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Lead EPMA Pharmacist

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic pharmacist to lead on the implementation and maintenance of the EPMA systems used across the trust. They will require: A genuine interest in IT systems proven experience of delivering projects experience of delivering training to individuals and groups a strong clinical background experience of other IT prescribing systems would be an advantage.

You will contribute to all aspects of clinical governance, including clinical risk and audit. As a teaching hospital, education and training is an integral component of all roles encompassing practice supervision of undergraduates, pre-registration pharmacists and the line management and educational supervision of pharmacists. We encourage inter-professional learning and have been recognised for educational initiatives such as joint teaching activities with Foundation Doctors.

This permanent role will work closely with clinical leads across all specialties, IT and external vendors to ensure digital management of medicines is at a gold standard level.

If you are seeking the opportunity to develop your skills in a forward-looking and innovative pharmacy team then please consider supporting us in delivering our pharmacy vision of excellence through efficient, safe and compassionate care.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a motivated pharmacist who has a passion for digital transformation to lead on the implementation and maintenance of the trust electronic prescribing systems.

As part of this team the post holder work with a variety of key stakeholders ranging from clinical staff to members of the IT team to ensure maximise the effectiveness of the trust EPMA systems.

As a senior member of the pharmacy department, the post holder will work with clinical leads to utilise digital systems and improve the provision of clinical pharmacy services across the trust.

Join our team at UHSussex and become a part of our dynamic and progressive digital medicines team. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on patient care and shape the future of our services.

About us

At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead on the implementation of the digital medicines project, alongside the Lead Pharmacist - Clinical Informatics
  • Responsible for managing and leading the Digital Medicines teams
  • To work closely with the stakeholders to ensure that electronic prescribing solutions deliver the strategic and operational goals of the Trust, which include patient safety, patient experience, quality of care, efficient use of staff resources, and cost effective prescribing
  • To act as link for pharmacy with IT, medical and nursing teams, to translate clinical needs in to EPMA requirements
  • To act as a role model or practicing pharmacists to ensure that digital medicines activities are in context of contemporary clinical work
  • To form part of the senior pharmacy management team managing service provision and development
  • To deploy and develop EPMA process change
  • To provide expert advice on pharmaceutical matters related to EPMA systems, undertaking risk management and ensuring compliance with national medicines legislation as well as relevant local policies

Person Specification



  • MPharm Degree
  • Registered as a pharmacist with the GPhC
  • Post-graduate diploma (or equivalent)
  • Demonstratale post-registration experience in hospital pharmacy


  • Relevant IT experience
  • Relevant management experience



  • Knowledge of medicines safety and managing risk
  • Experience of IT system development/administration
  • Experience of working in a range of clinical pharmacy specialties
  • Experience of working successfully with different healthcare professions and managers across the wider healthcare economy
  • Experience of effective change management
  • Able to produce concise reports, both financial and information based
  • Able to establish and maintain working relationships with colleagues from a variety of professional and organisational backgrounds
  • Able to present complex information clearly to colleagues at all levels
  • Able to influence others in area of expertise
  • Ability to train others of varying abilities


  • Experience in co-ordinating and leading on clinical audit
  • Experience in involving patients in service developments
  • Budgetary management experience

Specific Requirements


  • Ability to deliver accurate work within strict timescales
  • Manage conflicting priorities
  • Able to define own obectives
  • Ability to manage range of projects simultaneously
  • Able to delegate appropriately


  • Able to lead on the development of business and activity plans
  • Good understanding of principles of project management

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Cross Site (Brighton, Hayward's Heath, Worthing and Chichester),

St Richards Hospital


PO16 6SE

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