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Lead Pharmacist

East Cheshire NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year (subject to job matching)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want the chance to develop your clinical, leadership and managerial skills? Do you want to work in a friendly and forward-thinking team and be involved in many exciting projects to promote and deliver high quality clinical services to our patients?

Due to a recent restructure and creation of senior leadership roles, we are looking to recruit two lead pharmacists:

Lead Pharmacist - Specialised Medicines & Homecare

Lead Pharmacist - Elderly, Community Services and Palliative Care

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team and to develop and lead on services both within the Pharmacy Department, Trust and wider system. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and able to provide clinical expertise and leadership to ensure delivery of high-quality pharmacy services to designated areas.

This is an exciting time to join the team as we have new pharmacy leadership, changes in the pharmacy team structure and leadership and implementing digital technologies including electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems from Autumn 2024.

Macclesfield is ideally located, being on the doorstep of the Peak District, with efficient links into Manchester. This is a fantastic location to explore and experience the best of the Northwest. If you are looking to relocate and try somewhere new, this is the place to come to.

These are full time (37.5 hours) permanent posts, yet part-time hours will be considered.

Main duties of the job

The roles and duties of this post include:
  • To be the lead pharmacist supporting clinical pharmacy services in designated specialism.
  • To lead on the drug cost- improvement programme for specified services, prioritising initiatives and ensuring the ward-based pharmacy teams are fully informed of their individual roles and responsibilities with regard to this programme.
  • To be pharmacy support for drug incident reviews and action plans within specified services.
  • Work alongside other lead pharmacists in delivering collaborative services across the trust.
  • Developing close working relationships with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and contributing to clinical care plans.
  • Responding to medication-related queries, providing advice on prescribing and promoting evidence-based practice
  • Providing line management and supervision to the clinical and specialist Pharmacists in the tea

Please state in your supporting information statement which post you are applying for.

About us

Whether you are just starting out in your career or are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, East Cheshire NHS Trust is the right employer for you. An organisation with a real sense of community we actively support and develop our staff to ensure our patients receive the best quality care, delivering the right care first time, every time.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters as part of ongoing monitoring.

Please be aware that this post requires an Enhanced with Barred list Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which is payable by the successful candidate. If you have lived or worked abroad for 6 months or more in the last 5 years you will need to obtain an overseas police clearance. Further information can be found on the additional information links at the bottom of the advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Applicant Pack prior to completing your application form to find out more information.

Please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification located under the Supporting documents heading to read more about the advertised role.

As part of making your application we encourage you to review the Trusts Careers webpage for more information about working for East Cheshire NHS Trust

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. The Trust is a Disability Confident Leader and as such, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close the advert prior to the advertised closing date should we receive a large number of applications.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person Specification



  • Master's degree in pharmacy (MPharm) or recognised equivalent
  • Post Graduate Clinical Diploma or Masters
  • 12 months pre-registration training
  • Registered with the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council)


  • Non-medical prescribing qualification

Knowledge & Skills


  • Expert understanding of therapeutics and all aspects of medicines used within designated specialism
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply all aspects of regulatory legislation and guidelines to hospital pharmacy
  • Knowledge of appraisal processes
  • Ability to prioritise competing demands and manage own time effectively for successful delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Ability to think strategically
  • Ability to manage change



  • Significant experience within hospital clinical pharmacy
  • Significant experience within designated specialism
  • Significant experience of policy and guideline development
  • Experience of co-ordinating and leading on clinical audit


  • Experience of collaborative working
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Experience of HR processes including recruitment, management of performance, sickness and objective setting
  • Experience of teaching across multi-disciplinary groups

Specific Job Requirement


  • Able to comply with all trust policies
  • Available out of hours within one hours travel of Macclesfield DGH
  • Good health and professional appearance

Other Role Requirements


  • Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for further details

Employer details

Employer name

East Cheshire NHS Trust


Macclesfield District

General Hospital, Victoria Road


SK10 3BL

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