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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist in Mental Health

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for a new challenge? Want to be part of an innovative transforming and forward-thinking team?

This post is suitable for Pharmacists from all backgrounds of Pharmacist working environments.

We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic and dynamic pharmacists to join our friendly pharmacy team at the Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust

You will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills, have variety and participate in quality improvement developments, as well as being part of a friendly, and supportive team.

The successful candidates will provide quality clinical pharmacy services as members of our ward-based teams including pharmacist, technicians and ATOs.

So if you are looking for an exciting challenge, why not come and join our team. We are looking forward to meeting you! Site visits are available on request.

Main duties of the job

All our patients receive seamless pharmaceutical care both throughout their admission to hospital and following discharge into assigned community mental health teams. This post involves being part of a team of specialist clinical pharmacists in mental health, playing an active role in inpatient multidisciplinary teams and a significant amount of patient/carer contact. As this is a specialist clinical post in mental health the post-holder will have, or is willing to study for, a postgraduate qualification in Psychiatric Therapeutics in order to be able to provide a specialist clinical pharmacist service. This post involves playing an active role in inpatient and community multidisciplinary teams and a significant amount of patient/carer contact.

In addition the post carries shared responsibility for supporting local education and training plans, clinical audit around medicines use, provision of Medicines Information Service, advice to community based teams and local oversight of a small number of Clinical Trials

The pharmacy department has been successful in implementing electronic prescribing for our inpatient services and the digital work stream continues to strengthen at the Trust.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Clinical service delivery
  • Deliver a high quality, patient-centred clinical pharmacist service to inpatient wards within MPFT
  • Ensure patients receive seamless pharmaceutical care through transitions of MPFT care.
  • Visit allocated wards and community team bases to regularly review medicines cards and professionally check prescriptions, thereby ensuring compliance with UK and European medicines legislation, SPCs, national guidance, MPFT policies, procedures, formulary and guidelines.
  • Provide specialist advice and information about medicines and their use to medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals, thereby contributing to their safe, effective and economical use.
  • Provide pharmaceutical input at multi-disciplinary team meetings, rapid review meetings and community team meetings where necessary undertaking patient medication histories and devising pharmaceutical care plans.
  • Provide specialist advice and information about medicines and their use to patients, carers and the public.
  • Conduct regular 1:1 consultations about medicines with patients and carers.
  • Promote the concept of shared decision making and patient choice at all times.
  • Ensure the follow up and accurate completion of technician-led medicines reconciliation in a timely manner following admission to hospital in line with the MPFT policy for Medicines Reconciliation.

Clinical Practice
  • Advise prescribers of any patient monitoring requirements, including any physical health checks, in line with medicines prescribed.
  • Advise and support staff on compliance with Mental Health Act consent to treatment regulations when professionally checking prescriptions.
  • Advise and support staff in maintaining compliance with the MPFT policy for Rapid Tranquillisation.
  • Be involved in proposing policy and service changes.
  • Provide pharmacist support to the dispensary for professionally checking prescriptions, responding to medicines information queries and supporting accuracy checking technicians in accuracy checking dispensed medicines as required.
  • Provide pharmacist support to the MPFT dispensaries for professionally checking prescriptions, responding to medicines information queries and accuracy checking dispensed medicines as required.
  • Pro-actively ensure that patients prescribed clozapine have their treatment provided in a safe and effective manner and is appropriately monitored
  • Ensure the Self-Administration of Medicines Scheme on designated wards operates safely and effectively and support patients within the parameters of the scheme.
  • Promote the completion of Advance Statements about future medicines use.
  • Ensure unlicensed, off-label and non-formulary medicines use is clinically appropriate for the patient, justifiable and appropriately documented.
  • Ensure the MPFT Medicines Code policy is appropriately implemented on allocated inpatient wards.
  • Support MPFT to maintain Smoke Free status, offering patients who smoke brief interventions regarding smoking cessation and information about NRT
  • Attend and contribute to the Clinical Pharmacy Team meetings
  • Ensure adherence to controlled drug legislation

