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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist

Northampton General Hospital
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Clinical & High-cost drugs

An opportunity has arisen for a motivated clinical pharmacist who wish to develop specialist knowledge and skills in high-cost drugs provision across various clinical specialties. You will support the Principal Pharmacist - High-cost drugs in ensuring cost-effective use of this group of medicines excluded from NHS tariff payment system to meet commissioner requirements.

You will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary setting, liaising with clinicians, specialist nurses, as well as external organisations such as homecare providers to ensure safe, robust management of medicines to meet both clinical and patient needs.

This role will enable you to further utilise your clinical knowledge, developing your influential and critical evaluation skills to drive service improvement.

Main duties of the job

You will be working within our established high-cost drugs and homecare pharmacy team in the management, monitoring of high-cost medicines prescribing such as biologics. In addition, you will provide pharmaceutical support to clinical areas that are high-users of high-cost drugs which include rheumatology, dermatology, neurology and adult medical day case unit. The role involves medicines advice, cost-impact analysis as well as leading on safe introduction of new high-cost medicines. You will regularly undertake work-based projects, service review, audits and participate in medicines pathway design and medicines optimisation agenda at local and regional level.

You will also be part of the wider clinical pharmacy team that is responsible for the pharmaceutical care of our patients from admission through to discharge. This involves regular ward clinical commitment to enable you to develop close relationships with the wider Pharmacy team. You will be expected to use your prescribing skills as part of your specialist clinical pharmacist role. If you are not already a prescriber, we will support you to achieve this qualification.

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds. This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specialty Clinical Pharmacy Service
  • To provide information, advice and guidance on the safe, effective and economical use of medicines and to challenge poor practice.
  • To maintain appropriate standards of service and safety to develop and enforce guidelines, policies and procedures to ensure standards are met.
  • To optimise medicines management by reconciling drug histories, performing medication reviews, counselling, and using patients own medicines.
  • To undertake adverse drug reactions and incident reporting where necessary.
  • To record your clinical activity and to monitor the outcome of your advice.
  • To monitor interventions in treatment, to identify training and information needs.
  • To participate in CQUINs and best value medicines pertinent to your area of specialty.
  • To lead and support on quality improvement of medicines.
  • To implement countywide and local prescribing strategies within the Trust.
  • To undertake independent prescribing if/when qualified as Independent Prescriber.
  • To facilitate the expansion of the tools within EPMA.
  • To support the development and implementations of medicines related guidance, policies and procedures within speciality area.
  • To fulfil the requirements of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Professional Practice.
  • To implement the Duty of Candour.

Specialist Pharmacist in High-cost Drugs:
  • To develop specialist expertise in areas with a high use of medicines excluded from the NHS Payment system ie high-cost drugs.
  • To have a working knowledge of current practises and protocols in these specialties.
  • To facilitate the development and implementation of high-cost drugs related guidelines.
  • To support high-cost drugs and homecare team on the appropriate prescribing, validation and supply of high-cost drugs.
  • To lead the auditing of medicines within specialist areas,
  • To undertake work-based QI projects with the support of the Principal High-cost drugs pharmacist and/or Homecare lead pharmacist
  • To undertake data analysis and reporting relating to high-cost drugs to meet the requirements stipulated by commissioners.
  • To attend appropriate Directorate meetings to ensure that pharmaceutical issues are considered.

Education, Training and Supervision
  • Attend clinical pharmacy team meetings and education/training schemes relevant to post.
  • To take part in formal and informal training of pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals.
  • To be a supervisor on the Clinical Pharmacy Diploma course.
  • To supervise aspects of pharmacist trainee training.
  • To line manage and lead those staff allocated, undertaking appraisals, supervision and identification of training and development of their skills and knowledge.
  • To assist in the induction of staff into the service to help identify training and development needs.
  • To provide information to patients, parents and carers on admission, discharge and in outpatient clinics regarding treatment and medication to optimise patient concordance.
  • To maintain up-to-date clinical knowledge in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice to ensure a broad base of pharmaceutical knowledge, clinical reasoning and judgement.
  • To take responsibility for own personal CPD by participating in education and training programmes to improve competence.
  • To develop specialist expertise in chosen speciality area.
  • To obtain/maintain prescribing qualification and support speciality clinics and ward rounds as appropriate.
  • To help provide the training for Technicians enhanced patient counselling skills and Medicines Management Technician training.

Person Specification

Education, Training and Qualifications


  • BPharm or MPharm degree
  • Member of General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Achieved (or working towards) postgraduate clinical qualification (or equivalent knowledge/experience)
  • CPD portfolio


  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing
  • Member of UKCPA, PCPA or other relevant specialist body
  • Medicines Information training

Knowledge and Experience


  • Post-registration clinical pharmacy experience within hospital, PCN, community.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Skill mix /role of Technicians in Clinical Services
  • Awareness of interface issues
  • Teaching, supervising and training staff
  • Undertaken service improvement / quality improvement projects or audits
  • Appraisals/personal development
  • Good Clinical Knowledge
  • NHS arrangements, eg CCGs, NICE, CQC, Clinical Governance, PCNs, NHS Digital


  • Experience of prescribing within a speciality to optimise medicines for specific patient groups.
  • Experience of electronic prescribing and administration systems and electronic patient records.
  • Staff supervision
  • Recruitment process



  • Computer skills, eg databases
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate
  • Presentation skills
  • Ability to work alone or as team member
  • Time management

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines where there are competing demands
  • Both full time and part time candidates should have the ability to work shifts that will cover 7 days of the week as the NHS moves towards 7 day service provision.
  • Enthusiasm
  • Confidence
  • Integrity and personal credibility
  • Innovative
  • Willing to learn and develop personally
  • Self-motivated and able to motivate others to achieve a high level of performance


  • Effective leadership qualities
  • Strives for excellence
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to the needs of the organisation
  • Proactive and solution focused
  • Emotionally resilient

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital




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