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Lead Responsible Pharmacist – County Hospital

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (150 hours (average of 37.5 hours per week) worked over 7 days/week over 8 week rota)
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County Hospital
£41,659 - £47,672 per annum
Salary period
04/10/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

Have you got broad experience in leading the delivery of safe, accurate and timely dispensing services?

Would you like to use your pharmacist skills in a hospital setting, but don’t feel you have the relevant hospital experience?

Are you looking for a fresh challenge with opportunities for developing clinical and prescribing skills and gaining broad experience of hospital pharmacy?

We might have just the job for you!

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a ‘Lead Responsible Pharmacist’ within the dispensary team at County Hospital, part of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.  The County Hospital is a district general site in Stafford, with 9 inpatient wards and a growing Out-Patient department, including an Oncology satellite unit.  The County Hospital site has recently received investment for developing a Modular Theatre to support the expansion of Day Case Surgery which is part of the Trust long term strategy for the County site.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.

We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. We offer a range of options for our staff to help maintain a good work-life balance including full time, part time hours and bank hours. We are also committed to offering flexible working wherever we can and where relevant to the role and the service, agile working. You can select your preferences upon application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information on this vacancy, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification or contact the Hiring Manager.

Person specification

Essential Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
Desirable criteria
  • Completed a Diploma in Clinical or community pharmacy
  • Member of the RPSGB

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Extensive post registration experience in professional leadership in pharmacy dispensary services – community or hospital units
  • Broad clinical pharmacy experience and knowledge of therapeutics
  • Recent pharmacy experience of the supply of over the counter medicines. This will include the development and training of relevant SOPs
  • Recent experience of developing innovative pharmacy dispensing and OTC services
  • Commitment and evidence of professional updating and formal continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Methodical with effective organisational skills in the workplace. Able to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Ability to supervise the work of junior staff and provide constructive feedback on performance
  • Interest in expanding knowledge and self development
  • Pride in establishing and maintaining high standards of work and have attention to detail
  • Able to present written information clearly, concisely and accurately
  • Able to contribute to the strategic planning and development of clinical pharmacy services to the Medicine Division
  • Computer literate including ability to use Microsoft Word, email and internet
  • Ability to deal confidently and directly with the public, clinicians, members of the healthcare team and pharmacy colleagues
  • Ability to work unsupervised and alone

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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

Fiona Bevan
Job title
Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Clinical Services Lead
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674501
Additional information

Alternatively you can contact

Joanne Roye, Chief Technician & Site Lead

Email: Tel: 01785 2304600