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Advanced Clinical Pharmacist - Inpatient Mental Health Services

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum. There is a recuitment and retention premia of £4000
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Fancy joining a dynamic, forward-thinking and patient-focussed team striving for excellence in the delivery of pharmaceutical services?

The Executive team at Mersey Care recognise the value of Pharmacy Services and have recently invested a significant amount of additional funding to enable the transformation and expansion of clinical and technical pharmacy services. Medicines Management Services have also been restructured to support an enhanced model, working under a newly established senior leadership team which is fully committed to delivering outstanding pharmacy services and investing in the professional development of the pharmacy workforce.

We are looking to recruit experienced, enthusiastic and highly self-motivated pharmacists to join our team as Advanced Clinical Pharmacists - Mental Health Services. This is a fantastic opportunity for experienced and compassionate pharmacists with a special interest and passion for mental health.

Successful candidates will be responsible for leading, delivering and developing a comprehensive clinical pharmacy and medicines supply services for our inpatient mental health services. The postholders will support the delivery of high quality, safe and cost-effective pharmaceutical care for patients by providing multidisciplinary clinical teams with tailored medicines advice.

Shortlisting date is planned for 22nd March 2023

Interview date is planned for5th April 2023

Main duties of the job

To participate in the delivery of highly specialist clinical pharmaceutical and medical supply services, ensuring that services meet professional standards and comply with relevant legislation.

To carry out medicines reconciliation, clinically checks and medication reviews to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines.

To actively participate and develop effective partnerships with other professions as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to medicines optimisation.

To undertake pharmaceutical care planning, utilising local trust guidance and national protocols.

To support inpatient mental health and clozapine services in liaison with external agencies.

To provide specialist information and advice on the safe and effective use of medicines to patients and their carers to support informed decision making and treatment adherence.

To ensure effective medication practices are developed and carried out consistently across inpatient mental health services, promoting medicines safety and reducing harm from medications.

To participate in clinical audit and practice research

To participate in training, supervision, mentoring and line management of colleagues

You will not routinely work weekends or cover the out-of-hours on-call advisory service unless the minimum thresholds are breached.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North-West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide and safely reduce cost as we do so.

Our inpatient services cover a wide geographical area across a large proportion of the North-West providing specialist care including Secure Services located in Maghull health park, Whalley, Hollins Park and Rathbone site, Non-Secure Services located in Broadoak, Clock View, Hartley Hospital, Knowsley and Peasley, Hollins Park, Windsor House, Fern ward, Heys Court, Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Hope Centre and Longmoor intermediate care reablement unit.

Job description Job responsibilities

Refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the requirements of this post.

There is a recruitment premium attached to this post. Successful candidates will receive a £2,000 payment on joining the Trust and an additional £2,000 on completion of the first year of employment. This recruitment payment must be paid back in full if the employee leaves the Trust within two years of starting. This is solely for new employees to the Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Master of Pharmacy degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, or equivalent experience
  • Independent prescriber qualification, or willingness to work towards
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate qualification in Psychiatric Therapeutics/Clinical Pharmacy, or willingness to work towards
  • Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)
  • Leadership or management qualification/training
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of working within pharmaceutical services
  • Experience of working within an NHS organisation
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Experience of undertaking audit within pharmaceutical services
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of providing education regarding medicines
  • Understanding of the benefits and risks of clozapine therapy and its place in patient care
  • Understanding of how medicines optimisation contributes to high quality patient care
  • Clear understanding of relevant legislation and guidance
  • Awareness of local area prescribing committee processes
  • Understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, and their carers
  • Demonstrable evidence of commitment to self development and CPD
  • Experience of working in hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of working within inpatient mental health services
  • Experience of provision of medicines information services
  • Experience of line management of staff
  • Knowledge of the evidence base relating to the prescribing of psychotropic medicines
  • Knowledge of recent and upcoming initiatives within pharmaceutical services
  • Experience of working within hospital pharmacy
Values Essential
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • High professional standards
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet
  • Change oriented
Skills Essential
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Excellent communication skills: o - written o - verbal o - listening
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage time effectively to meet specified deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Report-writing skills
  • Ability to analyse data
  • Negotiating and influencing skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Recognition of own limitations and ability to ask for support when necessary
  • Professional manner
  • Ability to travel between different sites
  • Project management skills

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