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Band 8a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Neurosciences

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
27 Feb 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a proactive and dynamic individual with an appropriate level of knowledge and skills to join the Pharmacy team, leading on Neurosciences at UHB. The post holder will also work closely with the other Lead Pharmacists and the pharmacy operational team on site to ensure day to day provision of the clinical pharmacy service to general wards.

The post holder will lead & coordinate the development, delivery & evaluation of Neuroscience services. The post holder will further develop, deliver and evaluate the service to support the medicines optimisation agenda.

As part of the leadership team you may be requested to work cross-site with the other lead pharmacists in the team.

The Trust has close links with local universities and you will be involved with supporting the undergraduate pharmacy teaching. You will also contribute to the delivery of formal and informal education and development programmes, including the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, and our rotational programme for band 6 and 7 clinical pharmacists.

As part of this job, you will be expected to work as part of a wider team, but also independently and must possess effective influencing and negotiating skills.

Main duties of the job

*To screen prescriptions and identify anomalies such as interactions, contraindications, inappropriate doses, failures to respond to pathology results. To influence prescribers to change their drug choice or rectify an error. To clarify prescription ambiguities so that staff dispensing the medication and staff administering the dose will not be misled. These activities will take place daily on allocated wards and (on rotation) in the clinical checking centre in the dispensary. In some cases similar duties are carried out on visits to external units

*To record clinical interventions so that areas for concern can be highlighted and addressed. To participate in any changes in practice which are needed in order to reduce a risk which has been identified.

*Through a counseling approach, to identify the medication needs of individual patients and design and deliver pharmaceutical care to them. This will generally involve checking that the prescribed medication regime suits their lifestyle, and negotiating with the patient and/or carer for the medication to be taken as intended, and giving them the information and understanding that they need in order to self-medicate safely. High risk patients may be targeted.

*To assess which of the inpatient medications will need to be terminated or modified when the patient goes home, and then liaise with the medical staff in the preparation of the discharge prescription.

For a full list of main duties please refer to the job description.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a specific detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * MPharm degree or equivalent
  • * Clinical diploma (or equivalent) or higher Pharmacy degree
  • * Qualified as an independent non-medical prescribed or a willingness to undertake the programme
  • * GPhC registration



  • * Substantial experience as a band 7 pharmacist (or above) within hospital pharmacy.
  • * Experience in a range of clinical specialties.
  • * Previous participation in multidisciplinary team
  • * Experience in supervising and managing pharmacists & pharmacy technicians and performing appraisals.
  • * Experience of audit work
  • * Excellent knowledge of general clinical pharmacy and drug use
  • * Networking: being able to work within and without the Trust with credibility
  • * Knowledge of current national standards, guidelines and service delivery issues relevant to education & training
  • * In-depth knowledge of Continuing Professional Development process and of Plan & Record system
  • * Experience of supervision, developing and appraising staff as well as giving feedback

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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