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Specialist Pharmacist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Trustwide
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Pharmacist to join the Medicine Directorate Pharmacy team at Newcastle Hospitals. The position will be rotational across a number of interesting specialities at both of our renowned teaching hospitals, based in the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Our well-established pharmacy team promote medication safety and optimise medicines use across primary and secondary care. We aim to give you clinical experience and exposure to develop your generalist and specialist skills, as well as providing leadership, management, education, quality improvement and research opportunities.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work in different specialities, alongside experienced colleagues based within the medical directorate. These include:
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Hepatology and gastroenterology
  • Acute/Emergency medicine
  • Stroke
  • Older people's medicine
  • Renal

Based in the clinical pharmacy team, you will work collaboratively with medical, nursing and pharmacy staff, and the wider inter-professional team, to deliver person-centred care and provide expert advice on the use of medicines.
  • Interview date: 21 May 2024
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Main duties of the job

You will be based primarily on an inpatient ward, optimising inpatient medications and facilitating accurate, safe and effective discharges. You will also help develop and deliver service improvement strategies which promote the safe, rational and cost-effective use of medicines.

You will act as a senior within the medicine team, being a point of contact for assistance and advice for less experienced colleagues, supporting them in their rotations through the directorate. You will also be able to develop your clinical supervision skills and become a Foundation Pharmacist Mentor.

There will be opportunities for personal and professional growth within the role, including support through post-graduate qualifications and independent prescribing, if not already completed. Departmental links with the School of Pharmacy will allow for further opportunities to be involved in research and teaching,

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in the Pharmacy Directorate's extended hours and on call service for a period of 12 months, an excellent opportunity for developing further clinical knowledge, communication and prioritisation skills. You will also be involved in the provision of homecare, supervision of the inpatient dispensary, and will be trained in the screening of total parenteral nutrition and non-oncology cytotoxic medication.

About us

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of �1 billion.

We have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 2 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

Please see attached information on what Staff Benefits we have to offer at our Trust.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To develop and maintain clinical pharmacy services in a specialist area or directorate within the overall Trust clinical pharmacy strategy.
  • To participate in the provision of other pharmacy patient services functions.
  • To promote the safe, rational and cost effective use of medicines by working closely with nursing and medical staff and health care managers.
  • To perform the professional role of a Registered Pharmacist, including advice, supervision and co-operation with colleagues, particularly in relation to support/cover for absent colleagues.
  • To support patients to achieve their health goals in relation to medicines byproviding person centred care

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.

As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Person Specification



  • Demonstrable evidence of competence in general clinical practice
  • Demonstrable evidence of competence in speciality



  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate therapeutic options
  • Ability to communicate in a verbal or written manner with patients, junior pharmacy, nursing, medical, and other multidisciplinary staff
  • Ability to influence junior pharmacy, nursing, medical, and other multidisciplinary staff
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the quality of patient care


  • Teaching skills
  • Ability to utilise presentation, spreadsheet and database software packages to support the work of the clinical pharmacy team



  • Significant post registration experience in hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of working in a hospital environment
  • Demonstrable post-graduate experience in pharmacy
  • Experience of working with specialist patient cohort


  • Experience of working within specialist area
  • Evidence of involvement in clinical audit



  • UK-registered pharmacist (GPhC)
  • Completion of MPharm degree (or an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy with relevant experience) plus pre-registration training and experience
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Clinical Certificate
  • Postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy, or satisfactory evidence of equivalent competence as demonstrated in a practice portfolio of evidence


  • Clinical Diploma / Clinical Masters
  • Registered with the GPhc as an independent prescriber

Employer details

Employer name

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



317 Trustwide


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