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Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about providing care that is safe, effective, positively experienced? If so we want to hear from you!

We are looking for a highly committed, innovative pharmacists, with excellent organisation and communication skills who are keen to deliver clinical pharmacy services to the locality in-patient mental health services in Warrington and Halton on a full time, permanent basis.

Main duties of the job

Be responsible for implementing the Medicines Management Strategy within the Trust.

Ensure that services provided meet the standards laid down by the General Pharmaceutical Council, the National standards for the delivery of Pharmaceutical services, and the trust PCS.

Provide formal training/education for pharmacy staff, other healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses, medical students, GPs,), patients and carers.

Participate in association with lead pharmacists and other senior pharmacists in the service planning, organisation, workload allocation and management of the clinical pharmaceutical services / medicines management services.

Participate in the monitoring and analysis of drug expenditure.

To work closely with pharmacy technicians in advising healthcare professionals on medicines related improvements and action plans.

Undertake clinics with direct patient contact sometimes in patient own homes e.g. anticoagulation, medication review.

Undertake relevant training to maintain competencies and further develop clinical or technical specialist knowledge to meet the needs of this post.

Participate in clinical trial activity.

Ensure the implementation of all Merseycare Foundation Trust policies and procedures that impact on medicines management and pharmaceutical care, including adhering to the Trust Clinical and Managerial Supervision policies.

Maintain a CPD portfolio to the standards required by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Job description Job responsibilities

Management of Service Delivery and Administration

To deputise for a higher grade pharmacist if required.

To highlight any issues connected with the service level agreement for pharmacy services to the Lead Pharmacist.

Assist with recruitment interviews and induction interviews for staff and the provision of support for staff with work-related or personal problems.

Contribute to the process of performance review and objective setting for staff.

Assist in monitoring drug expenditure and analysing medicines data, including interpreting Epact data and providing MM reports. Highlight areas of concern to the Lead Pharmacist and consider strategies for resolution.

Assist with identifying staff training needs, develop training programmes and provide clinical supervision, mentoring, education and training ranging from basic to highly specialist levels for pharmacy undergraduates, pre-registration pharmacists, postgraduate pharmacists and technicians and other health care professionals.

Provide training where requested to both undergraduate and post graduate health care professionals. Provide support, education and training and expert medicines information for specialist nurses undertaking roles involving drug treatment or prescribing.

Provide training for staff from other disciplines e.g. medical, nursing staff, paramedics on medicines/management issues e.g. including teaching of clinical staff on medicines management.

Identify the need for and provide relevant education/support to patients and/or carers.

To assist in achieving financial targets of pharmacy services contracts.

Clinical Service Provision

Participate in the delivery, management and development of Clinical pharmacy services throughout the whole trust.

In conjunction with the Lead Pharmacist, develop, implement and monitor standards for pharmacy services.

Contribute to the development of new policies and procedures, the modification of existing policies and procedures and the implementation.


Provide a highly specialised clinical pharmacy service to patients. This includes:

To conduct daily ward clinical pharmacy visits, taking individual responsibility for designated areas.

Taking patient drug histories, participation in medicines reconciliation processes including identifying on admission positive, negative and adverse responses to past treatment, and advising on future treatment strategies.

To attend Consultant ward rounds where appropriate as a member of the multidisciplinary team to advise on matters relating to choice and use of medication, and carry out any necessary preparatory work to maximise pharmaceutical input.

To contribute to the medicines management teams delivery of patient care.

Formulation of general or highly specialist care plans where pharmaceutical care issues are identified.

Reviewing medication to ensure safe and effective use.

Assessing the legibility, legality, adherence to Trust policies and safety of prescriptions.

Reviewing and update care plans depending on response, results of investigations and adverse effects.

Therapeutic drug monitoring for relevant drugs.

Educating patients about their drug therapy with the provision of verbal or written medication information.

Providing general and highly specialist pharmaceutical information and advice to service users and carers, medical and nursing staff, and other healthcare professionals.

Answering highly specialised pharmaceutical questions where an answer is not available in recognised texts or journals utilising critical appraisal skills so that information provided is evidence based.

To ensure that the use of medication is based on sound evidence and research based practices.

To ensure that effective medicines management practices are carried out and thus promote economic drug usage.

Identifying and addressing patient compliance / concordance issues.

Reviewing medication issues with medical staff, transcribing the discharge prescription (where necessary) and preparing the patient, pharmaceutically, for discharge.

Contribute to the development of evidence-based treatment protocols for use across the Trust.

Facilitating implementation of local and national guidelines.

Record ward based activities on the Trust activity database.

Support the use of Patient Group Directions within the organisation.

Record any interventions on the Datix Intervention monitoring database and approve the interventions of colleagues where appropriate.

To practice as an anticoagulant practitioner, and support the anticoagulant service by supervising technician-led clinics and undertaking unsupervised clinics according to the service specification.

Support the development of Patient Group Directions for use within the organisation.

Plan and undertake unsupervised medication reviews, particularly for vulnerable patients.

Assist in identifying clinical MM issues to be addressed by practices, nursing homes and the provider organisation, utilizing prescribing information and comparing to targets in national guidance (NICE and NSF) and locally agreed targets.

To participate in the on-call service that the Medicines Management Team provides

Medicines Management

Provide support for the Chief Pharmacist in medicines management activities associated with NHSLA, Controls Assurance, Standards for Better Health etc.

For pharmacy services contribute to the:

Auditing/assessing appropriateness of the use of therapy with respect to evidence based literature.

Effecting changes to improve prescribing to reduce financial waste and help the Directorates to keep within budget.

Participation in the evaluation of new drugs on behalf of the Chief Pharmacist, the the Trust Medicines Management Committee, and the Pan Mersey APC.

Monitoring and providing information on the use of recently introduced drugs or drugs giving cause for concern.


Undertake continuing professional development (CPD) as per national guidelines from the General Pharmaceutical Council. Maintain and update own competencies and identify own training needs and courses to develop the knowledge and skills required by this post. Maintain portfolio of evidence of CPD.

Work towards objectives agreed at Personal Development Review and develop with the manager, own Personal Development Plan.

To ensure that all the staff working within the pharmacy services receive the appropriate clinical supervision and that this is recorded and able to undergo audit as appropriate.

To encourage and support the development of research within the pharmaceutical services.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree in Pharmacy
  • Completed and passed Pre-Registration training year
  • General Pharmaceutical Council registered pharmacist
  • Evidence of continued professional development preferably in mental health
Experience/ Knowledge Essential
  • Recent experience in providing pharmaceutical care to mental health service users
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary setting
  • Experience of lecturing/giving presentations to other healthcare professionals
  • Record of achieving results against set targets
  • Specialised and up to date knowledge of Mental Health pharmacy and prescribing issues in mental health
  • Knowledge and experience of primary and secondary care working
  • Relevant knowledge of pharmaceutical standards of practice
  • Knowledge of mental health therapeutics and services
  • Knowledge and understanding of implications of Clinical Governance
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to influence, persuade, motivate and negotiate both within and external to the trust
  • Able to devise, plan and manage a complex work programme
  • Numeracy skills
  • Ability to interpret complex data
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Flexible and able to modify approach to achieve objectives
  • Clinical competency
  • Able to communicate effectively with individuals from all agencies and at all levels including service users, carers and professionals
  • Ability and commitment to engage with and empower users and carers
  • Ability in training staff that have a varying level of ability
  • Ability to work autonomously and making independent evidence based decisions
  • Self-motivated
  • Proactive

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