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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/09/2020.

Principal Pharmacist Band 8A, Formulary & Medicines Value

Job Reference: 252-9812

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
252 Pharmacy Patient Services
£47,544 to £53,459 pa with fringe allowance

We are looking for a dedicated, experienced pharmacist, who lives our Trust values, to join our team as Principal Pharmacist for Formulary & Medicines Value. As one of our team of fabulous principal pharmacists you will provide clinical leadership to our ward-based pharmacy teams, as well as overseeing all of our formulary and medicines value processes. Your number one priority will always be the provision of the highest quality, patient-centred care.

Key responsibilities of this essential role are:

  • Leadership of day to day clinical pharmacy and medicines optimisation services within adult medicine, and particularly cardiology

  • Expert practice in your core clinical role as a specialist cardiology pharmacist, including independent prescribing, and acting as a role-model for exceptional clinical pharmacy service delivery

  • Ensure that the clinical pharmacy service you provide is underpinned by the seven principles of medicines optimisation, with patients at the heart of everything we do

  • Leadership of the medicines value team, including pharmacy homecare medicines services and high-cost drug approval and recharge processes

  • Oversee Pharmacy processes for monthly speciality drug usage review and reporting

  • Responsibility for maintaining the Trust prescribing formulary, and collaborating with peers across Kent to work towards a single joint formulary

  • Put in place and oversee Pharmacy processes for the safe management of unlicensed medicines and patient group directions

    We are looking for someone with a proven track record for delivering safe and effective care in hospital pharmacy services, with demonstrable experience providing pharmaceutical care within cardiology in particular. You will have a good understanding of commissioning arrangements for high-cost drugs, service standards for homecare medicines services, and legislation and best-practice guidance around use of unlicensed medicines and PGDs. You will have a passion for our profession, for developing and supporting your colleagues, and for continuous quality improvement.

    Applicantsmust be currently registered with the GPhC as a pharmacist and have extensive, demonstrable clinical pharmacy and have the necessary clinical pharmacy hospital experience to reflect the seniority of the position. Applicants must also be an Independent prescriber or be working towards the qualification.

    For more information about this role, contact Julia Scott, Chief Pharmacist, Job descriptions and post specifications are listed on our Trust website or available via the Recruitment department and interviews will be held week beginning 5th October 2020. Please ensure your availability for interview before applying. If necessary, arrangements will be made for interview via video-conference.

    Closing date: Sunday 27th September 2020.

    Please note that this position will close on or before the above closing date, depending on the response that we receive. Therefore, please ensure that you submit your application promptly to ensure that you are considered for this post.

    The Trust has a strong commitment to equality and diversity. We aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the communities we serve. 'Positive action' initiatives can be used whenever an under-represented group is identified. As our workforce is currently under-represented in bands 6, 7 and 8, we encourage applications from people with black or minority ethnic backgrounds.

    Working days and or shift patterns will be agreed by the line manager to meet the needs of the service.

    Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust is a smoke free organisation. To improve public health, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the hospital site. For advice and support on stop smoking please call 0300 123 1220.





Our staff are our most valuable asset. We are committed to making staff feel appreciated, supported and included in the Trust’s successes. Our mission is to be an outstanding place to work providing the very best care for our patients and excellent career opportunities for our staff. Everything we do is guided by our core values and behaviours, identified by our staff and embedded throughout the organisation.

We have the highest CQC rating of all Acute NHS Trusts in Kent and Medway (Good). The CQC highlighted that managers promoted a positive culture that supported, valued staff and created a sense of common purpose based upon shared values.

The Trust is a great place to work, stay, develop a career and enjoy a healthy work life balance. We have made and are delivering on a wide range of commitments to staff; health and wellbeing; equality; diversity and inclusion; access to education and career development. During 2020 we are setting up quality councils, driven by our staff to create a culture of shared governance and quality improvement.

We have a strong focus on innovation and improvement. Part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (GSTT) ‘Healthcare Alliance’ we are introducing new models of care to improve clinical outcomes for patients. Our association with GSTT also gives staff wishing to develop their skills excellent opportunities to work across numerous specialities.

As our local population increases, our services and skills are expanding and adapting to meet demand. We are continuously looking at best practice models to enhance and improve the services we offer.

The Trust provides services at Darent Valley Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital, for a local population of over 500,000 people.

If you would like to be part of our innovative and forward thinking team putting patients at the centre of all we do, we invite you to #joinourfamily.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 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

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