Senior Clinical Pharmacist -Community Mental Health Team

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
Canterbury, Kent
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed pharmacist to provide high-quality clinical pharmacy service to one of the several community mental health teams in Kent. If you're looking for an innovative clinical role, that is at the forefront of delivering patient-tailored care within the local community, with exciting opportunities for professional development and a good work-life balance, then look no further. This exciting role has been created as part of the Kent and Medway Community Mental Health Transformation Programme designed to support patients, with severe mental illness (SMI), live fulfilling independent lives in the community.

The post holder will need to have an independent prescribing qualification or be working towards it, a post-graduate qualification in pharmacy and mental health experience. On-going training and clinical supervision will be provided by the lead clinical pharmacist for the community service line and Consultant Psychiatrists. The post holder will be supported by a CMHT based Pharmacy Technician, further support will be available from the Trust wide Pharmacy Team, including CMHT based pharmacists. Our pharmacists are provided with opportunities for personal growth and development, including support for post-graduate qualifications in mental health pharmacy and NHS leadership courses.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will take on operational responsibility for the safe and effective delivery of medicines management services within their Community Mental Health Team.

The post holder will facilitate pharmacy led clinics and reviews to support, monitor and review patients requiring advice and guidance in regards to prescribed medications. The post holder will also be required to network and drive innovation in mental health medicines optimisation across the primary and secondary care interface, supporting people with mental health conditions closer to their communities and homes. The role involves working in partnership with GPs, primary care pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, in addition to KMPT pharmacy team and clinicians in secondary care.

The post holder will be responsible for areas of service and line management of pharmacy technicians working within the community mental health team. The post holder will also work collaboratively with other pharmacists in undertaking and developing audits and projects to evaluate and improve services, aligned with pharmacy and the Trust priorities and objectives.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

The roles and duties of this post include:
  • Deliver a high-quality, clinical pharmacy service to community-based patients and their carers within Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT).
  • Providing specialist advice and undertaking patient centred clinical reviews to manage people with complex mental health needs, polypharmacy, adherence issues and comorbidities.
  • To utilise prescribing and de-prescribing skills as a non-medical prescriber or working towards the qualification in line with competency and agreed scope of practice.
  • Support and drive the development of work within the Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation Programme pathways, protocols and guidelines, so that patients receive safe, clinically effective and timely mental health medication in the most appropriate care setting.
  • Promote seamless and integrated care for patients with mental health conditions, supporting the transition of patients across care settings so they receive the required level of care to support them in taking their medication safely in the most appropriate care setting.
  • Support the management of shared care, ensuring patients are being monitored and reviewed in line with best practice, evidence and guidance.
  • Support discharge planning to provide a smooth and safe transition of care. Ensure seamless pharmaceutical care across the KMPT teams where the post is based.
  • Provide comprehensive clinical advice and guidance to GPs and pharmacists in primary care for people with mental health conditions and their treatment.
  • Be responsible for relevant teaching and educational programmes for the staff in the CMHTs and for health care professionals working in primary care.
  • Be a member of the clinical on-call pharmacist service.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Master's Degree in Pharmacy
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council, with at least 3 year's post graduate experience
  • Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent specialist knowledge, acquired through a broad spectrum of clinical pharmacy training and experience
  • Non- Medical Prescribing qualification or working towards this qualification
  • Member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy
  • Practice Supervisor Qualification
  • Postgraduate qualification in Psychopharmacology
  • Leadership qualification
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience working in a pharmacy setting at an advanced level
  • Knowledge of Mental Health therapeutics
  • Knowledge and understanding of implications of Clinical Governance
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings
  • Record of achieving results against set targets
  • Experience of Quality improvement /project management
  • Experience of Medicines Information / dealing with complex queries
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • High level of analytical skills and problem solving ability, to ensure that the post holder is able to provide advice on complex issues relating to medicine management and Trust policies.
  • Knowledge and experience of Primary and Secondary Care working
  • Confident and assertive when dealing with other professionals
  • High level of Interpersonal skills, to ensure that the post holder is able to effectively exchange highly complex and sensitive information with patients and relatives, prescribers and senior managers
  • IT skills - word-processing, PowerPoint, Excel, statistical package and internet use, so that the post holder can communicate effectively with other Health care professionals and for training purposes.
  • Up to date knowledge of prescribing issues in Mental Health
  • Good project management skills

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