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Rotational Pharmacist

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 per annum incl. HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Do you want the challenging experience of a hospital pharmacy within a busy London based teaching hospital with plenty of training and development opportunities.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a enthusiastic pharmacist or current trainee pharmacist qualifying this year to join our rotational team providing an operational and clinical pharmacy service to meet the demands of a busy hospital environment at the West Middlesex site of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust. You will gain experience in all aspects of hospital pharmacy, with rotations in clinical areas such as Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Cardiology, AMU, Technical and Cancer Services, Patient Services and Older People.

You will be provided with the necessary supervision and training in each rotation. There may be an opportunity to undertake the Joint Programmes Board/ UCL School of Pharmacy Post Graduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice for which West Middlesex , Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust is an accredited centre.

Main duties of the job

1. To effectively participate in the provision of clinical and operational pharmaceutical services to Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust, West Middlesex site, under appropriate supervision for grade and experience, rotating through various specialist areas on a 4 monthly basis

2. To participate in on call, weekend and shift working on a rotational basis and participate in 7 day working when required.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.

Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.

We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Patient Services
    • Provision of legally required supervision and validation aspects of the dispensing process
    • Dispensing for inpatients and outpatients (including clinical trials and controlled drugs)
    • Checking technician/ assistant/ trainee pharmacist dispensing
    • Counselling outpatients to defined local, national and legal standards
    • Support management of stock control, dispensing workload, dispensary staff and contributing to the maintenance of a quality service that relates to clinical governance issues
      • Provision of legally required supervision and validation aspects of the dispensing process
      • Dispensing for inpatients and outpatients (including clinical trials and controlled drugs)
      • Checking technician/ assistant/ trainee pharmacist dispensing
      • Counselling outpatients to defined local, national and legal standards
      • Support management of stock control, dispensing workload, dispensary staff and contributing to the maintenance of a quality service that relates to clinical governance issues
      • Participates in service audits as required
      • Effectively contribute to the production of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the relevant section
      • Undertake specific projects in accordance with objectives set
  • Clinical Pharmacy ServicesThe pharmacist will rotate through a range of clinical areas, including medicine, surgery, care of the elderly, paediatrics and cardiology, along with oncology and haematology as part of their Technical Services rotation.
    • Provision of ward/ clinical pharmacy services to the wards of the Trust to defined local and regional standards. Identification of pharmaceutical problems of patients and application of therapeutic knowledge gained from clinical training programmes and experience as a practising pharmacist. This includes:
      • Ensuring that inpatient prescriptions are safe, accurate, legal, clinically appropriate for the individual patient, cost effective and compliant with local prescribing policies. Recommending changes to the prescriber to ensure the above.
      • Advising other professional staff on medicines management and optimisation issues.
      • Participating in clinical intervention systems and other quality monitoring initiatives
      • Implementing local formulary recommendations/ therapeutic guidelines and other related support to Divisional/ Specialist pharmacists
      • Implementing risk management and other Trust medicines related policies
      • Participation in clinical training schemes including timely attendance and completion of course work and assessments
      • Analysis of all medicine charts for patient on allocated wards
      • Prioritisation and resolution of pharmaceutical problems involving all other healthcare professionals when necessary
      • Responsibility for the supply of prescribed medication to patients on allocated wards in a timely manner
      • Responsibility for the review of the stock holding of medication on that ward with the nursing staff on the ward in order to ensure that there is an adequate amount and range of medication on the ward
      • Review prescriptions for accuracy and legality and identify actual or potential problems
      • Ensure the effective supply of medicines suitable for use as an inpatient and appropriately labelled for discharge if applicable
      • Ensure the effective outcomes of treatment with medicines
      • Monitor patients for potential and actual adverse effects of their medicines
      • Support the planning of patient discharge with respect to medication, including the transcription of requests for dispensing and timely discharge of patients in line with Trust requirements
      • Demonstrate professional accountability to patients
      • Participation in developing medicines management systems and auditing the outcomes of these developments
      • Responsibility for ensuring that all medicines (including controlled drugs) are stored according to requirements (including three monthly stock checks)
      • Undertake training in specialist areas as service and development needs arise
  • Acute Medical Unit
    • Participate in the provision of a clinical and dispensary service to the Acute Medicine unit including the duties outlined above
    • Participation in late and weekend shifts to the Acute Medical Unit
  • Technical and Cancer Services
    • Participation and accreditation in all aspects of technical and cancer services including:
      • Checking and screening for oral and intravenous chemotherapy
      • Checking and screening accreditation for adult and neonatal total parenteral nutrition
      • Checking and screening accreditation for extemporaneous products and small numbers of prepacks
      • Quality control systems in line with EC Good Manufacturing Practice and risk management principles
      • Clinical pharmacy services to haematology/ oncology, as well as legally required professional supervision of pharmacy staff and validation aspects associated with technical and cancer services dispensing
  • Additional/ Other
    • Deputising for relevant senior staff
    • Participation in weekend/ public holiday and on call rotas
    • Participation in late duties
    • Participation in performance review and appraisal and identification of own learning and development needs
    • Participation in audit and project work in line with service development
    • Assisting in training and supervision of pharmacy technicians/ assistants and trainee pharmacists
    • Promotion of safe, economic and effective use of medicines
    • Ensuring that a written record of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is maintained for review at appraisal
    • Attendance and participation in departmental meetings and participation in departmental quality initiatives
    • Follow legal, ethical, professional and employers' codes of conduct
    • Demonstrate awareness and commitment to the Trust's Clinical Governance Agenda
    • Any other relevant duties as directed by Senior Pharmacy Managers

Person Specification

Trust Values


  • Evidence of how the candidate meets Trust values

Education and Qualifications


  • Vocational Master's Degree in Pharmacy (+completion of pre-registration training)
  • Registered as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Mandatory CPD to assess fitness to practise


  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society Membership
  • Certificate level in General Pharmacy Practice or equivalent training/ experience



  • Pre-registration training providing supevised experience in hospital pharmacy in line with professional regulation requirements
  • Use of Pharmacy computer systems for stock control and labelling


  • Hospital experience including Medicines Information and dispensing rotation
  • Experience of using stock management programmes, preferably JAC/ Wellsky

Skills and knowledge


  • Good oral and written communication and presentation skills to convey complex and potentially sensitive information
  • Word processing, spread sheets, email, accurate data entry skills
  • Problem solving and risk assessment abilities
  • Demonstrate ability to use initiative
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to motivate self and others and work independently on designated tasks
  • Demonstrate ability to provide safe and clinically effective use of medicines

Personal qualities


  • Mature and positive approach to on call and weekend commitments
  • Methodical with attention to detail
  • Friendly, empathetic and reliable team worker able to relate to all grades of staff
  • Ability to cope well within a busy environment

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex Hospital

Twickenham Road



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