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Lead Pharmacist for Substance Misuse Service

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year To be decided when the individual commences on-call commitment
Closing date
30 May 2024

Job Details

We have an excellent fixed term opportunity for 12 months for an experienced substance misuse pharmacist to lead our services within the organisation. Secondment will also be considered.

Based at our Prestwich site, you will lead our pharmacy team in providing high quality pharmaceutical care to our inpatient and community substance misuse services.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will:

- Have significant experience of substance misuse therapeutics, multidisciplinary (MDT) working as well as having good communication skills.

- Work closely with healthcare teams to manage medications for patients with substance abuse disorders. This involves input to medication reviews, adjusting dosages, and monitoring patient responses.

- Provide counselling and education to patients and their families about the risks and benefits of medications used in substance abuse treatment. This includes information about potential side effects, drug interactions, and strategies for managing withdrawal symptoms.

- Collaborate with healthcare providers to develop individualised treatment plans for patients with substance abuse disorders. This may involve coordinating care with other healthcare professionals.

-Monitor patients' progress throughout the treatment process, assessing their response to medications and making adjustments as needed. They also provide ongoing support to help patients stay motivated and adhere to their treatment plans.

-Ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations governing the use of controlled substances, including maintaining accurate records and adhering to prescribing guidelines.

-Collaborating with other healthcare professionals, and community organisations involved in substance abuse treatment to ensure comprehensive care for patients.

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.

We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.

Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.

Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.

Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached detailed job description and person specification:

Staff benefits
  • Pay Enhancements 30% additional for Evenings (8pm onwards) and Saturdays and 60% additional for Sundays and Bank holidays.
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
  • Excellent pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Blue Light Card Discounts

Person Specification



  • Member of GPhC
  • PG Diploma or equivalent experience
  • Prescribing qualification



  • Significant hospital experience
  • Significant recent MH experience
  • Experience in supervising staff
  • Experience in developing guidelines
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Published research



  • Experience of clinical governance, audit & risk management

Skills / Abilities


  • Ability to devise, plan and manage complex work programme
  • Ability to interpret & communicate highly complex data
  • Ability to develop & maintain relationships
  • Ability to manage change / conflict
  • Ability to motivate / influence
  • Excellent written / verbal communication skills

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Prestwich Site

Bury New Road


M25 3BL

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