Senior Clinical Pharmacist-Transfer of Care Unit & Medicine

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A new exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated and dynamic Clinical Pharmacist to deliver an enhanced Clinical Pharmacy Service to the Trust's new Transfer of Care Unit (TOCU) and Medical inpatient wards. In this role you will have the opportunity to develop the pharmacy service delivery to TOCU and work alongside specialist Medicine pharmacists to develop your clinical knowledge and expertise.

The Transfer of Care Unit accepts patients from a range of specialities and your role will be vital in providing a high level of pharmaceutical service to inpatients, improving the quality of discharge communications and facilitating the smooth transfer of medication related issues across the interface. The role also provides an excellent potential opportunity to participate in optimising medication for patients on 'Virtual Wards' .

You will be involved in ensuring patients are discharged from hospital with the right discharge medication information and receive the right onward medication related support by ensuring appropriate referrals of Medication Reviews for high -risk patients with complex medication related needs.

There will also be opportunities to be involved in Quality Improvement work.

Hospital experience is desirable but not essential and we welcome applications from pharmacists with an interest in working across care settings and providing excellent seamless Pharmaceutical care. Inhouse training will be provided.

Main duties of the job

The post will be based predominantly at the Queens Medical Centre Campus, but there may be the expectation to travel to the City campus on occasions.

In addition to the below summary you need to familiarise yourself with full Job Description and Person Specification documents attached to this advert.

To provide a clinical pharmacy service to the new Transfer of Care Unit, and Medical Wards, offering highly specialist pharmaceutical advice to medical staff, nurses and patients on all aspects of safe and effective use of medicines.

To work alongside the multidisciplinary team delivering excellent patient care through medicines optimisation. When qualified the post holder will also utilise their prescribing skills to do this.

To facilitate with timely discharges by clinically screening discharge prescriptions/TTOs. To be the lead pharmacist for the Transfer of Care Unit.

To improve the quality of discharge communications between secondary and primary care including care homes.

Liaise closely with Community Pharmacy Services, PCN Pharmacists and G.P. Practice Pharmacists to ensure appropriate referrals of Medication Reviews for high -risk patients with complex medication related needs.

To assist the Specialist Clinical Pharmacists with specialty level support roles such as governance, teaching and guidelines.

To support, mentor & line manage junior pharmacists and medicines management technicians.

To be actively involved in quality improvement projects.

About us

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) is one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country. We are a large, complex, person-centred organisation with an excellent national and international reputation for the quality of patient care, research, education and innovation. For more information about the Trust, visit our website

The pharmacy department at NUH is forward thinking and constantly implementing innovative ways of working to deliver the best possible patient care. We continue to extend the ideal model of delivering medicines optimisation and pharmaceutical care where pharmacists are fully integrated in to the medical teams, supported by a team of medicines management technicians and assistants.

Some of the benefits of working for our organisation include:

Flexible working.

Opportunities to be innovative/creative in the workplace.

Friendly and supportive work colleagues within the team.

Salary sacrifice schemes.

Cycle to work and travel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake .

To provide a specialist Pharmacy Service to the new Transfer of Care Unit and to patients on Medical Wards.

To ensure safe, rational and effective prescribing by undertaking medication reconciliation, assessing suitability of prescribed medication, enabling use of patients own medicines and patient self-administration, counselling (to optimise medicines use), and ensuring continuity of patient care on leaving hospital.

To ensure patients receive the best pharmaceutical care throughout their stay by ensuring care plans continue to be reviewed, along with managing complex multimorbidity and potentially inappropriate polypharmacy.

To support with proactive assessment of patient adherence and ability to manage medicines prior to discharge working with patients as partners ensuring their autonomy where possible.

To improve the quality of discharge communications between secondary and primary care (community pharmacies and general practice) and to care homes and to actively identify and/or refer patients to benefit from a targeted MUR post discharge to a community pharmacy.

To support with Quality Improvement Project work focused to improve patient flow and timely discharges for Medically Stable for Discharge patients.

To partake in clinical pharmacy duties ensuring core clinical pharmacy activities are undertaken in the relevant clinical specialties. This includes a prescribing role when qualified.

To make recommendations about medicines to improve patient outcomes and to encourage adherence to hospital formulary and national guidelines.

To line manage and support more junior pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the medical team specialties.

To facilitate or conduct clinical audits which are part of the pharmacy audit plan that are suitable for presentation at a local level.

To take full part in the 7 day shifted rota and bank holidays duties.

We operate a 7day working model the post-holder will contribute to the senior on-call rota providing back-up support to the on-call pharmacist. All of our dispensaries are pharmacist-free and technician led, so there are no operational commitments.

Whilst this post is commissioned to be full time (equivalent of 37.5 hours per week) the service would welcome applications from those wanting a better work life balance. If you would like to consider this post but on less than full time hours please still apply and outline this on your application form or please contact us for further discussion.

Person Specification



  • B.Pharm / BSc (Pharmacy) or MPharm.
  • GPhC registered
  • Diploma/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy or other appropriate post graduate qualification


  • Holds a post-graduate clinical diploma
  • Independent Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification

Skills & Experience


  • Ability to interact with multidisciplinary teams
  • Wide previous experience (post registration) in hospital/Clinical pharmacy
  • Broad knowledge base of clinical areas.
  • Experience of delivering clinical pharmacy services in a hospital setting
  • Experience of day to day supervision and assisting in training of pre registration pharmacists and/or technicians


  • Experience of working within Elderly Healthcare specialities.
  • Experience in undertaking, and reporting/presenting audit / research work at local (Trust) level.
  • Evidence of project work completed
  • Experience of developing and implementing medicines and service related policies for a specialty

PLanning and organisational


  • Organised, able to prioritise own work and assist others to prioritise
  • Good Time management skills

Communication and relationship skills


  • Good communication skills with multidisciplinary team members and own profession.
  • Good interpersonal, negotiating and presentation skills, both written and verbal skills.
  • Empathy with patients, relatives and pharmacy customers.
  • Ability to interact with multidisciplinary teams


  • Teaching skills

Analytical and Judgement skills


  • Able to assess and minimise the risk in medication process
  • Able to analyse patient specific data to advise on therapy management
  • Critical evaluation of literature and literature searching skills for analysing, interpreting medicines information, production issues, drug therapy decisions and patient information


  • Experience of analysing expenditure

Employer details

Employer name

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trusts


QMC Campus

Derby Road



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