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Medication safety pharmacist

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting role for a pharmacist with a passion for improving patient safety. The pharmacist will be recognised as the Medication Safety Officer for the Trust and will be the lead within the department and across the Trust in driving safety improvements in medicines management and optimisation, ensuring the Trust has safe processes in place and is compliant will all relevant safety guidance. The post holder will be supported by the Medicine's Optimisation clinical nurse specialist.

Main duties of the job

To support the Lead Pharmacist for Governance as the pharmacy professional lead on medicines safety within the Trust by:
  • Identifying best practice in relation to medication safety and implementing this locally.
  • Assessing compliance against standards and implementing strategies to address gaps.
  • Working collaboratively with pharmacy, medical and nursing staff to implement local and nationally agreed medication safety guidance.
  • To review incident trends, cascade learning and identify solutions as part of multidisciplinary group.
  • Carry out the role of the Medication Safety Officer for the Trust.
  • To act as the department's audit lead for medication safety issues, encouraging audit and original research to support safe medication practice.
  • Lead on response to service complaints and ensuring learning is shared from these complaints.
  • Practicing as part of the pharmacy team, contributing to the provision of high quality and consistent pharmaceutical care within the Trust.
  • Providing directorate level support for a speciality.
  • Maintain an awareness of national medication safety issues and initiatives and ensure the Trust is fully informed.
  • Attend the Trust's mortality review group.
  • Attend Trust patient safety incident, review and learning group

About us

The Royal Cornwall hospital pharmacy department is a forward thinking and friendly team with full deployment of electronic prescribing and administration in the inpatient and outpatient setting and fully automated dispensing. The data held within the EPMA system gives this post-holder an excellent opportunity to be a leader with 'technovigilance' and how acute Trusts can use this data to proactively improve patient safety and outcomes.

Cornwall is a wonderful place to live, offering an excellent quality of life and a truly stunning environment to live in. We have a vision of an integrated Cornwall pharmacy service and will expect our pharmacy staff to work across organisational boundaries to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Please watch our pharmacy recruitment video.

Job description

Job responsibilities

PLEASE NOTE: To view the full Job Description and Person Specification, please click the supporting document on the right-hand side

To be an employee of the NHS you need to successfully complete the following:

Identity Checks

Professional registration and qualification checks

Employment history and reference checks

Work health assessments

Criminal record check standards

Right to work checks

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Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways. Please talk to us at interview about any flexible working arrangements you would prefer or require. While we may not be able to fully accommodate all requests, such requests will not be referenced during the interview scoring process, and we will fully consider and try to accommodate them for successful applicants.

We reserve the right to close this advert early, or when the allocated number of applications has been reached. Please submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Person Specification



  • Master's Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain
  • A job related higher degree or diploma or equivalent experience


  • Pharmacy management or supervisory training
  • Qualification in human factors or patient safety related matters
  • Teaching qualification
  • Project management/change management qualification
  • RPS member



  • Substantial post registration experience in pharmacy, with a significant part of this in hospital clinical pharmacy
  • Previous experience of training staff using coaching or teaching methods
  • Knowledge of risk management principles


  • Research/audit experience
  • evidence of medication safety alert implementation or changes to improve medication safety
  • Financial awareness in the management of budgets or the preparation of business cases

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust


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