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Senior Mental Health Pharmacist

Employer
Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Sheffield
Salary
Depending on experience Dependent on experience
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic pharmacist to join our friendly, progressive pharmacy team, serving our community in Sheffield.

As a Senior Mental Health pharmacist, you will be responsible for leading medicines optimisation within the Early Intervention setting. As part of your overarching role you will also lead on Education and Training within the pharmacy department, with a focus on audit plus act as the pre-registration training manager.

In addition to the focus above, you will also provide specialist mental health pharmaceutical support across the trust to help achieve best outcomes with medicines.

There will be a requirement to undertake on call support out of hours.

The Candidate:

You must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and have a keen interest in mental health pharmacy.

This is a specialist post and you must be able to demonstrate your ability to provide a high level of clinical pharmacy practice through possession of a relevant Pharmacy Post Graduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent.

You will be a pharmacist prescriber or working towards attainment of the qualification.

Looking to develop and embedding medicines optimisation in routine clinical practice.

Main duties of the job

  • As part of the pharmacy service, to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines throughout the Trust.
  • To be a specialist pharmacist working with the Early Intervention (EI) service.
  • To lead on medicine optimisation within EI and support other areas of pharmacy practice within the Trust.
  • To practice as a specialist pharmacist and pharmacist prescriber within EI and undertake face to face reviews as required. Also be responsible for evidencing competence in area of prescribing.
  • To lead on audit within the pharmacy department and lead on POMH audit across the organisation.
  • Delegated responsibility for pre-registration pharmacists (Manager and tutor).

The Pharmacy Team is well established within the Trust. We are both ambitious and motivated, focusing our work around the best interests of our patients and continually striving to improve the services we offer.

We are also involved in the implementation of national guidelines and the development of local guidelines. The Trust participates in national audits, e.g. through the Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH UK), with pharmacists taking a lead role.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Lead and develop the pharmacy service provided to mental health services in Early Intervention.
  • Improvement in quality of reports and learning from medicines related incidents. Sharing learning and supporting embedding of best practice within teams.
  • Supporting the Chief Pharmacist in ensuring that effective medicines management and medicines safety systems operate throughout the Trust, including implementation of any MHRA or other medicines alerts.
  • Contribute to the governance functions of the pharmacy service by critically appraising emerging clinical evidence, coordinating clinical audits, developing and reviewing clinical guidelines and evaluating new medicines.
  • Lead and develop the pharmacy service provided to mental health services in Early Intervention.
  • Improvement in quality of reports and learning from medicines related incidents. Sharing learning and supporting embedding of best practice within teams.
  • Supporting the Chief Pharmacist in ensuring that effective medicines management and medicines safety systems operate throughout the Trust, including implementation of any MHRA or other medicines alerts.
  • Contribute to the governance functions of the pharmacy service by critically appraising emerging clinical evidence, coordinating clinical audits, developing and reviewing clinical guidelines and evaluating new medicines.
  • Lead and develop the pharmacy service provided to mental health services in Early Intervention.
  • Improvement in quality of reports and learning from medicines related incidents. Sharing learning and supporting embedding of best practice within teams.
  • Supporting the Chief Pharmacist in ensuring that effective medicines management and medicines safety systems operate throughout the Trust, including implementation of any MHRA or other medicines alerts.
  • Contribute to the governance functions of the pharmacy service by critically appraising emerging clinical evidence, coordinating clinical audits, developing and reviewing clinical guidelines and evaluating new medicines.
  • Lead on pharmacy audits and also the use of medicines in accordance with best practice, e.g. POMH.
  • Provide good and comprehensive specialist clinical pharmacy services to designated teams in order to ensure pharmacological treatment is in line with national standards and to achieve best outcomes with medicines.
  • Support the delivery of specialist clinical pharmacy services to other areas of the Trust.
  • Advise medical, nursing and other staff on pharmaceutical or therapeutic problems and promote the rational prescribing and use of medicines.
  • Participate in and support the development of departmental clinical medicines information systems and answer queries resulting from medicines use within the Trust.
  • In conjunction with other senior pharmacists, deputise for the Chief Pharmacist or deputy, as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain personal expertise in the use of medicines, to enable practise as a specialist pharmacist.
  • Work towards or continue membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy.
  • Review and advise on the management of service users receiving complex pharmacological treatments or not responding to existing treatments.
  • Monitor and advise on the pharmacological management of patients who fall outside of or are not covered by national guidance or guidelines.
  • Produce and review policies, guidelines and SOPs associated with the use of medicines within the Trust.
  • Participate in governance meetings within the pharmacy meetings and within designated community or in-patient team.
  • Responsibility for encouraging cost-effective prescribing of medicines.
  • Responsibility for monitoring medicines expenditure within area of responsibility.
  • There will be a requirement to undertake on call support out of hours.


  • Person Specification Training and qualifications Essential
    • Master's degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) or equivalent pharmacy degree
    • Non-medical prescriber or working towards attainment of the qualification.
    • Hold a relevant post-registration qualification such as Diploma in Mental Health Pharmacy, or Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.
    • Hold current registration as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council
    Desirable
    • Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, or equivalent.
    • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
    Knowledge and skills Essential
    • Have a high level of clinical pharmacy skills and knowledge and to be able to apply this to work in mental health
    • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based healthcare
    • Ability to work on own initiative
    • Ability to work as part of a team
    • Ability to supervise and mentor staff
    • Ability to develop and deliver training
    • Competent interpersonal skills and able to achieve outcome through team working
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills
    Desirable
    • Knowledge of relevant clinical guidelines and their application to best practice
    • Knowledge of recent developments in mental health practice or equivalent specialities, including learning disability and substance misuse
    • Experience and understanding of pharmacist aspects of clinical trials including Good Clinical Practice.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with other professional team members in secondary care
    • Experience and skills of multidisciplinary audit
    • Knowledge of root cause analysis
    Experience Essential
    • Significant post-registration experience in evidence-based clinical pharmacy practice; demonstration of independent specialist management of medicines
    • Evidence of working as part of a clinical team
    • Evidence of developing own role and managing new initiatives
    • Previous secondary care (hospital) pharmacy practice
    • Evidence of a broad base of pharmacy experience in the healthcare environment
    Desirable
    • Experience of clinical pharmacy practice in mental health
    • Experience of developing and embedding medicines optimisation in routine clinical practice
    • Evidence of the application of clinical guidelines to practice
    • Experience of managing and investigating medicines safety alerts and incidents
    Other Essential
    • Be conscientious and methodical in their approach to work
    • Be flexible, adaptable and responsive regarding changes in practice
    • Be able to travel to all areas of the Trust in a timely and effective manner
    • Effective time management skills


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