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Advanced Specialist Pharmacist

West London NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Following an internal promotion, we are keen to recruit an enthusiastic, forward-thinking pharmacist to continue to lead and develop clinical pharmacy services within our Older People's Mental Health Services (OPMHS). The successful candidate will build on the excellent work that has been undertaken to date.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual with good communication skills and a keen interest in mental health who derives satisfaction from developing both the service and pharmacy colleagues. The applicant should be able to work well both in a team and autonomously.

The pharmacist will join a vibrant, expanding team. Building on the excellent pharmacy service with bases in the five main Trust sites, the team includes pharmacists dedicated to the MINT teams, CAMHS, perinatal and the Crisis Teams as well as OPMHS. There is a team focus on growth and development, including Clinical Diplomas, non-medical prescribing qualifications, consultant pharmacist accreditation and writing articles and posters for publication.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will lead and develop the clinical pharmacy services to the OPMHS, including the in-patient wards, the Specialist Older Adults' Mental Health Services (SOAMHS) community teams and the Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (CIDS) services within the three boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow.

The candidate will be supported by and will line manage a Band 7 Specialist Clinical Pharmacist and an OPMHS Band 5 pharmacy technician.

The candidate will provide training and development on medicines management in mental health, with a particular focus on older people's mental health, to junior and trainee staff, including trainee pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacy technicians and visiting trainee pharmacists. The candidate will act as a practice supervisor, educational supervisor and/or designated supervisor to trainee staff as necessary and appropriate.

The candidate will work in collaboration with the rest of the West London NHS Trust pharmacy team to provide pharmacy services across the Trust.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy
  • Post graduate clinical diploma in pharmacy or equivalent experience
  • Specialist knowledge of Mental Health pharmacy gained through diploma level training and /or equivalent experience e.g. Psychiatric Therapeutics PgCert/ Psychiatric Pharmacy PgDip


  • Independent Prescriber
  • Accredited Pre- registration tutor
  • Specialist knowledge of OPMHS and understanding of Crisis Teams



  • Specialist knowledge of medicines management systems and process in an integrated NHS
  • Knowledge and experience of a range of healthcare settings


  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge in more than one field



  • Abilities required to perform effectively in the role e.g. -
  • Able to demonstrate situations where effective leadership and management skills have been used
  • Be able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with others
  • Using highly developed communication skills
  • Evidence of undertaking presentation to groups

Other Requirements


  • Flexible approach to needs of the service to undertake on call work, weekend and evening opening

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


CID Joint Working

St Bernards



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