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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 12/02/2021.

Chief Pharmacist

Job Reference: 411-MED-CP-2021

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
411 Pharmacy (916402)
£91,004 to £104,927 pa

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is a provider of specialist health care to over 275,000 children and young people each year. In addition to the hospital site located in the West Derby area of Liverpool, Alder Hey has a presence in community outreach sites and, in collaboration with other providers, our clinicians help deliver care closer to patients’ homes by holding local clinics at locations from Cumbria to Shropshire, in Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust also provides inpatient care for children with complex mental health needs at our Alder Park building in the nearby borough of Sefton.

We currently have more than 3,200 staff working across our community and hospital sites. We’re also a teaching and training hospital providing education and training to around 540 medical and over 500 nursing and allied health professional students each year.

As black and minority ethnic (BME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

Here at Alder Hey, we care for over 330,000 children, young people and their families every year and no two days are the same. As one of Europe’s biggest and busiest children’s hospitals, we employ a dedicated and committed workforce of over 3800 people and we currently have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and forward-thinking senior pharmacist to join us and lead our busy Pharmacy team. If you are a confident leader and communicator, with the ability to motivate, inspire and develop teams and lead on the continual improvement of pharmacy services, then we want to hear from you!

The Chief Pharmacist vacancy has arisen due to the forthcoming retirement of the current post-holder and the successful candidate will join a credible, well respected and hugely supportive team, working in our state of the art hospital, built in 2015. The Trust was delighted to have been rated “good” overall and “outstanding” for Caring in our most recent comprehensive CQC inspection in July 2020 and whilst we are proud of our successes, we know there is more to do and all our employees have an important role to play.

Working within the Division of Medicine, the Chief Pharmacist is a vital senior position, with responsibility for all aspects of Medicines Management and Medicines Optimisation, including risk management and other clinical governance matters, as well as the strategic development and delivery of Pharmacy services and Medicines Optimisation.

Reporting to the Medical Director for all professional matters and to the Associate Chief Operating Officer / Divisional Clinical Director for all operational issues, the successful candidate will provide expert clinical, professional and technical leadership and direction for the delivery of comprehensive pharmaceutical services to patients and staff of the Trust. The Chief Pharmacist will also lead on the development of pharmacy practice, teaching and research in paediatric pharmacy.

Experience within a paediatric setting would be advantageous but is not essential.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Catrin Barker, Chief Pharmacist at to arrange a discussion about the role and working for the Trust. The recruiting manager for this role is Raman Chhokar, Associate Chief Operating Officer – Division of Medicine who can be contacted at

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre which we are anticipating will take place during the week commencing 1st March 2021, however this may be subject to change.

Although NHS Jobs enables you to use the same application to apply for multiple roles within the NHS, unless you tailor your application to the specific role you are applying for with Alder Hey, and detail how you meet the criteria for this role and what you can offer to Alder Hey, you are unlikely to be successful in your application. Please also make sure that your Employment History is upto date and listed in the correct order. Starting with your current/most recent post and then working backwards.

Alder Hey as an equal opportunities employer aims to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons from all backgrounds. As black and minority ethnic (BME) employees are currently under-represented in this area, we particularly welcome applications from members of our BME communities. All appointments will be made on merit.

To find out more about the various careers available see Alder Hey Careers link

We reserve the right to close vacancies without notice when we have received a sufficient number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will contact you using this regarding your application. All candidates will be notified via email whether or not they have been shortlisted.

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are committed to creating a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We actively promote equality and diversity and operate a Zero Tolerance policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment.

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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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