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Advanced Specialist Pharmacist - Frailty Virtual Ward and Elderly Care

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Russells Hall Hospital
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
31/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you passionate about delivering outstanding clinical pharmacy services for older people? Do you want to help shape and lead expanding frailty services as part of the multi-disciplinary team in Dudley? If so, then we want to hear from you! 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced pharmacist to join our highly respected team of integrated advanced specialist pharmacists & technicians. We are looking for an enthusiastic pharmacist who will provide clinical expertise & leadership, ensuring the delivery of a high quality pharmacy service to care of the elderly wards, including our expanding virtual frailty wards. You will be an integral member of the MDT, promoting medicines optimisation, providing expert advice and facilitating patient flow. The post holder will have excellent communication and strong interpersonal skills, ideally with an independent prescribing qualification/willing to work towards.  

We welcome applications from individuals with a patient-centered attitude, the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively, and who have the motivation to strive for continued improvement. The post provides many opportunities for personal & professional development in clinical, research, strategic and managerial skills. Come join our exceptional clinical pharmacy team where over 75% of pharmacists are already non-medical prescribers! Find out more about our department here Pharmacy Service provides pharmaceutical services for patients (dgftpec.co.uk)

Main duties of the job

  • Provide an expert level of clinical pharmacy services to Care of the Elderly and Frailty wards, including virtual frailty caseloads and ensure clinical provision to any new care pathways developed at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust (DGH).  
  • Lead specialist clinical pharmacy practice for the Older People directorate and be responsible for the delivery, development, review and co-ordination of clinical pharmacy services in line with standards defined by national priorities, divisional objectives and the DGH Pharmacy/Trust Strategy.  
  • Responsible for all aspects of medicines management to optimise patient’s care involving the use of medication and aid in the delivery of the directorate’s key performance indicators 
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary ward rounds, including frailty virtual wards where appropriate, delivering and promoting high quality, cost-effective, patient-focussed pharmaceutical care.  
  • To support medicines optimisation activities within the Care of the Elderly wards and providing support to the wider Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) in this area, when needed. 
  • Development, implementation and audit of local guidelines and promote safe drug use within the specialty. 

Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”.  We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse , disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

 We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake 

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • MPharm or equivalent academic qualification
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience/qualification
  • Independent prescriber and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or willing to work towards after appointment


Essential criteria
  • Experience of delivering clinical pharmacy service and advice relating to the safe use of medicines

Knowledge and Training

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience post registration and postgraduate experience in hospital Pharmacy

Communication & Relationship Skills

Essential criteria
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, both verbal and written to communicate highly complex drug or medicine related information.
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

Analytical & Judgement Skills

Essential criteria
  • IT literacy including the ability to use a range of Microsoft 365 packages, Power Point, email and use of the internet to research evidence-based medicine and to utilise medical databases.

Planning & Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of planning, implementing and monitoring outcomes in research, quality improvement or audit

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Louise McCarthy
Job title
Principal Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
01384 244031
Additional information

Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm