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Specialist Medicines Information / Rotational Clinical Pharmacist

Employer
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Gloucester
Salary
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Relocation expenses, in accordance with trust policy, are available for this position up to a maximum value of �4,000.

We are looking for enthusiastic patient-orientated clinical pharmacists to join our supportive Medicines Information and clinical pharmacy teams.

You will have the opportunity to further your career in one of the busiest Medicines Information Centres in the South West. The centre at Gloucestershire Royal has developed over 50 years into a well-resourced department, handling around 3000 enquiries each year. This exciting post will enable you to develop your MI and management skills. You will participate in our enquiry answering, active information, and patient helpline services, assist in training and supervising staff in MI, and contribute to the MI Quality Assurance processes. The role will be based in Medicines Information with a ward commitment each day in the Specialist Rotational Clinical Pharmacist role.

We have a progressive rotational programme, enabling pharmacists undertaking the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy to smoothly transition from the band 6 pharmacist role and establish themselves as clinical pharmacists with initial, shorter rotations. As clinical pharmacists develop and gain more experience, advanced rotations follow with the additional responsibility of a designated speciality. All clinical pharmacists are provided the opportunity to undertake a non-medical prescribing qualification.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will have professional and managerial responsibility for the provision and continual improvement of the Medicines Information service which provides relevant medicines related information to healthcare professionals and patients.

They will undertake teaching and clinical supervision of pharmacists, Foundation Year pharmacists and undergraduate students in both Medicines Information and clinical specialities.

As a member of the wider clinical pharmacy team, the post-holder will be required to provide general pharmacist duties within the department and to other clinical specialities as the service requires. This would involve provision of a ward clinical pharmacy service. The post holder(s) would be responsible for:

Reviewing prescriptions to ensure they are legal, safe, cost effective, clinically necessary and appropriate, accurate and complete. Undertaking medicines optimisation and reconciliation. Arranging for drugs to be supplied to a patient, ward or department

The post-holder will be accountable for their own professional actions and activities, guided by legislation, national and local policies, procedures and protocols. They must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and be competent in the use of all relevant Trust IT systems. The post-holder must demonstrate management, supervision and workflow management skills. They should be able to work as part of the wider pharmacy and ward-based teams.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir. Both hospitals are located in the city centres with access to shops and cafes.

The pharmacy department has approximately 240 staff. The 2 sites provide dispensary services to inpatients & outpatients, medicines information, procurement services and full clinical service to wards the onsite aseptic and manufacturing services are centralised at CGH.

Pharmacy is at the forefront of many exciting projects including an award-winning service provided by pharmacist prescribers in orthopaedic pre-admission clinic.

Within the department are specialist clinical teams the Specialist Mental Health Pharmacy facilitates delivery of Specialist services for Mental Health & Learning Disabilities. The cancer services team provide a pharmacy service at both sites for oncology & haematology and satellite pharmacy.

We are a friendly, inclusive department who nurture and develop our staff at all grades, from a mentoring programme for band 6 pharmacists to the development of pharmacist prescribers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will -

- Participate in the provision of the Medicines Information service to healthcare professionals and patients.

-Supervise junior staff such as rotational pharmacists, Foundation Year pharmacists and pharmacy students and provide them with advice, guidance and training as needed.

-Be responsible, in conjunction with the Senior pharmacist for Medicines Information, Education and Training, for authorising enquiries completed by rotational and foundation pharmacists.

-Line management of junior pharmacists (including appraisals, career development interviews and performance management)

-Deputise for the Senior pharmacist for Medicines Information, Education and Training in their absence.

- Provide proactive written information about medicines and their administration for other healthcare professionals within the Trust in the form of bulletins etc.

- Be responsible, in conjunction with the senior pharmacist for Medicines Information, Education and Training, for writing, maintaining and ensuring adherence to standard operating procedures for Medicines Information. To review, make proposals for and participate in changes in procedures and practices.

- Carry out quality assurance work to ensure the service meets nationally agreed UKMi standards.

- Devise, update and provide training and development programmes in Medicines Information for rotational and Foundation Year pharmacists.

-Demonstrate excellent communication skills, verbal and written documentation.

- Review and write policies and procedures as required.

As a member of the wider clinical pharmacy team, the post-holder(s) will be required to provide general pharmacist duties within the department and to other clinical specialities as the service requires. This would involve provision of a ward clinical pharmacy service. The post holder(s) would be responsible for:

- Reviewing prescriptions to ensure they are legal, safe, cost effective, clinically necessary and appropriate, accurate and complete.

- Undertaking medicines optimisation and reconciliation.

-Arrange for drugs to be supplied to a patient, ward or department.

Please see attached job description for comprehensive duties and responsibilities of the post.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Active registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council GPhC
  • Completed and passed first year of Post Graduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma


Desirable

  • Completed Post Graduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma
  • Completed Post Graduate certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing


Experience

Desirable

  • Previous experience providing a clinical pharmacy service in a hospital setting
  • Previous experience of working in Medicines Information
  • Work within a multi-disciplinary team and participate in Consultant Ward Rounds


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Self-motivated, able to use initiative & prioritise workload as well as work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Able to communicate effectively with a wide range of other healthcare professionals and with patients
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Able to challenge inappropriate prescribing and influence prescribing decisions of all healthcare professionals including senior medical colleagues.
  • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk & promote safety
  • Be proficient in IT and applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, Sunrise EPR and EMIS
  • Supervise, educate, mentor, support and assess others (MOTs, junior pharmacists, foundation pharmacists, medical students)


Desirable

  • Undertake audit of drug use and expenditure and/or clinical pharmacy practice


Qualities

Essential

  • Adaptable to the changing needs of the service including flexible working patterns (e.g. weekend working and working at both sites)
  • Awareness of professional and personal limitations, and willing to seek advice and support where necessary


Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Great Western Road

Gloucester

GL1 3NN

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318-24-D&S-T1548

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