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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Band 7

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

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for enthusiastic patient-orientated clinical pharmacists to join our supportive clinical pharmacy team at Gloucestershire Hospitals.

Relocation expenses, in accordance with trust policy, are available for this position

The Specialist Clinical Pharmacist role involves acting as a designated directorate link pharmacist, evolving into a specialist clinical pharmacist for that speciality. The specialities available are renal, respiratory, endocrine, stroke & care of the elderly and surgery. This builds upon experience and skills obtained from undertaking a Clinical Diploma. The role will provide a clinical pharmacy service to the designated speciality, attending ward rounds, multi-disciplinary team meetings, directorate and other associated meetings. Pharmacists part way through their clinical diploma are encouraged to apply, but would join as a rotational band 7 clinical pharmacist, progressing to link pharmacist for a designated speciality upon completion of the diploma.

There is opportunity to undertake the non-medical prescribing qualification. Opportunities are also available to regularly utilise prescribing within the speciality, including on ward rounds and participation in clinics.

Pharmacists will provide operational and clinical support to the pharmacy department. You will participate in weekend and on-call pharmacy services (at either Gloucestershire Royal or Cheltenham General site depending on service need).

Main duties of the job

  • Act as a designated medical or surgical directorate link clinical pharmacist, providing a clinical pharmacy service to one or more specific clinical areas in order to promote safe, rational, effective and economic use of medicines.
  • To act as deputy to the Clinical Pharmacist Leads for Medicine/Surgery.
  • Responsible for attending relevant directorate level meetings as pharmacy representative, including the provision of financial or drug use reports as required.
  • Provide expert pharmaceutical advice to a clinical area(s) and provide clinical pharmacy cover to other areas as required.
  • Participation in the weekend pharmacy service rota as we move towards 7-day working.
  • Undertake teaching and clinical supervision of pharmacists, foundation pharmacists, Medicines Optimisation Technicians and undergraduate pharmacy students.
  • Undertake audits and service improvement projects within clinical pharmacy.
  • Impact upon pay and non-pay budgets:the post-holder is expected to exert a downward influence upon drug expenditure within the trust and demonstrate actual cost savings on individual wards by improving the efficiency of the prescribing and dispensing process.
  • Some day-to-day supervision of band 6 Pharmacists covering wards (1-2 staff) and Medicines Optimisation technicians (1-2 staff).

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

Please see the attached Job Description for the detailed responsibilities pertaining to this position.

To discuss the role further, or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Clinical Pharmacist Leads:

David Richards ( or Liz Willis ( on 0300 422 6841

Liz Beechey ( on 0300 422 6840

Carys Hoskins ( on 0300 422 4787

Person Specification



  • Active registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council GPhC
  • United Kingdom recognised Degree in Pharmacy
  • Completed Post Graduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma


  • Completed Post Graduate certificate in Non-Medical Prescribing



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

Knowledge and Skills


  • 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)
  • Undertake audit of drug use and expenditure and/or clinical pharmacy practice
  • Identify and implement measures to improve cost-effective prescribing



  • 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


Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Great Western Road



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