Clinical Governance
  • Collect and enter activity data onto Audit Activity Dashboards as requested such as Antimicrobial audit.
  • Capture interventions made on the Clinical Interventions dashboard participate in producing the monthly intervention report upon request.
  • Appropriately report medicine incidents and other incidents via the MPFT incident reporting system (Safeguard) and review all medicines related incidents which occur within clinical areas worked and on allocated inpatient wards.
  • Appropriately report adverse drug reactions via the MHRA Yellow Card reporting system.
  • Constructively raise and challenge poor standards of patient care or clinical practice.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the pharmacy team, medical, nursing, managerial and administrative staff.
  • Provide pharmaceutical advice on the use of any Patient Group Directions, discretionary medicines and medicines subject to administration under a protocol

Training and Education
  • Provide training to nursing, medical and other healthcare staff around the safe, effective and economical use of medicines and keep a record of all training sessions delivered with evidence of post-session evaluation.
  • Collaborate with Lead Pharmacists and Education and Training team to contribute to, deliver and support local inductions, education and training around medicines use including for medical staff, Foundation Year Trainee pharmacists, Trainee pharmacy technicians, student pharmacists and student pharmacy
  • Participate in medicine-related clinical audit projects to identify areas of clinical practice where standards require improvement and to advise and educate around opportunities to improve patient care.

Research and Quality Improvement
  • Facilitate support for medicine-related clinical audit projects by acting as a pharmacy link person and actively liaising with MPFT audit lead.
  • Participate in clinical research with Foundation Pharmacist and local universities.
  • Provide support for projects and medicine-related activities across the health care economy upon request by senior team including formulary pharmacist.
  • Provide pharmaceutical advice and support to MPFT Care Groups.
  • Constructively contribute to the ongoing review and development of MPFT medicines related policies, procedures, formulary and guidelines.
  • Support and contribute to the ongoing implementation of an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system and work with clinical areas to use this system in a safe and effective manner.
  • Constructively participate in Clinical Supervision and Peer Review in line with the Clinical Supervision policy for clinical pharmacists.
  • Participate in departmental team meetings and contribute to plans for the development and improvement of the pharmacy service and its procedures. Undertake training as required in order to complete all necessary Clinical Trial competency assessments and sign up to delegation logs
  • Provide support and supervision to dispensary staff to ensure that pharmacy standard operating procedures relating to Clinical Trials are correctly followed and prescriptions are dispensed accurately and in accordance with these.
  • Undertake regular CPD and maintain a CPD portfolio ensuring up to date knowledge on all aspects of medicine use within the specialism and developments in clinical pharmacy practice and encourage this in other pharmacists. Ensure knowledge and expertise in the use of medicines in research is kept up to date.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of MPFT.

Leadership and Management
  • Undertake other duties as reasonably requested by the line manager.
  • Supervise less senior/experienced pharmacy staff when required and be responsible for ensuring clinical and dispensary services continue to function in a safe, effective and secure manner, including the procurement and distribution of medication.
  • Support the provision of written and verbal information to Care Groups on medicines safety and governance.
  • Undertake any other duties as agreed with the Director of Pharmacy or Deputy Director of Pharmacy in line with the grade and scope of the post.
  • To work across the base hospital site and visit MPFT community teams
  • To provide clinical pharmacy or dispensary cover at other MPFT sites as determined by the needs of the service.
  • To be available to participate or attend meetings or training at other MPFT sites

General Responsibilities
  • To maintain concentration and work safely and effectively in clinical areas which may be noisy, unsettled and interruptions common.
  • Exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances/situations
  • To be able to challenge inappropriate prescribing in a manner which is effective and tactful, maintaining the professional working relationship with the prescriber, and securing a safe and effective outcome for the patient
  • To continue to provide a safe and effective service when numbers of pharmacy staff are reduced
  • To effectively balance clinical workload alongside additional rotational support roles in local training programmes for medicines use, clinical audit, Medicines Information, Clinical Trials and for community based teams.
  • Participate in pharmacy service out of hours provision on a rotational basis.

Person Specification



  • MPharm (or equivalent)


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Therapeutics (or willing to undertake)



  • 1-2 years experience in hospital pharmacy


  • Validated experience working in hospital as a clinical pharmacist and/or in mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



Somerby Dr



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