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Advanced Clinical Pharmacist (Obstetrics)

Job Reference: 265-2260063

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Pharmacy - Clinical Pharmacy, Northampton
£44,606 to £50,819 per an

At Northampton General Hospital we provide general acute services and hyper-acute stroke, vascular and renal services to people living in Northamptonshire. As well as this we are an accredited cancer centre and provide cancer services to a wider population of Northamptonshire and parts of Buckinghamshire.

We are proud to be the first hospital in the UK to have obtained Pathway to Excellence® designated accreditation from the American nurses credentialing centre (ANCC).

We celebrate staff achievements and value the importance of working as one big team. That’s why we talk about TeamNGH. It’s all about working together to provide the best possible care for our patients and supporting each other to grow and develop our skills. We are driven to helping you to be the best you can be.

Apply today and join the largest family in Northamptonshire.

Following new investment in the pharmacy team, we have exciting opportunities for experienced Pharmacists to join our clinical team as specialist roles within Obstetrics.


Lead Pharmacist, Obstetrics - Band 8a (0.7 WTE approx 26 hours per week - negotiable)

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust is an acute hospital with an enthusiastic, progressive and caring pharmacy department; we keep patient safety at the heart of all we do.

This is a very exciting time to join our pharmacy team! Our Obstetrics business case to deliver a pharmacy service to the maternity directorate has been supported by the Trust and we have new investment for two pharmacists at Band 8a and Band 7 and a Medicines Management Technician (MMT) at Band 5 to provide a clinical and supportive service to women who are cared for at NGH. We will need to show the Trust that this investment is hugely beneficial for the safety and the efficient flow of patients, the knowledge and support of the multidisciplinary staff and by reporting of key performance indicators which the business case was based on.

The part-time Band 8a Pharmacist will lead the development of the service, working closely with the full time Band 7 pharmacist and half –time MMT who will both work operationally and support the speciality at a directorate level

We will be expecting the team to have/give:

  • Full medicines management support to ensure the safe and secure storage of medicines
  • Prescribing pharmacists on Consultant led ward rounds
  • Support for junior doctors amending in-patient prescriptions, reviewing antimicrobials, managing complex cases and writing discharge prescriptions.
  • Junior pharmacist to follow up discharges/ supply requests
  • MMT to complete medicine reconciliation to 100% of all patients, assess re-use of patients medicines, prepare medicines for discharge with near patient dispensing.
  • Full information being delivered to primary care [GPs, midwives and community pharmacists] on discharge
  • Full counselling of women throughout their stay and at discharge to ensure they receive relevant information about changes to their medicines.

For all posts, it will give the opportunity for working at a directorate level becoming more integrated in the multidisciplinary teams.

The Lead Pharmacist, Band 8 will focus on identifying the needs of the directorate medicines governance issues; development of guidelines; exploring the use of ePMA and analysis of medicines use and expenditure throughout the specialities. For this new development of our service, we want you to be a dynamic, forward thinking pharmacist who is an independent prescriber and both willing and excited to drive this project and show the Trust the benefits of this service. You will have exceptional communication skills and will be able to inspire and lead your team of pharmacists and MMT to ensure excellent patient care, both as inpatients and at discharge. You will be able to demonstrate successful service improvements and audits which you have lead on to improve care of patients and service provision within the maternity directorate.

The Speciality Pharmacist, Band 7 will be working closely with the midwives and ensuring safe pharmaceutical care of the patients on the wards within maternity on a day to day basis, in addition to support of the projects and work identified by the Band 8 Lead. Once the service is established, we would like to integrate maternity within the rotations for band 6 and 7 pharmacists, so we hope there will be opportunity for the band 7 to continue maintaining knowledge and experience in different specialities.

If you are a motivated and compassionate individual looking for a new challenge, one of these posts could be for you. A strong team spirit and good communication will be required as well as a desire to have the patient’s safety at the foremost of everything you do. There will be opportunities to develop your knowledge and expertise and consider the prescribing course if desired, sharing your expertise with colleagues in other specialities through nurse and doctor training. It will be expected that for the right individual; there are opportunities to gain experience supervising Pre-registration Pharmacists under the guidance of our Pre-registration Facilitator or becoming a line manager for our junior pharmacists.

In return, you can enjoy all the benefits you would expect from working within the NHS. You will also be fully supported and encouraged in developing your clinical qualifications further if required. This is a full-time post but substantially part-time may be considered.

If you do not meet all the essential criteria for the band 7 post, in some circumstances we may be able to offer a band 6 to 7 progression. This may also include the opportunity to rotate through other pharmacy specialities. Please contact us for further information.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Rachel Westwood, Head of Clinical Pharmacy or on 01604 545693 or

Pharmacy Office on or on 01604 545692


To deliver best possible care for our patients:

  • We put patient safety above all else

  • We aspire to excellence

  • We reflect, we learn, we improve

  • We respect and support each other


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Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust recognises that staff of differing backgrounds and life experiences enrich our workforce and bring different skills and knowledge. We therefore encourage and welcome applications for our vacancies from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


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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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