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Specialist Pharmacist Inpatient Mental Health

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PA / Pro rata for part time
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
Specialist Pharmacist Mental Health - Coastal West Sussex Locality

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about improving the lives of patients with mental health problems, then apply for a specialist pharmacist role in our Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Trust. We have an opportunity to support the inpatient units based in Worthing and Chichester.

The post is fixed term contract to support the team during a period of maternity leave.

You should have a passion for working within mental health and an understanding of the medicines used within mental health services. The post holder will be supported to undertake further accreditations as appropriate, and there are opportunities to develop the role and service to the wards.

You will be joining a friendly, supportive Pharmacy team which is highly regarded in the Trust and is rapidly expanding due to recent significant investments. This role is a great opportunity to start or continue a career in mental health and can lead to a future of more senior roles within mental health.

Main duties of the job

This role will provide a clinical pharmacy and medicines optimisation service to ensure patient's get the best from their medicines and that other healthcare professionals are well informed and skilled to be able to manage the use of medicines correctly, safely and cost effectively. The role will be based on the inpatient wards of Meadowfield, Worthing, but also provide a service to inpatients wards at the Chichester centre & Oaklands units at Chichester . This includes adult acute, older persons, dementia and forensic wards. The role will support the safe and effective use of medicines within the service, working closely with the pharmacy staff within the Coastal West Sussex locality of Sussex Partnership, and as part of the wider service MDT and Trust wide pharmacy team.

There is no weekend or dispensary working. On call is an advice service only and is currently more than 1 in 30 weeks, with senior support provided and only band 7 and above are on the on call rota.

About us

Sussex Partnership is one of the largest mental health trust in the UK rated 'good' overall by the Care Quality Commission and 'outstanding' for caring. The physical health of our mental health patients is important to us and with the live expectancy of patients with serious mental health dying 15 to 20 years earlier, the trust is committed to reducing this risk and pharmacy play a key role in this.

We pride ourselves on innovation and staff wellbeing. We are open to flexible / part time working as well as a more traditional work pattern depending on the needs of the applicant.

You can expect:
  • Access to full psychological support, the wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes.
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as Outstanding for caring and Good overall by the CQC
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Excellent NHS Pension Scheme

We welcome applications from newly qualified pharmacists or pharmacists currently in primary care looking for a change.

If you are interested to see if this opportunity could be the role for you, please feel free to contact us for further information.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached documents for further information.

Job outline
  • To assist and support the Lead Pharmacist Mental Health in the provision and development of the pharmaceutical service within defined localities of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, ensuring as far as possible a safe, efficient and comprehensive service.
  • To lead the clinical pharmacy service provided within defined locality of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
  • To assist and support the locality pharmacy teams to ensure continuity of patient care.

Person Specification

Registration, qualification & experience


  • GPhC registration
  • Degree in Pharmacy from British University or recognised equivalent


  • Experience of Band 6 rotational post
  • Experience working within a mental health setting
  • Postgraduate Diploma

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust




BN13 3EP

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