Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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  • Are you interested in and enthusiastic about mental health pharmacy or wanting to specialise in this field?
  • Perhaps you are a recently qualified/soon to qualify Trainee Pharmacist eager to learn more?
  • Or maybe you are a Community Pharmacist looking for an opportunity to change career pathways and develop your clinical skills?

If any of these apply then this role may be perfect for you!

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our expanding and highly supportive team for the role of a Band 6/7 Mental Health pharmacist dependent on experience. £32,306 to £39,027 (Band 6) £40,057 - £45,839 (Band 7). 37.5 hours per week pro rata.

Mental healthis of themain causes of ill health in the world with the estimated annual costs to the UK economy over £70 billion. Furthermore, more than half of people have said their mental health got worse during COVID-19 lockdown.

As a Trust we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our staff as well as service users in the localities we serve. We would love for you to join our supportive and nurturing Pharmacy team.

Main duties of the job

The post is based at The Harbour Inpatient Hospital in Blackpool, covering a range of Mental Health wards including Psychiatric Intensive Care Units, Acute Admissions, Dementia, Elderly and Advanced Care Wards including 136 suites.

The role offers the ideal job opportunity for a pharmacist who may wish to enhance their knowledge within the mental health field. We also welcome applications from soon-to qualify or newly-qualified pharmacists to develop within this area of specialty. A successful applicant could be employed at a Band 7 level if they are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience in the field. For applicants recruited at Band 6 level, we will support the progression to a Band 7 role on successfully demonstrating the relevant clinical/professional competencies required to fulfil this role.

Hospital and/or mental health experience is desirable but not essential as we have an in-house award-winning training programme to support the successful candidate. We are also able to offer the successful candidate the opportunity to complete the Aston University distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics, which is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP). Other courses and training events are available to support future clinical, professional and personal development.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post will provide an opportunity for the following:
  • Pharmaceutical care planning and clinical review of prescriptions
  • Involvement in multi-disciplinary ward rounds
  • Provision of medicines information to service users, carers and staff
  • Opportunity to experience pharmacy practice across in-patient services and community teams
  • Supporting development of robust medicines management processes
  • Actively working to deliver the Trust medicines optimisation strategy
  • Ensuring compliance to GPhC standards for dispensing
  • Clinical audit

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust has fully implemented electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems across all inpatient settings.

Due to the location of various units, an ability and willingness to travel around Trust locations may be required. There is currently no requirement to work Bank Holidays, weekends or providing on call duties.

Please see attached the Job Description and Person Specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters degree in Pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
Experience Essential
  • Variety of clinical pharmacy experience
  • Working in a hospital or community pharmacy
  • Awareness of current issues affecting the practice of pharmacy

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