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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/10/2020.

Lead Pharmacist - Patient Services

Job Reference: 379-2598264-SEP20

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Sussex County Hospital/Princess Royal Hospital, Brighton/Haywards Heath
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as ‘Outstanding for Caring’ by the CQC – fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national ‘Veteran Aware’ scheme and are an ERS Gold accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

Our quest as a department is to completely eradicate preventable medication errors and provide a world beating pharmacy service for our patients and organisation. Our staff are key to the success of this journey and we aim to recruit the best, train the most effectively and keep the best. You will work hard with the rest of our team in delivering great service along the way.

Optimising the safety and effectiveness of care is not a secondary matter for our organisation and you will play a key part in ensuring a safe and effective service is provided from both our dispensaries at Brighton and Haywards Heath. The trust is progressing rapidly with electronic prescribing implementation and we have recently upgraded our robot on the Brighton site. You will be supported by a group of dynamic, caring and committed staff for whom good teamwork is a major part of their daily work.

Patient First is the Trusts' long-term approach to transforming hospital services for the better. Whether it’s small steps or complex change, it’s a continuous process of improvement within existing processes and pathways that leads to measurable improvements for our patients and staff. It’s all about empowering front-line staff to make improvements themselves – by providing the training, the tools and the freedom to work out where the opportunities are, and the skills and support to make change happen and to make it sustainable. As the Pharmacist leading dispensary services you will be key to supporting this change. You will be supported with training to enable you to develop and support efficient ways of working.

We are a specialist regional university teaching hospital, providing general acute services and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the south east of England. We work as one team across two main sites; Brighton, just a stone’s throw from the sea and Haywards Heath in the beautiful South Downs.

The Trust is big and busy and is a specialist in vascular, cardiac, renal, major trauma, cancer, neurosciences, stroke, ophthalmology, infectious diseases and HIV. Our Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital hosts tertiary paediatric gastroenterology, is a cystic fibrosis primary centre and able to deliver level one paediatric oncology.

We are blessed with close links with the University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia.

Mike Cross who is leading our pharmacy team has recognised the amazing opportunity that we have… “ we have a Trust Board which is committed to the provision of excellent quality and this achieved by copying best management practice from around the world. All staff get to identify and fix problems and escalate the bigger issues to managers who in turn have been trained to sort things out”. The Trust mantra is “everyone passionate about delivering excellent quality every time”

As well as the standard stuff you get for turning up for work (pay, experience, training, being part of a team) we are based in a stunning part of the world with great recreational and social opportunities.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameSamantha LippettJob titleAssistant Director of PharmacyEmail addresssamantha.lippett@nhs.netTelephone number01273 696955 ext 63327

General information for applicants

Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the website searching for Tier 2.

Please apply as early as you're able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our 'Current Vacancies' and apply for the next suitable position.

Further Information

Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.

For help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 /448616 or by email:

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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