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Job summary

Main area
Pharmacy
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Plus weekends and on back up on call)
Job ref
289-CSS-789-A
Employer
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
West Middlesex NHS Foundation Trust
Town
Isleworth
Salary
£52,093 - £58,186 per annum- incl. HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
29/05/2022 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy ICU band 8a pharmacist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

About our Trust


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East. 

We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children’s, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We’re one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We’re also one of the top trusts to work for – our staff say they’re engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

In 2020, The Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as ‘Outstanding’ in the well-led and use of resources domains and ‘Good’ in the safe, effective, caring and responsive domains. The Trust as a whole was ‘Good’, but the Chelsea site was ‘Outstanding’.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around £10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending c. £25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children’s unit at West Middlesex – in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

 

Applications are welcomed from applicants who wish to apply for the position on the basis of a smarter or flexible working arrangement. Where candidates are successful at interview, such requests will be taken under consideration and accommodated where the needs of the service allow. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you.

 

About the role


 

Job overview

We require a capable, innovative and enthusiastic pharmacist to join our clinical team and be the pharmacy specialist for ICU at the West Middlesex site.

You are required to have recent hospital experience as a clinical pharmacist practitioner, demonstrating appropriate levels of competency e.g. able to show consistent achievement in all areas outlined in the Advanced Level Competency Framework (Delivery of Patient Care, Problem Solving and Personal).  You are expected to be familiar in the clinical screening, maintenance and trouble shooting of clinical trials from a pharmacy perspective.

All posts will undertake clinical audit, financial management, deputise or provide cover for the relevant Lead Directorate pharmacist and provide pharmaceutical care of patients within critical care.

 

You will be a good team player with a keen interest in patient focused care, have the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines. 

 

You will participate in multidisciplinary ward rounds on the Intensive Care and be an integral member of the team contributing to service development and clinical governance.

 

For further information, please contact Theo Leka (Lead Divisional Pharmacist Planned Care, West Middlesex site) on e-mail t.leka@nhs.net or Chris Chung (Lead Directorate Pharmacist Imaging and Anaesthetics, Chelsea and Westminster site) email christine.chung@nhs.net on 0203 315 8000 bleep 0545.

Main duties of the job

  1. Provide a specialist clinical service to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients ensuring safe, effective, legal and accurate use of medicines.
  2. Participate in the day to day directorate service and deputise for the Lead Pharmacist I&A on ICU as required.
  3. Support the Lead Pharmacist Surgery and supervise less experienced pharmacists in both directorates.
  4. Actively contribute to improvement initiatives aimed at optimising medicines use in line with the Trust’s key priorities.

Working for our organisation

We  provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East. 

We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children’s, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We’re one of the safest and best performing Trusts in the country. We’re also one of the top trusts to work for – our staff say they’re engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

In 2020 Trust was rated by the Care Quality Commission as Outstanding in the well-led and use of resources domains and Good in the safe, effective, caring, and responsive domains.  The Trust as a whole was Good, but the Chelsea site was Outstanding.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around £10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending £25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children’s unit at West Middlesex – in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. Clinical Practice
  • Provide clinical pharmacy services to patients admitted to the Adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in accordance with the department’s procedures and priorities. This will include cross site working with West Middlesex hospital on occasion as requested by the Lead Pharmacist for I&A.
  • Review prescriptions for accuracy and legality and identify actual or potential problems.
  • Ensure the effective and uninterrupted supply of medicines for use in ICU
  • Take steps to ensure the effective outcomes for patients through treatment with medicines.
  • Monitor patients for potential and actual adverse effects of their medicines.
  • Ensure patients understand the purpose of their medicines and deal with any practical issues that may prevent the optimal use of their medicines.
  • Demonstrate professional accountability to patients.
  • Identify and prioritise clinical pharmacy services to the ICU in collaboration with the senior pharmacy team.
  • Make appropriate referrals where necessary; ensure the clear and effective communication of patients’ pharmaceutical needs to other pharmacists and health care professionals both within the trust and in other health care environments.
  • Demonstrate and apply general pharmaceutical knowledge, and where applicable, specialist clinical pharmacy knowledge in core areas in order to plan, manage, monitor and review therapeutic programmes for patients allocated, thereby ensuring the quality of patient care.
  • Demonstrate appropriate clinical reasoning and judgement.
  • Work across traditional boundaries, including pharmacist prescribing.
  • Establish processes for the setting of standards of care; identify and manage changes that need to occur to achieve these and then manage the risks involved.
  • Manage and appraise trainee pharmacists, diploma and MSc students, and rotational pharmacists on ICU.
  • Identify changes that may impact on the drugs budget, including new prescribing practices.
  • Provide advice on the cost effective use of medicines in ICU.
  • Review drug related incidents that occur within the ICU and implement actions to reduce re-occurrence.
  • Support the maintenance and development of the Medicines Management Initiatives including use of patients own medicines and self-medication.
  • Proactively provide advice and information on any pharmaceutical issues within the directorate to pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals as needed.
  • Deal with queries and complex issues from patients and other hospital staff.
  • Effectively contend with informal / verbal complaints from ward staff or patients in the first instance before appropriate referral to line manager if necessary.
  • Demonstrate awareness and commitment to the Trust’s Clinical Governance Agenda.
  • Support the maintenance and development of Medicines Management Initiatives including use of patients own medicines and self-medication.

