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6 to 7 Progression Pharmacist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 6 to 7 Progression Pharmacist

Location- Luton (Calnwood Road)

You will be responsible for providing a clinical pharmacy service to designated mental health inpatient teams and delivering on all aspects of medicines optimisation. You will be the source of expert pharmaceutical advice for the MDT and undertake patient-centered medicines discussions.

We will be supporting newly qualified pharmacist into the specialty of mental health hospital pharmacy and will be encouraging them to undertake a post graduate certificate. During your progression role you will have the opportunity to rotate through a number of mental specialisms such as CAMHS, Forensics, Older Adults and also be able to participate in a rotation with our acute trust provider.

You will also need to have the skills to be able to work effectively within the wider multi-disciplinary team of nurses and doctors and other allied healthcare professionals and managers. You will want to develop and improve the reliability and quality of our clinical pharmacy service and partake in Quality Improvement projects.

It is imperative that the successful candidate is able to show compassion and respect for people with mental health illness and be driven to improve their care through the safe and effective use of medicines.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to work with the Clinical Lead/Lead Pharmacist to develop clinical pharmacy services within the Luton and Bedfordshire directorates. They will be responsible for implementing and monitoring the Trust's clinical pharmacy standards as well as ensuring the clinical service is of high quality and patient-focused. They will identify gaps and problem areas in the service and will use Quality Improvement methodology to make positive changes. The postholder will be required to work closely with the clinical lead ensuring that stock control of medicines on the wards is accurate and that cost effective measures are taken to improve medicine use across the inpatient wards. The post holder will also be expected to manage clozapine supply for inpatient and service users in the community.

About us

East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), Our dynamic and creative Trust pharmacy team provides pharmacy services to a wide range of community and inpatient service users in Newham, Luton & Bedfordshire, City & Hackney and Tower Hamlets. These include children and young people to adults of working age, older adults, perinatal, learning disabilities, community health services and forensic patients. We provide a broad range of clinical pharmacy services to our inpatient wards and are supported by trained medicines management technicians.

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

* The successful post holder will be given the opportunity to further develop their competence through Post Graduate Certificate/Diplomas (option of general or psychiatric pharmacy) and Non medical Prescribing where appropriate*

Please for further information kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • oVocational Masters Degree in Pharmacy
  • o+ pre-registration training
  • oMember of the General Pharmaceutical Council and/or Royal Pharmaceutical Society


  • oWorking towards higher Degree/Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • oExperience in clinical pharmacy in a mental health setting
  • oExperience in clinical pharmacy of working with older people
  • oPost registration training relevant to hospital pharmacy
  • oPsychiatry qualification (or willing to work towards this)



  • oDemonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate medicine related information to mental health patients, carers and clinical staff
  • oPrevious evaluated experience of mentorship and training skills
  • oTo have undertaken clinical audit
  • oTraining and education


  • oPrevious experience in providing clinical mental health services.
  • oStaff management experience
  • oMonitoring and advising on drug expenditure

Knowledge and Skills


  • oClinical and critical appraisal skills
  • oThe ability to identify and prioritise clinical work load
  • oCommunicates with medical, nursing and pharmacy staff in clear precise and appropriate manner.
  • oTo have an awareness of national and local priorities
  • oThe ability to identify and manage risks
  • oAbility to evaluate own work
  • oEnhances the quality of patient care
  • oDemonstrates awareness of the clinical governance agenda
  • oBasic IT skills
  • oTeaching and presentation skills
  • oDemonstrates ability to meets set targets
  • oDemonstrate ability to organise self to ensure efficient use of time.
  • oMeets expected levels of practice as defined by others
  • oSelf motivated
  • oThe ability and willingness to deputise for senior staff while recognising limitations of experience and ability
  • oTakes responsibilities for own actions


  • oAble to influence junior medical staff
  • oUnderstanding of local trust priorities
  • oEvidence of writing procedures, guidelines or protocols

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Pharmacy Office, Calnwood Court

Calnwood Road



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