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Clinical Lead Pharmacist

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
Fixed Term - 11 months
37.5 hour s per week
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CORP BL Pharmacy Department, Luton and Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pharmacy Office, Off Calnwood Court, Luton, LU4 0FB
£42,414 to £49,969 pa Inc. HCA
25/11/2018 23:59

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 2018. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission to improve the quality of life of all we serve, 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, Luton and psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond.

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.


Are you an enthusiastic, motivated and committed pharmacist?  If so we would like you to join our mental health pharmacy team.  You must be someone who works well in a small team of pharmacists and Accredited Pharmacy Technicians.  You will also need to have the skills to be able to work within the wider Multi-disciplinary Team of nurses and doctors and other allied healthcare professionals and managers. You will want to develop and improve the reliability and quality of our clinical pharmacy service. You will need to have specific experience working with pharmacy teams and patients within the mental health setting. You will want to reach targets set by the Trust and by the pharmacy service.  You must be self- motivated and able to motivate others.

Our dynamic and creative Trust pharmacy team provides pharmacy services to a wide range of community and inpatient service users in Luton and Bedfordshire, City and Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.. This includes children and young people to adults of working age, older adults, and forensic patients.  We provide a broad range of clinical pharmacy services to our inpatient wards and are supported by trained medicines management technicians.

You will lead on the provision of pharmacy services to Luton mental Health services and at times in Bedford mental health services. You will also provide support to the medicines management technicians and pharmacists, provide operational support where required, provide a clinical pharmacy service to inpatient wards and work with the multidisciplinary team to ensure the delivery of a safe and effective service to mental health patients in Luton.  You will have a particular role in implementing and monitoring the clinical pharmacy standards and working closely with the Lead Pharmacist to identify service gaps.  You will be responsible for areas of service and line management of pharmacists and technicians.  You will also be involved in working with the other lead pharmacists in undertaking and developing audits and projects to evaluate and improve services alongside pharmacy and trust priorities and objectives.

The post holder must be able to show compassion and respect for people with mental health problems and be driven to improve their care through medicines management.  Travel throughout the county on a regular basis and to London for meetings will be required. 

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For more information, please contact Natasha Patel, telephone 07940 466 861 or email

If you have problems applying, contact

01234 310 545