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Rotational Clinical Pharmacist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week (On-call, Weekend and Bank Holiday Provision)
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Royal Blackburn Hospital
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
06/02/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

This job is open to registered pharmacists and foundation year trainee pharmacists.

  • Are you an ambitious, innovative pharmacist looking to be an integral part of a thriving acute Trust that embraces transformation and is passionate about delivering safe, personal and effective care?
  • Are you undertaking your foundation training year and want to work in a large Teaching Trust and be exposed to lots of clinical specialties and opportunities once registered?

If your answers are yes, we have the perfect opportunity for you to join our award-winning pharmacy team.

You will be in a front-line ward role, and benefit from working closely with a vibrant multi-disciplinary ward team.

Consultants, registrars, junior doctors, and nurses will look to you for clinical advice. Moreover, you will be rewarded by working in a large and dynamic team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistants. Every day will be varied, challenging and exciting with the opportunity to work across one or two wards where your day will pass quickly.

You will put your pharmaceutical knowledge into action and make a real difference to the patients under your care. You will engage directly with your patients throughout their inpatient journey from medicines reconciliation through to discharge. Your role will also allow you to link in with GP services, community pharmacists and our very own medicines support team to make sure patients get the best from their medicines and stay healthy at home.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be responsible for ensuring safe prescribing, medicines optimisation and medicines management on your ward(s).
  • You will be a key link in the multi-disciplinary team looking after these patients.
  • You will rotate between medical, surgical and family care wards and have the opportunity to train within our aseptics team. Rotations are typically 3 months long; you will get to experience a wide variety of specialties and locations including Blackburn, Burnley and community hospitals in Pendle and Clitheroe.
  • You will cover infrequent slots (1hr) in the in-patient dispensary and act as RP (we have a separate out-patient pharmacy, run and staffed by Lloyds).
  • You will be encouraged and supported to complete your post-graduate diploma.
  • You will benefit from weekly training and education sessions from specialist pharmacists or other healthcare professionals 
  • You will be supported by a senior clinical pharmacist during your clinical rotation, including dedicated ward visits and assessments which may contribute towards your portfolio and diploma.
  • You will work alongside other Band 6 pharmacists to deliver the on-call service; shifts are worked at Royal Blackburn Hospital from 2pm to 10pm, after which calls are managed from home (accommodation can be arranged on site if required), a typical frequency is one shift every 3 weeks.
  • You will participate in our weekend service, working Saturday & Sunday every 7-8 weeks, with compensatory weekend days taken the following week.

Working for our organisation

Whilst being spread across sites and having a large number of staff we are very welcoming to all and have many assistants, technicians and pharmacists who have worked and progressed with us for very many years.

Throughout your journey you will be supported to learn and develop. Weekly pharmacist teaching time is just another benefit along with the opportunity to undertake the post graduate clinical diploma. As you progress within the team you will further refine your skillset and we actively support pharmacists with developmental opportunities such as the prescribing qualification.

We have strong links with our local universities with three teacher practitioners who support junior pharmacists and provide teaching to medical and pharmacy undergraduates.

We have a large cohort of Non-Medical Prescribers (NMPs) and are actively encouraging all our pharmacists to become NMPs, with plans in place for our staff up until the registration of trainee pharmacists in 2026 who will have this qualification embedded into their undergraduate degree.

There’s never been a better time to be a hospital pharmacist and at East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, we will work to ensure that you reach your full potential whilst having a rewarding and fulfilled career. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

In addition to our clinical specialist pharmacists, we have dedicated pharmacy staff working within; Homecare, Rheumatology, Medicines Information and the Medicines Support Team (a department dedicated to supporting patients post-discharge and optimising their medicines with home visits and recommendations to their GP/healthcare provider).

We have highly specialist pharmacists delivering dermatology and cardiology out-patient clinics, undertaking independent patient assessment, consultation and prescribing. We are keen to support the professional development of our staff and look to the future of Consultant Pharmacist roles at the Trust.


See attached documents for full details of the job description and person specification. 


If you have any questions or would like to arrange a visit, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Please contact:

Hannah Robinson or Emma Watson (Clinical Services Lead Pharmacists) on 01254 734545.

You may also speak to any of the following senior clinical pharmacists in their absence; John Eatough, Abdullah Mistry, Aishah Sadiq, Anna Eatough, Susan Holgate, Millie Costley, Shaun Morgan or Akil Ahmed 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MPharm Degree (4 years) or equivalent
  • Member GPhC

Special Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of local and national NHS and Pharmaceutical Policy
  • Understanding of medicines legislation and guidance i.e. Medicines Act, Misuse of Drugs Act, Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines, Medicine Guidance Notes, MHRA Alerts
  • Understanding of clinical and risk management guidance as applied to Medicines Management
  • Broad range of understanding of clinical practice and knowledge of medical conditions
  • General knowledge of NHS developments including primary and secondary care
  • Understanding of clinical governance principles
  • Knowledge of external agencies concerned with patient safety


Essential criteria
  • Clinical pharmacy experience and practice
  • Ability to deal with complex clinical issues
  • Multidisciplinary working with medical and nursing staff


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clear thinking and able to analyse highly complex problems of an ethical, pharmaceutical, or clinical nature
  • Makes sound decisions with limited information
  • Intuition – anticipate difficulties and take appropriate action
  • Knows when to consult (own limitations)
  • Reflects on own practice and learns from experience
  • Able to identify, prioritise and evaluate work

Communication Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good verbal and written communication
  • Courteous with all customers both internal and external including members of the public and other healthcare professionals
  • Able to communicate highly complex information of a clinical nature
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to influence senior Pharmacy and hospital staff and other people

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Has vision and imagination, initiative, creativity, able to see beyond barriers
  • Supportive and motivational
  • Able to work within a team
  • Prioritises and meets deadlines
  • Mature in approach and has professional credibility
  • Able to be seen as a role model – reliable fair and balanced
  • Flexible
  • Systematic approach
  • Energetic and can enthuse, ‘can-do’ approach
  • Calm under pressure
  • Thrives on change
  • Excellent numeric and verbal skills

Other Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Flexibility in working hours
  • Has advanced keyboard skills
Desirable criteria
  • Clean driving licence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Hannah Robinson
Job title
Clinical Services Lead Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
01254 734545