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Clinical Pharmacist

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (plus additional weekend and on-call commitment)
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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

Are you an ambitious, innovative Pharmacist looking for an exciting new challenge? Do you want to be an integral part of a thriving acute Trust that embraces transformation and is passionate about delivering safe, personal and effective care?

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

You will play an active role in the multi-disciplinary ward team, making pharmaceutical interventions, ensuring medicines reconciliation queries are resolved at the first opportunity, ensuring the most appropriate medicines are started in line with Trust formulary, ensuring effective antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring effective medicines safety, ensuring transfer of care information is captured when medicines are started, stopped and changed, ordering new medicines when necessary using the electronic medicines management module on your mobile electronic device, and ensuring effective discharge planning takes place.

You will make sure your patients are effectively counselled on new and changed medicines, they are referred to their community pharmacist for post-discharge support, or for a domiciliary visit if they are housebound, using the multi-award winning Refer-to-Pharmacy to make sure they get the best from their medicines and stay healthy at home; and you will co-ordinate with the ward staff to ensure patients’ discharge letters and prescriptions are ready when they need it… without any delays.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will


  • Work across ward and dispensary environments to deliver excellent pharmaceutical care to patients.
  • Act as a role model in the field of clinical pharmacy and provide a consistently high level of pharmaceutical service in line with corporate objectives and government initiatives
  • Work within the governance framework and medicines risk management agenda
  • Work within relevant policies and procedures for safe medicines use, both within the department and Trust wide
  • Work closely with other staff in the department to ensure the delivery of an integrated pharmacy service
  • Support the implementation of a technician led service
  • Assist with completion of medicine audits, in line with Pharmacy Directorate strategy and objectives
  • Participate in our pharmacy on-call and weekend service.

Working for our organisation

We are a large and forward-thinking department; with extended hours Acute Medical Unit team operating between 8.00am-7.00pm every day.

We are expected to go live in Spring/Summer 2023 with a Trust-wide electronic patient records and electronic prescribing and medicines administration system.

We have a large cohort of Non-Medical Prescribers and are passionate in supporting our team of pharmacists to gain this qualification, along with the post-graduate clinical certificate/diploma.

We have strong links with our local universities with three teacher practitioners.

We were an early-adopter site for the RPS’s Transfer of Care initiative which led to the creation of the world's first fully integrated hospital to community pharmacy e-referral system: Refer-to-Pharmacy.

Our Medicines Support Team is a domiciliary team that receives referrals from the hospital, community teams and GPs for patients requiring support with their medicines post-discharge or to help prevent admissions/re-admissions to hospital.

We have a Homecare team and specialist pharmacists within the Dermatology, Rheumatology, Cardiology and Gastroenterology directorates providing out-patient clinics.

You may also be interested to know that East Lancashire Hospitals provides onsite parking and is well connected to the motorway network, making it an easy commuting distance from Manchester and Liverpool, with many of our team hailing from these locations. The Lake District is a short drive away for leisure activities.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See attached documents for full detailed job description.

You will need to be a motivated individual with excellent communication skills and the ability to work flexibly and under pressure, in order to provide excellent patient care and deliver the Trust’s Medicines Optimisation strategy.

You may also be interested to know that East Lancashire Hospitals provides onsite parking and is well connected to the motorway network, making it an easy commuting distance from Manchester and Liverpool, with many of our team hailing from these locations

Additional contact information

If you would like any further information, or would like to arrange a visit, please contact:

Hannah Robinson (Divisional Lead Pharmacist – Medicine & Community Services) Hannah.robinson@elht.nhs.uk 01254 733740

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MPharm Degree (4 years) or equivalent
  • Member GPhC (current or upon qualification at end of training year)

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 NHSLA, NPSA, NPC


Essential criteria
  • Clinical Pharmacy experience/practice (may include foundation training year)
  • Ability to deal with complex clinical issues Multidisciplinary working with medical and nursing staff


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clear thinking and able to analyse 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 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

Happy to Talk Flexible WorkingPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committedStep into health

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Emma Watson
Job title
Divisional Lead Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
01254 734545