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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/09/2019.

Senior Clinical Pharmacist (Primary Care Network), Band 8a

Job Reference: 152-S080.19

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Multiple locations in Dorset
Multiple locations in Dorset
£44,606 to £50,819 p.a or pro rata for part time

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset.

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)


Are you a pharmacist interested in driving change and development? Come and join the Our Dorset pharmacy team and be at the forefront of change in the coastline county of Dorset.

Dorset is at the forefront of new models of care and we need skilled pharmacy professionals to join us and be part of it.

What makes Our Dorset special?

‘Our Dorset’ is a partnership of health and social care organisations working together to deliver Integrated Care Systems.

Dorset is 1 of 7 areas piloting integrating medicine optimisation into our evolving integrated care system. This means we’re at the forefront of innovative working and shaping how pharmacy will work in the future.

This joint venture with our partners provides the opportunity to be involved in a truly transformational way of working to deliver high quality care and allow for professional development. Pharmacy professionals have an opportunity to provide first class care and services to patients in varied roles across our integrated system.

The role

We are looking to recruit pharmacists into this new and exciting way of working to deliver care to the residents of Dorset.

There are several post types including Primary Care Network roles, working in community inpatient services, joint posts working in rotational roles with a core Primary Care Network element with the opportunity to work across pharmacy sectors.

Our current recruitment needs centre around West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, North Dorset & Purbeck locations.

Opportunities for part time working will be available.

In primary care roles, you will provide clinical leadership in:

  • Medicines optimisation working closely with practice management to deliver key prescribing objectives in structured medication review
  • Care home clinical services
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Personalised pharmaceutical care, transfer of care
  • Integrated care with community services
  • Prescribing safety and governance.

Our services across all stakeholders employ a number of pharmacist prescribers and you will have opportunities to share learning and develop links with specialist pharmacists across the county of Dorset, with automatic membership of the Prescribing Academy.

You will use your prescribing skills to manage patients with complex polypharmacy and chronic disease. Initially you may be working from a practice environment or from a central support network where your skills will be used in the delivery of care from various settings.

What Our Dorset Pharmacy can offer you

As well as having a fantastic work environment, we also provide fun and valuable benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • Enrolment and support through CPPE Primary Care education training pathway
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified prescribers and ongoing pharmacist prescriber learning groups
  • A comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Holiday of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme

For more information about pharmacy in Dorset visit the Our Dorset NHS website.

Interviews will be undertaken by a joint stakeholder panel. Successful candidate information will be shared by Dorset HealthCare with other relevant partners hosting the role.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Peter Cope, Lead Pharmacist Quality & Primary Care on 07823 661450


Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Supportive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy

Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s
  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:
    • Work related learning
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment
    • Buying and selling of annual leave


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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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