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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
20 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Clinical Pharmacist ( with on-call )

Band 7 �43,742 - �50,056 per annum, pro rata if part-time

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, all MKUH roles will be considered for flexible working

It is an exciting time to be joining Milton Keynes Hospital Pharmacy. We have had significant investment over the last few years in a fully refurbished Pharmacy department plus a state-of-the-art Aseptic Unit based within our new Cancer Centre. Research & Development is a key priority for the organisation and the Pharmacy Department. We also have a New Outpatient Pharmacy.

As a result of significant investment into our pharmacy team, we are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated Specialist pharmacists to join our team and contribute to developing and delivering our services.

You will work closely with pharmacy colleagues and other healthcare staff to:
  • provide clinical pharmacy services across a variety of specialities.
  • support safe prescribing and medicines optimisation.
  • support medicines safety and quality improvement
  • provide medicines related advice to colleagues and patients.
  • support the safe and timely discharge of patients.
  • support clinical screening and accuracy checking within the dispensary.
  • Undertake audit, research and development of more junior team members

Interview: w/c 03 June 2024

Main duties of the job

Your role would be to support the Divisional teams and Clinical Service Units in delivering a consistently high-quality patient care and pharmacy service across a variety of different specialties, on a rotational basis (normally 12 months).

To facilitate and support the optimal and affordable use of medicines

To comply with pharmacy procedures, clinical governance, quality assurance and risk management.

About us

You can expect a warm welcome at Milton Keynes University Hospital, our staff are friendly and welcoming. We listen to each other and work together to embed our Trusts values and behaviours. At MKUH we appreciate our staff and reward them with an outstanding benefits package including:
  • Free on-site parking
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Great flexible workingopportunities
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Lease car scheme
  • Generous annual leave and pension scheme
  • On site nursery (chargeable)
  • Extensive staff health and well-being programme

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the University of Buckingham, is a University Teaching Hospital we conduct research and teaching on site to improve the care of our patients. The hospital is undergoing significant investment, and we are proud to be rated good by the CQC. Visit our website to catch up on our latest news.

MKUH is committed to equal opportunities and improving the working lives of our staff and as such we offer a range of flexible working practices. We promote an inclusive workforce and encourage applications from applicants from all backgrounds.

We reserve the right to expire vacancies prior to the advertised closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

MKUH uses identification scanning technology to confirm the authenticity of documents all prospective employees of MKUH will have their original documents verified using this technology.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • You will be part of the pharmacy team and work with staff within the pharmacy department and across the trust to enable the objectives of the Trust to be achieved.
  • To contribute to the Trusts compliance with medicines safety and optimisation and RPS standards and the Clinical Governance and Risk Management agendas
  • To contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of clinical pharmacy services provided to a range of clinical specialities.
  • To ensure that appropriate levels of service are provided in accordance with statutory requirements and professional standards as described in Medicines, Ethics and Practice issue by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
  • To assist the relevant managers and colleagues in the development and delivery of pharmacy services which reflect the needs of the Trust and our patients and commissioners.
  • To undertake projects that will improve the safety and clinical effectiveness of patient care and the patient experience and contribute to effective and appropriate drugs budget management within a range of clinical specialities.
  • To support the Divisional teams and Clinical Service Units in delivering a consistently high-quality patient care and pharmacy service across a variety of different specialties, on a rotational basis (normally 12 months).
  • To facilitate and support the optimal and affordable use of medicines.
  • To comply with pharmacy procedures, clinical governance, quality assurance and risk management

Please refer to the attached Job Description for more details.

By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that information from your application will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system. Your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers.

Upon commencing employment with the Trust, all employees (except Medical & Dental Staff on national terms and conditions) are subject to a probationary period lasting a period of six months with an option to extend for a further six months to a total of 12 months.

Person Specification

Qualifications and knowledge


  • MPharm Degree (or equivalent)
  • Registered Pharmacist (GPhC)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent)


  • Evidence of ongoing CPD in line with GPhC requirements
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent)
  • Member of RPS



  • Experience of Hospital Pharmacy Practice


  • Evidence of broad clinical experience
  • Evidence of experience of Clinical Audit
  • Evidence of basic understanding of MI
  • Evidence of significant contribution to innovative or developmental roles and activities within pharmacy



  • Effective and safe pharmaceutical skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively
  • Ability to communicate with patients and staff
  • Computer literate
  • Demonstrates initiative especially in relation to problem solving
  • Ability to carry out day to day responsibilities and deal effectively with unexpected demands
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and organize self and others
  • Evidence of understanding of clinical risk and clinical governance


  • Ability to justify and reason any advice given should this be challenged
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Evidence of previous training experience
  • Previous experience of supervising staff
  • Understanding of the national and local HNS priorities

Personal and people development


  • Good written & verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills



  • Evidence of team working
  • Evidence of CPD to meet GPhC standards
  • Evidence of effective and timely project delivery

Specific requirements


  • Able to perform the duties of the post with reasonable aids and adaptations
  • Flexible, Polite and Courteous
  • Dedicated Professional attitude
  • Initiative and common sense
  • Ability and willingness to take responsibility for own actions and lead when required, including when on call

Employer details

Employer name

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Pharmacy (Dept)

Milton Keynes


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