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Lead Clinical Pharmacist

Job Reference: 188-OTH1556

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
£45,753 - £51,668 per ann

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) has an exciting opportunity for Lead Clinical Pharmacist to join our Medicines Advice team and the Clinical Pharmacy team – an exciting combination of two teams that work closely together. Where you will gain intellectually rewarding responsibilities and valuable career experience.

If you’re looking for an opportunity, you want variety, and a good career move. Something rewarding that will help you use all your pharmacist’s skills to make a difference: patient care, clinical pharmacy, teaching, clinical problem-solving, teamwork then this could be the role for you.


We are well known for being a friendly supportive clinical team, and our service is a recognised centre of excellence that is unique to southern England. It’s gratifying that we get consistent feedback from our learners that the clinical skills we teach them are vital career skills, as well as being enjoyable to learn. The doctors, nurses and pharmacists that use our enquiry service also tell us that our clinical advice is extremely valued and improves patient care.

All our pharmacists have short and long-term projects on the go, including training and supervising pre-registration pharmacists, practice research, and publishing online advice and resources concerned with medicines. It’s a great way to build your CV with higher level experience in a way that is not available to many other pharmacists. You’ll help develop our award-winning NHS training website which is used throughout the UK, and 94% of pharmacists say it improves their clinical decisions.

Our team ethos means that we all support each other. We’ll support your development through mentoring and training designed to meet your individual needs.


Within the Medicines Advice team you’ll provide a very clinically-focused service and advice doctors, nurses, and pharmacists in primary and secondary care how to treat their patients safely and well. We also operate a busy patient helpline, so you will have the satisfaction of regularly advising our Trust’s patients about their medicines. This is a professionally satisfying role that gives you patient contact throughout the day, even when you aren’t on your ward.

The teaching experience we offer you is varied, and a vital part of your role. You will be supervising and training band 6 pharmacists on how to solve clinical problems and achieve basic professional competency, as well as supporting diploma pharmacists and organising other training for pharmacists at local Trusts. You’ll help teach clinical problem solving skills to pre-registration pharmacists and supervise band 7 pharmacists who undertake this training role. You’ll aim to prepare pre-reg for the problem-solving role that all pharmacists have in practice, and may have the opportunity to be a pre-reg tutor.

You will also have your own ward-based clinical pharmacy role as a senior member of the Trust’s highly-acclaimed clinical pharmacy team.


We are looking for a pharmacist with an understanding of how medicines are used in practice, the problems they can cause and how to overcome them. You need to be able to teach these skills and knowledge to others. That doesn’t mean you have to know everything, but we are looking for relevant experience and a commitment to what we are doing. We will train you to help fill any gaps. A background in medicines information and clinical pharmacy is essential.

If you’re a band 7 pharmacist who is looking for the next challenge, or a band 8a pharmacist who wants to take their training or clinical skills to the next level, then this is the role for you. If you’d like to learn more, or just to chat, please ask for Helen the current postholder or Jonathan on 023 8120 6909 or email


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on Monday, 22 June 2020.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Helen Jones/ Jonathan Hall

Principal Pharmacist

023 8120 6909


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