Primary Care Network Advanced Clinical Mental Health Pharmacist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth and Waveney
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro Rata
Closing date
31 Aug 2022

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Primary Care
Band 8A
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Part Time
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Are you interested in and enthusiastic about mental health pharmacy or wanting to specialise in this field?

We're looking for an experienced Advanced Clinical Mental Health Pharmacist to play a key role across our Primary Care Network (PCN) based throughout Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Lowestoft & South Waveney.

Our Primary Care Network (PCN) Service for Mental Health has been developed to provide access to mental health services in Primary Care as part of an integrated health and care system, which brings care closer to home for our population.

We're working collaboratively with the PCN to support the redesign and transformation of primary and community mental health care to develop and deliver a new service paradigm in line with the NHSE community mental health transformation agenda.

As PCN Advanced Clinical Mental Health Pharmacist, you'll play a vital role in supporting the integration work to implement the transformation by developing and providing medicines optimisation services to the people in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area.

The ideal candidate will need to have a strong background in mental health as well as being confident working independently. You'll be working across all 4 PCN sites, so will need to have a flexible and proactive approach to your work.

If you're looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work in a beautiful coastal area, we would love to hear from you!
Main duties of the job

The PCN Advanced Clinical Mental Health Pharmacist will work as part of the Primary Care Mental Health Team to provide clinical services directly to patients and service users as well as supporting a system approach to mental health medicines optimisation and management.

Main duties include:
  • Support the upskilling of PCN and practice pharmacy team to increase their confidence and skills managing medicines in this patient group.
  • Direct pharmacy teams to complete mental health safety and prescribing audits
  • Improve prescribing in line with NICE guidelines and NHS England STOMP and BPSD initiatives
  • SMI reviews, physical health monitoring and health promotion
  • Reduce inappropriate polypharmacy, side effect monitoring and reduce inappropriate antipsychotic prescribing in eg. dementia
  • Be a new referral pathway for GP's. MHP's and pharmacists within the community setting.
  • Provide specialist advice on medicines for mental health conditions
  • Training
  • Prescribing role
  • Work with psychiatrists and mental health teams.

We're committed to training, continuous professional development and ensuring all members of the team can access resources to help them to develop and progress. When you join us, you can expect to be supported from the start with a thorough induction and ongoing support, training and development opportunities.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing experiences and learning from each other. In addition to ongoing training and development opportunities, we are committed to providing an environment in which you can thrive.

Why work for us? We have challenges as a Trust, but we have ambitious aspirations, are pushing ahead with exciting transformation work and we need dedicated individuals to support us on our journey. We have strong, established nursing networks coupled with an exceptional leadership team who will ensure you are truly cared for and cared about.

Why Norfolk and Suffolk? The people here are warm and welcoming, you'll never be far from the beautiful coastline or Broads National Park. We're an hour and a half away from London and have an international airport in Norwich too. Our villages, towns and cities are packed full of history, independent cafes, shops and theatres. We have excellent shopping, eating out, top ranking schooling and affordable house prices too.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • Registration with GPhC
  • Postgraduate certificate and/or diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy or other post-graduate clinical pharmacy qualification including mental health modules

  • Independent Prescriber or working towards an Independent Prescribing

  • Postgraduate employment as a pharmacist
  • mental health clinical pharmacy role

  • Management of staff

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Able to work independently and prioritise work appropriately.

  • Effective project management

  • Evidence of expert knowledge relating to clinical pharmacy issues in psychiatry
  • Specialist knowledge of the evidence base relating to the prescribing of psychotropic medication

  • Approach that is suitable to mental health/ learning disabilities/ substance misuse
  • Pro-active and displays initiative
  • Ability to work flexibly

  • Involvement in postgraduate training

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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