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Specialist Medicine Pharmacist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum - Pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A great opportunity for an enthusiastic and clinically focussed pharmacist to join a progressive and supportive team based in Southampton General Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country.We're looking for pharmacists with strong clinical knowledge who are ready to progress their career in clinical pharmacy at band 7 level. However, we will consider applications from suitable pharmacists for our band 6 to 7 progression route.

This is a fantastic opportunity for personal development and will give you the chance to experience all the departments within Division B (Acute medicine unit, emergency department, inpatient medicine wards and elderly Care). You'll spend 9 months in each section and your responsibilities will vary depending on which area you are assigned but will include supporting ward rounds and attending multidisciplinary team meetings. Rotations include AMU, Respiratory, Medicine for older people, Hepatology, Gastroenterology, General medicine and Cystic fibrosis.

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

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. 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. Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

University Hospital Southampton (UHS) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching hospitals on the south coast. The large Pharmacy department employs over 300 staff and highly respected within the Trust as a dynamic and forward-thinking department. If the idea of 300 staff sounds daunting fear not the department is spilt into a range of friendly and supportive teams of different sizes with clear structures helping to ensure you always get the personal treatment and can have an impact. Our clear vision - Safer medicines, safer patients is recognised by all staff who enjoy an environment in which they can flourish, grow and develop. We are constantly striving to improve, using technology and digital resources to provide world class medicine management activities. Every member of pharmacy staff will contribute to delivering our vision: over 100 pharmacists, 100 pharmacy technicians, 70 support workers, 20 trainees and our supporting administrative staff. We will review our progress and achievements annually, and highlight areas for focused development, but allow for responsiveness to changing national and local priorities. The department currently has several pharmacist prescribers and this is increasing each year. There are three consultant pharmacists, in a range of specialties who along with many other staff engage in national and international initiatives helping to maintain the departments excellent reputation. Our department also has a highly developed career structures and pathways for all staff groups Staff are encouraged to develop their skills: Opportunities include: Prescribing Research internships Project management Huge variety of clinical specialties Leadership training We provide hospital services to 1.3 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire, plus specialist cardiac, neurosciences and paediatric services to more than 3 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands. We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. 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. Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Division B (Medicine and Elderly Care) is the largest clinical pharmacy team in the Trust, covering around 20 inpatient wards, the emergency department and several outpatient areas. You will become part of a well-integrated and highly valued team, working closely alongside consultants, junior doctors and ward nurses. You will be well supported by a team of medicines management technicians and senior assistant technical officers (SATOs) to deliver clinical pharmacy services to the wards. You will be warmly welcomed into the Division B pharmacy team where you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the pharmacists, technicians and SATOs to have your say in the strategic and day-to-day operation of the pharmacy service to Division B. We are proud of our use of technology to communicate with each other and the wards, and regularly try new ways to make small improvements in the way we work and the service we deliver. You will be encouraged to support these service developments and run projects of your own.

This is a vacancy for a full time clinical pharmacist- 1 in 5 late nights until 7pm- 1 in 6 weekends (working either Sat or Sun)- All staff are required to contribute to extended hours, weekends & bank holidays as part of core hours. This includes general dispensary duties such as dispensing prescriptions and clinical pharmacy duties.


Support patient flow in some of the busiest areas of the Trust by organising discharge medications in a timely manner. Ensure patient safety, medicines optimisation and effective therapeutic treatment. Work closely with medical and nursing staff on the wards as part of the MDT, attending ward rounds and board rounds as required. Lead and manage projects to support service development. Be an active and supportive member of the Division B pharmacy team Aiding in the implementation of NICE guidance and horizon scanning for new medicines. Attending clinical governance meetings Developing evidence based treatment guidelines in conjunction with primary care and the District Prescribing Committee Undertaking audit and teaching within the multidisciplinary team Developing the clinical skills of junior rotational staff

WHAT WERE LOOKING FORPharmacists with a passion for clinical pharmacy who are eager to learn and progress their career Ability to communicate well, inspire confidence and work well both independently and as part of a team. Sound clinical knowledge and post-graduate education in clinical pharmacy.Good organisational and problem-solving skills.

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. As a department we have a strong commitment to continuing professional development and training, particularly in developing independent pharmacist prescribers. Over 50% of the clinical pharmacy team are independent prescribers and we also have three Consultant Pharmacists. A candidate with an interest in becoming an independent prescriber would be an advantage for the future. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to undertake further study in clinical, leadership or management qualifications.

Person Specification

Trust values


  • Patient First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together

Qualifications, knowledge and experience


  • Qualifications, knowledge and experience
  • 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

Skills and competencies


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

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust


University Hospital Southampton

Tremona Road


SO14 2AA

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