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Rotational Specialist Clinical Pharmacist

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum - includes high cost area supplements (HCAS)
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Pharmacy Department at The Royal Surrey County Hospital is looking for a self-motivated, talented band 7 pharmacist to join our rotational programme.

This rotational programme includes a variety of clinical experience and training within the various specialties, including medicine, surgery, intensive care, EAU, medication risk, frailty, oncology, antibiotics and paediatrics.

Successful applicants will have recent hospital experience and be able to demonstrate consistent achievement in the areas outlined in the General Level Competency Framework.

Candidates should hold a Certificate in Pharmacy Practice (or equivalent) and would be keen to pursue further postgraduate education, including working towards completion of an independent prescribing qualification. You should be a team player with the ability to introduce change and have a keen interest to actively participate in the training and development of others.

Training and experience in line management and supervision of pre-registration and diploma students will be provided.

This is a full-time post of 37.5 hours per week, however flexible working and job-share will be considered.

Interviews will be face to face and a remote interview would only be considered for extenuating circumstances, and cannot be guaranteed as an option.

Main duties of the job

You will be primarily ward based for most of the rotations, optimising all aspects of pharmaceutical care to individual patients and developing and promoting medicines management services. You will work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary clinical team and a variety of Specialty Business Units (SBUs) across the hospital.

The successful applicant will be required to participate in late night, weekend working and public holiday work. You may be required to participate in the Pharmacy On-Call arrangements depending on service needs.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have given us an overall rating of Outstanding.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high quality clinical pharmacy service to the area that you have been assigned, with the opportunity to specialise and develop the service to the specialty.
  • To support the Lead Pharmacist for the area in the provision of a specialist pharmacy service, including service development projects
  • To work as a member of the Pharmacy Department to ensure safe, effective, economical and timely pharmaceutical care for all patients receiving a pharmaceutical service from the department.
  • To provide expert advice and specialised medicines information to patients, clinicians and other staff ensuring compliance with medicines legislation and local policies.
  • Line manage an allocated pharmacist (band 6) and provide support and supervision to less experienced pharmacists on rotation
  • Undertake six month rotations through a variety of clinical specialties, to develop a rounded experience of hospital pharmacy.
  • Work closely with the relevant SBU under the direction of the relevant Lead Pharmacist.
  • Provide professional and clinical supervision for the work of rotational band 6 pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pre-registration pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy assistants.
  • Propose changes to pharmacy departmental policies, procedures and clinical guidelines and assist in the implementation of these.

Person Specification



  • Masters degree in pharmacy or equivalent and 1 year pre-registration training
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent training/experience


  • Higher degree/ Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent experience
  • Registered supplementary/independent non-medical prescriber

Knowledge & Experience


  • Post-Registration experience as a clinical pharmacy practitioner in the hospital setting covering a broad range of clinical specialities.
  • Post registration experience of sufficient quality and quantity to enable demonstration of achievement in all aspects of the General Level Framework
  • Experience of working effectively within multidisciplinary groups
  • Implementing research into practice
  • Supervision of staff
  • Professional knowledge acquired through vocational Masters degree in pharmacy (4 years) or equivalent
  • Good core therapeutic knowledge and clinical skills as assessed through competency framework. Competencies are: Delivery of Patient care Problem Solving Personal Management and organisation.
  • Maintains a broad level of pharmacy practice
  • Awareness of evidence research in everyday practice
  • Changes occurring in the NHS


  • Integrates research evidence into practice
  • Advanced core therapeutic knowledge and clinical skills as assessed through competency framework in specialist area
  • Undertaken management training courses
  • Management e.g. Recruitment, appraisal, training, leadership, motivation, sickness absence
  • Previous experience of training/teaching multidisciplinary groups

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey Hospital



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