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Medicines Safety
Band 8A
Permanent: 37.5hrs WTE posts hours to be worked over 7 days including weekends, additional bank holiday, late night and senior support to on call is required as part of the role
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Required to work evenings, weekends and bank holidays on a rota basis. Required to join the Band 8 RWT Pharmacy On Call back up rota supporting the Band 6/7 On Call service, as required..)
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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Employer type
New Cross Hospital
£48,526 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
05/02/2023 23:59

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The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust logo

Senior pharmacist – Medicine Safety

Band 8A



Job overview

An exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic pharmacist with a passion for improving medicines safety has arisen.

The post holder will support the Principal Pharmacist for Medicines Safety and Governance with the delivery of medication safety quality improvement projects across the Trust as identified by the Medication Safety Group and national publications, participating in a multidisciplinary, patient centred approach.

We require a dynamic pharmacist with excellent communication skills, who is able to work with the multidisciplinary team to deliver service improvement and enhance the care of our patients. 

We are passionate about the training and development of our pharmacists and have recently appointed a principal pharmacist for education and training.  We will provide the opportunity for you to undertake the prescribing course if you are not already a prescriber.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high-profile lead role in the provision and development of medicines safety initiatives to healthcare professionals within the Trust, contracted services and Primary Care, and management of staff working in the service.

To continuously monitor the Trust Datix Reporting system to identify themes and trends within medication incidents. To analyse datix information, seeking and investigating changing trends and making recommendations for practice changes to improve patient care.

To be a member of local committees relevant to medicine use and medication safety, in order to provide relevant and evaluated information on medicines to assist in decision making for the use of medicines in the local health economy.

To support the Principal Pharmacist for Medication Safety and Governance in the delivery of the medication safety agenda within the Trust.

Working for our organisation

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the West Midlands providing primary, acute and community services and we are incredibly proud of the diversity of both our staff and the communities we serve.  We are building a workforce that can help us to fulfil our values, improve quality of care for patients, and solve the health care problems of tomorrow. We’re passionate about the value that diversity of thinking and lived experience brings in enabling us to become a learning organisation and leader in delivering compassionate care for our patients.

We are delighted that we have been rated as “Good” by CQC. We have achieved numerous awards; The Nursing Times Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice and Best UK Employer of the Year for Nursing Staff in 2020.

The Trust is a supportive working environment committed to creating flexible working arrangements that suit your needs and as such will consider all requests from applicants who wish to work flexibly.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the details Job description and person specification for the Specialist Pharmacist – Medicines Safety.

For further information about the post please contact Principal Pharmacist for Medication Safety and Governance, Paula Haydon, 01902 370999 ext: 85757

Please ensure you complete your application form in full providing examples of how you meet each of the criteria listed below. This includes both essential and desirable criteria. 


Person specification

Qualifications and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Masters degree in pharmacy (or equivalent) and registration with GPhC
  • Postgraduate clinical diploma or equivalent qualification
  • Minimum of four years post-registration experience, at least three of these working recently in an acute Trust setting
  • Experience working with incident report systems and incident investigation
Desirable criteria
  • Independent Prescribing Qualification
  • Experience in supervising, training and assessing staff

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to understand the working of an acute Trust and the role of the Pharmacy Directorate within that Trust
  • Commitment to, and evidence of, formal continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Experience of implementing or delivering objectives
  • Ability to demonstrate specialist knowledge of pharmacy in the context of Mi and medicines management
  • Ability to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail
Desirable criteria
  • Working knowledge of primary literature databases and Mi IT
  • Report writing and presentation

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyAge positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - GoodNursing Times Workforce Summit & Awards WinnerStep into healthArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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

Paula Haydon
Job title
Principal Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
01902 307999
Additional information

ext: 85795

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