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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Emergency Care posted by Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Full Time

Job Description

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust employs nearly 5,000 staff and provides a comprehensive range of acute and community based services from four sites in and around Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree.

The Trust enjoys a strong clinical reputation and provides a wide range of services including A&E, emergency medicine and surgery, elective surgery in most specialties, and maternity and paediatric services. It also hosts regional plastics, head and neck and upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) surgical services and a supra-regional burns service to a population of 9.8 million.


Would you like to work across an emergency floor where every day is different?

Would you like to be part of a small, friendly, well respected team with opportunities to develop the service?

Would you like zero on call commitment?

Would you like extra days off in the week?

Would you like the opportunity to undertake the independent prescribing qualification?

Due to internal promotion, we have an exciting opportunity for an innovative clinical pharmacist wishing to develop their clinical knowledge in our relatively new emergency floor team.

The successful applicant will contribute to the 7 day clinical pharmacy service to the Emergency Village (encompassing the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care Unit, Acute Medical Unit, Emergency Short Stay, and Frailty Assessment Unit) at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, which will involve working 1 in 4 weekends and shifts falling between 8am and 630pm. This service has been running for just over a year and continues to evolve according to the needs of the service and the resources available. As a result, there will be scope to shape the service to maximise benefits for patients and staff alike.

Your role will involve providing expert pharmaceutical knowledge and advice to the staff working in the Emergency Village. This will include working as part of an MDT, helping to improve patient care through effective medicines reconciliation and medicines optimisation. The role will also include working alongside the Lead Clinical Pharmacists in Emergency Care to ensure protocols and guidelines are in line with local and national objectives to maximise cost-effective and safe prescribing.

You will need to have previous experience of working in an acute hospital ward environment and you will have excellent communication and negotiating skills, working closely with patients and multidisciplinary teams throughout the Emergency Village. You will be able to work under pressure and alone with excellent prioritisation skills.

You will ideally be (or working towards being) a qualified independent prescriber having completed the first year of a clinical diploma in pharmacy practice. Pharmacists are encouraged to train as prescribers in order to minimise delays in the medicines reconciliation process.

In return for your hard work and commitment we will give you the opportunity to develop your skills as a clinical practitioner in a friendly structured environment supported by an excellent team.

The pharmacy department at Broomfield Hospital is a professional, forward thinking department, which gives all staff the opportunity to develop to their full potential.  We have strong links with nearby universities and actively encourage all pharmacy staff to continue to develop professionally throughout their career.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is based in the heart of Essex and provides core district general hospital services to a catchment population of 360,000. We employ over 3,800 staff and provide services from six sites in and around Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree.

We enjoy a strong clinical reputation and provide a wide range of services including A&E, emergency medicine and surgery, elective surgery in most specialties and maternity and paediatric services. We are the regional centre for head and neck and upper GI cancer. We are home to the internationally renowned St Andrews regional plastic surgery service covering a population of 3.2 million and a supra regional burns service serving a population of 9.8 million.

MEHT contracts are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period.

All Registered Nurse/Midwife/Theatre Practitioner or ODP you will be required to take a Drug Calculation Test. (please note 100% pass mark required)

All HCA/HCSW/MCA will be required to take a Literacy and Numeracy test (80% pass required) as part of the pre employment process.

This vacancy is open to all applicants, although priority will be given to existing NHS at Risk employees working in Essex who meet the essential criteria.

In order to streamline recruitment within our Trust some of our vacancies may expire prior to the advertised closing date. This is in line with the Department of Health's policy. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and as all communication will be done online, please give e-mail addresses for referees.

We are an equal opportunity employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. Applicants who consider they have a disability will be shortlisted for interview if they meet the essential criteria. We also operate strict screening procedures for posts with access to vulnerable adults and children.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust is also a MINDFUL EMPLOYER®. Please be advised that if the post you are applying for requires any level of Professional Qualification (e.g. A-Levels, Degree etc) or Professional Registration (e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Medical Council etc) you will be required to bring evidence of this qualification or registration with you to interview. Failure to do so may result in your application being withdrawn.

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