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Senior Pharmacist- Clinical Pharmacist specialising in Clinical Trials

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Senior Pharmacist- Clinical Trials
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Blackburn Hospital
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
08/02/2023 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 to cover a maternity leave for a period of one year, playing an active role across both the clinical trial and clinical pharmacy service.

The post holder will work closely with the Research and Development team to assess new clinical trial feasibility, as well as with the clinical pharmacy team to develop awareness of clinical trials and trial protocols and ensure any potential participants they come across within their day-to-day clinical duties are entered into a trial if appropriate.

You will also be part of the multi-disciplinary ward team, making pharmaceutical interventions, ensuring medicines reconciliation queries are resolved at the first opportunity and ensuring effective antimicrobial stewardship.

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 using the multi-award winning Refer-to-Pharmacy.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will

  • Provide professional leadership in developing the clinical trials service
  • Provide high quality pharmaceutical care to patients and their carers
  • Act as a role model in the field of clinical pharmacy and clinical trials to provide a consistently high level of pharmaceutical service in line with corporate objectives and government initiatives
  • Provide specialist expertise and support to ensure clinical trials are set up and conducted in accordance with Good Clinical Practice and Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Lead in designing clinical trial pathways and guidelines
  • Work closely with pharmacy teams across the Network and staff within the research and development department to ensure effective delivery of a clinical trials pharmacy service
  • Support the development of the governance and medicines risk management agenda
  • Support the development of agreed 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
  • Participate in relevant sector wide forums for clinical trials
  • Support the implementation of a technician led service
  • Audit, monitor and develop medicines management in line with Pharmacy Directorate strategy and objectives

Working for our organisation

Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.  

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

We are a large and forward-thinking department; 
In June 2023 we will go live with a Trust-wide electronic patient records and electronic prescribing and medicines administration.
We have a large cohort of Non-Medical Prescribers and 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.
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 participate in our weekend service. We currently have 11 pharmacists rostered to work each weekend day (which can change with winter plans and COVID sometimes increasing the requirement), with compensatory weekend days taken the following week.

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

Additional contact information

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

  • Michelle Randall (Assistant Director of Pharmacy)

Michelle.randall@elht.nhs.uk 01254 734167

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
  • Member of GPhC
  • Post Graduate clinical diploma
Desirable criteria
  • Good Clinical Trial Practice Certificate
  • Independent prescribing qualification
  • Leadership qualification or relevant specialist qualification


Essential criteria
  • Advanced practice in one or more relevant areas
  • Experience of leading pharmacy service
  • Experience of managing change
  • Experience of developing and implementing SOP
  • Advanced clinical pharmacy experience and practice
  • Ability to deal with complex clinical issues and manage unpredictable workload
  • Multidisciplinary working
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced practice in Clincial Trials

Knowledge and Skills

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
  • Understanding of GCP/GMP/GDP
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Ability to influence senior pharmacy and staff members

Personal attributes

Essential criteria
  • Has vision and imagination, initiative, creativity, able to see beyond barriers
  • Supportive and motivational
  • Can balance strong leadership and working 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
  • Excellent numerical and verbal skills
  • Flexible working

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.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Michelle Randall
Job title
Assistant Director of Pharmacy
Email address
Telephone number
01254 734167
Additional information

Hannah Robinson hannah.robinson@elht.nhs.uk

Tel 01254 733740