Due to additional funding to support the community services within the Bay locality, an opportunity has arisen to recruit an experienced clinical pharmacist, with a specialist interest in mental health to take up a post working closely with the Home Treatment Team. The Bay locality covers a large geographical area within Lancaster, Morecambe, South Cumbria and surrounding areas. In conjunction with the Initial Response Service (IRS), the successful candidate will also provide clinical pharmacy support across the urgent care pathway in the locality.
You will work closely with clinical teams as part of a multi-disciplinary approach addressing the care needs of patients and service users. You will also ensure safe and effective medicines management processes within the service. This will include compliance with regulatory medicines management standards and implementation of medicines safety alerts. As a senior member of the pharmacy team, you will also have the opportunity to contribute to broader Trust initiatives and priorities.Main duties of the job
The post provides an opportunity for the following: -
- Development of a non-medical prescribing role
- Pharmaceutical care planning and clinical review of prescriptions
- Involvement of service users in decisions about their medicines to optimise treatment, support adherence and improve outcomes
- Provision of specialist pharmaceutical advice to the multi-disciplinary team
- Provision of clinical supervision and professional leadership to other members of the team
- Involvement in service redesign and development to ensure effective medicines management support and strategies
- Provide expert medicines management advice and support and ensure appropriate governance arrangements are in place for the management of medicines, including the monitoring of prescribing and medicines use.
- Attendance at strategic network meetings e.g. locality governance meetings
- Actively working to contribute to and deliver the Trust medicines optimisation strategy
This presents a great opportunity for enthusiastic and experienced pharmacists motivated by the desire to improve patient care to perform this key position within the MDT.
The roles demand an organised, flexible individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work on their own initiative. We welcome flexible working applications and job shares.
The funding allows the opportunity for flexibility in hours and geographical location with the potential to some home working within the working week.About usThere is an additional vacancy within the IRS service for a full time band 8a pharmacist post (37.5 hrs 1.0 WTE) and therefore there is some flexibility around additional hours or role share for suitable candidates. We welcome flexible working applications and job shares.
You will have current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council, a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience, and previous experience in mental health. A qualification as a non-medical prescriber or postgraduate qualifications in Psychiatry would be desirable but applicants with a willingness to work towards these qualifications will be considered.
There is no current requirement to work on-call, Bank Holidays or weekends.
Due to the location of various units, an ability and willingness to travel around Trust locations is required.
The Clinical Pharmacy service is highly regarded within the organisation and should you wish to join our team you will become one of a large team of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Medicines Management Nurses and Pharmacy Assistants working across the Trust.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.
The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.
Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.
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Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.Person SpecificationQualificationsEssential
- Masters/Batchelor's degree in Pharmacy
- Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
- Evidence of and commitment to continuing professional development
- Previous experience working in mental health
- Good clinical knowledge
- Awareness of current issues
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Good written and verbal skills
- Decision making skills
- Good computer skills
- Ability to maintain and develop professional relationships
- Calm and objective under pressure
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Within Bay area (base subject to negotiation)
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