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Advanced Specialist Pharmacist - Mental Health

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
To be agreed with successful candidate
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking for an exciting mental health role in a friendly team with opportunities to work alongside physical health colleagues and the wider healthcare network?

Full OR Part-Time flexible hours are available.

We have a great opportunity for an enthusiastic pharmacist to join our innovative pharmacy team in the beautiful West Country.

The role includes:
  • Inpatient, outpatient and community working
  • Assisting the Lead Mental Health Pharmacist in the management and strategic development of patient-centred pharmacy services

This will be an interesting, varied role. Applications are welcome from pharmacists working in all sectors, including community pharmacists. Our department has links with Bath University and actively supports those wishing to undertake further studies.

Final banding of the post will reflect the successful candidate's level of experience.

We are the only mainland Trust in England with acute, community and mental health services under one roof, allowing opportunities for working across a wide range of services. This role currently has no dispensary commitment or requirement for on call, bank holiday or weekend working, however, provision of advice out of hours may be part of the role in due course. Cross-site working will be required so it is essential to be a car driver with access to own transport.

A relocation package is available for eligible candidates.

Please contact us to arrange an informal visit or discuss further details about the role.

Main duties of the job

  • Lead a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service to the mental health (MH) team at Somerset NHS FT, extending across the Somerset healthcare system
  • Ensure a high level of clinical pharmacy input to the care of MH patients, including in-patients and community patients
  • Act as an expert resource on the safe and effective use of medicines for the management of MH patients
  • Support safe and effective medicines provision for MH patients and throughout the whole organisation
  • Support clinical governance processes, such as incident reporting and investigation, complaint handling, development of guidelines, policies and procedures, and the monitoring and evaluation of services
  • Provide assurance to Somerset NHS FT on the safe, effective, and efficient use of medicines for MH patients
  • To extend the boundaries of professional practice for MH patients including patient monitoring and prescribing as agreed
  • Support the provision of relevant evaluated financial data on medicines expenditure, income and cost saving
  • Act as a role model to junior staff, and support their learning and development
  • Support the education of pharmacy and other multidisciplinary staff groups on relevant MH and medicines-related matters
  • Provide professional support and leadership to the pharmacy team across Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
  • Provide general high quality clinical pharmacy services as a member of the clinical pharmacy team meeting the needs of patients and healthcare professionals within the Trust

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Planning and Organisation
  • To extend the boundaries of professional practice for mental health patients including patient monitoring and prescribing for mental health conditions.
  • To identify, develop, implement, and sustain medicines safety, efficiency or quality improvement and research projects in mental health.

  • To assist the review of clinical incidents occurring in mental health, focusing specifically on medicines related incidents and advising on pharmaceutical risk management strategies.
  • To monitor and interpret from a pharmaceutical / therapeutics perspective, drug expenditure and prescribing trends in mental health

Responsibility for Patient/Client care, treatment and therapy
  • To provide high quality specialist clinical pharmacy services to the mental health inpatients and outpatients
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary ward rounds
  • To act as an exemplar in the provision of clinical pharmacy services and medicines management in mental health by providing expert clinical pharmacy advice to clinicians, pharmacy staff and other healthcare providers on related drug prescribing and medicines management issues.
  • To attend multi-disciplinary and governance team meetings, raising and/or presenting medicines management issues with/to the group.

Policy, Research & Development Responsibility
  • Appraise the applicability of research evidence, and incorporate into clinical practice where appropriate.
  • To identify, develop, implement, and sustain medicines safety, efficiency or quality improvement and research projects in mental health

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & other resources
  • To monitor and interpret from a pharmaceutical / therapeutics perspective; drug expenditure and prescribing trends in mental health
  • Identify and take forward opportunities for medicines related cost saving/ improved cost effectiveness in mental health.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management
  • To support the day-to-day delivery and development of clinical pharmacy services in mental health in accordance with the priorities agreed between the post-holder, the Lead Mental Health Pharmacist and the mental health team in order to ensure safe, clinically effective and cost-efficient use of medicines
  • Work collaboratively with senior pharmacy colleagues and appropriate staff in other disciplines to forward the pharmacy services agenda, in accordance with agreed objectives and priorities

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Masters degree or equivalent in Pharmacy
  • Full current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (CPhC)
  • Postgraduate training in mental health
Knowledge Essential
  • Maintains a broad knowledge of clinical and pharmacy practice
  • Demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development
Experience Essential
  • Experience in medicines management of mental health patients
  • Experience in clinical training and/or mentoring of pharmacy staff
  • Demonstrable hospital pharmacy experience delivering clinical pharmacy practice at an advanced level
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Positive attitude to change
  • Good interpersonal skills
Planning & Organising skills Essential
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of groups and teams
  • Ability to achieve desired outcomes in the face of unavoidable work pressures
Other Essential
  • Displays honesty and integrity, is aware of ethical dilemmas relating to practice, and respects confidentiality
  • Experience of dealing with mental health conditions

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