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Senior Clinical Pharmacist - Adult Mental Health

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata plus HCAS
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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We have a vacancy for a Senior Clinical Pharmacist - Adult Mental Health. We are looking for someone passionate about mental health, a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with clinical experience in mental health medicines optimisation to join our expanding pharmacy team.

The role will involve provision and development of patient centred clinical pharmacy services to in-patient wards and clinics as part of the multidisciplinary team. The successful applicant will also act as a role model for Junior Pharmacists undertaking their Clinical Diploma, providing support and supervision at ward level.

To be a non-medical prescriber or willing to undertake the qualification in post is essential, as there are opportunities to develop pharmacist-led clinics to review patients, as well as working as a core member of the multidisciplinary team.

Clinical supervision will be provided as part of this role in developing further expertise in Adult Mental Health.

Main duties of the job

This role will interface with internal and external stakeholders, and has real opportunities to influence transformation of mental health services, such as dementia pathways, later life in older people, care homes, primary care and community workforce, working closely with the medical team.

This is an innovative role working closely with the wider pharmacy team including CMHT Pharmacists, the Lead Pharmacist for Adult Mental Health, Lead Pharmacist for Frailty and Older People and the Lead Directorate Pharmacist, Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

The role will include raising the profile of older adults mental health in addressing unwarranted variations in clinical outcomes and responding to the needs of this population group.

There will be involvement in workforce development, including training and education of the junior pharmacy workforce and community teams.

About us

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,313 to a maximum of �5,436).

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We believe in bringing your authentic and best self to work, in order to provide the best care to our patients. We are committed to supporting our employees holistically. Here is a snapshot of what is on offer at NELFT:
  • A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • A commitment to supporting our staff achieve a work life balance, through flexible working opportunities and our effortsto support our working parents and carers. This has resulted in us being recognised as a Top 10 Family Friendly Employer from Working Families charity
  • Proactive health and wellbeing support, including access to our KeepingWell hub, staff psychological support, individual wellbeing conversations and a network of health and wellbeing ambassadors

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether thats job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The role will involve covering in-patient wards at Goodmayes Hospital, and community teams in Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and will involve an element of travel between community sites. As it is a new role there is great opportunity to individualise and develop the service for older people mental health, further expand the Pharmacy team and make a significant contribution to health outcomes.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on the vacancy.

Person Specification



  • GPhC registration
  • Clinical diploma or mental health diploma


  • Independent prescribing qualification



  • Post registration hospital experience


  • Post registration experience in mental health or frailty



  • Demonstrates 1 or more of the trust values


  • Demonstrates all of the trust values



  • Knowledge of medicines legislation, policy and guidelines
  • Knowledge of medicines optimisation issues in the speciality area

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Goodmayes Hospital

157 Barley Lane



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