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Foundation Pharmacist

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
If you are looking to begin your career as a hospital pharmacist as a member of a supportive, professional, cohesive team, where training is a priority, come and join us in South Devon. We welcome applications from trainee pharmacists who are due to register in 2024. If you are a pharmacist with more experience, perhaps outside of hospital pharmacy, do get in touch, we are very happy to discuss possibilities for part time or flexible working if that is important to you.

Our foundation pharmacists work on a rotational basis and their training and supervision is provided through a number of collaborative initiatives between TSDFT, NHS Devon CCG and Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Foundation pharmacists are employed by Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT), which is an integrated care organisation.

The rotation includes the provision of medicines optimisation services to acute and community hospitals, intermediate and primary care and mental health

The purpose of the foundation pharmacists' role is to develop and utilise the clinical and professional skills defined in the South Devon Pharmacist Foundation Programme in order to provide clinical pharmacist input into medicines optimisation services for patients across all sectors of the healthcare system.

Main duties of the job

You will :

-be a pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, working within the pharmacy team and alongside the multidisciplinary healthcare teams in each of their rotation placements.

-work on a rotational basis, gaining competencies and experience as defined by the Foundation Programme. In each rotation you will be supported, mentored and managed by the senior clinical pharmacy team.

-be competent to practice safely and autonomously at a foundation level within each rotation specialty (competencies and timeframes for assessment and achievement are defined in the Foundation Programme handbook).

-provide clinically appropriate, patient-centred, evidence based and cost-effective pharmaceutical care to patients in all of your rotational placements.

The Foundation Programme forms the basis of an innovative career pathway for pharmacists. It has the support of local and national pharmacy leaders andprovides foundation pharmacists in South Devon with the opportunity to develop a wide range of clinical and professional skills and experience across a number of healthcare settings while actively utilising these skills supportive teams.

About us

The TSDFT clinical pharmacy team culture is team based, patient focussed, innovative and supportive. Continuing professional development is expected from all team members and the support for the training and development of pharmacists and technicians through a well-established foundation programme is a key component the team's work.

The team is well integrated with the multidisciplinary teams across the Trust and all team members are expected to represent the pharmacy department and their profession in a visible, approachable and competent manner, demonstrating flexibility, positivity and problem-solving ability as appropriate to their role and competency. The ward facing clinical pharmacy teams (each consisting of highly specialist, mid-grade and foundation pharmacists, specialist and foundation technicians and ATOs) are supported by and provide clinical support for medicines information, medicines governance, aseptic services, homecare, high cost drugs, dispensary and dispatch teams.

Why work with us- Torbay Hospital provides acute care for the local community and has several community hospitals, and is a hot-spot for those who are considering living by the sea or within half an hour of Dartmoor National Park and an hour to Exmoor National Park. Meanwhile, Plymouth and Exeter are also both within a short drive to enjoy the culture, maritime history and shopping experiences.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The wide scope of this role is not an expectation of where the post holder will start but where they aim to be after 2 years of rotation through the Foundation Programme.

The duties and responsibilities defined below are not an exhaustive list and may change in order to meet the needs of the organisation. For a more detailed description of clinical skills and professional attributes expected of a competent foundation pharmacist, see the Foundation Programme handbook.

Communication and Working Relationships

Develop and maintain effective working relationships, which inspire confidence in clinical pharmacy and the pharmacy department, with staff and patients in all rotation specialties.

Work effectively as a member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Recognise personal limitations and refer to more appropriate colleagues when necessary.

Recognise the roles of other colleagues and liaise with them as needed for the collective benefit of patients.

These colleagues will include (but not be limited to):
  • Patients
  • Medical and Nursing Staff with responsibility for prescribing and medicines optimisation at all levels
  • Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistant technical officers in all healthcare sectors at all levels
  • Allied Healthcare Professionals eg dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists
  • Discharge Co-ordinators

GPs, nurses and other practice staff with responsibility for medicines optimisation

Clinical Practice

Provide prescription review and medicines-related advice to healthcare professionals and patients in all rotations.

Undertake reconciliation of patients medicines at admission and/or discharge as defined by the processes of each rotation.

Provide medicines-related counselling for patients or their carers in order to support them to optimise and individualise their medicines usage.

Monitor and influence the practice of other healthcare professionals to ensure safe and effective prescribing

Assist in the provision of medicines information services

Participate in on call and weekend rotas

Training and Supervision

Actively participate in the Foundation Programme in order to achieve the skills and competencies defined within it.

Undertake continuing professional development, including postgraduate clinical diploma level study.

Supervise the dispensary to ensure that prescriptions are dispensed safely and effectively by providing professional intervention including clinical screening, dispensing and final checking of prescriptions as necessary.

Supervise and monitor activities in Pharmacy Technical Services and Radiopharmacy including clinically screening prescriptions, pre-process and final checking and product release. Ensure preparation is undertaken to standards for Good Manufacturing Practice and in accordance with licences.

Provide training for, act as a role model for and supervise the activities of pre-registration pharmacy graduates and pharmacy students.

Prepare and deliver medicines-related training for medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals as directed by rotation specialty leads or foundation mentors.

Management of Resources

Working closely with pharmacy technicians and assistants, provide pharmacist support for discharge facilitation and reuse of patients own medicines

Be aware of and adhere to local formulary and other medicines related guidance to ensure cost effective medicines usage.

Be responsible for planning and organising own workload in accordance with the requirements of the rotation specialty

Quality Improvement and Audit

Develop, lead and provide support for quality improvement projects and audits related to medicines optimisation and prescribing

Policy and Service Development

Provide timely and accurate advice on prescribing issues and evidence based prescribing in accordance with local and national guidance and policy, including the South and West Devon Joint Formulary.

Full Vacancy details can be found on the attached Job Description/Person Specification. Please refer to your suitability to the post in your supporting information from the role requirements or person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Specialised training in clinical pharmacy
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Special Experience


  • Experience and understanding of clinical pharmacy in any sector
  • Previous participation in quality improvement and or audit projects


  • Experience of clinical pharmacy experience in acute, intermediate and primary care settings
  • Understanding of the role of medicines optimisation teams in acute, intermediate and primary care and mental health settings



  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)-proven ability to communicate with patients, carers and all levels of healthcare professionals



  • Organisational, time management and prioritisation skills



  • Good team member (both inter and intra-disciplinary)

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital



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