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Rotational Specialist Pharmacist

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 £40,057 to £45,839 per annum pro rata, as per Agenda For Change
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are keen to further develop your skills learnt as a foundation trainee pharmacist, we may have the perfect opportunity for you to join our team of rotational specialist pharmacists. By applying for this job you will have the opportunity to join the progressive and pioneering pharmacy department at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We are looking for intuitive, enthusiastic and versatile pharmacists to join our diverse and inclusive team.The OUH pharmacy specialist rotational programme offers you:o Experience across multiple specialities and hospital sites, allowing you to develop a breadth of experience for your portfolio, with the opportunity to complete twelve-month rotations in areas such as:emergency and acute general medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, cancer, renal transplant, surgery, neurosciences, renal, infectious diseases, respiratory/endocrine, rheumatology, vascular surgery, electronic prescribing, and nutrition. o The opportunity to undertake prescribing courses dependent on rotation undertaken and prior completion of a postgraduate clinical diploma.o The chance to take on leadership/mentoring responsibilities such as trainee pharmacist tutor or postgraduate clinical pharmacy tutor.Each rotation is designed to give you the required skills to develop your clinical and non-clinical pharmacy skills within the RPS Advanced Pharmacist Framework.

Interviews likely to be 2 weeks after closing

Main duties of the job

Building on your foundation knowledge, experience and skills, you will be working in a dynamic and rewarding setting to deliver compassionate excellence. As a specialist pharmacist you will grow in all four pillars of practice in order to prepare for an advanced practice role.

In this post, you will have 12-month rotations across a range of clinical areas. The one year rotation allows you ample opportunity to be become integrated in each new clinical area and expand your expertise and skillset, to mentor others, be involved in service development or research and to put your management and leadership skills into action in a supportive setting. The post holders should ensure timely, effective, two-way exchange of information between the pharmacy team and the clinical area as well as maintaining high standards of medicines management. Each rotation has a specific set of objectives which will be shared prior to annual rotation selection and agreed at the start of the rotation.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call thisDelivering Compassionate Excellenceand its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via theOUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Direct Patient Care

1. Deliver compassionate excellence via a patient focused clinical pharmacy service, in accordance with national medicines optimisation principles and local clinical pharmacy procedures.

2. Analyse prescriptions, alongside technical resources, patient records and information from patient consults to form an opinion on the most appropriate course of action.

3. Accurately and sensitively communicate medicines related information to a variety of healthcare professionals and patients including those with language difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, in a way that facilitates shared decision making.

4. Optimise transfer of patient care, though timely completion of medicines reconciliation and communication with GPs and community pharmacy teams.

5. Participate in and promote antimicrobial stewardship, medicines safety, and medicines effectiveness initiatives.

6. Where relevant to a rotation complete training in clinical trials and support the supply of investigational medicinal products.

7. Where a scope of practice has been identified within a rotation, train to become a NMP and when registered with the GPhC and the OUH to prescribe within the Trusts policy for Non-medical Prescribing.

8. Support OUH dispensaries, and liaise with external agencies (Such as aseptic production services or homecare providers) to ensure safe, timely and appropriate supply of medications to patients.

Supporting Professional Activities

9. Complete a local induction programme, including core training and maintain core skills throughout employment.

10. Act as a role model for pharmacy within the Trust, demonstrating the GPhC Standards for Pharmacy Professionals and our Trust values.

11. Support and promote the Trusts equality, diversity and inclusion principles and our sustainability model.

12. Plan and organise your own workload in alignment with professional and organisational priorities.

13. Delegate and escalate appropriately.

14. Report any unexpected or untoward events via the Trusts incident reporting system.

15. Work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team, and the support of your team lead, in developing the pharmacy service in line with the department and Trust strategies in response to changing service needs

16. Support compliance with medicines related legislative and regulatory requirements, including maintaining the security and quality of medicines stock and be able to develop an action plan for improvements in a designated area.

17. Support the development and implementation of treatment protocols and guidelines for use of medicines within the clinical area

18. Contribute to and implement the clinical governance plans of the clinical area and the pharmacy clinical governance plans.

19. Participate in, support and lead on Audits, Service evaluation and Quality/Cost Improvement Projects that align to our strategy and support our culture of continuous improvement.

20. Provide specialised professional and technical education at a professional or under-graduate level and at a level that patient/carers can understand in both inpatient and outpatient clinical environments across the primary and secondary care settings.

21. Tutor and support the training of trainee foundation pharmacists and technicians.

22. Any other reasonable duties as requested by the Clinical Director of Pharmacy, or Associate Director of Pharmacy Clinical Service.

Person Specification



  • Qualified to masters degree level (MPharm or equivalent)
  • Member of the GPhC
  • Post graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy, and due to complete diploma or equivalent credentialling via CPPE or RPS


  • Postgraduate diploma/MSC or relevant credentialling/experience/qualification
  • Independent prescriber
  • Edward Jenner Leadership program or equivalent



  • Direct patient care in more than one setting or clinical area
  • Working with other HCPs
  • Communicating complex information via multiple methods to a variety of recipients
  • Mentoring and training others in a healthcare setting
  • Quality improvement, service evaluation or audit
  • Taking the lead in a team or project


  • Hospital experience in more than 1 setting
  • Appreciation of funding streams for medicine budgets
  • Demonstrating measurable outcomes from quality or service improvement
  • Preparation of protocols or guidelines

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Cross site

Headley Way



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