Job summary

Are you looking for a fresh new start for 2023? Come and join our fabulous clinical team at University Hospitals Sussex. These job opportunities are available in Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals.

We are a forward-thinking, “OUTSTANDING” organisation who can provide you with a role where you make a real difference to patient care whilst developing your knowledge and skills to develop as a professional.

If you are ready to take on a new challenge, then our specialist rotational pharmacist post will help you broaden and enhance your clinical and operational skills.

UHSx is at the forefront of technology with full deployment of electronic prescribing and administration in both our inpatient and outpatient areas. Our very supportive team of pharmacists, technicians and assistants are keen to welcome candidates who are patient focused, and who demonstrate our trust values and principles.

Main duties of the job

The Specialist Rotational Pharmacists at UHSx provide clinical pharmacy services to a range of areas such as paediatrics, surgery, dispensary, emergency medicine, critical care, care of the elderly and specialist medicine.

All pharmacists on the programme have the chance to contribute to the progression and development of clinical pharmacy services, undertake clinical audit, line management, and be involved in teaching and training. The rotations are designed to enable hard-working pharmacists develop their skills in these and other areas, and to facilitate good practice and innovation.

The successful candidate will work as a part of a broad team of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, ensuring that patients remain our central focus. On our wards, fully trained medicines management technicians assist with medicines reconciliation and we have clinical assistants which undertake patient’s own drug (POD) checking and medication ordering. This allows for our pharmacists to focus on clinical aspects of care. We have established electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) to improve patient safety and streamline the patient journey.

The successful candidate will need to have hospital pharmacy experience, preferably in an acute hospital setting, excellent communication skills and the ability to demonstrate clinical experience in a broad range of specialisms.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we’re proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK’s largest acute Trusts, we’re a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our ‘where better never stops’ motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We’re here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Date posted

18 January 2023

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 7

Salary

£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

279-4912739-JAN23

Job locations

Worthing Hospital/St Richards Hospital

Worthing/Chichester

BN11 2DH

Job description

Job responsibilities

  1. Communications and Relationship skills – (Factor 1)
  • To build and maintain excellent communication and working relationships with all members of the pharmacy team and wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • To ensure that medicines management issues are effectively communicated with all members of pharmacy staff, patients, their relatives and carers and other health professionals and staff to reduce the risk of problems arising when patients transfer between wards and organisations.
  1. Analytical and Judgemental skills – (Factor 3)
  • To provide a specialist clinical pharmacy service on a rotational basis to defined areas of the Trust. The role will also include participation on daily consultant ward rounds for the provision of treatment related recommendations and safety interventions.
  • To assist the Lead pharmacists in monitoring the effectiveness of services and in the development of services.
  • To participate in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to general and specialist wards.
  • To ensure that medicines reconciliation is accurate and recorded, that initial prescription charts are accurate for new patients.
  • To respond to requests for medication supply or advice in the on-call setting and to ensure safe and effective medication availability for patients of the organisation; that medical staff and nursing staff have the knowledge and support needed.
  • To make appropriate decisions and judgements in relation to requests.
  • To be aware of risk management issues with respect to medicines use and to actively seek to reduce the risk of medication errors and incidents on your ward areas and across the trust.
  1. Planning and Organisational skills – (Factor 4)
  • Assist in the further development of the Specialist rotational pharmacist programme by providing honest and constructive feedback.
  • To assist the relevant pharmacy team, according to rotation, by prioritising own work and that of the service to ensure maximum benefit to the patient, clinical area and organisation.

