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Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Band 7

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Band 7
Full Time 37.5 hours a week
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Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
24/10/2018 23:59

Here at Southend University Hospital we strive to provide high quality care for every patient, every time.

We would be nothing without our staff. So it goes without saying that when it comes to recruiting new team members, we're looking for the best. We encourage staff to be innovative, to challenge the "as is" and to always put patients first.

We want staff who will live our trust values every day.

Care with compassion, Working together, Professional and accountable

This is an exciting time to join us. The three NHS trusts that currently run Broomfield, Southend and Basildon hospitals are planning to become a new single NHS organisation by mid-2019.

 All three hospitals will continue to provide the services our patients use the most. These include outpatient appointments, children’s services and day-case surgery.  All three hospitals will continue to provide 24/7 A&E and maternity services.

By working as one team we will provide the same high standard of care and services for all of our 1.2m local residents. Using the same equipment, processes and IT systems means services will run more smoothly.  Single leadership, standards and new structures will speed up decision making.  Combined corporate services will reduce duplication and cut running costs. This means more money for front-line services and faster improvements.


Attracting new talent is key to our future and the scale of our organisation will give far  more career, training and development opportunities for all our staff.




Three mid and south east Essex Acute trusts are operating within a rapidly changing, challenging but very exciting time of whole system reformation. The Trusts are in partnership as a fast developing hospital network currently comprising of Southend University Hospital NHS FT, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Essex Hospital NHS Trust (the Group). Over the next few years, through working together and in partnership with the MSB Group programme, they will define the future of care for the population of mid and south Essex. As part of this acute trust collaboration we are redesigning our hospitals to ensure we meet rising demand with the best quality services. The Pharmacy Department is at the forefront of our service redesign and one of the first departments within MSB to offer the opportunities for developing standardised systems across the three hospitals, re-designing new and ongoing services as the clinical configuration changes in line with the Carter Report. This is all being led by a new chief pharmacist working in partnership across the group. 

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, innovative clinical pharmacist wishing to develop their leadership skills and clinical knowledge in this newly vacant post. 

The post-holder will provide expert pharmaceutical knowledge and advice to the staff working across a range of clinical specialties. This will include working as part of an MDT, helping to improve patient care through effective medicines reconciliation and medicines optimisation. The role will also include working alongside the Lead Pharmacists for Medicine, Surgery, Antimicrobials and Medicines Optimisation to ensure protocols and guidelines are in line with local and national objectives to maximise cost-effective and safe prescribing. The Trust in currently developing its antimicrobial pharmacy service, therefore this will represent a significant part of the rotational role. 

As part of the role, the post-holder will contribute to the newly re-designed clinical pharmacy service to a range of medical and surgical specialties across Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This will involve working 1 in 4 weekends, a weekly late shift, and the rest of the week from 9am – 5.10pm. These shifts will allow for a good work-life balance. As a senior pharmacist within a newly re-designed service, there will be scope to shape the service to maximise benefits for patients and staff alike. 

The post-holder will have excellent communication and negotiating skills working closely with patients and multi-professional teams throughout the Trust. They will be able to work under pressure and alone with excellent prioritisation skills, and will provide on-call services on a rota basis. 

The post-holder will ideally be working towards being a qualified independent prescriber, having completed the first year of a postgraduate diploma in pharmacy practice. 

In return for your hard work and commitment we will give you the opportunity to develop your skills as a clinical practitioner in a friendly structured environment supported by an excellent team. As a senior clinical pharmacist, you will be expected to support education and training of more junior staff, including pre-registration pharmacists. 

Southend Hospital is the first in Essex to implement electronic prescribing, using the JAC system, and we are at the forefront of developing and enhancing this system within the NHS. With excellent communication skills, you will play a key role in ensuring the Trust derives maximum benefit from e-Prescribing and the opportunities it provides to deliver true medicines optimisation. Southend-On-Sea is an exciting place to live, work and enjoy life. Just under an hour from London and Europe (either by rail or air), Southend and the surrounding area is vibrant and cosmopolitan. Local schools have an excellent reputation and the nearby seaside provides a pleasant backdrop as well as opportunities for fun and relaxation. The attractive nearby town of Leigh-On-Sea provides an alternative location for many professionals to settle and wind down after work.

Interview dates will be during the week commencing 29th October 2018.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Paul Smith, Clinical Lead Pharmacist