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NHS@Home Pharmacist

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic pharmacist who will embrace working within the community setting within Swindon. We are looking for a senior pharmacist (band 8a) but would also consider a development position (band 7-8a) if this is something you are looking towards.

You will be a senior pharmacist supporting the exciting Urgent Response and NHS@Home service in Swindon which incorporates Virtual Wards. A virtual ward is a safe and efficient alternative to NHS bedded care providing treatment and care in a patient's own home. This supports early discharge out of hospital and prevents avoidable admissions. You will provide a highly specialist clinical pharmacy service to virtual ward patients, optimising medicines and ensuring agreed changes in medication are implemented and sustained. This could involve remote consultations, home visits and attending multidisciplinary team meetings. You will be involved in developing and delivering safe and effective pathways of care to patients for a range of conditions. You will also be a key part of a collaborative approach to virtual wards across the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Integrated Care Board (ICB).

As a Senior Pharmacist you may be required to support the wider pharmacy team within Great Western Hospitals as the needs require. This may include clinical pharmacy ward and dispensary support. Please see the job description for further details.

Main duties of the job

  • Carry out medicine reviews virtually and face to face in patient homes, as necessary
  • Work as an independent prescriber (when trained), optimising medicines and promoting appropriate evidence-based and cost-effective prescribing
  • Utilise clinical assessment skills, where competent and appropriate, to support clinical review of patients within the Virtual ward
  • Provide professional advice and support during consultant and multidisciplinary Virtual Ward rounds
  • Assist in the management of prescribing across the primary/secondary care interface to promote a unified and coordinated approach
  • Developing the pharmacy virtual ward service, in line with national standards
  • Support patients and their carers in respect of their medication, including education for patients/carers and medicines advice to health and social care providers
  • Support and develop the admission and discharge process to and from Urgent Response and NHS@Home services to ensure safe transfer of care in relation to medicines.
  • Co-ordinate the day-to-day activities of the pharmacy service, supervising and line managing pharmacy technicians and rotational pharmacists within the service.

About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.

Service- We will put our patients first.

Teamwork- We will work together.

Ambition- We will aspire to provide the best service.

Respect- We will act with integrity.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Lead, develop and oversee the clinical pharmacy service provided to the Urgent Response and NHS@Home services
  • Responsibility for leading pharmacy input into the Urgent Response and NHS@Home service at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Support and address a range of pharmaceutical care needs for patients, such as prescribing or deprescribing, medicines reconciliation, medication review, medicines adherence assessments, ensuring timely medicine supply, antimicrobial stewardship, and therapeutic drug monitoring for patients within these services
  • Support the delivery of other domiciliary medicines optimisation services as new care models emerge and participates in the delivery of other community clinical pharmacy services as required
  • To deputise and support the Lead Pharmacist for Integrated Community Services

Please see the attached job description for full information.

Person Specification



  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experiential practice
  • Independent Prescribing annotation or desire to complete qualification
  • Keeping professionally up to date including CPD


  • Quality Improvement training
  • Relevant national and regional training courses
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain



  • Practice as clinical pharmacist.
  • Experience of managing a team.
  • Experience of leading on the incorporation of NHS priorities for pharmacy and medicines management in practice
  • Proven track record of service development.
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of relevant regulations, guidance and quality standards


  • Experience managing pharmacy section or service.
  • Evidence of published research.



  • Able to lead and motivate a team and drive change.
  • Assertive yet friendly
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with patients and colleagues of all grades and disciplines.
  • Good initiative, planning and time management.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including presentation skills.
  • Able to apply advanced clinical pharmacy skills and knowledge in practice


  • Able to compile business cases and successfully negotiate for resources

Employer details

Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


The Orbital


SN25 4AN

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