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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist for MH and LD

Band 7

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Clinical Pharmacist
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Kingfisher Court
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,066 max £1,845)
Salary period
02/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate and driven pharmacist who has experience of working in secondary care or is a clinically focussed community pharmacist and wish to further develop their clinical expertise in the field of mental health and learning disabilities. The post holder will be to provide a clinical Pharmacy service to acute and older people, child and adolescent, learning disabilities, and forensic wards. Additionally the post holder will lead on projects that support the implementation of the Trust Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Strategy.

The post will appeal to those who wish to develop their clinical pharmacy expertise within the mental health and learning disabilities field. The primary role of the post holder will be to provide a clinical pharmacy service on a rotational basis to a variety of mental health units/specialties.  Additionally, the role will involve leading and implementing projects that support the Trust Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation Strategy. Appropriate support and training will be provided to those who are new to the mental health and disabilities field.  

Main duties of the job

The post holder must be flexible, have excellent communication skills (written and verbal), strong clinical and organisational skills, enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team and be able to show compassion and respect for people with mental health problems.

The post holder must have a current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council and a postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy and/or Psychiatric Therapeutics (up to at least certificate level) is desirable.

We are fully committed to personal development and advanced practice, encouraging all staff to undertake relevant education and training to meet their needs.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.


The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:


Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holders must possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal), have strong clinical and organisational skills and be and enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team. The pharmacist will be fully integrated into the wider multidisciplinary team, be funded to undertake postgraduate clinical pharmacy qualifications and be supported to work with other healthcare professionals collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams.

We welcome flexible working applications e.g school hours, part time, job share etc.

Person specification

Qualifications/ Education /Training

Essential criteria
  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (Mpharm) or equivalent
  • Current and continued registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a practicing member
  • Higher degree or postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy practice or psychiatric therapeutics up to certificate level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence and commitment to continuing professional development
Desirable criteria
  • Additional areas of training through short courses e.g. leadership, management, computer training

Skills / Knowledge /Ability

Essential criteria
  • Understand the issues facing the NHS
  • Understanding of primary and secondary care working and interface between them
  • Staff development and change management
  • Managing quality and cost effectiveness initiatives
  • Good planning and organisational skills – able to plan and lead the development of new areas of medicines management e.g. prescribing and administration of medicines under patient group directions
  • Able to demonstrate record of achieving results against set targets
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience working in mental healthcare, hospital or PCT setting on prescribing/medicines management
  • Contribute to the improvement of services
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Team worker
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of service development in an NHS organisation
  • Project planning
  • Up to date knowledge of medicines used in mental health conditions
  • Ability to write policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures

Communication skills

Essential criteria
  • Good communicator - both verbal and written
  • Communicates in a form or manner which is consistent with the person's level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent computer skills to include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and the Internet
  • Car driver (unless has disabiltiy as defined by Equality Act 2010 which prevents an indivdiual from driving

Analytical skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations which require analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options
Desirable criteria
  • Able to critically appraise clinical trial data and research papers

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience of working in a mental healthcare, hospital or CCG setting on medicines management
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant post-registration hospital clinical pharmacy experience
  • Experience of working as a member of a multidisciplinary team and ward pharmacy team
  • Experience of managing, training, mentorship, supervision of staff including appraisals

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vasileios Voulgaropoulos
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Principal Clinical Pharmacist
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