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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - MH Research & Clinical Trials

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist, Researcher
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ready for a new challenge? Want to progress research to improve patient care? We are looking for a hard-working, enthusiastic pharmacist who shares our Trust values to join our expanding clinical trials and research team at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Mersey Care is at the forefront of clinical trials for mental health, putting our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health research. Based within the Medicines Management team, you will join a dynamic, forward-thinking and patient-focused team striving for excellence in the delivery of integrated community and mental health services.

Mersey Care and the University of Liverpool have recently teamed up to create the Mental Health Research for Innovation Centre (M-RIC), aiming to improve mental health treatments (and access to them) for all patients and service users. The pharmacy clinical trials service plays an integral role through the development and delivery of Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicinal Products (CTIMPs).

To be the successful candidate, you should have excellent interpersonal, communication and time-management skills. You will be organised, reliable, willing to learn and able to work on your own initiative but also thrive when working within a supportive team.

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for full details on the requirements of this post.

Proposed Interview date 12 June 2024

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for delivering a comprehensive clinical pharmacy and research and clinical trials service, providing specialist information and advice to all members of the multi-disciplinary team, to maximise patient pharmaceutical care and to improve mental health care for patients and service users. The post holder will participate in the dispensary rota to ensure that medicines are supplied in an accurate and timely manner. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly in line with the hours of operation.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 1.4 million people across our region and are also commissioned for services that cover the North West, North Wales and the Midlands.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To be responsible for implementing the Medicines Management strategy in the Trust and supporting the research and clinical trials pharmacy service in line with national and regulatory requirements.2.To deputise for a higher grade of pharmacist as required3.Participation in screening, dispensing and checking of clinical trial prescriptions, and advising others of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and requirements relating to Investigational Medicinal Product (IMP) management.4.To participate in the Trust-wide Out of Hours Medicines Advice Service and seven-day medicine supply service.5.Completing with the support of Pharmacy Technicians, the process of medicines reconciliation following admission or transfer of service users within the trust or for the purposes of research or clinical trials. This involves collating information from patients and carers and liaising with professionals from other healthcare organisations to ascertain presenting complaint, past medical and medication history, working diagnosis and relevant biomedical and psychiatric test results to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines.6.Ensuring that each medicine has an appropriate indication and each diagnosis has appropriate therapy.7.Ensuring that existing therapy is safe to take with, and has not contributed to, the presenting complaint.8.Ensuring that new treatments are compatible with the patients conditions.9.Making recommendations on changes to drug therapy in line with the above.10.Reviewing recommendations in the light of new results and treatment plans.11.Advising on which medications should continue and which should stop, as appropriate.12. Monitoring for adverse drug reactions and submitting yellow cards where appropriate. Reporting adverse events arising from the use of IMP to the trial sponsor and in line with agreed trial procedure

13. Please refer to JD for more information.

Person Specification



  • Master of Pharmacy degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Pharmacy, willingness to work towards or equivalent experience
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
  • GCP training



  • Demonstrable evidence of commitment to self development and CPD
  • Experience of undertaking audit within pharmaceutical services
  • Understanding of how medicines optimisation contributes to high quality patient care
  • Understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, and their carers
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working


  • Experience of working in a hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing education regarding medicines
  • Experience of working in providing a pharmacy service within a mental health or learning disabilities setting
  • Experience of working within an NHS organisation
  • Experience of provision of Medicines Information services
  • Knowledge of the evidence base relating to the prescribing of psychotropic medicines
  • Clinical trials pharmacy set up and file management experience
  • Knowledge of recent initiatives within pharmacy
  • Experience of line management of staff
  • Experience/understanding of the requirements for management of IMPs



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented



  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal & listening
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Decision making skills
  • Ability to travel between different sites
  • Ability to work as a team player and to work independently
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Pro-active and displays initiative
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Report writing skills
  • Professional manner


  • Critical appraisal skills

Employer details

Employer name

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust


Hollins Park Hospital

Hollins Lane



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