 

  1. Leadership
  • Act as a role model for all pharmacy technicians, junior and trainee pharmacists.
  • Identify and promote best (evidence based) practice with the aim of improving patient experience and outcomes.
  • Ensure the delivery of the Trust clinical governance agenda in relation to medicines.
  • Motivate and inspire others (within pharmacy and throughout the Trust) to improve care and create a pleasant working environment.
  • Demonstrate innovation and improvement within the field of pharmacy practice.
  • Work collaboratively with healthcare staff, managers, academics, improvers and patients to deliver the service development agenda for medicine in accordance with agreed objectives.
  • Contribute to the development of clinical pharmacy services to the ICU in line with local and national objectives
  • Contribute to pharmacy research initiatives being undertaken within the pharmacy department and the directorate.
  • Represent Pharmacy at appropriate multidisciplinary and divisional meetings.

 

  1. Management of Service
  • Ensure national and local agendas are delivered.
  • Follow and conform to relevant standards of care including all infection prevention and control measures in place in the Trust.
  • Identify and manage risks in relation to medicines use according to policy/protocol.
  • Delegate duties / responsibilities appropriately to junior staff.
  • Evaluate the performance of junior staff against identified criteria using departmental/Trust performance review tools and General Level Competence Framework.
  • Provide evaluated pharmaceutical and financial information in accordance with the needs of the directorate.
  • Deputise for lead directorate pharmacists when appropriate in their absence.
  • Cover other clinical areas particularly including those requiring full PPE and fit mask testing in times of emergency.

 

  1. Evaluation of Service
  • Document the workload and quality of pharmacy services in line with departmental and corporate objectives.
  • Evaluate the quality of pharmacy services to ensure they are recognised as leading the field in line with corporate objectives and ensure that departmental standards are met.
  • Undertake clinical audits/ assessments / evaluations of services, patient care and new products on ICU as required.
  • Implement any changes in practice identified from audit to improve pharmacy services to support and improve patient care.

 

  1. Research and Service development
  • Demonstrate a critical approach towards pharmacy practice in ICU.
  • Undertake own practice research and disseminate findings.
  • Integrate research evidence into practice.
  • Develop clinical pathways within speciality area.
  • Actively seek to improve the ward and clinical services provided using Quality Improvement Methodology.
  • Assist with the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

 

  1. Education and Training
  • Participate in the training and supervision of junior and trainee pharmacists in providing and improving the clinical pharmacy service to all patients.
  • Identify training needs of junior staff in order to undertake their required roles.
  • Develop strategies to meet the training needs of staff.
  • Provide education and training to pharmacy and other staff.
  • Evaluate the training provided.
  • Participate in the clinical training of staff rotating to ICU
  • Identify own training needs and maintain a portfolio of practice.
  • Participate in the Departmental Education and Training Programme and ensure that a written record of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is maintained as part of a commitment to continuing education and the concept of lifelong learning.
  • Participate in in-service clinical pharmacy teaching and multi-disciplinary teaching as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in the development of current and future pharmacy workforce
  • Act as a GPhC trainee pharmacist Practice Supervisor/ Educational Supervisor (depending on experience) as appropriate to the post.

 

  1. Other Duties
  • Maintain a broad level of pharmacy practice through ensuring a sound base of pharmaceutical knowledge.
  • Ensure all communication, which may be complex, contentious or sensitive, is undertaken in a responsive and inclusive manner, focusing on improvement and ways to move forward.
  • Ensure all communication is presented appropriately to the different recipients, according to levels of understanding, type of communication being imparted and possible barriers such as language, culture, understanding or physical or mental health conditions.
  • Be aware of, and apply, relevant legislation such as the H & SAWA, COSHH, Medicines Act, GMP etc.
  • At all times practice in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
  • Follow legal, ethical, professional and employers’ codes of conduct.
  • Any other duties as reasonably required by the Chief Pharmacist.

 

 

This job description may be subject to change according to the varying needs of the service. Such changes will be made after discussion between the post holder and his/her manager.

 

All duties must be carried out under supervision or within Trust policy and procedure. You must never undertake any duties that are outside your area of skill or knowledge level. If you are unsure you must seek clarification from a more senior member of staff.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Vocational Master's Degree in Pharmacy
  • Registered as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Diploma in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent training/experience
Desirable criteria
  • Independent Prescriber
  • UKCPA membership

Experience, skills and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Relevant post registration and ward pharmacy experience including medicine and surgery specialist areas
  • Experience as a specialist clinical pharmacist in ICU
  • Supervision of pharmacy staff in training
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Able to present complex and potentially sensitive information
  • Problem solving and risk assessment abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to motivate self and other and to work independently on designated tasks
  • Expert clinical knowledge in critical care medicines
  • Advanced level of clinical reasoning and judgement
  • Ability to identify and prioritise clinical work to meet set targets
Desirable criteria
  • Direct line management of pharmacists or technicians
  • Support in Education & Training of hospital staff outside of pharmacy
  • Integrate research evidence into practice
  • Understanding of national and local priorities
  • Evaluate quality of own work and identify training needs

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Enthusiasm for the position and a mature and positive approach
  • Methodological, attention to detail
  • Lead by example
  • Empathetic
  • Demonstrate Trust values
  • Reliable team worker able to relate to all grades of staff
  • Ability to cope within a busy environment

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDWe are a Living Wage EmployerArmed Forces CovenantHealthy Workplace - Commitment 2018Apprenticeships logoTimewise helps businesses to attract and develop the best talent through flexible working.No smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Step into healthArmed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Chris Chung
Job title
Lead Directorate Pharmacist Imaging & Anaesthetics
Email address
christine.chung@nhs.net
Telephone number
0203 315 4326
Additional information

Theo Leka,  Lead Pharmacist Planned Care West Middlesex site, t.leka@nhs.net

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