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Specialist Pharmacist, Frailty and Older Adults

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking a motivated and dynamic clinical pharmacist with an interest in frailty to join our established, friendly Frailty Team. Based in a busy emergency department, the Frailty Team aid frail and older adults in retaining their independence and, crucially, managing their medications.

The post holder will be responsible for providing a dedicated pharmacy service to the Frailty Team, supporting both the team in safe prescribing and medicines management, and its patients in medicines optimisation. You will also be a member of the Adult Medicine team in pharmacy and expected to contribute to the daily operations of the pharmacy department.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to:

Work alongside specialist nurses, clinicians, and therapists in the frailty multidisciplinary team, supporting MDT colleagues in all pharmaceutical matters

Provide expert advice on medicines to frailty colleagues

Support frail and elderly patients to understand and manage their medications

Undertake medication reviews and optimisation of medicine regimens for all patients seen by the frailty service during core working hours

Liaise with primary care and community pharmacists, where appropriate, to communicate any changes in medications

Manage supply of inpatient and discharge medications for frailty patients

Undertake governance work, such as contribution to frailty-related guidelines and attendance at frailty-related meetings, as appropriate

Contribute to core pharmacy services where needed, including dispensary work, late nights, on call, and ward cover

As the only pharmacist in the Frailty Team, this position will be yours to build. You will be supported by the wider Adult Medicine team and encouraged to undertake service improvement projects to build your portfolio. Ideally the successful candidate will be an Independent Prescriber, but if not, you will be supported to complete this qualification. For more information, please consult the Person Specification and detailed Job Description.

About us

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust are both part of the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire Group. Both hospitals are separate hospitals/employers with hospital board and leadership. We share a group executive team, leading on a shared vision, mission, priorities, strategies and Dedicated to Excellence Values. Backed by an impressive modernisation agenda and investment, we are committed to the delivery of the highest standards of care and our Pharmacy Services are integral to ambitions and clinical governance across the Trust.

Our Group Vision is ' Dedicated to excellence in patient care and staff experience, and to becoming a leader in clinical excellence, inclusivity and collaborative healthcare '.

Our Group Values are at the heart of everything we do and describe how we will behave as we work towards achieving our vision. They include:


Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate, and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people. We have entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Northampton General Hospital and have become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are looking for enthusiastic and skilled individuals to be an integral part of our Pharmacy team. The ability to work within a multidisciplinary team and excellent communication skills are an essential part of this role. Our patients are our highest priority so we welcome innovative suggestions for pharmacy practice whilst delivering excellence in pharmaceutical care.

For further information on the advertised role, please refer to the job description located under the Supporting Documents heading. The full person specification can be accessed under the Shortlisting Criteria section of the document.

Person Specification

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Master's degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with the GPhC
  • Postgraduate qualification in hospital pharmacy (or in the process of obtaining one)


  • Member of the RPS Faculty
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Registered Independent prescriber
  • Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Knowledge and Experience


  • 1-2 years post registration UK hospital experience
  • Clinical experience in a range of ward/clinical areas
  • Teaching/training/coaching
  • Responsibility for a defined area requiring prioritisation/problem solving/delegation
  • Experience of leading or implementing change
  • Experience attending senior pharmacy meetings and an understanding of governance structure for that meeting
  • Good clinical knowledge of commonly prescribed medicines
  • Good knowledge of NICE guidelines for common conditions
  • Good knowledge of the NHS and current priorities
  • Experience managing datix investigations


  • A good understanding of where pharmacy sits within the organisational structure



  • Leadership
  • IT (Microsoft/Powerpoint/Ascribe)
  • Line management/supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Kettering General Hospital

Rothwell Road


NN16 8UZ

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