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Urgent & Emergency Care Specialist Pharmacist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum + HCAS pro-rata
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

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Job overview

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and experienced pharmacist to play a pivotal role in our service for patients admitted to the Emergency Department.

The post holder will be responsible for providing a high quality clinical pharmacy service to the Emergency and Integrated Care ICSU and input into the growing Urgent and Emergency Care agenda

The post holder will work closely both with our pharmacy team and the multidisciplinary emergency department team to:

  • Provide and further develop high value clinical pharmacy services for patients admitted to the emergency department.
  • Contribute to the ED MDT through multiple training sessions,
  • Input into clinical guidelines, PGD development and service improvement work.
  • Contribute pharmacy leadership to the Pharmacy Emergency and Integrated Medicine team by supporting junior staff during rotations
  • Work across the hospital-community interface to improve medicines management on transfer of care and improve patient safety.

There are excellent opportunities for quality improvement, audit & research and for personal development.


Main duties of the job

For additional information regarding the main duties, please see the attached job description  and person specification.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see the accompanying Job Description and Person Specification for more information about this role

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • MPharm (or equivalent)
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Further post graduate qualification Diploma/MSc in Pharmacy Practice or Clinical Pharmacy, or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Independent Prescriber
  • Member of relevant professional clinical groups (e.g. UKCPA)
  • Leadership or Management qualification

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • High-level clinical skills sufficient to engage in appropriate dialogue with senior clinicians around complex clinical cases.
  • Good written and oral communication skills and able to communicate with patients and all grades of healthcare staff (verbally and in writing).
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to influence senior pharmacy and medical staff, the multidisciplinary team and management.
  • Experience of supervising and training junior pharmacists and wider pharmacy team members
  • Experience of providing education and training to pharmacy staff, nursing staff and doctors.
  • Good interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Excellent numeracy skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and to plan service developments
  • Understand, articulate and apply the principles of change management to the healthcare setting

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates a whole-system patient-focused approach to work.
  • Relevant clinical experience from working in areas linked to Urgent and Emergency Care / Acute Medicine
  • Suitable experience of working in an acute hospital setting
  • Experience as a line manager
  • Involvement in the writing of clinical guidelines and policies
  • Experience of appraising staff and giving feedback
  • Experience in education and training and acting as a clinical tutor.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of national bodies responsible for supporting clinical governance and medicine safety in the acute hospital setting
  • Experience of contributing to, or leading quality improvement projects
  • An understanding of what integrated care is and how this applies to Pharmacy
  • Knowledge of the wider NCL healthcare system and priorities
  • An understanding of how digital tools / EPR functionality can improve clinical practice in the inpatient setting

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable, Self-motivated
  • Able to set realistic goals and outcomes and use these to motivate themselves and their team
  • Able to work under pressure whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Able to work on own initiative or as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates initiative, and motivation & enthusiasm for the post.
  • Commitment to continuing personal development.
  • Knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues and how personally can make a positive difference to this agenda
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to articulate their own leadership style
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Claire Anakwa-Poh (current post holder)
Job title
Urgent and Emergency Care Specialist Pharmacist
Email address

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925