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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/11/2020.

Senior Pharmacist

Job Reference: 457-20-028-MD

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Michael Carlisle Centre, Nether Edge Hospital, 75 Osborne Road
£45,753 to £51,668 pa (dependent on experience)

About us

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including: generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and well being through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skilful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.


Medical Directorate

Pharmacy Team

Senior Pharmacist - Medicines Optimisation and Medicines Safety

Salary: £45,753 to £51,668 per annum

Location: Michael Carlisle Centre, Nether Edge Hospital, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield S11 9DF        

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Post Ref: HR will allocate

Are you looking for a challenge and want to make a difference?...Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust is the place for you. 

We are seeking a dynamic Senior Pharmacist to lead on the medicines optimisation agenda and to be the named Medicines Safety Officer for the Trust. 
You will lead the process of medicines incident reviews, and support the Chief Pharmacist in ensuring that effective medicines management and medicines safety systems operate throughout the Trust

The postholder will also lead on designated areas of pharmacy practice within the Trust and practice as a specialist pharmacist clinically within designated teams in inpatient and community mental health settings.

In addition to the focus above, as part of the SHSC pharmacy team you will also work to provide specialist mental health pharmaceutical support to across the trust to help achieve best outcomes with medicines

There will be a requirement to undertake on call support out of hours. This aspect of the service is currently under development.


The Candidate:

You must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and have a keen interest in mental health pharmacy.

This is a specialist post and you must be able to demonstrate your ability to provide a high level of clinical pharmacy practice through possession of a relevant Pharmacy Post Graduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent.

It would be advantageous to have experience of managing and investigating of medicines incidents and safety alerts and of developing and embedding medicines optimisation in routine clinical practice.

You will need to possess effective communication skills and have a high level of clinical pharmacy knowledge and a desire to develop this as part of your specialist practice.

It would be desirable if you hold a full driving licence and have access to a car however you must be able to travel within the geographical area in a timely and effective manner.

You will be expected to participate in the Trust systems of clinical supervision.

Development and peer support will be provided to enable you to develop your practice in line with the national NHS agenda.


The Pharmacy Team:

The Pharmacy Team is well established within the Trust.  Weare both ambitious and motivated, focusing our work around the best interests of our patients and continually striving to improve the services we offer.  The Pharmacy Department currently employs approximately 32 staff, including Assistant Technical Officers, Pharmacy technicians, Pharmacists and administrators.


We are also involved in the implementation of national guidelines and the development of local guidelines.  The Trust participates in national audits, e.g. through the Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health (POMH UK), with pharmacists taking a lead role.


i       For further information please contact Abiola Allinson, Chief Pharmacist, or Shrewti Moerman, Deputy Chief Pharmacist on 0114 271 8630

Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are:

  • Respect: We listen to other, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion: We show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership: We engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability: We are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity, accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness: We ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition: We are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

SHSC is a Level 2 'Disability Confident' employer, this means that if you have a Disability you are guaranteed an interview if you meet ALL of the essential criteria for this post. Please make sure that when you apply for this post you make it clear how you meet the criteria for the post and also complete the monitoring section of the application where there is a box to tick to indicate that you wish to be included in the guaranteed interview scheme.

The Trust values the diversity of all staff and is committed to equality. We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation or disability including people who have experienced mental ill health. We actively welcome applications from people who have used our services.

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.

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