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Band 8a Medicines Information Pharmacist

Band 8a

Main area
Medicines Information Pharmacist; Mental Health Pharmacist
Band 8a
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Weekends, BHs and on-call)
Job ref
Pharmacy hub - flexible in BSW
£47,126 - £53,219
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

An excellent opportunity for an experienced pharmacist with a passion for providing medicines information and advising NHS clinicians about medicines optimisation has arisen at AWP Mental Health Trust. This brand new role will primarily support mental health clinicians, GPs and pharmacists working in primary care in the BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG area. You will provide advice and expertise on the pharmacological management of a range of mental health conditions, alongside developing guidelines and training staff.  The successful candidate will be involved in the set up of this new service, working closely with both the AWP senior pharmacy team, and the wider CCG and PCN teams.

AWP will support candidates who do not fully meet the essential education criteria of the role to access the training they need in order to do so. We can also provide development opportunities for candidates to be able to advance their careers within AWP and the NHS, e.g. leadership courses and 
non-medical prescribing.

The role will be based at our Calne Pharmacy hub; however, some flexibility in day to day location is possible within the BSW geography. Travel to other AWP locations and primary care sites may be required for meetings and training.  There will be a clinical pharmacy commitment proportionate to the role.

Main duties of the job

  1. Lead and develop the provision of medicines information advice and support to service users and healthcare professionals calling from within AWP.
  2. Provide mental health specific medicines information advice and support to secondary care clinical pharmacists from across BSW; CCG Prescribing Advisers; primary healthcare professionals including GPs, pharmacists, dentists and consultants.
  3. Use specialist skills to search, identify, retrieve and appraise clinical information to be used for the management of an individual patient or group of patients.
  4. Arrange medicines information training for clinical pharmacy staff (pharmacists and pharmacy technicians) in AWP.
  5. Develop reports, guidelines and standard operating procedures as required and relevant to the medicines information service.

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for details about the main responsibilities of the post.  

The AWP pharmacy service supplies medicines and provides clinical support to wards and teams across our core catchment area. We have two dispensaries: We have two dispensaries: one in Calne (Wiltshire) and one at Callington Road Hospital (Bristol). As well as managing the medicines supply chain in the trust, we support the safe and effective use of medicines throughout the organisation through our clinical work, enquiry answering, medicines governance activity and many other roles. The team are friendly, dynamic and evolving, with aspirations to improve patient care across the AWP geography.

We operate a weekend and bank holiday pharmacy service from both dispensaries. This is approximately 1 in 10.

To support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) representation in senior health and care roles, AWP is developing a positive action plan to ensure the widest and most diverse field of talent; so we are particularly keen to receive applications from people with a BAME background.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Masters or equivalent degree in pharmacy, approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC)
  • Current GPhC registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate diploma/certificate in clinical pharmacy or equivalent
  • Completion of the National Medicines Information Training Course, or willingness to complete within a year of post
  • Evidence of CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate qualification in mental health pharmacy


Essential criteria
  • Significant UK hospital pharmacy experience, including providing clinical pharmacy services
  • Medicines information experience
  • Working knowledge of primary literature databases e.g. Medline
  • Working knowledge of the use of IT in relation to medicines information services (e.g. MiDatabank)
  • Experience developing and delivering project work with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience of writing procedures, guidelines and reports
  • Working knowledge of NHS organisational and strategic developments
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical pharmacy experience in mental health or similar related specialty
  • Providing medicines information to primary care professionals
  • Education and training of others


Essential criteria
  • Multidisciplinary working
  • Professional manner
  • Adaptable
  • Car driver with valid UK license or otherwise independently mobile

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to communicate effectively with individuals from all agencies and at all levels including service users, carers, and the public
  • Excellent medicines information skills
  • Good attention to detail and ability to work accurately when under pressure
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure
  • Excellent prioritisation and organisational skills
  • Assertive and robust in debate
  • Team player with good leadership skills
  • Critical appraisal, evaluation and analytical skills
  • Good communication skills, both written and oral
  • Flexible attitude to service provision and an enthusiasm for innovation and change
  • Computer literate
Desirable criteria
  • Specialised knowledge of mental health treatment options
  • Advanced computer skills
  • Experience of HR and management skills
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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

Alexandra Lumley-Jones
Job title
Deputy Chief Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
07562 903058
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