. This involves developing the service in line with local and national standards and policies, ensuring the safe, clinical and cost-effective use of medicines and staff resource. There is also an expectation that the Specialist Pharmacist CAMHS will provide support to community teams with non-medical prescribing needs.

Specialist Pharmacist will provide a highly specialized level of pharmaceutical care to Children, Young People and their Parents/Carers, and will support other healthcare staff in meeting risk management and clinical governance responsibilities around the use of medicines.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting young people and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

We are also passionate about staff wellbeing and the trust also pride themselves on learning and development. Specialised training for CAMHS inpatient services is also provided. Development opportunities within the trust and specific roles are also supported and encouraged.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Specialist Pharmacist CAMHS will contribute to the Pharmacy weekend and Bank Holiday rota.

Please see the job description for more information on Specialist Pharmacist CAMHS

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • oMasters Degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent).
  • oMember of the General Pharmaceutical Council.



  • oMinimum 3 years post registration experience relevant to hospital pharmacy
  • oDemonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate therapeutic options in mental health patients.
  • oPrevious experience in service development.
  • oPrevious evaluated experience of line management.
  • oTo have undertaken clinical audit
  • oTraining and education

Knowledge and Skills


  • oTo have sound pharmaceutical knowledge relating to mental health.
  • oTo have specialist pharmaceutical knowledge relating to medicines used in children and adolescents.
  • oThe ability to identify and prioritise clinical work load
  • oTo communicate with medical, nursing and pharmacy staff in clear precise and appropriate manner.
  • oTo have an awareness of national and local priorities.
  • oTo have the ability to identify and manage risks.
  • oEnhances the quality of patient care within the CAMHS directorate.

Attitudes, Aptitudes Personal Characteristics


  • oDemonstrates ability to meets set targets
  • oDemonstrate ability to organise self in order to ensure efficient use of time.
  • oMeets expected levels of practice as defined by others
  • oSelf motivated
  • oThe ability and willingness to deputise for senior staff while recognising limitations of experience and ability
  • oTakes responsibilities for own actions



  • oSickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust: to be checked at interview. Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Evergreen Unit for Adolescent Mental Health

Calnwood Road



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