Advanced Specialist Mental Health Pharmacist - Community Services

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
To be confirmed
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum
Closing date
26 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
If you have experience in or an interest in mental health pharmacy, make sure you take a closer look at what we have to offer for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Lincolnshire, heralded as a fantastic place to live and work and in a Trust voted by its staff as one of the best mental health and LD Trusts in the country; we are also number one for staff morale!

You would work within our established multi-professional pharmacy team and be supported to develop in order to provide high-quality specialist clinical pharmacy services to our community teams and ensure patients receive the safest, most appropriate, individualised treatment.

Staff wellbeing and enabling a good work-life balance is of upmost importance to us. In addition to the usual excellent NHS staff benefits, candidates for one of our pharmacy roles can also expect:
  • Monday to Friday working - no weekends or Bank Holidays
  • No pharmacy out of hours on-call provision
  • 100% funded and supervisory support provided for post graduate studies/courses undertaken
  • Flexible, part time, term-time working to suit people's lifestyles
  • Hybrid working, working from home opportunities available
  • A very attractive relocation package; where relocation is not an option (but you think the job role is right for you and you'd value working in an organisation with a high staff morale ethos), then we can offer local overnight hotel accommodation for part of the working week instead (applicable to certain grades/banding).

Main duties of the job

This post is essential for the delivery of a modern, specialist mental health service across Lincolnshire as part of community transformation that aims to deliver the long term plans of the NHS.

The post holder will use their experience, skills and initiative to develop, co-ordinate and provide a high quality clinical pharmacy service to community patients and their carers within Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and in one or more allocated localities of the organisation, and aligned to a place-based/ neighbourhood team.

The post holder will be an expert in psychiatric therapeutics and provide a specialist referral point for all health and social care professionals working within the community and neighbourhood teams, and LPFT. They will be a core member of various multidisciplinary team and work collaboratively with many other professionals to ensure patients receive the best individualise care. .

The post holder may be expected to have their own client caseload and delivery quality-driven key performance indicators in line with Pharmacy, LPFT and community place based team priorities.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide leadership and expertise to enable collaborative, integrated and seamless medicines optimisation across primary and secondary care services.

To co-ordinate and lead in the planning, development, management and provision of a clinical pharmacy service to allocated community mental health services within an allocated place-based team or locality.

To provide an expert mental health medicines information and advisory service to other healthcare professionals in order to ensure the best individualised choice of medication for service users and avoid delays in treatment.

To work closely with other inpatient, community and GP practice pharmacists to ensure that seamless pharmaceutical care is provided throughout each patients journey as they transition between the various services involved in their care.

To work closely with prescribers in primary and secondary care to reduce inappropriate, unnecessary prescribing of medication. To evidence reduced drug costs and improved quality of care as a result of this.

To reduce the likelihood of patient (re)admissions resulting from medication related issues. To ensure that once patients are discharged from LPFT, care plans are well communicated and continued in primary care.

To support and maintain clients in the community by using expert knowledge to educate and advise them (and their carers) about how to optimise their medication therapy.

To ensure parity of esteem is prioritised and that the physical health of patients is maintained and monitored. To provide care plans to help improve physical health further and liaise with organisations who can support physical health improvements.

To ensure that clinical pharmacist activities are of the high standard expected of a specialist psychiatric pharmacist, in accordance with Trust and national standards.

To accompany community staff on domiciliary visits when required to improve pharmaceutical care of patients.

To provide education and training to a range of staff within to improve knowledge about medicines.

To ensure safe and secure handling of and access to medicines takes place in community settings with appropriate record keeping at all stages.

To co-ordinate the supply of medicines from relevant pharmacy suppliers if needed.

To ensure medicines waste is minimised and provide financial evidence of this within team(s).

To keep accurate records of pharmaceutical interventions made, including the outcome to the patient and demonstrate agreed KPIs.

To keep required records of incidents/errors found within the team and report via the appropriate incident systems. To encourage a good medicines safety reporting culture within all teams.

To assist the Chief Pharmacist and community/neighbourhood leads in the future development of this service.

To be involved in the supervision/training of junior pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and undergraduate students.

To lead on the production and implementation of local shared care arrangements and guidelines to support and deliver evidence based standards of practice that are consistent across primary and secondary care.

To monitor and advise on prescribing trends from both pharmacy and FP10 data within their area of responsibility, and promote and deliver cost effective prescribing. To challenge ineffective or poor prescribing decisions and influence positively.

To undertake and take responsibility for personal development and continuing education and training as necessary to ensure a high level of competency required in carrying out tasks.

To take the initiative to improve the effectiveness of clinical pharmacy service provision by means of audit and quality improvement where possible.

To deliver any other duties required by the Chief Pharmacist to ensure continuity and development of the service.


To undertake Continual Professional Development, continuing education and training as necessary to ensure a high level of competency required in carrying out tasks.

To participate in regular staff appraisal and supervision.

To maintain safe systems of work at all times and to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Sufficient number of years post-registration experience as a practising pharmacist.
  • Substantial experience in working in a mental health hospital pharmacy setting.
  • Experience in audit, project or research facilitation or management.
  • Experience of established multidisciplinary team working.
  • Experience of service planning or development.
  • Experience of providing patient information and therapeutic engagement with patients and carers
  • Experience of teaching and training HCPs at a range of levels (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • Experience of managing unpredictable work patterns and to effectively manage situations where concentration may be frequently interrupted.
  • Experience of pharmacy staff management and development.
  • Management qualification.
Skills & Competences Essential
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates expert, advanced clinical knowledge and skills within psychiatric therapeutics.
  • Effective problem identification and solving skills.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant NHS and DHSC policies and publications relating to medicines, especially national patient and medicines safety agendas.
  • Demonstrates advanced level of clinical reasoning and judgement.
  • Ability to maintain quality standards of work, including when under pressure.
  • Critical appraisal skills.
  • Ability to identify skills/knowledge requiring development and take action to address these.
  • Diplomatic, assertive, hard-working and conscientious.
  • Change agent and supportive approach to change.
  • Demonstrates an empathic and compassionate nature.
  • Adaptable in working practices, including flexibility to teach topics outside own area of expertise.
  • Ability to clearly explain pharmacy-related concepts to senior staff.
  • Demonstrates and displays a sound understanding of professional boundaries.
  • Patient and supportive approach.
  • Professional manner and appearance.
Qualifications Essential
  • BSc, BPharm or MSc in pharmacy
  • Registered as a pharmacist with the GPhC
  • Clinical or psychiatric postgraduate certificate and diploma (or undertaking)
  • Membership of/credentialed with the CMHP
  • Membership with RPS
  • Non-medical prescriber
  • Management/leadership qualification
Special Requirements Essential
  • Must have the ability to travel independently across sites without the use of public transport.
  • Willingness to work across all Trust sites if required to.
  • Satisfactory DBS clearance.
  • Flexible approach to work and punctual.
  • Evidence of CPD and revalidation with the GPhC.

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