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Senior Community Mental Health Pharmacist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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We are excited to announce an opportunity to shape a novel role for pharmacy within community mental health care. This role has been developed as part of East London Foundation NHS Trusts ambitious Community Transformation Programme, developed to redesign and improve the way mental health care services are delivered for our population.

Main duties of the job

You'll be embedded within newly formed mental health Neighbourhood teams across the borough working to support service users in new models of care, supporting medicines optimisation and safety in Newham. This will involve medicines consultations with service users, provision of psychotropic medicines information and performing medication reviews. The post-holder will support in scoping and mapping mental health pharmacy roles and responsibilities in new and emerging areas, and lead on projects to improve care for our service users. The post-holder will deliver education and training for primary care colleagues to increase knowledge and confidence around psychotropic medications. The role will involve line-management of other colleagues and there will be opportunities for non-medical prescribing.

We are looking for an experienced mental health pharmacist with a passion for improving access to, and quality of mental health care in the community setting, who can display innovation and bring ideas to extend the boundaries of the pharmacy profession.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see JD (Job Description) and PS (Personal Specification) for full details of role requirements.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Vocational Masters Degree in Pharmacy (4 years or equivalent)
  • Significant post registration training relevant to mental health pharmacy
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Psychiatry qualification (or willing to work towards this)
  • Diploma in clinical pharmacy
  • Non medical prescribing qualification (or working towards this)
  • Member of RPS/CMHP
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate medicine related information to mental health patients, carers and clinical staff
  • Previous experience in providing clinical mental health services.
  • Delivery of training and education
  • Successful implementation of medication projects
  • Involvement in service development
  • Line managing other staff members
  • Delivery of clinical audit
  • Analysis of key performance indicators/medication data
  • Evidence of writing procedures, guidelines or protocols.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Clinical and critical appraisal skills
  • Able to influence prescribing
  • Communicates with medical, nursing and pharmacy staff in clear precise and appropriate manner.
  • To have an awareness of national and local priorities
  • The ability to identify and manage risks
  • Ability to evaluate own work
  • Enhances the quality of patient care
  • Demonstrates awareness of the clinical governance agenda
  • Can balance competing priorities and meet set targets of different stakeholders
  • Desire to develop role to meet service user needs
  • Identifies and implements best practice
  • Can demonstrate innovation
  • Manages difficult and ambiguous problems
  • Demonstrates a whole system patient focussed approach
  • Knowledge of Quality Improvement
  • Comfortable working independently in new care models
Other Essential
  • Works calmly under pressure.
  • Understands and shows commitment to continuing personal development.
  • Friendly personality; helpful to other staff and patients.
  • Adaptable
  • Self-motivated
  • Takes responsibilities for own actions
  • Sickness (or attendance) record that is acceptable to the Trust: to be checked at interview. Declared medically fit by the Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post

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