Lead Pharmacist - General Medicine, Gastroenterology & Respiratory

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Tru
Bournemouth, UK
08 Nov 2019
13 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
'Providing the excellent care that we would expect for our own families'

Join the HSJ 2018 Highly Commended Trust of the year, to deliver our vision to more than 500,000 people across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. Currently The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) includes Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital and a Sterile Services Department at Alderney Hospital.

It's a very exciting time here in Dorset with a recent review kick-starting major improvements to the way healthcare is provided. Among which is the proposed merge with fellow acute hospital Poole Hospital. Our Joint CEO Debbie Fleming is passionate about our collective goal to create a new organisation that is even better, and change how we deliver care in a way that will improve services and deliver better outcomes

Due to staff reconfiguration, we are pleased to be advertising this high profile post. The post holder will be responsible for the delivery of a high spec pharmacy service to general medicine including gastroenterology and respiratory wards. We have well established relationships with the specialties and this is an opportunity for the post holder to develop the clinical role further.

We are keen to receive applications from high calibre pharmacists who have had extensive hospital pharmacy experience. An ability to work in and manage staff in a fast paced environment is essential. Leadership and developments skills will also be required for this senior post. Having the non-medical prescribing qualification would be desirable although we would support applicants who are keen to undertake this. Our strategy for pharmacy prescribers is to develop the prescribing role with the aim of having autonomous practitioners within the department.

The pharmacy services are well regarded in the Trust and recognised as a key element to any clinical development. The Pharmacy team is forward thinking; we embrace change and are constantly looking for ways to improve the service. We understand the importance of good team working and have strong links with other professions. The patient is at the centre of all that we do and our strategy is to provide a pharmacy service that has medicines optimisation at its heart. Providing our clinical service at ward level from pharmacy hubs lets us achieve this. Ward round attendance in various areas is well established and we are regarded as integral members of the team. We will be implementing EPMA (Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration) soon, so this will help us to improve the way that we work.

This is an exciting time for us as following the Dorset Clinical Services Review. We plan to develop into the Major Emergency Hospital for Dorset and will be welcoming Paediatrics and Maternity when they move across from Poole Hospital. In addition there will be a much larger Emergency Department and Critical Care Unit.

Please search for our Pharmacy video on Youtube to learn more about us;

Pharmacy recruitment RBCH Summer 2019

Why join us?

Our staff say; "We have a very friendly, welcoming and supportive workforce that helps each other even when we are up against it", "The job is rewarding. I know my work makes a difference to patient care" and "Feel a sense of community - like everyone is looking out for you".

The Health & Wellbeing of staff is high on the Trust's agenda and there is plenty of support. There are opportunities for flexible working eg part-time roles. The NHS provides a good pension and annual leave and bank holiday allowance.

Dorset is a superb area to live. We have access to beautiful areas such as the New Forest and the Purbecks as well as our miles of golden beaches. Bournemouth has two universities and is a vibrant town with plenty of options for entertainment. Transport links are excellent with Bournemouth airport, ferry terminals at Poole and direct train access to London.

You may be eligible for relocation costs should you be required to relocate This will assist with relocation expenses if you live more than 40 miles from the Trust and are already a resident in the UK. Please ask for further details at interview.

Full time - 37.5 hours per week, part-time hours considered

Applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

This role will require one late finish per week (closing at 5.30pm), weekend shifts 1 in 5 (either Saturday or Sunday) and approximately one Bank Holiday shift per year.

The interview date is Tuesday 12th November, but this may be flexible, contact us to discuss.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Anita Balestrini, Clinical Pharmacy Manger ( Email address removed ) Tel: 01202 704097

Why join us? Not only do we offer an excellent service to our patients, we also work hard to support our staff and ensure they feel valued and supported. Every day, we value great team work, improving and adapting, communicating well and taking pride in what we do for patients. We also enjoy a great place to live on the south cost, from award winning beaches to beautiful views!

Advert may be removed before the end date if applicant numbers are high.


1. Please show us that you are right for this job by relating your application to the criteria for the post as detailed in the job description and person specification shown in the right hand column.

2. You will find out if you have been shortlisted by checking your email (including junk and spam mail) and NHS jobs account regularly. If you have not heard from us within 21 days of the closing date we regret that your application is unsuccessful this time.

3. If you join us and need a DBS check, we will deduct from your salary all or some of the cost (dependent on your banding) currently £48.43. Many staff use the DBS update service at a cost of £13.00 p.a. but you need to sign up for this asap via their website.

4. If you come with no previous NHS experience, it is usual to appoint to the minimum of the band.

5. The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from everyone regardless of ethnicity, disability, gender, age, faith or sexual orientation. We seek to establish a workforce as diverse as the population we serve.

6. In completing this application you are giving us permission to contact the Home Office/UKBA to establish your immigration status and eligibility to work with us. Previous NHS service will be verified with the relevant employers (if relevant).

7. Travel expenses are not always payable so please check with HR before you travel.

8. Appointment to the post is subject to satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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