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Specialist Pharmacist- Medicines Optimisation

Job Reference: 153-ZJ-8334

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth
£37,570 - £43,772 pa

‘Providing the excellent care that we would expect for our own families’

Join the HSJ 2018 Highly Commended Trust of the year, to deliver our vision to more than 500,000 people across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Currently The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) includes Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital and a Sterile Services Department at Alderney Hospital.

It’s a very exciting time here in Dorset with a recent review kick-starting major improvement to the way healthcare is provided. Among which is the proposed merge with fellow acute hospital Poole Hospital. Our Joint CEO Debbie Fleming is passionate about our collective goal to create a new organisation that is even better, and change how we deliver care in a way that will improve services and deliver better outcomes

It is anticipated that the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will merge in 2020 to form East Dorset Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is a condition of employment that all staff being recruited in the period before merger will work across all sites pre and post-merger

Medicines optimisation is ensuring that the patient gets the most benefit from their medicines. This post combines work to ensure that the medicines are available with a face to face role with patients and clinicians. You will have the opportunity to use your clinical skills and expertise on the wards and with the pharmacy procurement team.

Within the challenging arena of medicines shortages you will be advising on the best solutions, which may involve changing suppliers or product and development of medicines protocols and newsletters. Communication of all changes will be vital.

You will plan and implement cost-effectiveness projects working closely with clinicians, colleagues in Finance and Improvement Programme teams and the Pharmacy Procurement and Home care/Outsource teams. We have set up systems to track drug expenditure and savings so that teams can interrogate these for their specialist areas.

Half of your time will be spent on clinical duties on the wards, this will involve medicines reconciliation on admission, advising on safe prescribing, working with the multi-disciplinary teams and talking to patients and their carers about their medicines, adverse effects etc.

This is a joint post with Poole Hospital as in the future the two Trusts will be merged. So this post will be based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and will work closely with colleagues at Poole Hospital. This will ensure that the work on managing shortages and savings projects is shared across the Trusts. This will guarantee consistency for the clinicians and wards and be more efficient. This will involve working at Poole Hospital one day per fortnight.

Please search for our Pharmacy video on Youtube to learn more about us;

Pharmacy recruitment RBCH Summer 2019

The pharmacy services are well regarded in the Trust and recognised as a key element to any clinical development. The Pharmacy team is forward thinking; we embrace change and are constantly looking for ways to improve the service. We understand the importance of good team working and have strong links with other professions. The patient is at the centre of all that we do and our strategy is to provide a pharmacy service that has medicines optimisation at its heart. Providing our clinical service at ward level from pharmacy hubs lets us achieve this. Ward round attendance in various areas is well established and we are regarded as integral members of the team. We will be implementing EPMA (Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration) soon, so this will help us to improve the way that we work.

This is an exciting time for us as following the Dorset Clinical Services Review. We plan to develop into the Major Emergency Hospital for Dorset and will be welcoming Paediatrics and Maternity when they move across from Poole Hospital. In addition there will be a much larger Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

Why join us?

Our staff say; “We have a very friendly, welcoming and supportive workforce that helps each other even when we are up against it”, “The job is rewarding. I know my work makes a difference to patient care” and “Feel a sense of community – like everyone is looking out for you”.

The Health & Wellbeing of staff is high on the Trust’s agenda and there is plenty of support. There are opportunities for flexible working eg part-time roles. The NHS provides a good pension and annual leave and bank holiday allowance.

Dorset is a superb area to live. We have access to beautiful areas such as the New Forest and the Purbecks as well as our miles of golden beaches. Bournemouth has two universities and is a vibrant town with plenty of options for entertainment. Transport links are excellent with Bournemouth airport, ferry terminals at Poole and direct train access to London.

You may be eligible for relocation costs should you be required to relocate This will assist with relocation expenses if you live more than 40 miles from the Trust and are already a resident in the UK. Please ask for further details at interview.

Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

We have full-time (37.5 hours per week) and part-time hours available (job shares considered).

This role will require one late finish per week (closing at 5.30pm), weekend shifts 1 in 5 (either Saturday or Sunday) and approximately one Bank Holiday shift per year.

This role included on-call duties, the roster is 1 week in 9.

The interview date is Thursday 12th September but this may be flexible, contact us to discuss.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Jacqui Bowden phone 01202 04093 or email

Why join us? Not only do we offer an excellent service to our patients, we also work hard to support our staff and ensure they feel valued and supported. Every day, we value great team work, improving and adapting, communicating well and taking pride in what we do for patients. We also enjoy a great place to live on the south cost, from award winning beaches to beautiful views!

Advert may be removed before the end date if applicant numbers are high.


1. Please show us that you are right for this job by relating your application to the criteria for the post as detailed in the job description and person specification shown in the right hand column.

2. You will find out if you have been shortlisted by checking your email (including junk and spam mail) and NHS jobs account regularly. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date we regret that your application is unsuccessful this time.

3. If you join us and need a DBS check, we will deduct from your salary all or some of the cost (dependent on your banding) currently £48.43. Many staff use the DBS update service at a cost of £13.00 p.a. but you need to sign up for this asap via their website.

4. If you come with no previous NHS experience, it is usual to appoint to the minimum of the band.

5. The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from everyone regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender, age, faith or sexual orientation. We seek to establish a workforce as diverse as the population we serve.

6. In completing this application you are giving us permission to contact the Home Office/UKBA to establish your immigration status and eligibility to work with us. Previous NHS service will be verified with the relevant employers (if relevant).

7. Travel expenses are not always payable so please check with HR before you travel.

8. Appointment to the post is subject to satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.

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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