Band 6 Pharmacist (Rotational post)








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JOB SUMMARY                          


The post-holder will be part of a team of pharmacists providing all aspects of a modern hospital pharmacy service.  




Dispensing and Distribution


Participate in the work of the dispensary, including clinical and accuracy checking of prescriptions and dispensed medicines, both within the dispensary and at ward level.


Review and assess inpatient and outpatient prescriptions for legality, accuracy, safety and appropriateness of drug therapy.


Ensure all work completed complies with Medicines Ethics and Practice, local policies and procedures, risk management and health and safety policies and protocols.


Communicate recommendations on drug therapy to doctors, nurses and other relevant healthcare professionals.


Liaise with relevant clinical pharmacists on patient care issues.


Dispense and supply medicines.


Advise patients on concordance with their medicines.


Receive, store and supply controlled drugs in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act and Trust policy.


Dispense clinical trial drugs according to protocols.


Provide a professional and courteous service to patients, staff and other healthcare staff attending the dispensary


Medicines Information


Participate in the enquiry answering service of the Medicines Information service under the direction of a more senior pharmacist, acting in accordance with UKMI Standards and local standards of practice.


Undertake training involving relevant computer assisted learning packages and accredited Medicines Information workbooks under the supervision of a trained Medicines Information Pharmacist.


Aseptics and Quality Control


Work in the Aseptic unit (including radio-pharmacy if required), collaborating with other pharmacists and senior technicians in the prioritisation of workload and the provision of a safe, efficient and timely service


Undertake the in house training programme on the technical aspects of aseptic manipulation and the clinical aspects of aseptic products e.g. parenteral nutrition, intravenous additives and chemotherapy


Develop knowledge and understanding of current legislation and guidance, standards of practice, COSHH, GMP, risk management and Health and Safety policies governing aseptic preparation.


Ensure all work complies with standards of practice, risk management and health and safety policies and protocols including the handling of cytotoxic drugs


Review and assess chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition patients’ prescription charts for legality, accuracy, safety and appropriateness of drug therapy.


Check the accuracy of assembled aseptic medicines for individual patients


Work in the quality control section of the pharmacy department.



Clinical Pharmacy and/or Integrated medicines management


To assist in the provision of a clinical pharmacy and/or integrated medicines management service to allocated wards.


To obtain comprehensive admission medication histories and rationalise patients’ medication on admission.


To ensure the appropriate management of patients’ own drugs.


To provide a comprehensive medication monitoring service for inpatients and optimise medication use in allocated wards.


To carry out discharge counselling as appropriate.


To prepare documentation relating to medication changes carried out during the hospital stay.


To prepare the discharge prescription and ensure that timely discharge information is available to primary care healthcare professionals.


To further develop and roll out the generic switching and therapeutic tendering changes at ward level if required.


To participate in the supply and dispensing of pharmaceutical products and the provision of patient services


To provide medicines information to patients, carers and other healthcare professionals





Deputise for pharmacists managing other areas of pharmaceutical activity and manage professional, technical and ancillary staff as required.


Act as the Responsible Pharmacist when required.


Help provide cover for pharmacists working in other hospital pharmacy departments within the Trust.


To comply with all relevant CPD requirements.


To provide a service in accordance with published standards and local policies and ensure safe systems of working and compliance with written procedures.


To ensure the completion and maintenance of appropriate documentation and records.


To ensure that the output and quality of the service is maintained in relation to short and longer term objectives.


To motivate and maintain staff relationships and morale.


Undertake and successfully complete the regional Vocational Training Programme within the defined time period, if required.


To participate in shift working, bank holidays, weekend working and extended working hours in accordance with relevant rotas.


To participate in pharmacy on-call Rota and able to make arrangements to respond to calls within the designated time period of 45 minutes for the Western, Southern, Northern and South Eastern Trust posts and 30 minutes for post in the Belfast Trust.



General Requirements


The post holder will be required to:


Ensure the Trust’s policy on equality of opportunity is promoted through his/her own actions and those of any staff for whom he/she has responsibility.


Co-operate fully with the implementation of the Trust's Health and Safety arrangements, reporting any accidents/incidents/equipment defects to his/her manager, and maintaining a clean, uncluttered and safe environment for patients/clients, members of the public and staff.


Adhere at all times to all Trust policies/codes of conduct, including for example:

Smoke Free policyIT Security Policy and Code of Conductstandards of attendance, appearance and behavior


Comply fully with the Trust’s policy and procedures regarding records management, as well as the Data Protection Act, accepting legal responsibility for all manual or electronic records held, created or used as part of his/her duties, and ensuring that confidentiality is maintained at all times.


Take responsibility for his/her own ongoing learning and development, including full participation in KSF Development Reviews/appraisals, in order to maximise his/her potential and continue to meet the demands of the post.


Represent the Trust’s commitment to providing the highest possible standard of service to patients/clients and members of the public, by treating all those with whom he/she comes into contact in the course of work, in a pleasant, courteous and respectful manner.


Understand that this post may evolve over time, and that this Job Description will therefore be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances.  Other duties of a similar nature and appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time.


This Job Description will be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances and is not intended to be rigid and inflexible but should be regarded as providing guidelines within which the individual works.  Other duties of a similar nature and appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time.


It is a standard condition that all Trust staff may be required to serve at any location within the Trust's area, as needs of the service demand.


ESSENTIAL CRITERIA – these are criteria all applicants MUST be able to demonstrate.  Applicants are required to demonstrate on their application form how they meet criteria 1 – 3. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet this criteria. Failure to do so will affect the processing of your application. On this occasion no formal shortlisting will take place and all applicants will be assumed to meet this criteria. If however it is subsequently found that an applicant did not meet the criteria at the closing date for this post their application will be considered invalid and will not be processed further.




M.Pharm in Pharmacy or equivalent.


Membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or eligible for membership.


Hold a full current driving license valid for use in the UK and have access to a car on appointment[1].






Effective communications skills to meet the needs of the post in full.


Ability to work effectively as part of a team


Effective planning & organisational skills with an ability to plan own workload


Ability to work to tight timescales through effective time management.


Demonstrate a commitment to the provision of high quality and safe services with an ability to drive a culture of continuous improvement


DESIRABLE CRITERIA – these will only be used where it is necessary to introduce additional job related criteria to ensure files are manageable.




Experience in the use of Microsoft Office or equivalent



As part of the Recruitment & Selection process it may be necessary for the Trust to carry out an Enhanced Disclosure Check through Access NI before any appointment can be confirmed.






Successful applicants may be required to attend for a Health Assessment


[1] This criterion will be waived in the case of a suitable applicant who has a disability which prohibits them from driving but who is able to organise suitable alternative arrangements in order to meet the requirements of the post in full.