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Lead Surgery and Anaesthetics Pharmacist

Barts Health NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 per annum inc
Closing date
22 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder would be expected to lead the clinicalpharmacy service in the Surgery and Anaestheticservices in providing responsible, safe and costeffective prescribing within the networks to:- Optimise patient outcomes- Minimise adverse reactions- Improve medicines safety

The post also helps to deliver the broader Medicines Optimisation and Governance Strategy across the Trust. These outcomes will be achieved primarily through leadership of clinical staff, and the publicationand implementation of guidelines and procedures to encourage best practice.

We are dedicated to being an outstanding place to work and will work with you to get the best experience. We know flexible working is not a one size fits all and will mean something different to everyone. We are inclusive, so if you are interested in flexible working, please speak to the recruiting manager.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the Associate Directors ofPharmacy, Deputy Heads of Pharmacy at Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital and Highly Specialist Pharmacists within the team to manage the professional, clinical and technical input of pharmacy into the Surgical and Critical Care directorate at both hospitals and provide professional support for the pharmacy surgery and anaesthetic teams across the trust.

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are underrepresented within Barts Health at this band.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience, and knowledge required. For both documents, please view the attachment/s below.

Person Specification



  • MPharm or equivalent
  • Registered as a pharmacist with the GPhC
  • Independent prescribing qualification
  • Postgraduate Pharmacy Qualification or equivalent experience (minimum postgraduate diploma level)


  • Management qualification or equivalent experience



  • Extensive post registration hospital experience
  • Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide patient care
  • Ability to undertake and facilitate quality improvement, reflective practice, teaching and CPD
  • Experience appraising staff and giving feedback
  • Experience as a clinical pharmacy tutor, presenter or lecturer
  • Significant experience of working as a clinical pharmacy practitioner in an acute hospital NHS setting
  • Operational management of a service to a substantial teaching hospital or District General Hospital (DGH)
  • Experience of leading and supervising research, quality improvement or audit projects
  • Planning and implementing significant service developments and organisational change
  • Experience of managing large groups of staff
  • Operational management experience in a complex environment
  • Experience of successfully leading and implementing service improvement and change projects
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Ability to understand complex issues, problem solve and propose solutions
  • To have been involved in bringing about change to a service/department


  • Experience of working in outpatient clinics
  • Successful performance as a directorate/team leader Surgery pharmacist in a previous post



  • Demonstrated expert knowledge covering a range of services
  • Knowledge of medicines management systems at ward level
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation relevant to pharmacy practice, e.g. controlled drugs, Health and Safety at Work
  • Understanding of the pharmaceutical care needs of Surgery and Theatres patients
  • Sound knowledge of drugs and therapeutics in Surgery, at Mastery level
  • Thorough understanding of clinical governance and clinical risk management
  • Knowledge of the medication and prescribing issues at the interface of primary and secondary care
  • Knowledge of the law and relevant guidance relating to medicines, pharmacy, rationing decisions in the NHS, Payment by Results (PbR) and commissioning
  • Knowledge and awareness of current national standards, guidelines and service delivery issues relevant to the directorate's patients
  • Understanding of stock control systems
  • Knowledge of Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines requirements
  • Understanding of the importance of adherence to SOPs and legislation
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of patient safety initiatives



  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to complete documentation accurately with a high attention to detail
  • Able to accurately follow written procedures under pressure
  • Demonstrates numeracy skills and ability to perform accurate, complex calculations
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and organise self, and others
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate with and influence senior medical staff and senior management
  • Able to complete documentation accurately with attention to details
  • Able to accurately follow written procedures under pressure Management of risk in the clinical use of medicines
  • Excellent clinical and managerial critical appraisal skills enabling effective decision making relating to the adoption of new therapies
  • IT literate able to use Microsoft office with intermediate IT skills including, accurate data entry and use of specialist computer programmes
  • Effective problem solving skills
  • Demonstrates strong leadership skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills suitable for a range of audiences, including chairing of meetings
  • Good analytical & organisational ability
  • Demonstrates ability to deliver staff training
  • Able to move easily between the detail and the big picture on issues in understanding and explaining the complexity of challenges and possible solutions


  • Experience in local implementation of national standards and guidelines

Employer details

Employer name

Barts Health NHS Trust


Newham Hospital


E13 8SL

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