Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Over the past few years, we have expanded our mental health pharmacy team in Derbyshire significantly,to enable us to extend our service and make a meaningful difference to patients in the community, while maintaining our respected service to inpatient areas.

This organisational investment in pharmacy services is a reflection of the trust and value placed in our friendly, knowledgeable and effective team.

We now have an exciting opportunity for two pharmacists to join our established and respected clinical pharmacy team.

These posts will be working within our inpatient teams, providing a clinical pharmacy service to acute adult inpatients, older adult inpatients, adult rehab, adult forensic inpatients and crisis teams.

They are rotational posts, to allow the post-holder to gain experience of providing a clinical pharmacy service in a variety of different settings.

Our pharmacists are provided with opportunities for personal growth and development, including full funding for post-graduate qualifications in mental health pharmacy, including the certificate and diploma, and independent prescribing qualification.

The department also provides trainee pharmacist foundation training, in house revalidation support and funding for conference attendance.

Please contact us with any questions.

Main duties of the job

The roles and duties of this posts include:
  • Developing close working relationships with other members of the multi-disciplinary team and contributing to clinical care plans.
  • Responding to medication-related queries, providing advice on prescribing and promoting evidence-based practice.
  • Discussing medication with patients and carers and developing a variety of approaches to support informed care in the community.
  • Educating colleagues about medication management and medicines optimisation.
  • Participate in the pharmacist rotas for Bank Holidays, out-of-hours (on-call), early/late cover and extra duties in accordance with contracted terms and conditions.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site, you will need to register if you do not already have an account.
  • Take local responsibility for pharmacist services to clinical areas in line with rotas.
  • Review prescriptions and information relating to individual patients and provide relevant advice about medicines, possible side-effects, dosages, administration, supply, storage and destruction.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary working within clinical areas including participation in meetings, influencing the formulation and review of treatment plans and ensuring safe and effective pharmaceutical treatment appropriate for the individuals or groups.
  • Promote best practice in medicines management, medicines optimisation and evidence-based prescribing.
  • Contribute to pharmaceutical aspects of care planning when patients are discharged or move between services.
  • Work closely with medicines-management technicians and other members of the pharmacy team to identify, prioritise and resolve pharmaceutical problems and to communicate relevant issues to the multi-disciplinary or management teams.
  • Support clinical wards / unit / teams to ensure compliance with Trust and National Medicines Management standards
  • Risk-assess the supply of medication for compliance with departmental policy, local formulary and safety or monitoring requirements. Take appropriate action where risk is identified.
  • Be accountable for own professional actions and managing own workload.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, including participation in collaborative working with other professions/organisations as requested.
  • Demonstrate effective role model behaviour and mentorship.
  • Participate in the routine work of the department including dispensary duties and the supply of medicines for clinical trials.
  • Participate in the pharmacist rotas for Bank Holidays, out-of-hours (on-call), early/late cover and extra duties in accordance with contracted terms and conditions.
  • Provide clinical supervision to colleagues
  • Provide specialist psychiatric medicines-related advice to healthcare professionals, including the completion of detailed medication histories; with interpretation, comparison of options and recommendations for treatment and/or monitoring.
  • Review new medicines and new indications for existing medicines as directed by senior pharmacy staff
  • Contribute to the departments development and review of medicines-related policies and guidelines
  • Develop, participate in, evaluate and present audit of pharmacy activity or medicines management / clinical audit.
  • Attend external meetings (including conferences) as required, in order to share good practice, present audit / research / service development work and raise the profile of the department and Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • MPharm
  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Registration
  • Post graduate pharmacy qualification or equivalent
  • Post graduate mental health diploma
  • Independent non-medical prescribing qualification
Skills Essential
  • Teamworking
  • Working to a high level of accuracy/following procedures
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High level of professional autonomy
  • IT skills
Knowledge Essential
  • Post registration experience working as a pharmacist
  • Experience working in hospital pharmacy or mental health

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