ePMA Nurse

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Band 6
Full Time
Following a period of latency, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced mental health nurse to act as part of the ePMA implementation team. The Trust already has extensive experience of the EMIS Ascribe WebPharmacy system including eMM within the pharmacy service and will be implementing the EMIS solution for ePMA.

As an experienced mental health nurse joining the ePMA project implementation team, you will work closely with the ePMA project manager, ePMA pharmacist lead, system manager and PMO. You will also work with key stakeholders across the organisation including clinical teams and colleagues within the health systems team, to ensure that ePMA is able to meet the needs of clinicians and that the benefits to patients are realised.

You should have a Degree in mental health nursing or equivalent, and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Project management and/or informatics qualifications would be an advantage but not essential. You should be able to demonstrate evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development in mental health nursing practice.

We are looking for a motivated, adaptable nurse with excellent communication skills and a passion for using technology to harness improvement. Previous experience with EMIS or ePMA systems is desirable but not essential, but you should be able to demonstrate excellent digital skills.

Main duties of the job

The role requires a competent professional with the clinical skills needed to act as the clinical advocate for the development, planning and implementation of ePMA.

You will provide professional support for the development of the clinical aspects of ePMA, ensuring that the clinical configuration meets user, Trust, commissioner and statutory requirement to deliver the expected benefits. You will work collaboratively, as part of the Trust's project management team, and with clinical and operational leaders outside the department in the implementation of ePMA.

You will support the project team in developing appropriate delivery plans, communicate and document clinical changes occurring via the project and support clinical teams on the ground during the implementation phases.

You will maintain clinical activity on a sessional basis at a level commensurate with a nurse to maintain a broad understanding of the context in which clinical IT systems and ePMA are used within the Trust.

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

Clinical Practice
  • Support the provision of care to an assigned ward or area.
  • Make appropriate referrals to other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • If acting as a prescriber, to take full responsibility for own prescribing as necessary, maintaining appropriate records of independent prescribing.
  • Take part in weekend, bank holiday, early and late working rotas, as required.
  • To provide cover out-of-hours as required.
ePMA Implementation
  • Be a key member of the ePMA team, contributing as necessary to ensure all tasks are completed to deadline and report progress on areas for which the post-holder is responsible.
  • As clinical support, provide advice on the implementation of ePMA in the care and treatment of patients.
  • In conjunction with the ePMA Project Manager and ePMA Pharmacist, produce all project documentation, including a project initiation document (PID), communication plan, risk and issues logs etc. Update and maintain these and the project timetable as described in the PID.
  • Undertake an analysis of the risks and issues pertaining to the project and escalate risks as appropriate to the Head of System Projects, Deputy Director of IM & T or Director of Pharmacy.
  • Organise, facilitate and manage multi-disciplinary workshops to obtain and disseminate information of a detailed nature, some of it contentious and sensitive, relating to the implementation of ePMA.
  • Ensure robust training plans are developed and implemented for all levels and types of staff, both clinical and non-clinical to ensure the safe and effective use of the ePMA system. Devise methods to evaluate the impact of training and adjust as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with the ePMA System Manager and system supplier develop and implement contingency plans to ensure patient safety and business continuity during system downtime or in the event of system failure, and that timely system recovery can be facilitated.
  • Represent the Trust in networks relevant to ePMA at a local level, using these to share and gain best practice and bring information and new ideas back to the ePMA team.
  • Provide clinical support to new releases of software ensuring they are effectively User Acceptance Testing prior to release and that systems are in place to ensure their safe introduction into working practice.
  • To provide an environment for effective implementation of new working practices, complying with all health and safety requirements and CQC standards.
  • To deliver specialist training and teaching sessions to the ward based team, checking understanding and adapting training methods where necessary.
  • To establish and maintain relationships with the external software suppliers and internal IM& T department in order to communicate issues and risks as they are foreseen and/or arise.
  • The post holder will support staff who are distressed or who challenge the changes to service as a result of ePMA.
  • To convey information from experiences and complex clinical situations to the multi-disciplinary implementation team, contributing in all its meetings and maintaining open communication.
  • To participate in complex process mapping days and use professional experience and knowledge of medicines management standards to design clinical practice in medicines administration to inform configuration of the software.
  • To evaluate and respond to changes in working practices as a result of moving to electronic medicines management processes.
  • To supervise other members of the ward team in providing championship coaching support.
  • Responsible for own interactions with staff who are going through a major change process within the sphere of responsibilities, ie training and adjustment.
  • To provide motivation to staff as well as re-assurance and positive influencing skills to ensure agreement and co-operation in change.
Training and Education
  • To conduct structured interviews and process observation with prescribers and registered nurses to contribute to the benefits measurement process and to design best practice.
  • To analyse, monitor and review the teams training approach ensuring that any lessons learned are incorporated into future training plans.
  • To remain vigilant at all times when using the ePMA system to identify faults, errors or risks to safety generated by the use of the system and to report these.
  • To plan training sessions to the ward staff within specified timeframes and to deadlines.
  • To organise training materials and ensure that the training environment is suitable and adequately equipped with training aids.
  • To be proactively involved in the development of highly specialist education, training materials and user guides and training to clinical staff, and other staff involved in using the ePMA system.
  • Work closely with staff from other sites and the supplier to share and/or learn from examples of best practice.
  • Assist in the development of super users and ePMA champions across the Trust to provide initial support to end users.
  • Participate in systems for monitoring quality audit, competency development review and appraisal.
  • Be responsible for own continuing professional development in line with professional requirements in order to continue to update clinical knowledge and skills.
Policy and Service Development
  • Contribute to the local implementation of the Trusts medicines policies and procedures within own clinical areas. Identify and assess the potential impact of the use of ePMA on policies and procedures and advise on changes necessary.
  • Contribute to writing Trust wide clinical guidelines, standard operating procedures and other clinical documentation as required to support ePMA.
  • Identify and undertaken project work in order to make improvements within own clinical area or for the benefit of services across the Trust.

Person Specification



  • Good understanding of medicines administration particularly in mental health inpatient or community settings


  • Additional Professional Qualification/Experience



  • Registered Nurse on NMC Register Degree level qualification in health/nursing related studies.


  • Prince2 or related change management qualification or experience

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Lodge


SS11 7XX

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