Medicines Safety Officer

Band 8a

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
CORP Corporate Pharmacy Department
£46,897 to £54,983 pa inc HCA
29/05/2018 23:59
Interview date

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed pharmacist to perform the role of Medicines Safety Officer (MSO) for East London NHS Foundation Trust. The ultimate aim of the MSO role is to improve the safety of medicines-use across the organization. As such, it is vital that candidates for this role have experience and skill at interacting with staff and patients in a wide variety of settings; from ward level to board level. Candidates must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and have experience of communicating and sharing learning about medicines safety-related topics. Candidates will be expected to have experience in providing medicines safety-related training in a variety of different contexts; both formal and informal. The MSO is expected to work closely with clinical teams to improve medicines safety, as well as interacting with the national Medicines Safety Officer network and disseminating relevant national clinical alerts. The role will also require independent working, and so candidates should be highly self-motivated and be able to develop their own work plan.

The MSO will be responsible for the quality of organizational medicines safety incident reports that are sent to the National Reporting and Learning System (NRLS). Therefore, candidates should have a rigorous approach to tasks- with excellent attention to detail and accuracy. Candidates must have experience in conducting clinical audit and using data to convey information about medicines safety- strong organizational and analytical skills are essential. Candidates should have a sound understanding of the local and national forums relating to the safety and governance of medicines-use, and must be conversant with the most up-to-date evidence in the field of medicines safety. The successful candidate should also have experience in successfully conducting quality improvement work using recognized change methodologies.  

The post holder must be able to show empathy and respect for people with mental health problems and be passionate about improving the care they receive.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such 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 to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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