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Specialist Physical Health and Mental Health Pharmacist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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CBT therapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated pharmacist to join our friendly pharmacy team within physical health wards in the community and mental health inpatient services. Supported by our Advanced Clinical Pharmacists, you will be responsible for delivering day-to-day high-quality patient focused clinical pharmacy services on our older people's physical health rehabilitation wards and our mental health wards. In all areas you will be supported by our dedicated and experienced specialist pharmacy technicians.

The post holder will be based at City Care Centre, North Camb Hospital (Wisbech), the Cavell Centre Pharmacy department, Peterborough and may be required to support the other physical health wards within the Trust if required. Therefore, the ability to work flexibly and travel between sites is helpful.

Ideally, we are looking for someone with experience in the care of older people and mental health services but would consider those who would like to make a move into this specialty and would support you in your development and transition to this role, as well as supporting you to achieve further qualifications, including prescribing.

CPFT values its staff and makes investment in their well-being and development a priority. This is a full-time post, and we are looking to recruit two pharmacists, but if you are interested in the position and are looking for a more flexible working arrangement, please speak to us.

Main duties of the job

The person we are looking for is someone that can positively contribute to the clinical medicines management of older people. The successful candidate will work closely with a multidisciplinary team of passionate and dedicated healthcare professionals to support safe and effective prescribing and use of medicines, and medicines optimisation, supporting patients and carers and promoting independence with medicines.

The post holder will be expected to provide medicines information and advice on all aspects of medicines management to medical, nursing, and other staff on these wards, support the pharmacy technicians and contribute to local education of ward staff.

The post holder will also contribute to clinical audit and assurance monitoring in both ward and community inpatient settings, suggesting quality improvements and participating in the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines when required.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also within the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities

To optimise patient care in defined wards/teams by:
  • Clinically screening and monitoring prescriptions to ensure safe, evidence based and rational use of medicines in line with formulary and policies.
  • Participating (in conjunction with pharmacy technicians) in medication history taking and medicines reconciliation for newly admitted patients, liaising with secondary care when required to resolve issues.
  • Participating in multidisciplinary team meetings and/or ward rounds where possible to provide expertise at the point of prescribing and specialist medicines management advice.
  • Providing specialist medicines information, advice and education to patients, families, and carers to ensure medicines are optimised and improve awareness of medicines and side effects.
  • Promoting independence with medicines and wherever possible by supporting staff and patients with self-administration of medicines, to contribute towards promoting rehabilitation and independence and improve awareness of the use of medicine compliance aids.
  • Provide specialist medicines information and advice on all aspects of medicines management to medical, nursing, and other staff.
  • Identify the need for written guidance to develop consistent standards of practice regarding medicines management, and participate in the development of policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • To support running of clozapine clinic in Peterborough
  • To participate in the Trust wide on-call rota for mental health pharmacist

  • Person Specification Essential Essential
    • Education / Qualifications Pharmacy Degree
    • Registered with General Pharmaceutical Council as a practicing pharmacist
    • Post qualification employment as a pharmacist
    • Independent mobility -ability to travel between sites
    • Postgraduate qualification on clinical pharmacy or equivalent
    • Independent prescriber
    • Experience in rehabilitation of older pople
    • Experience in mental health pharmacy
    Communications Essential
    • Effective communicator by a range of methods

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