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Specialist Pharmacist

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you passionate about improving and developing the pharmacy service to optimise patient care whilst pursuing your interest in education and training?

If so, we are looking for passionate, creative, motivated and patient focused pharmacists to join our team.

UHL comprises three acute teaching hospitals and is one of the largest Trusts in the country, serving over million residents of Leicestershire and Rutland and providing tertiary services on a national level. We are undergoing a period of reconfiguration of services with �450m of associated investment, which includes plans for two 'super' intensive care units at LRI and Glenfield sites.

You will be working within the Professional Development and Clinical Assurance (PDCA) team to support with the education and training of new and junior members of staff. Your role will also include participating in the delivery of our clinical pharmacy service.

The roles advertised will be a 50:50 split with the following specialties:
  • PDCA and Emergency and Specialist Medicine (ESM)
  • PDCA and Renal, Respiratory and Cardiology and Vascular (RRCV)

In your role you will utilise your clinical experience by providing daily clinical pharmacy services to specified wards, associated areas, assisting with the training and development of others and supporting the improvement of pharmacy services.

Main duties of the job

  • To participate in the delivery of optimum pharmaceutical care to patients served by the clinical directorate on specified ward(s) / clinics and deliver a level of clinical input commensurate with the grade.
  • Assist in the production of Patient Group Directions (PGDs), with appropriate medical and nursing staff. Provide PGD training for the directorate and regular audit of medicines administered under PGDs.
  • Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within scope of practice.
  • Actively pursue audit, research and development within the CMG and the department.
  • Publicise the results of such work through presentations and publications.

About us

We are one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:
  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust:

The detailed job description and main responsibilities are included as an attachment to this advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Emergency and Specialist Medicine (ESM)

You will be working within the multidisciplinary team where you will provide a pharmacy services to a variety of clinical areas including Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Stroke, Geriatrics, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Dermatology.

The University Hospitals of Leicester has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country. Our acute medicine department also has a large Acute Medical Unit, an Acute Ambulatory Care service, a Short Stay Unit, an Acute Care Medical HDU and 2 Acute Frailty Units which includes the newly formed Frailty Emergency Squad (FES).

Renal, Respiratory and Cardiology and Vascular (RRCV)

Medicines optimisation is at the heart of our interactions with the patients under our care who present with a range of acute and complex cardiorespiratory conditions. We have well established links with our specialist clinical teams and work closely with them to provide support to these patients. The post holder will be required to deliver clinical services to specialist cardiac, respiratory, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery wards, as well as contribute to the development of the team within RRCV.

PDCA Core responsibilities:
  • To assist in the induction planning and oversight for new trainee and foundation pharmacists. This will include updating induction rotas, completion of induction checklists and the planning of competency assessments.
  • Provide ongoing and diploma support for foundation pharmacists (ward assessments, case based discussions, presentations).
  • To assist in the planning, delivery and quality assurance of University placement programmes and other training sessions deemed appropriate.
  • Both roles will be expected to provide adhoc support within the PDCA team and will include line management responsibilities and providing support for the line managers of staff in training posts.
  • Post holders will be expected to contribute towards evening, on-call and weekend rotas.

Person Specification

Experience and qualifications


  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy
  • Pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Post-graduate certificate in Clinical Pharmacy / Pharmacy practice or evidence of equivalent clinical experience
  • Working towards completion of a Post graduate Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy/ Pharmacy practice


  • Evidence of leadership training and skills particularly change management



  • Sound current clinical knowledge
  • Evidence of post registration commitment to continuing professional development



  • Approaching 2 years (minimum) post-registration experience in pharmacy practice with relevant clinical experience


  • Experience of working in hospital



  • Evidence of communication skills, verbal/written. Good interpersonal and communication


  • Previous supervisory/management training. Evidence of management of staff in previous post

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust





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