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Advanced Clinical Pharmacist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting new role in a high performing and supportive

team? Perhaps you are ready for your next challenge? We have a fantastic

opportunity to recruit an Advanced Clinical Pharmacist to join the Berkshire West

Urgent Community Response (UCR)/Virtual Frailty Ward

The role will be a key member of the multidisciplinary team working alongside the Geriatrician, Nurse Consultant. Advanced Clinical Pharmacist for Care Homes, Advanced Care Practitioners, Nurses and Therapists, providing expert medicines advice, guidance, recommendations, medication optimisation support and any necessary training on medicines-related issues to the team, to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital.

You will be a team player and work collaboratively with staff from all disciplines whilst maintaining high professional standards. You will ensure good communication, and that effective processes and procedures are maintained across the service.

The post holder will work 37.5hrs per week, 5 days a week, between the hours of 9am - 5pm.

The role is based at Cremyll Road, Reading and staff parking is available locally

Main duties of the job

  • To assist with medication aspects of the UCR and Virtual Frailty caseloads, ensuring all legal and professional aspects, as well as robust governance processes are met.
  • To work closely with the MDT carrying out comprehensive medication reviews for elderly/frail patients, as needed.
  • To work flexibly as services develop to meet the NHS Long Term Plan Ageing Well requirements.
  • To work closely with the relevant community teams, primary care colleagues and GPs to ensure that seamless pharmaceutical care is provided throughout the patient's journey.
  • To support the UCR and Virtual Frailty teams with medication queries.
  • To assist with the development of and implementation of prescribing policies, standard operating procedures, protocols and guidance related to medicines, as required
  • To carry out medicines-related audits or projects relating to UCR/VFW prescribing practices
  • Work flexibly in response to service need across our multiple sites

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Pharmacy Honours Degree (BPharm or MPharm) / Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma
  • Non-medical Prescriber (Pharmacist Independent Prescriber)
  • Substantial post registration experience in hospital and/or community pharmacy
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • Able to work autonomously, with the ability to work under pressure, with excellent organisational, communication and time management skills to prioritise work.

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification.We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Pharmacy Honours degree (BPharm or MPharm)
  • Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Non-medical prescriber (Pharmacist Independent Prescriber) or willingness to complete the NMP course to attain the necessary qualification


  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuing professional development and compliance with the GPhC CPD on-line recording system
  • Willingness and ability to undertake all Trust statutory and mandatory training

Previous Experience


  • Substantial post registration experience in hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of working within elderly care or a frailty service
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working and making clinically appropriate interventions
  • Demonstrable experience of cross sector collaborative working with primary care healthcare professionals
  • Experience of writing and reviewing policies, guidelines and SOPs
  • Experience and competence to provide patient information & education to patients, families and carers
  • Experience of undertaking clinical audits and improvement projects leading to service improvements
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of the key stakeholders the post is likely to be supporting and how they will be expected to support them.


  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of line management and clinical supervision

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Specialised knowledge of drugs used and therapeutic trends within specialised area
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to influence, negotiate and practice at senior level
  • High level of report writing and presentation skills
  • Keyboard skills and computer literate, with the ability to use software packages.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills in order to communicate confidently and credibly in all situations
  • Demonstrates awareness of and commitment to the Clinical Governance agenda and policy development
  • Demonstrates awareness of and commitment to the Clinical Governance agenda and policy development Demonstrates awareness of the national agenda on new models of healthcare in relation in the Ageing Well agenda
  • Keen to undertake self-development
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively manage occasional distressing or emotional circumstances e.g. distressed patients
  • Good mentoring, coaching and relationship building skills

Additional Requirements


  • Ability and willingness to travel across all Trust sites and to patients' own homes within the Berkshire Health economy
  • Ability to work in restricted/hot desk areas as and when required


  • Flexible approach to work patterns in line with needs of the service including EDC

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Virtual Ward Frailty West



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