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High-Cost Drugs Nurse / AHP

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

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Job Details

This unique role is a strategic and clinical leadership position and represents an innovative and pioneering position within the NHS. Placed directly within the Pharmacy Department, the successful candidate will be at the forefront of optimising patient outcomes and realising financial efficiencies, specifically around the strategic utilisation of biosimilars, dose optimisation of anti-TNF therapies, and the stock management of high-cost medicines within clinics. In addition to these responsibilities, the role includes spearheading a research project to evaluate the position's impact, with the expectation to publish findings and experiences offering a significant advantage for professional growth and future career advancement.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will:
  • Develop and implement strategies for the optimisation of biosimilars and anti-TNF therapies, ensuring a significant reduction in the time to transition patients to more cost-effective treatments.
  • Lead patient consultations, offering expert advice and support for biosimilar transitions, and manage any concerns arising from these changes.
  • Design and oversee a robust stock management strategy for high-cost medications to significantly reduce wastage.
  • Serve on the Biologic Switch Back MDT panel, contributing clinical expertise to panel decisions.
  • Engage in active leadership, fostering a culture of excellence, continuous improvement, and research within the Pharmacy team and beyond.
  • Mentor and develop staff, highlighting the strategic importance of efficient medicine management and clinical excellence.

Your ability to bridge communication gaps, influence policy, and drive innovative changes will be crucial in this role.

About us

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength and want you to feel included to help as always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to success. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. Were proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

Your role will involve:
  • Acting as a strategic leader within the Pharmacy Department, you will facilitate the seamless flow of information between specialist teams, patients, and external stakeholders.
  • Leading the charge in agile switches to biosimilars, you will reduce administrative and clinical challenges, ensuring swift transitions that aim to substantially cut costs without compromising patient care.
  • Addressing disease relapse in patients on anti-TNF therapies, acting as the go-to expert for specialist teams and managing dosage adjustments to maintain remission.
  • Implementing a stock management strategy that aligns with our mission to reduce waste and ensure the efficient use of high-cost medicines.
  • Providing visionary leadership and fostering a research-driven culture within the team, leading a significant research project from inception to publication.

Your work will directly impact patient care delivery, service improvement, and the strategic management of high-cost drugs, positioning you as a key player in our organisation's mission to provide excellent care every time.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable - as per JD


  • Nursing degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience in the teaching and training of others in a variety of settings e.g. clinical, academic
  • Advanced verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills


  • Knowledge of research methodology.
  • Project management qualification
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills with an ability to influence change.
  • Experience of successfully managing and motivating a team and reviewing performance of the individuals.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital



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