Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - £3K Incentive - Band 7

NHS Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
Carlisle, Cumbria
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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*** £3K Incentive - Welcome Bonus

*** Tier 2 sponsorship available

Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £500million and 8,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve.

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

Job overview

It’s an exciting time to join us here at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) as we continue to develop and invest in our services as well as our staff.

We are looking for caring, empathetic, enthusiastic and motivated individuals who have a passion to improve the lives of our patients. We have new opportunities for Registered Nurses and Doctors Trustwide across all of our inpatient services.

These vacancies include an attractive £3000* welcome bonus - a Rewarding Welcome for a Rewarding Career.

As a CNTW employee we will support you in your personal and career development. You'll have access to a great range of training opportunities through our in-house Academy including Coaching, Apprenticeships, and our Leadership Development Programme.

We are committed to improving the working lives and health and wellbeing of our staff and that's why we have our Thrive programme. Thrive is here to support your whole wellbeing which covers emotional, physical, psychological, financial, career and social aspects.

If you’d like to apply for one of our vacancies and receive this welcome bonus, please complete your application. We look forward to hearing from you!

* Terms and conditions: Specifics to be discussed at interview.

Main duties of the job

Are you an enthusiastic pharmacist looking to develop your clinical knowledge and skills? We are looking for patient focused clinical pharmacists to work into our inpatient areas and to provide clinical pharmacist support to our community treatment teams across a range of mental health specialities.  

Applicants should have excellent communication and team working skills and self-motivation to contribute to the development and delivery of the pharmacy service. We welcome applications from pharmacist colleagues working in all sectors of the profession. Prior working experience in mental health is not essential, as a comprehensive programme of education, training and clinical supervision will be provided. We will support you to provide high quality services to patients and healthcare professionals.

Across our Trust, pharmacy staff are fully integrated into and regarded as valued members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Our clinical pharmacy services include:

  • Medicines reconciliation and review on admission and discharge
  • Supporting patients and carers with the management of their medicines
  • Optimising medicines, taking a holistic view of both mental and physical healthcare needs
  • Physical health and wellbeing advice
  • Discharge planning and liaison with primary care

Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

Working for our organisation

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

We take pride in developing our pharmacists through formal and informal study, clinical supervision and training. This includes offering opportunities to undertake post-graduate diplomas and the independent prescriber qualification. In return for your commitment, we will provide you with the right support to help you deliver the best possible pharmacy services to patients and healthcare professionals alike.

The CNTW pharmacy service is highly regarded within the organisation. We are an award-winning team with a proven track record in delivering high quality, safe pharmaceutical services. Our portfolio includes medicines supply, clinical pharmacy and clinical governance functions. We have an innovative and progressive approach to service design and delivery which has been recognised and commended by the Care Quality Commission, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Health Services Journal.

We provide pharmacy and medicines optimisation services to all our mental health, learning disability and neuro-rehabilitation inpatient areas, as well as to community mental health teams, crisis teams, psychiatric liaison and a variety of other specialist areas.

 For further information about these posts or to discuss further, please contact Sunil Kumar, Lead Pharmacist North Cumbria on  07989447293 or email sunil.kumar@cntw.nhs.uk. Please note that all applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 31st May 2022

Closing date : 28th June 2022

We welcome your application.

Person specification Knowledge and Qualifications Essential criteria

  • GPhC Registered Pharmacist

Desirable criteria

  • Postgraduate clinical pharmacy qualification or equivalent experience/working towards
  • Independent Prescriber

Experience Essential criteria

  • Minimum 12 months experience post registration

Personal Attributes Essential criteria

  • Excellent communication skills

The Trust encourages and supports all applicants to be fully vaccinated against both COVID19 and influenza.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates. All applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

CNTW is interested in hearing from Veterans and members of the Armed Forces and their dependants who may be interested in a career within the NHS with us at CNTW NHS Foundation Trust please contact paula.westley@cntw.nhs.uk.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.


If you are offered a job your information will be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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.

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