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Digital Medicines Lead Pharmacist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
The Pharmacy Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital is delighted to be able to offer this exciting position in our Digital Medicines team. The award winning RCHT Digital Medicines team is one of the national leaders in digital pharmacy systems and has successfully rolled out our EPMA solution across Cornwall in a unique partnership with our sister Trust.

The Trust is about to embark on the implementation of its new Electronic Patient Record (EPR). This challenging programme is the largest clinical system transformation programme the Trust has undertaken and is key to the Trust's Strategy and aims to fundamentally transform ways of working.

Main duties of the job

This role will lead the Digital Medicines team at RCHT, working with the Chief Pharmacy Information Officer to implement, support and maintain Digital Medicines systems across Cornwall. The Digital Medicines team will also be working closely with other clinical teams and Cornwall IT Services to implement a new EPR across Cornwall over the next 2 years.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital pharmacy department is a forward thinking and friendly team. We provide an innovative clinical pharmacy service, combining technology and clinical pharmacy expertise. We are a recognised national leader for innovation in fields such as antimicrobial resistance and the adoption of Scan4Safety standards. All these functions are supported by an excellent wholesale dealer supply service, a well-equipped licensed pharmacy technical services unit and the full range of medicines optimisation support services including medicines information, education and training, formulary support and digital medicines. We have also recently had the funding for a new pharmacy department confirmed as part of an exciting investment which includes a new Women's and Children's hospital.

This is a fulltime post of 37.5 hours per week, however flexible working and job-share will be considered.

About us

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) is the main provider of acute and specialist care services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We serve a population of around 500,000 people - a figure that can increase significantly with visitors during the busiest times of the year. We employ approximately 6,700 staff and have a budget of approximately �580 million.

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the University of Exeter Medical School, University of Plymouth School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Peninsula Dental School.

The Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site is the base for medical and nursing as well as ongoing education for health professions in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we are continually developing our clinical services as well as our facilities and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care that can be offered locally. Allied to this is a growing reputation for research and innovation.

Cornwall is a wonderful place to live, offering an excellent quality of life and a truly stunning environment to live in. We have a vision of an integrated Cornwall pharmacy service and will expect our pharmacy staff to work across organisational boundaries to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Please watch our pharmacy recruitment video:

Job description

Job responsibilities


To lead the Digital Medicines team in the maintenance and upgrade of the Trusts Digital Medicines systems.

To lead on other Pharmacy IT and innovation projects.

To contribute to the development of pharmacovigilance and patient safety tools, such as clinical prioritisation tools, utilising the data within EPMA and other systems to improve efficiencies and patient care.

Engage with other members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure innovations are in line with clinical priorities.

Keeping abreast of innovation in the field of medicines optimisation.

Work closely with medication safety officer to use innovation to reduce patient harm and improve patient outcomes and experience.

Work closely with the Trust IT and Chief Pharmacy Information Officer to ensure pharmacy developments align with the Trust strategy.


Introduction of an entirely new ways of working for staff prescribing and administering medicines.

Managing expectations of what EPMA and Digital medicines can deliver.

Liaising across a wide range of staff types and stakeholders to ensure full understanding of EPMA and digital medicine initiatives.

Challenging poor practice and resistance to change.

Managing a multidisciplinary team.

Person Specification



  • Master's degree in pharmacy or equivalent plus sufficient pre- registration training
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Clinical Diploma or equivalent or working towards


  • Pharmacy management or supervisory training
  • A job-related higher degree or diploma
  • Qualification in service improvement +/or project management



  • Sufficient relevant post registration experience
  • Experience as a clinical pharmacist
  • Experience of communicating and co-operating within in a multidisciplinary environment.


  • Experience of setting up and configuring EPMA and associated functionality
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of service improvement
  • Experience with the use of clinical IT systems.

Practical and Intellectual Skills


  • Excellent general pharmaceutical & clinical knowledge.
  • Good overall understanding of prescribing and medicines administration
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to prioritise work and work under pressure.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Advanced problem-solving skills
  • Negotiation and influencing skills


  • Financial awareness in the management of budgets or the preparation of business cases
  • Knowledge of risk management principles
  • A good knowledge of IT and informatics



  • Comfortable working alone, and in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to deal with the stresses of working in a pressurised team environment

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


Royal Cornwall Hospital




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