Specialist Pharmacist - Band 8A

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37.5 hours per week
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University Hospital Coventry
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum
26/07/2018 23:59

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is located in the West Midlands and is home to one of the largest teaching hospitals in England. Our mission to Care, Achieve and Innovate is demonstrated in our reputation for innovation, teaching and research and high quality patient care. University Hospital in Coventry is one of the most modern healthcare facilities in Western Europe with £200 million of new medical and research equipment and a hospital that is at the forefront of digital imaging and technology.

We provide general acute hospital services to approximately 500,000 people from Coventry and Rugby and specialist hospital services to over one million people from Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond. The Trust has a revenue budget of approximately £473 million, we employ 5,639 staff, manage 1,380 beds and 32 operating theatres.

The Trust is made up of the following hospitals:
University Hospital Coventry 
Hospital of St Cross – Rugby 

UHCW Pharmacy is undergoing significant transformation to prepare us to be a world class leader in healthcare. We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic, innovative, self-motivated Specialist Anticoagulation Pharmacist to join us in achieving this goal. As this is a new post, the successful candidate will play a significant part in designing how the role is delivered.

The post holder will improve patient experience across the Trust, by ensuring the safe use of high-risk anticoagulant medication, including direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), warfarin and heparin both in anticoagulation and for the long-term treatment of thrombosis. Working closely with the Thrombosis and Anticoagulation lead consultant, you will develop and maintain Trust guidelines, and support the haematology specialists by dealing with relevant clinical queries. Your clinical role will also involve targeted inpatient review for patients deemed at high risk/ or located in high risk areas across the Trust.

As the Trust’s anticoagulation champion, you will be confident both in disseminating good practice, and challenging poor practice, since you will take the lead on training and education to medical, nursing and pharmacy staff across the organisation. This Specialist Anticoagulation Pharmacist will see thrombosis patients in a long term review clinic, and also assist with the nurse-led anticoagulation service, seeing more complex patients. Possession of an independent prescribing qualification is preferred, although the ability to learn rapidly and train/ develop as a prescriber will be considered.

The post holder will be a member of the Oncology/ Haematology/ Palliative Care pharmacy team, and therefore will have a commitment in this area of practice.

You will be a registered Pharmacist with substantial hospital clinical pharmacy experience, and possess a keen interest in anticoagulation. You must hold a Clinical Pharmacy Diploma.

We are a large and friendly team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) operating from University Hospital, Coventry and Hospital of St Cross in Rugby. Our large Acute Teaching Hospital has almost 1400 beds and is located in a PFI hospital which opened in 2006, situated just off the junction of the M6 and M69. We are a major trauma centre and tertiary and specialist referral centre for many specialities including Neurosciences and Stroke, Oncology, Haematology, Paediatrics, Cardiothoracic, Renal Medicine and Renal Transplant. We are also a large clinical trials centre with over 140 active trials currently recruited to.

Our large Pharmacy department has an innovative approach to pharmaceutical care with floor based medicines optimisation and management teams that utilise bespoke medicines optimisation software to drive efficiency and clinical excellence. The Trust is currently planning the introduction of a fully integrated EPR system to drive this through the whole organisation and with our partners in primary and social care. We have strong links with the Medical School at Warwick University, the Department of Medicines Management at Keele University and the School of Pharmacy at Aston University.

The interview date is expected to be Thursday 9th August 2018 (tbc).

Recruiting to Values

To ensure that we provide world-class patient care, UHCW recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours Framework and Values Based Recruitment Factsheet which can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

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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 an informal discussion about the department, Trust or this role, please contact:

Mr Stephen Almond – Associate Director of Pharmacy, Cancer, Technical Services and Clinical Trials on 02476 964292, email stephen.almond@uhcw.nhs.uk, or Alex Sweeney – Lead Pharmacist Clinical Services on 02476 966778.

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