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Rotational Clinical Pharmacist

Band 7

Main area
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£38,890 - £44,503 pa
Salary period
22/04/2021 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a flexible and dynamic band 7 rotational clinical pharmacist to join the team at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS). You will have the opportunity for development as you rotate through the available rotations.

 This role will involve working 1 in 5 late nights until 7pm, and 1 in 6 weekend days. All staff are required to contribute to extended hours, weekends and bank holidays as part of core hourse. This includes general dispensary duties such as dispensing prescriptions and clinical pharmacy duties.

We have positions available on both a permanent basis, and a fixed-term basis for 6-12 months.

Main duties of the job


You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached. 

Working for our organisation


 As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 


We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


 To provide a clinical pharmacy service to the area that you have been assigned, with the opportunity to specialise and develop the service to your chosen speciality.

  1. To support the Senior Care Group Pharmacist in the provision of a specialist pharmacy service.
  2. There will be opportunities to undertake project work
  3. As a band 7 you will have the opportunity to supervise, teach and mentor the rotational band 6 and pre-registration pharmacists within each care group.
  4. The 9 month rotations available are:


During your time with Medicine and elderly care you will be welcomed into the team and given the opportunity to work in one of the following specialities; respiratory, gastro/hep, elderly care or AMU. Your responsibilities will vary depending on which area you are assigned but will include supporting ward rounds and attending multidisciplinary team meetings. 


UHS is a tertiary referral centre for neurology and provides dedicated services to neurology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology and neurosurgery. 


You will be expected to provide ward cover to a specific surgical area, (e.g. maxillo-facial, lower/upper Gastrointestinal).  You will be given the opportunity to attend the morning ward round, attend a microbiology multidisciplinary ward round, undertake and audit and perhaps contribute to writing guidelines.  You will be expected to provide some support to the pre-registration pharmacists. There will also be the opportunity to get involved with formulary applications and other budgetary matters.

Critical Care

You will spend time working with the consultant pharmacist and attending ward rounds.  You will spend time on the General, Cardiac and Neuro intensive care units and working alongside the team of pharmacists there. 

Cardiovascular & Thoracics

Working as part of the cardiovascular and thoracic care group pharmacy team you will gain experience in a variety of areas including cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic and vascular surgery and congenital heart disease. You will also have the opportunity to provide teaching to various health professionals, undertake audit and guideline development


The microbiology rotation at UHS offers the opportunity to work closely with two consultant pharmacists with a national reputation, as well as our experienced teacher practitioner. The rotation includes one-to-one training with infection experts and participation in antibiotic stewardship activities including: microbiology and infectious diseases ward rounds; guideline-writing; teaching; surveillance of prescribing and resistance trends; as well as audit & feedback. Our Band 7 pharmacists typically carry out an audit or research project and present results at a national infection conference during the microbiology rotation.


You will work closely alongside the trauma, elective and orthogeriatric medical teams to provide pharmaceutical care to orthopaedic patients on admission, throughout their stay in hospital and on discharge.  Your role will involve liaising with the medical teams to ensure accurate and appropriate medicines reconciliation and prescribing during admission.  You will work together with the orthopaedic team to proactively prepare discharge prescriptions to enable patient flow from theatre, the emergency department and critical care.


You will have the opportunity to work within a dedicated oncology pharmacy with a team of pharmacists and technicians.  Here you will be involved in all stages of the process from the initial screening of the prescription to checking the final item.  Your role will also involve providing ward cover to one of our specialist oncology wards.

Along with your specialist clinical activities the position will also involve: -

  • Aiding in the implementing the NICE guidance and horizon scanning for new medicines.
  • Attending clinical governance meetings
  • Developing evidence based treatment guidelines in conjunction with primary care and the District Prescribing Committee
  • Undertaking audit and teaching within the multidisciplinary team
  • Developing the clinical skills of junior rotational staff

If you have the enthusiasm and are committed to team working with good communication skills, we can provide additional training and development to support you.  We have a strong commitment to developing pharmacist independent prescribers. Over 50% of the clinical pharmacy team are independent prescribers and we also have three Consultant Pharmacists. A candidate with an interest in becoming an independent prescriber would be an advantage for the future.

As a department we have a strong commitment to continuing professional development and training. The post-holder will have the opportunity to undertake further study (e.g. MSc) in either clinical or management qualifications. You will be supported by an established Medicines Management Service, a team of specialist pharmacists and an experienced lead care group pharmacist in each area.

We are searching for flexible individuals that are welcome to change and are able to fulfil the job description.  If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy
  • GPHC registration
  • Sound knowledge of a surgical or medical speciality acquired through significant experience within a suitable specialty
  • Meets Foundation framework/ GLF competencies (this typically requires a minimum of 2-3 years post registration experience in hospital pharmacy)
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience
  • MRPharmS or equivalent
  • Working towards faculty submission


Essential criteria
  • Audit and evaluative work
  • Sound understanding of healthcare priorities and political agendas
Desirable criteria
  • Training in medicines information
  • Implementing change
  • Preparation of prescribing guidelines

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Good organisational and problem solving skills
  • Teaching and tutoring
  • Negotiation and influencing skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Keyboard skills
  • Able to recommend, substantiate and communicate appropriate therapeutic options for patients
Desirable criteria
  • Critical appraisal

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Assertive and able to inspire confidence
  • Team Player
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to take the initiative

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the job
  • Commitment to CPD, lifelong learning and practice research
Desirable criteria
  • Occasional travel between sites

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Mrs. Riehanh Khan
Job title
Medication Safety & Clinical Services Pharmacist
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