— Please see the Job Description & Person Specs for full details —

Job description

Job responsibilities

  1. Communications and Relationship skills – (Factor 1)
  • To build and maintain excellent communication and working relationships with all members of the pharmacy team and wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • To ensure that medicines management issues are effectively communicated with all members of pharmacy staff, patients, their relatives and carers and other health professionals and staff to reduce the risk of problems arising when patients transfer between wards and organisations.
  1. Analytical and Judgemental skills – (Factor 3)
  • To provide a specialist clinical pharmacy service on a rotational basis to defined areas of the Trust. The role will also include participation on daily consultant ward rounds for the provision of treatment related recommendations and safety interventions.
  • To assist the Lead pharmacists in monitoring the effectiveness of services and in the development of services.
  • To participate in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to general and specialist wards.
  • To ensure that medicines reconciliation is accurate and recorded, that initial prescription charts are accurate for new patients.
  • To respond to requests for medication supply or advice in the on-call setting and to ensure safe and effective medication availability for patients of the organisation; that medical staff and nursing staff have the knowledge and support needed.
  • To make appropriate decisions and judgements in relation to requests.
  • To be aware of risk management issues with respect to medicines use and to actively seek to reduce the risk of medication errors and incidents on your ward areas and across the trust.
  1. Planning and Organisational skills – (Factor 4)
  • Assist in the further development of the Specialist rotational pharmacist programme by providing honest and constructive feedback.
  • To assist the relevant pharmacy team, according to rotation, by prioritising own work and that of the service to ensure maximum benefit to the patient, clinical area and organisation.

— Please see the Job Description & Person Specs for full details —

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters degree in pharmacy from a British school of Pharmacy or recognised equivalent
  • Working towards the relevant Postgraduate qualification in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent demonstrable knowledge.
  • NHS hospital pharmacy experience as a pre-registration and / or foundation pharmacist.

Desirable

  • Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (Foundation stages 1 and 2) or equivalent experience
  • 2 years postgraduate hospital pharmacy experience

Registration

Essential

  • Registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Evidence of CPD

Desirable

  • UKCPA or RPS membership

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • Training pharmacy staff
  • Post-qualification experience in clinical hospital pharmacy in a range of clinical specialities to include Medicine and Surgery

Desirable

  • Tutoring preregistration pharmacists or postgraduate pharmacy students
  • Undertaking and reporting clinical audit
  • Writing clinical policies/guidelines

Skills

Essential

  • Good oral and written communication
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Self-motivation and organisational skills
  • Microsoft Word, Power Point, Microsoft Excel/IT skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Evidence of involvement in Medicines information

Desirable

  • Critical appraisal of medical/pharmacy literature
  • Influencing prescribing decisions on consultant ward rounds
  • Medicines Information

Behaviours and Attitudes

Essential

  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviours and attitudes that contribute to an organisational culture e.g Trust Values
  • Ability to act with confidence and take responsibility for own actions
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters degree in pharmacy from a British school of Pharmacy or recognised equivalent
  • Working towards the relevant Postgraduate qualification in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent demonstrable knowledge.
  • NHS hospital pharmacy experience as a pre-registration and / or foundation pharmacist.

Desirable

  • Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice (Foundation stages 1 and 2) or equivalent experience
  • 2 years postgraduate hospital pharmacy experience

Registration

Essential

  • Registered member of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Evidence of CPD

Desirable

  • UKCPA or RPS membership

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • Training pharmacy staff
  • Post-qualification experience in clinical hospital pharmacy in a range of clinical specialities to include Medicine and Surgery

Desirable

  • Tutoring preregistration pharmacists or postgraduate pharmacy students
  • Undertaking and reporting clinical audit
  • Writing clinical policies/guidelines

Skills

Essential

  • Good oral and written communication
  • Multidisciplinary team working
  • Self-motivation and organisational skills
  • Microsoft Word, Power Point, Microsoft Excel/IT skills
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Evidence of involvement in Medicines information

Desirable

  • Critical appraisal of medical/pharmacy literature
  • Influencing prescribing decisions on consultant ward rounds
  • Medicines Information

Behaviours and Attitudes

Essential

  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviours and attitudes that contribute to an organisational culture e.g Trust Values
  • Ability to act with confidence and take responsibility for own actions
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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