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Network Lead Pharmacist

Employer
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Birmingham
Salary
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per ammum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Profession
Other Health Profession
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for highly motivated and enthusiastic Pharmacists to permanently join the Neonatal team within the West Midlands Perinatal Network.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated pharmacists to drive forward the Lead Neonatal Network Pharmacist role as part of a wider team focusing on the delivery and ongoing improvement of high quality neonatal services for babies and families in the West Midlands. The successful applicant will work collaboratively with Pharmacists across the region, providing a clinical pharmacy service throughout all the Neonatal Units within the West Midlands Perinatal Network. They will be expected to lead on projects relating to medicines, identify opportunities where pharmacy can support better clinical care though better use of resources, share learning and improve medication safety. They will be expected to develop and implement improved clinical pathways and enhanced communication around medication. One of the ways will be to develop educational resources so that we can build expertise and confidence within the West Midlands Perinatal Network to support better medication use in neonates.

The postholder/s will be based from BWC sites, but expected to be able to regularly travel to all Neonatal Units within the West Midlands.

Main duties of the job

  • To work collaboratively with other Pharmacy staff providing a clinical pharmacy service to all the neonatal units within the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network to share learning and improve medication safety.
  • To provide pharmaceutical advice on complex clinical enquiries involving medicines or parenteral nutrition within the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.
  • To evaluate and provide specialist education and training to the pharmacy teams in relation to the safe and effective use of medicines within neonatology across the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.
  • To lead on projects relating to medicines e.g. review and agreement of standardised drug concentrations used for IV administration on the neonatal units across the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.
  • The post holder will work with other neonatal pharmacists throughout the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network along with members of the wider healthcare team to include doctors, nurses, dieticians, managers and other relevant stakeholders.


About us

Our families are at the heart of what we do and we would like to develop better ways of supporting parents/carers to know more about their baby's medicines and how to get the best from them. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing improved parent/carer information and practical help so that we can support all our families throughout the West Midlands Perinatal Network. To develop a Network Pharmacist role for the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.

The postholder/s will work within the Network Team and will be provided with professional supervisory support from the Pharmacy team at Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Foundation Trust (BWC as host of the Network).

Funding for this role allows us a maximum of 1.1 whole time equivalent (WTE) Band 8a Network Pharmacy roles. To date, this has been structured as two individuals working part-time for the Network (0.5 WTE and 0.6WTE respectively) - this has supported individuals to work either part-time or to blend their Network time with clinical practice in another role within the West Midlands. We would welcome applications from any appropriately experienced Pharmacists who are enthusiastic about what the Network Pharmacist role can deliver for West Midlands families, and we are open to considering a change in the WTE structure of these roles where candidates may wish us to.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work collaboratively with other Pharmacy staff providing a clinical pharmacy service to all the neonatal units within the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network to share learning and improve medication safety.
  • To evaluate and provide specialist education and training to the pharmacy teams in relation to the safe and effective use of medicines within neonatology across the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network.


Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • MPharm or equivalent degree.
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a pharmacist.
  • Post-graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy


Desirable

  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Knowledge and nature of experience

Essential

  • Minimum of three years post-qualification experience.
  • Experience within the speciality of neonatology
  • Experience of financial management and reporting.
  • Experience of working within a neonatal network
  • Experience of report writing.
  • Experience of developing business cases.
  • Experience of undertaking drug usage reviews and audit.
  • Experience of preparing drug evaluations
  • Experience of project management.
  • Experience of working across organisational boundaries.
  • Experience of formally interacting with senior clinicians and managers.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of teaching/training other healthcare professionals
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy and appreciate the implications on engagement.
  • Should have an appreciation of the relationship between the Department of Health, Public Health England and individual providers and commissioning organisations.
  • Sound knowledge of current national standards and guidelines relevant to the safe prescribing of high risk medicines
  • Good oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences including patients, parents and healthcare professionals.
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large groups.
  • Ability to persuade senior staff of the respective merits of different options, innovation and new opportunities.
  • Negotiate on difficult, complex and detailed issues.


Analytical and Judgement skills

Essential

  • Ability to analyse data on medication use and make recommendations on prescribing practice.
  • Problem solving skills and the ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands.
  • Application of skills to optimise individual patient's medication.
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options.
  • Able to make decisions on difficult issues where there may be number of courses of action.
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems before they arise.


PROFESSIONAL / MANAGERIAL / SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • Input to strategic plans of internal and external teams.
  • Work with stakeholders to develop performance improvement plans.
  • Able to work effectively with colleagues as part of a team.
  • Skills for managing relationships with a range of different stakeholders.
  • Computer literacy including the ability to use Office applications such as Word and Excel.


PERSONAL SKILLS / ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES

Essential

  • Effective organisational skills. Ability to prioritise a complex workload and work accurately under pressure adjusting plans to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team of staff.


Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Birmingham Women's Hospital

90 Vincent Drive

Birmingham

B15 2TT

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