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Advanced Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist (Perinatal MH Service)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
7 Oct 2023
Responsible for leading and delivering a specialist clinical pharmacy service across the Perinatal Mental Health interface in Essex, to support the medicines-related care of patients, address and improve existing pathways in mental health, participate in training, education and research as required, and to support robust medicines optimisation across the interface.To work within clinical competence, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, to provide highly specialised advice in medicines optimisation across the interface.

Main duties of the job

Advanced Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist (Perinatal Mental Health Service) Based in Chelmsford,37.5 hours per week

It is an extraordinary time for specialist perinatal mental health services across the UK with growing national and local focus on service development and expanding access for new and expectant mums. The national ambition is to improve outcomes for an increasing number women over the next 5 years through investment in resources and broadening of interventions available. The perinatal period includes from conception up until 1 year following the birth of the baby and is a critical time for prevention and treatment for women at risk of serious mental ill health, providing a unique opportunity for intervention and change, improving outcomes for mums, their families and ultimately society, in the longer term.

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service has successfully established a new specialist service in the community over the last 3 years and we are again expanding further to meet the needs of more women across Essex. This is an exciting opportunity for an Advanced Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist to join our dedicated and growing team and our organisation. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is committed to developing and retaining its Pharmacists. The trust offers professional support and development through professional supervision and appraisals & CPD opportunities.

This post is for maternity cover for 12 months

About us

The Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service operates from five hubs across Essex the hubs are situated around the 5 acute hospitals. The bases are in the areas of Rochford, Laindon, Harlow, Chelmsford and Colchester and provide specialist assessment, intervention for women at risk of moderate to serious mental illness or complex disorders within the county of Essex.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. 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

Informal queries and visits are welcome

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and interest in mental health in the perinatal period. Good communication, collaborative partnership working, time management and planning skills are essential. Some previous experience of working with this group would be an advantage.

The post involves working alongside doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in both primary and secondary care to provide an integrated healthcare service. Successful candidates will demonstrate a high level of clinical expertise and will participate in delivering medicines optimisation initiatives to maximise benefit and minimise risk associated with medicines. Ideally you will be qualified as a non-medical prescriber.

You will work 37.5 hours per week including participation in on-call, weekend, early, late and Bank Holiday rotas, as necessary.

You should have a Masters Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent, and be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. You should be able to demonstrate evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development in clinical pharmacy practice.

Please see attached Job Description for greater detail on main responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent acceptable for registration by the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Current and continued registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a practicing member
  • Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in relevant area of pharmacy practice or equivalent experience of at least three years post registration
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and willing to work towards Foundation or Faculty membership


  • Qualification as an independent Non-Medical Prescriber
  • Certificate in Management studies or equivalent experience



  • Relevant post-registration clinical pharmacy experience, involving a number of different specialities with acute and mental health services.
  • Experience of working as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Experience of managing quality and cost effectiveness initiatives


  • Experience of managing staff



  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills including effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Broad technical, clinical and pharmaceutical knowledge relating to the promotion of high quality, effective and cost efficient use of medicines


  • Evidence of writing procedures, guidelines and protocols
  • Tutoring and training skills

Personal Qualities


  • Car driver with access to a car to travel in and around Essex

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Linden Centre

Puddingwood Drive



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