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Band 8b Clinical Lead Pharmacist - Digital and Mental Health

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
AWP have a great opportunity for an experienced clinical pharmacist with a strong background in clinical pharmacy, quality improvement and innovation to develop their career at a senior level, through joining our dynamic pharmacy team. This post provides leadership to the clinical teams in our mental health Specialised, Secure and CAMHS (SSC) services, as well as the digital agenda relating to medicines within AWP.

The base for this post can be flexible across the geography of the Trust, however, there will be a need to attend meetings and visit clinical sites across the Trust on a regular basis. Digital developments at AWP are progressing rapidly, with the rollout of electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration scheduled for early 2023.

The successful candidate will supervise the lead pharmacist and pharmacy technician for ePMA, as well as work closely with IT colleagues to progress further IT solutions, for example the Electronic Prescription Service and Discharge Medicines Service.

The post includes on-call and some weekend and bank holiday working.

Main duties of the job

  • Contribute to the strategic planning of the pharmacy service and implementation of service objectives.
  • Lead the development, delivery and evaluation of clinical pharmacy services across the Trust.
  • Develop a competent, motivated and versatile clinical pharmacy workforce across the service, managed within existing budget and underpinned by technology, robust governance and risk management.
  • Work with the Chief Pharmacist, Deputy Chief Pharmacist and other Clinical Lead Pharmacists to ensure strategic plans are delivered and resources are utilised safely, efficiently and effectively.
  • Support Trust leadership groups with all aspects and issues relating to medicines optimisation. To support wider Trust requirements in relation to medicines optimisation, including CQC, GPhC, NICE and NHS England.
  • Manage the Locality Lead Pharmacists and Specialist Pharmacists working in SSC, to deliver clinical services and medicines optimisation, including audit and monitoring.
  • To lead on the delivery and development of robust and progressive medicines optimisation.
  • To work with commissioners and the multi-disciplinary team on service arrangements, including shared care and new services.
  • To provide cover for the other Clinical Lead Pharmacists, in their absence.
  • To deputise as appropriate for the Deputy or Chief Pharmacist in his/her absence.

Please also refer to the associated Key Local Information sheet for details about the digital part of the role.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

The AWP pharmacy service employs approximately 60 staff. There are two technician-led dispensaries in the Trust (one in Bristol, and one in Calne, Wiltshire), and clinical pharmacy teams embedded in the locality ward/community team bases. Each locality has a locality lead pharmacist, clinical pharmacists and medicines management technicians. As well as managing the medicines supply chain in the trust, we support the safe and effective use of medicines throughout the organisation through our clinical work, enquiry answering, medicines governance activity and many other roles. The team are friendly, dynamic and evolving, with aspirations to improve patient care across the AWP geography.

Please read the full job description, person specification and Key Local Information Sheet for the role to ensure you meet the essential criteria.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent)
  • Registered with GPhC
  • Post-graduate diploma in clinicial or psychiatric pharmacy
  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Masters in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Registered Independent Non-medical Prescriber
  • Other postgraduate qualifications relevant to pharmacy practice, such as leadership, management or education and training qualifications
Previous experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within hospital pharmacy
  • Significant experience of working in specialist mental health inpatient and community
  • Experience of delivering and developing teaching/training/ education up to and including post-graduate level
  • Demonstrable experience of working with senior healthcare professionals outside of Pharmacy
  • Demonstrable experience of managing, developing and mentoring a large number of staff/teams
  • Experience in policy/procedure/guideline writing and implementation
  • Experience in setting up, delivering and developing services, particularly with commissioners
Knowledge, Skills and Abilitie Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and reporting skills, verbal and written
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Ability to access, review and process complex clinical information from appropriate sources.
  • Good time management, problem solving and prioritisation skills; ability to manage own time and workload

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