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Specialist Pharmacist

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
This part-time pharmacist post offers the chance to work within the regionally and nationally renowned Cardiothoracic Services directorate in a tertiary teaching Trust. The directorate provides specialist treatment for all types of cardiac and respiratory related conditions in adults and children, including interventional and medical cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac critical care, transplant and ventricular assist devices (VADs).
  • Interview Date 7 June 2024
  • 30 Hours per a 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

Role Responsibilities
  • Provision of clinical pharmacy service to Cardiothoracic Services, including delivery of medication talks to patients in the community as part of the Cardiac Rehab Programme.
  • Liaison with senior staff regarding safe and effective use of medicines.
  • Training, supervision and support of junior staff.
  • Potential for future role developments, including foundation trainee pharmacist tutor, diploma mentor etc.
  • Potential to rotate through different areas of the directorate, including cardiothoracic critical care.

You will be a team-player with excellent prioritisation, influencing and negotiating skills. Some previous experience in cardiology and cardiothoracics is preferable, but not essential, and we welcome applications from both internal and external candidates. As a part-time, 30 hours per week pharmacist, you will have some flexibility in deciding your hours, although there is an ongoing commitment of working regular weekends, as well as the need to participate in the pharmacy directorate's extended hours and on call service for a period of 12 months post-induction.

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

Working on the adult wards, you will be a motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated team player, with excellent communication skills and a desire to share knowledge. Our well-established clinical pharmacy team provide a high quality service, promoting medication safety and optimising medicines use, as well as facilitating safe discharge.

Job Purpose
  • 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 by providing person centred care.

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.

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.

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
  • 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


Freeman Hospital

317 01 Freeman Hospital


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