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Rotational Clinical Pharmacist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Do you enjoy working clinically but not ready to specialise yet? Do you want to gain experience in a large teaching hospital learning from advanced level and consultant pharmacists?

UHS has one of the largest pharmacy departments in the country with over 300 staff and are nationally recognised for their innovation. The pharmacist team is made up of over 100 pharmacists: including over 50 qualified independent pharmacist prescribers and several consultant pharmacists and leading national experts. We are committed to supporting all our pharmacists in their development.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

About us

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated 'Good' by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

If you have the enthusiasm and are committed to team working with good communication skills, we can provide additional training and development to support you. We have a strong commitment to developing pharmacist independent prescribers and to continuing professional development and training. The post-holder will be encouraged to work towards the new RPS core Advanced Practice Curriculum and have the opportunity to undertake further study in either clinical or management qualifications. We are also keen to support pharmacists developing as researchers and can offer support via the Southampton Pharmacy Research Centre.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will have the opportunity for development as you rotate through the available rotations and this role provides the ideal opportunity for you to work with specialist and consultant pharmacists while you decide where you would like to develop your own specialism. Our rotations include

MedicineYou will have the opportunity to work in one of the following specialities respiratory, gastro/hepatology, elderly care or AMU. Your responsibilities will vary depending on which area you are assigned but will include supporting ward rounds and attending multidisciplinary team meetings.

NeurologyUHS is a tertiary referral centre for neurology and neurosurgery. During your rotation you will initially cover a neurosurgical ward, but later you may rotate to cover other specialities such as stroke and spinal. You will also encounter other neurological conditions during your rotation, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, myasthenia gravis, and other motor/sensory neuropathies

SurgeryYou will be expected to provide ward cover to a specific surgical area, (e.g. maxillo-facial, lower/upper gastrointestinal). You will be given the opportunity to attend the morning ward round, attend a microbiology multidisciplinary ward round and there will be opportunities to develop skills in nutrition support and intestinal failure working with the wider MDT.

Critical CareYou will spend time working with the consultant pharmacist and very experienced Critical Care pharmacists and attending consultant lead multidisciplinary ward rounds. You will spend time on the Surgical High Dependency Unit and General, Cardiac and Neuro intensive care units.

Cardiovascular & ThoracicsWorking as part of the cardiovascular and thoracic care group pharmacy team you will gain experience in a variety of areas including cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic and vascular surgery and congenital heart disease.

Microbiology.The microbiology rotation at UHS offers the opportunity to work as part of a highly respected team with links into the infection MDT. The rotation includes participation in antibiotic stewardship activities including: microbiology and infectious diseases ward rounds and surveillance of prescribing and resistance trends. Our Band 7 pharmacists typically , have clinical input into the OPAT service and lead on our c.difficile work.

OncologyYou will have the opportunity to work within a dedicated oncology pharmacy with a team of pharmacists and technicians. Here you will be involved in all stages of the process from the initial screening of the prescription to checking the final item. Your role will also involve providing ward cover to one of our specialist oncology wards.

Childrens ServicesWe have a self-directed training pack to introduce childrens pharmacy if you have not covered a childrens ward before. As a large childrens hospital we have all the clinical specialities you would expect including critical care and oncology. You will receive a broad experience across different services providing ward cover and attending a relevant ward round.

Diabetes and EndocrineThe post holder will have the opportunity to work in a variety of roles in local and regional project work around diabetes and endocrinology, alongside the opportunity to develop further clinical skills in diabetes and endocrinology inpatient and outpatient activity.

ManagementIn conjunction with a clinical rotation you will support the Lead Pharmacist Operation and Supply Services to develop management and leadership skills and developing evidence for these competencies in the advanced practice curriculum.

In all our rotations you will be expected to provide some support to the trainee pharmacists. There will also be the opportunity to get involved with formulary applications and other budgetary matters. You will also have the opportunity to provide teaching to various health professionals, undertake audit work and develop guidelines

Person Specification

Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience


  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy
  • GPhC registration
  • Sound knowledge of a surgical or medical speciality acquired working within a suitable specialty
  • Meets Foundation framework/ GLF competencies
  • Audit and evaluative work
  • Sound understanding of healthcare priorities and political agendas
  • Experience of teaching and tutoring


  • Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience
  • MRPharmS or equivalent
  • Working towards RPS Advanced Core portfolio submission
  • Training in medicines information
  • Preparation of prescribing guidelines



  • Communication
  • Attention to detail
  • Report writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Microsoft Office skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Prioritisation
  • Negotiation skills
  • Influencing
  • Change management

Trust Values


  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


Southampton General Hospital

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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