Lead Specialist Pharmacist, Surgery Division

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
University Hospitals Sussex is looking for a skilled and dedicated senior leader to join the pharmacy department as Lead Specialist Pharmacist, Surgery Division. As a key driver of innovation and quality, the post holder will lead a team of dedicated pharmacists and technicians whilst providing excellent patient care and guidance across the Royal Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital

The post holder will be expected to advance surgical medication management protocols, optimise workflows and foster collaboration with surgical teams.

The successful candidate can expect a supported induction period, training and development opportunities, clear leadership and management and an expanding health and well being focus to support a highly engaged workforce.

Main duties of the job

This is a substantive role with responsibility for the delivery, management and development of Pharmacy services to the division of surgery across Royal Sussex County Hospital & Princess Royal Hospital. As a Pharmacy team manager, the post holder will be responsible for the management and development of all staff delivering pharmacy and medicines management services to the division. The post holder is expected to provide an expert level of clinical pharmacy services to patients in a chosen area in the division of surgery.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops.

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be the lead clinical pharmacy practitioner for surgery responsible for the delivery, development, evaluation and co-ordination of clinical pharmacy services in line with the objectives of the division and the UHSussex pharmacy objectives.

The post holder will be responsible to surgery for all aspects of medicines management to optimise patients care involving the use of medication and will be the lead clinical pharmacy practitioner for all pharmacy aspects including drug expenditure reporting, safety quality issues, audit, teaching and research & development activities for the division.

Person Specification

Essential & Desirable


  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (MRPharmS).
  • BPharm / BSc (pharmacy) / MPharm/equivalent pharmacy degree.
  • Postgraduate certificate in clinical pharmacy
  • Diploma in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience.
  • Significant experience in providing a clinical pharmacy service
  • An understanding and experience of clinical governance
  • Experience monitoring and developing policies
  • Experience of management of finance
  • Experience of high level people and departmental management
  • Experience of providing education and training
  • Experience of writing and developing guidelines and policies


  • Experience of pharmacy computer softwares, including CMM
  • Demonstrated ability to reconcile national priorities with local realities.
  • Significant experience in providing a clinical pharmacy service to surgical patients at specialist level.
  • Management qualification/courses.
  • Independent prescriber.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road



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