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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Antimicrobials

Job Reference: 390-R5313-DT

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Westcliff-on-Sea
£42,414 - £49,969 p.a.

Here at Southend University Hospital we strive to provide high quality care for every patient, every time.

We would be nothing without our staff. So it goes without saying that when it comes to recruiting new team members, we're looking for the best. We encourage staff to be innovative, to challenge the "as is" and to always put patients first.

We want staff who will live our trust values every day.

Care with compassion, Working together, Professional and accountable

Three mid and south east Essex Acute trusts are operating within a rapidly changing, challenging but very exciting time of whole system reformation. The Trusts are in partnership as a fast developing hospital network currently comprising of Southend University Hospital NHS FT, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust (the msb Group). Over the next few years, through working together, they will define the future of care for the population of mid and south Essex.

As part of this acute trust collaboration we are redesigning our hospitals to ensure we meet rising demand with the best quality services. The Pharmacy Department is at the forefront of our service redesign and one of the first departments within the msb Group to offer the opportunities for developing standardised systems across the three hospitals, re-designing new and ongoing services as the clinical configuration changes in line with the Carter Report. This is all being led by a chief pharmacist working in partnership across the group.

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, innovative clinical pharmacist wishing to develop their leadership skills and clinical knowledge in this newly vacant post.

The post-holder will provide expert pharmaceutical knowledge with respect to antimicrobials to pharmacy, medical and nursing staff working across a range of clinical specialties. This will include the management and development of antimicrobial stewardship across the Trust, as well as the financial, governance and clinical aspects of medicines optimisation. The role will involve working alongside the Directorate Lead Pharmacists, Pharmacy Operations Lead, Head of Department and colleagues across the other msb sites, as well as colleagues working in the CCG.

The postholder will be responsible for all aspects of medicines management within the newly set-up Hospital@Home (H@H) service. H@H allows patients requiring IV antibiotics to be treated in their own homes rather than remaining as inpatients. This service supports patient flow within the Trust, and also improves patient experience.

The role is advertised as a full time position, however, a job share arrangement could be considered. This will involve working up to 1 in 4 weekends, a weekly late shift, and the rest of the week from 9am – 5.10pm. These shifts will allow for a good work-life balance. As a senior pharmacist within a newly re-designed service, there will be scope to shape the service to maximise benefits for patients and staff alike.

The post-holder will have excellent communication and negotiating skills; will be able to work under pressure, and with excellent prioritisation skills. The post-holder will represent the department to senior nursing, medical and management colleagues within the Trust, and wider msb Group.

The post-holder will ideally have experience of working as a qualified independent prescriber, having completed a postgraduate diploma in pharmacy practice or equivalent.

In return for your hard work and commitment we will give you the opportunity to develop your skills as a clinical practitioner in a friendly structured environment supported by an excellent team. As a senior clinical pharmacist, you will be expected to support education and training of more junior staff, including pre-registration pharmacists.

Southend Hospital is the first in Essex to implement electronic prescribing, using the JAC system, and we are at the forefront of developing and enhancing this system within the NHS. With excellent communication skills, you will play a key role in ensuring the Trust derives maximum benefit from e-Prescribing and the opportunities it provides to deliver true medicines optimisation. Southend-On-Sea is an exciting place to live, work and enjoy life. Just under an hour from London and Europe (either by rail or air), Southend and the surrounding area is vibrant and cosmopolitan. Local schools have an excellent reputation and the nearby seaside provides a pleasant backdrop as well as opportunities for fun and relaxation. The attractive nearby town of Leigh-On-Sea provides an alternative location for many professionals to settle and wind down after work.
For further details / informal visits contact:

Titi Odewumi, msb Group Lead Antimicrobial Pharmacist
01702 435555 ext 6867

  • Southend University Hospital Staff benefits:
  • Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme
  • Large range of discounts which continues to grow and includes; gym memberships, large retail stores, local builders and mechanics, travel agents, phone line providers, local beauticians and much more.
  • Occupational Health and Wellbeing service
  • Competitive pension
  • Effective 01 April 2019, annual leave entitlement is guaranteed in line with NHS terms and conditions of service

On appointment: 27 days

After five years' service: 29 days

After ten years' service: 33 days

  • Part time and flexible hours may be considered

An onsite nursery with discounted prices for staff members - please see the attached information pack for further information.

We will be moving from Local Terms to AfC on 01 April 2019. Details provided on request.

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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