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Advanced Mental Health Pharmacist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Barrow in Furness
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Bay locality- covering Barrow Community Mental Health Team (based at Duddon House), Barrow Home Based Treatment Team (based at Dane Garth, Furness General Hospital) and Kendal Community Mental Health Team (based at Kirkstone House, Kendal).

Due to additional funding to support the community services within the Bay locality, an opportunity has arisen to recruit an experienced clinical pharmacist, with a specialist interest in mental health to take up a post working closely with the Home Treatment Team and Community Mental Health Teams based in Barrow, and Kendal Community Mental Health Team.

The needs of the service requires the successful applicant to spend time both in the Kendal and Barrow localities on a weekly basis. How this is divided is subject to negotiation and any additional mileage incurred outside of the usual home-base commute will be remunerated accordingly. Flexible working and potential for hybrid roles will also be considered.

You will work closely with clinical teams as part of a multi-disciplinary approach addressing the care needs of patients and service users. You will also ensure safe and effective medicines management processes within the service. This will include compliance with regulatory medicines management standards and implementation of medicines safety alerts. As a senior member of the pharmacy team, you will also have the opportunity to contribute to broader Trust initiatives and priorities.

Main duties of the job

The post provides an opportunity for the following: -
  • Development of a non-medical prescribing role
  • Pharmaceutical care planning and clinical review of prescriptions
  • Involvement of service users in decisions about their medicines to optimise treatment, support adherence and improve outcomes
  • Provision of specialist pharmaceutical advice to the multi-disciplinary team
  • Provision of clinical supervision and professional leadership to other members of the team
  • Involvement in service redesign and development to ensure effective medicines management support and strategies
  • Provide expert medicines management advice and support and ensure appropriate governance arrangements are in place for the management of medicines, including the monitoring of prescribing and medicines use.
  • Attendance at strategic network meetings e.g. locality governance meetings
  • Actively working to contribute to and deliver the Trust medicines optimisation strategy

This post present a great opportunity for enthusiastic and experienced pharmacists motivated by the desire to improve patient care to perform this key position within the MDT. The role demands an organised, flexible individual with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work on their own initiative.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will have current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council, a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience, and previous experience in mental health. A qualification as a Non-Medical Prescriber or postgraduate qualifications in Psychiatry would be desirable but applicants with a willingness to work towards these qualifications will be considered.

There is no current requirement to work on-call, Bank Holidays or weekends. Due to the location of various units, an ability and willingness to travel around Trust locations is required.

The Clinical Pharmacy service is highly regarded within the organisation and should you wish to join our team you will become one of a large team of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Medicines Management Nurses and Pharmacy Assistants working across the Trust.

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Masters/Batchelor's degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate qualifications



  • Decision making skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Calm and objective under pressure



  • Previous experience working in mental health



  • Good clinical knowledge
  • Awareness of current issues

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Duddon House

Barrow in Furness

LA13 9AZ

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