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Clinical Pharmacist for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for the opportunity to develop your skills in a forward thinking and innovative pharmacy team?

Are you interested in working with an outstanding Trust to develop and deliver patient cantered care in mental health?

We invite you to consider joining our dynamic and enthusiastic team and be actively involved in the implementation of our most ambitious pharmacy strategy yet.

You will provide a clinical pharmacy service within in our structured rotational programme and be supported to further develop your skills and knowledge by undertaking postgraduate clinical pharmacy qualifications. There is the option to enrol on the Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway as well as the opportunity to progress to the independent prescribing qualification.

We are open to applications from both newly qualifying pharmacists, who will be registering this summer and those who are already qualified and would like to consider a change in sector.

We welcome flexible working applications (e.g., school hours, part time, job share)

Here's what our staff say about working in the team:

It's a privilege to help people make the changes they want to see in their lives. As a pharmacist I advocate for my patients, ensuring that they are involved in decisions about their medicines (Current clinical Pharmacist).

Main duties of the job

As the Clinical Pharmacist, you will be expected to:
  • Provide a clinical pharmacy service to a variety of mental health units including acute and older people, child and adolescent, learning disabilities, and forensic wards.
  • Lead and implement projects that support the Trust Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Strategy.
  • Be flexible, have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), strong clinical and organisational skills, enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team and be able to show compassion and respect for people with mental health problems.
  • Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

In return, at Hertfordshire Partnership Trust (HPFT) we can offer you:
  • have excellent opportunity for progression and development
  • 5% on top of basic salary high-cost allowance supplement (subject to a maximum �2,011 per annum pro rata) depending on location
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service) plus bank holidays (pro rata where applicable)
  • One of the UK's best pension schemes
  • Special leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme (for substantive staff)
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • We are receptive to supporting flexible working patterns

About us

The HPFT pharmacy team recruitment promise
  • The pharmacy team embraces and champions, equality, diversity and inclusivity.
  • We commit to consider all potential work life balance options for example part time, job share or flexible hours.
  • We can offer fully paid training opportunities such as Postgraduate Accreditations and Diplomas, student training programmes and advanced leadership courses.
  • We celebrate and welcome applicants from other pharmacy sectors and those returning to practice.

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a top-tier NHS trust striving for excellence. As one of five mental health trusts rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, our goal is to lead in mental health and specialist learning disability services nationwide.

Our 3500-strong staff provides health and social care for 400,000 individuals across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk. We offer community and inpatient services, including nationally commissioned specialist care like Tier 4 services for children, perinatal services, and secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work with the Chief Pharmacist and a team of clinical pharmacists, technicians, and the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to provide and support the integrated delivery of pharmaceutical care initiatives to service users with mental health illness and learning disabilities in identified areas of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Ensure safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medicines.
  • Will require planning and organisation of a broad range of activities and ongoing programmes to support the Strategy for Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation.
  • Required to travel to designated units to provide a clinicalpharmacy service, and to other sites covered by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust as needed to advise and provide training in Medicines Optimisation. This may require walking some distance and carrying heavy equipment including a laptop and teaching materials.
  • Frequent use of VDU equipment every day and intense concentration in a sometimes noisy open plan office environment.
  • Encounter challenging/hostile service users when visiting themental health and learning disabilities units.

Please review the job description and person specification

Person Specification



  • UK Registered Pharmacist
  • Additional areas of training through short courses e.g., computer training


  • Up to date knowledge of drugs available for prescribing in mental health
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience working in a hospital setting



  • Understand the issues facing the NHS
  • Understanding of primary and secondary care working and interface between them
  • Managing quality and cost effectiveness initiates
  • Good planning and organisational skills - able to plan and lead the development of new areas of medicines optimisation e.g. prescribing and administration of medicines under patient group directions
  • Able to demonstrate record of achieving results against set targets


  • Staff development and change management
  • Project planning



  • Good communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Persuasive and negotiating skills
  • Empathetic and reassurance skills
  • Communicates in a manor that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of aptions
  • Excellent computer skills to include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the Internet


  • Able to critically appraise clinical trial data and research papers



  • Have a UK driving licence and access to a vehicle



  • Show respect and treat people with dignity
  • Communicates in a form or manner which is consistent with the person's level of understanding, culture, background and preffered ways of communicating



  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Team worker
  • Self-confident and able to influence professionals

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher Court Pharmacy Department, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett, WD7 9FB

Kingsley Green, Harper Lane



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