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Specialist Pharmacist

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic pharmacist to join a friendly, progressive clinical team, serving our high secure services at West London NHS Trust. The trust provides services across a large geographical area and includes a wide range of mental health and community health services. Our 800 in-patient beds provide services from open wards through to high security forensic services and intermediate care beds. We provide a secondary, tertiary and national service. We provide services to children, adolescents, adults and older people both in the community as inpatients. Our Trust has just achieved a 'Good' CQC rating.

The post of Specialist Pharmacist High Secure Services will be based at Broadmoor Hospital

The successful candidate should be a highly motivated individual team player with good communication skills and a keen interest in mental health. The applicant should be able to work well both in a team and autonomously.

The applicant should hold or be working towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice. The applicant will be required to take part in the out of hours on-call service.

A postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Pharmacy or Clinical Pharmacy Diploma would be desirable, but training can be supported. Previous experience of working in and/or interest in mental health would be a requirement.

The post will attract a 5% London Weighting plus a 10% Broadmoor Allowance.

Main duties of the job

For 37.5 hrs per week the post holder will be providing a clinical pharmacy service to a number of wards within High Secure services based at Broadmoor Hospital. There will be an opportunity to attend MDT meetings, clinical governance meetings and other relevant meetings pertaining to provision of pharmaceutical care to our patients.

There will be at times a need to support our MMT led dispensary.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed

Person Specification



  • Master's Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Membership of College of Mental Health Pharmacists
  • Member of the RPSGB
  • Post graduate Certificate in Pharmacy Practice



  • Good knowledge and understanding of therapeutic areas and pharmacological treatments obtained through the completion of degree course and pre-registration year.
  • Experience of working with patients either in a hospital or community setting.
  • Experience of working to standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Accuracy in dispensing
  • Demonstrable use of clinical audit to improve practice


  • Experience of working within a mental health environment
  • Experience in a mental health setting
  • Experience of supervising junior pharmacy staff
  • Experience of working with other healthcare professionals
  • 6 months experience post registration



  • To have an awareness of government and professional policy/legislation that affects the delivery of pharmacy services e.g. NICE, RPS
  • IT literate with a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to plan workload and effectively prioritise work
  • To have an understanding of audit
  • Evidence of CPD and acquiring new skills and knowledge
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good time management
  • Good clinical skills / knowledge
  • Able to use initiative to problem solve
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to perform tasks required of a pharmacist (clinical screening, dispensing, checking, working with prescribers and patients)


  • Experience of IT Dispensing and Stock Control software relevant to Pharmacy practice
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act
  • Supervising and training staff
  • Assessing and appraising staff

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust




RG45 7ET

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