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Clinical Pharmacist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£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
Full Time
We have an opportunity for a Specialist Clinical Pharmacist to join our pharmacy team. We pride ourselves in working at the leading edge of clinical pharmacy practice and medicines optimisation, with our teams winning national recognition for innovative, high-quality patient care. The post will be based at either Darlington Memorial Hospital or University Hospital of North Durham however the successful applicant may be required to work on any of the Trust hospital sites.

Main duties of the job

We pride pourselves on the quality of the pharmaceutical care we provide for patients. The successful candidate will be expected to deliver a high standard of near-patient specialist pharmaceutical care to our patients. In addition, they will support the pharmacy team to deliver governance, education, training and service improvement to their specialist area. They will help shape the strategic direction of pharmacy by supporting the development of innovative new services. To achieve this we will support the successful candidate with mentoring and development opportunities including independent prescribing, RPS portfolio development and other further education opportunities. Applicants need to be able to work autonomously, be a team player whilst motivating others. We look forward to receiving applications from forward thinking, motivated pharmacists who share the values of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants currently undertaking a postgraduate Clinical Diploma may be eligible for financial support to continue this with us. Pharmacists that have already completed a diploma will be supported to undertake an Independent Prescribing qualification.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Deputising for the Pharmacist Advanced for their area and in so doing will be required to supervise a team of clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy support workers, ensuring the delivery of safe, effective and efficient clinical pharmacy and medicines management services to an agreed standard and to a designated group of patient and service users

Providing medicines management, medicines optimisation and medicines reconciliation services to help achieve department priorities and targets on a designated ward or group of wards, day case units or clinics as decided by the Lead Pharmacist

Helping to develop and implement local policies and guidelines on good prescribing practice.

Influencing local practice to ensure safe medication use, and to ensure that their own practice and the practice of others effectively acknowledges good prescribing practice, patient safety and risk minimisation.

Being a point of contact for nursing and clinical staff regarding medicine management issues.

Providing medicines information to healthcare professionals and new drug reviews as appropriate utilising the range of information resources available, including the library and the internet, and to make an informed decision on the appropriate response required.

Being involved in providing clinical pharmacy service to designated multidisciplinary team structures e.g. out patient clinics, pre assessment.

Providing high quality patient education on medicines use in both in-patient and outpatient settings.

Engaging in activities relating to clinical effectiveness including: drug use review, clinical audit and clinical self-audit and to contribute to ongoing measures of service evaluation.

Supporting the planning and implementation of service changes and new treatments, as agreed within the pharmacy service.

Acting as a professional checker in the dispensary and/or chemotherapy service

Person Specification

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Good understanding of medicines reconciliation and how it fits into the larger function of hospital pharmacy
  • Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to ward/clinic based situation Supervision and training of others
  • Provision of complex information on medicines use, clinical pharmacy and financial issues to senior Consultants and managers Sound knowledge of MI resources
  • Good understanding of current pharmacy /NHS issues


  • Ability to demonstrate an area of expertise within a field of pharmacy practice
  • Examples of clinical audit and involvement in service development Examples of development of evidence-based clinical guidelines and protocols



  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent Completed a suitable postgraduate qualification (eg Clinical diploma) or demonstrated sufficient experience to meet RPS post-registration foundation competence standards
  • Evidence of CPD and education
  • Independent Prescriber or willing to work towards


  • Post qualification training or experience in the relevant subject area, preferably to Post graduate Masters level



  • Sufficient experience to be able to provide near-patient clinical pharmacy services
  • Able to work as an autonomous practitioner in all areas of pharmacy practice
  • Ability to build working relationships with other health care professionals


  • Experience of delivery of formal education and training sessions Hospital pharmacy experience Experience within the relevant subject area/speciality

Statutory Registration


  • Registered as a Practising Pharmacist with the GPhC


  • Membership of RPS or a relevant Clinical Pharmacy Organisation appropriate to the subject area

Special Requirements


  • Good oral and written communication skills Able to build good relationships with colleagues, and influence the practice and behaviours of others in a positive way Self-motivation and ability to motivate others Team player
  • Desire to develop clinical skills
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Reliable work record


  • Good presentation skills

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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