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Clinical Pharmacist for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a band 6 enthusiastic, passionate and driven pharmacist to join a friendly and dynamic pharmacy team in this Outstanding CQC rated Mental Health Trust.

You will be joining an innovative, award winning pharmacy team who are forward thinking and are leading the medicines optimisation agenda trust wide. The pharmacy team were shortlisted for two HSJ Value awards 2021, one HSJ Patient Safety award 2020 and the Trust itself has been awarded Mental Health Trust of the year by the HSJ 2021.

This is an exciting time to join the Trust and pharmacy team, that offers great opportunities for self-development and continuous quality improvement.

The post would appeal to pharmacists who have an interest in mental health wishing to further develop their clinical expertise in this field (mental health experience is desirable but not essential). The pharmacist will be fully integrated into the wider multidisciplinary team. The pharmacy team has excellent relationships with other healthcare professionals and work collaboratively to support service users and their carers.

Main duties of the job

The primary role of the post holder will be to provide a clinical pharmacy service to a variety of mental health units including acute and older people, child and adolescent, learning disabilities, and forensic wards. Additionally, the role will involve leading and implementing projects that support the Trust Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Strategy.

The post holder must be flexible, have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), strong clinical and organisational skills, enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team and be able to show compassion and respect for people with mental health problems.

The post holder must have a current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council. The candidate will be supported to continue existing postgraduate commitments and/or undertake postgraduate qualifications.

We are receptive to supporting flexible patterns of work.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Main responsibilities include working with the Chief Pharmacist and a team of clinical pharmacists, technicians and the multidisciplinary team (MDT) to provide and support the integrated delivery of pharmaceutical care initiatives to service users with mental health illness and learning disabilities in identified areas of Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust to ensure safe, appropriate and cost effective use of medicines.

The job will require planning and organisation of a broad range of activities and ongoing programmes to support the Strategy for Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation.

The post holder will be required to travel to designated units to provide a clinical pharmacy service, and to other sites covered by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust as needed to advise and provide training in Medicines Optimisation. This may require walking some distance and carrying heavy equipment including a laptop and teaching materials.

The job will require frequent use of VDU equipment every day and intense concentration in a sometimes noisy open plan office environment. The post holder may encounter challenging/hostile service users when visiting the mental health and learning disabilities units.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • UK Registered Pharmacist
  • Additional areas of training through short courses e.g., computer training
  • Up to date knowledge of drugs available for prescribing in mental health
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience working in a hospital setting
Experience Essential
  • Understand the issues facing the NHS
  • Understanding of primary and secondary care working and interface between them
  • Managing quality and cost effectiveness initiates
  • Good planning and organisational skills - able to plan and lead the development of new areas of medicines optimisation e.g. prescribing and administration of medicines under patient group directions
  • Able to demonstrate record of achieving results against set targets
  • Staff development and change management
  • Project planning
Skills Essential
  • Good communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Persuasive and negotiating skills
  • Empathetic and reassurance skills
  • Communicates in a manor that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of aptions
  • Excellent computer skills to include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the Internet
  • Able to critically appraise clinical trial data and research papers
Accessibility Essential
  • Have a UK driving licence and access to a vehicle
Diversity Essential
  • Show respect and treat people with dignity
  • Communicates in a form or manner which is consistent with the person's level of understanding, culture, background and preffered ways of communicating
General Essential
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Team worker
  • Self-confident and able to influence professionals

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