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Senior Pharmacist – Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (Primary and Secondary Care) - Band 8a

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2 Years Fixed Term
37.5 hours per week
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University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire
£42,414 - £49,969 per annum
24/10/2018 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 

Interviews will likely to commence on the 5th of November 2018 

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and self-motivated pharmacist to join our large and friendly team at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) based in Coventry. We are a large Acute Teaching Hospital of approximately 1300 beds located in a modern hospital which opened in 2006, situated just off the junction of the M6 and M69.

Our large pharmacy department has an innovative approach to pharmaceutical care with a floor based medicines optimisation and management teams and pharmacist led speciality clinics. 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. 

We have 33 theatres across both Coventry and Rugby sites. As a level one major trauma centre we provide 24/7 emergency and trauma surgery and take polytrauma patients from around the region. We perform state of the art Robotic surgery for the previously inoperable, are a regional centre for neurosurgery and specialise in cardiac and renal transplant surgery.

Other specialties include Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Ear Nose and Throat, Maxillo Facial, Urology, Colorectal, Vascular, Ophthalmology, Plastics, Breast.

This is a new innovative role supported through the Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes component of the Pharmacy Integration Fund. NHS England, in line with the Next Steps of the Five Year Forward View is allocating funding to all STPs and Integrated Care Systems (ICS) across England to improve medicines management within care homes and optimise medicines for their individual residents. 

The primary role of these specialist posts is to lead on the management and provision of a comprehensive, high quality clinical pharmacy service to care home patients within the local healthcare system. These are cross sector roles, working within both a secondary and primary care environment, with the care of our patients as the common link.

The post holder will work for UHCW, however the role is supported and funded by NHS England and NHS Coventry and Rugby and NHS Warwickshire North CCG. The CCG already have a well-established care home team and the post holder would work closely with the team.  Although initially advertised as 2 year fixed term posts, the success of the project will help to inform future commissioning decisions around how we support care home patients as a care system. These roles are a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of these evolving clinical roles.

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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If you are invited to attend interview you will be asked to set up an account with the Trac recruitment system in order to confirm your interview time

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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 call Hardeep Singh Bagga - Deputy Director of Pharmacy (UHCW) 02476 966776 or Rosalyne Payne - Care Homes Lead Pharmacist (CCG) 024 7624 6124.


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