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Prisons Services Clinical Pharmacist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Sheerness, Kent
£45,742 to £52,056 a year pa inc
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Pharmacy Department

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community trust that provides a wide and growing range of services across the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. Due to the recent contract award from NHS England we will also be providing pharmacy services to the Kent and Medway prisons and the Dover Immigration Removal Centre.

If you have an interest in clinical Pharmacy and are looking for an opportunity to expand, this post could be for you. The post holder will be responsible for providing clinical services to HMP Elmley, a busy remand prison. As well as providing Responsible Pharmacist support to the dispensary. You will work in a small Pharmacy team, including Medicines Management technicians and Assistants, coordinating directly with the main Pharmacy at HMP Rochester. As an organisation, we believe in investing in our staff we will support professional and clinical development initiatives.

The post-holder will be based at the dedicated sub-pharmacy department at HMP Elmley and the working hours are between 10am-6pm

Main duties of the job

The Pharmacy department has a long history of innovation, with established prescribing guidelines, excellent relationships with medical staff, a strong culture of leading clinical audit and research projects and an excellent publication record. All these attributes we wish to extend to the prison pharmacy services.

We believe in supporting our staff to develop to their full potential.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To organize on a weekly basis the pharmacy clinical service provision to the allocated prison(s), planning your work and the work of others.
  • To work collaboratively and communicate effectively with Rochester pharmacy to manage work load
  • To provide clinical services to the allocated prison(s).
  • To ensure you personally have high standards of work, both clinical and dispensing and follow all standard operating procedures (SOPs) as directed by the Senior Prison Services Pharmacist.
  • To work as a team with the pharmacy technician in the allocated cluster and to support this technician professionally when on site.
  • To implement the prison formulary, in collaboration with primary care colleagues.
  • To generate monthly reports on drug expenditure for the allocated cluster prisons and to advice the prescribers on areas for improvement and efficiencies.
  • To provide clinical screening and final accuracy checks when working in the dispensary.
  • To ensure all work is carried out in a timely manner to meet therequirements of the delivery service across the prisons.
  • To help support technicians in organizing the workload whilst in the dispensary
  • To work collaboratively with different healthcare providers i.e. primary care, IDTS, mental health


    All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

    You will need to provide:

    Proof of right to work documentation

    Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographicID

    Proof of address documentation

    Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

    Address History:

    5 years address history will be needed.

    Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

    Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited .

    In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

    If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website ( ).

    Person Specification



    • Masters Degree of Pharmacy or equivalent
    • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council of GB (GPhC)
    • Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent (or working towards)


    • Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent



    • Previous prison/hospital/community pharmacy experience in the UK
    • Experience of providing clinical pharmacy services
    • At least 2 years experience post registration of providing clinical services within prisons or hospitals


    • Experience of providing clinical services to mental health or substance misuse patients

    Skills and Abilities


    • Recent clinical pharmacy practice in a hospital or prison setting
    • Experience of working in a busy dispensary
    • Ability to use (or learn to use) computer packages including JAC and Microsoft


    • Ability to analyse and use clinical evidence and apply it appropriately in different contexts

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Elmley

    Church Road, Eastchurch

    Sheerness, Kent

    ME12 4DZ

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