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Our Values

  •  W e are KIND
  •  We are OPEN
  •  We pursue EXCELLENCE
  • We are looking for applications from people who share our values to help make us a valued and trusted partner within our care system, that delivers safe effective care to our local population

    People for Patients. Our People, our Patients, our Priority

    Job overview

    Following a promotion, we are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Lead Electronic Prescribing & Medicines Administration (EPMA) Pharmacist. The successful candidate will continue to maintain and develop our in house developed EPMA system which is established across all inpatient beds across all Trust sites and support future roll out to paediatrics, the Emergency Department and Outpatients.

    This post has a specialist clinical commitment to the Stroke service, contributing directly to the pharmaceutical care of in-patients within a busy general teaching hospital setting and you will lead development of the clinical pharmacy service to this speciality.

    We are searching for an experienced, ambitious Pharmacist who has an interest in technology and patient safety and enjoys working collaboratively. Supported closely by an experienced pharmacy EPMA team, you will be responsible for overseeing the strategic delivery and management of EPMA for the Trust, ensuring that excellent patient care and medication safety is at the forefront of all EPMA decision making.

    Main duties of the job

    You must possess excellent communication skills, have strong clinical skills and must demonstrate competence in technology and project management. We welcome interest from hospital pharmacists from all backgrounds but you must hold a postgraduate qualification in clinical pharmacy to Diploma level. If you are not an independent prescriber, there may be a funded opportunity to work towards obtaining an NMP qualification depending on departmental priorities.

    This post will be based at the York Hospital site but you will work alongside the senior pharmacists and clinicians at all our sites to support implementation of a cohesive pharmacy service to the Stroke speciality and the alignment of EPMA.

    Core service hours are Monday to Friday 8:45am until 5:15pm and we welcome applications from those looking for more flexible working patterns. The post includes participation in the weekend, bank holiday and on-call rota (currently roughly 1 in 35)

    The Pharmacy department offers many opportunities for career progression, including postgraduate study, research and audit. The Trust actively promotes agile and flexible working policies with the potential for some home working.

    Working for our organisation

    York & Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute hospital, community and specialist healthcare services for approximately 800,000 people living in and around York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale – an area covering 3,400 square miles, and which includes Scarborough and Bridlington.

    Our mission is to be a valued and trusted partner within our care system, delivering safe effective care to the population we serve.

    We’re situated in a fantastic part of the country: home to two national parks, a beautiful coastline, and the city of York, which is consistently voted one of the best to live in the UK.

    It’s our privilege to be the largest provider of healthcare in the region and we are incredibly proud of our 8,500 staff, working across 9 hospital sites, supporting safe, high quality patient-centred care on a day-to-day basis.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    For more information please see the job description attached

    Armed Forces Friendly Employer

    We are holders of the Gold Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is helping actively promote SaBRE – Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers. This means that York Teaching Hospital has provided its statement of intent to support all Defence personnel and we welcome their application to work for us.

    Disability Confident and Mindful Employer

    The Trust is committed to meeting the needs of employees and applicants with a disability or mental health condition. Our support for these schemes includes encouraging applications from people who are disabled or have a mental health condition, offering adjustments to make our application process accessible.

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Degree in pharmacy (masters or equivalent)
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Continuous Professional Development to meet the requirements of the GPhC
  • Postgraduate qualification in pharmacy at least to Diploma/MSc level, relevant to post or equivalent experience
  • Desirable criteria

  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society or professional group
  • Management training
  • Non-Medical Prescribing qualification
  • Experience

    Essential criteria

  • Broad post registration experience at least part of which must be of hospital pharmacy A length of experience sufficient to gain the competencies required for the post
  • Knowledge of Medicines & Pharmacy Legislation, professional ethics, Health & Safety and the wider Health Service
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance, Medicines Optimisation, Patient Safety, Risk Management, NICE guidance, Shared Care Guidelines, and the development agenda relevant to the post
  • Knowledge of theoretical and practical issues, including professional guidelines and legislation, related to use of medicines and practice of pharmacy in the specialist areas
  • Understanding and practical experience of audit and evidence of service improvement.
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience of managing a team of professional and support staff
  • Skills

    Essential criteria

  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Able to communicate complex or contentious information to individuals or groups and deal with challenges
  • Able to influence and persuade patients and professionals with respect to safe, economical and effective use of medicines
  • Able to use computer programmes relevant to the post.
  • Able to communicate complex and specialist information appropriately
  • Able to negotiate solutions to problems
  • Able to lead and manage a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong team player
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience of delivering training to other staff groups
  • Aptitude

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to demonstrate motivation for applying for the post in the organisation.
  • Ability to plan, prioritise and reorganise daily, weekly and monthly workload in the face of changing and competing demands on time
  • Aware of own limitations and able to enlist help of others when necessary
  • Flexible to changing demands
  • Proactive
  • Patient focussed
  • Problem solving skills
  • Values

    Essential criteria

  • Ability to demonstrate our organisational values and behaviours: – Kind – Open – Pursue Excellence
  • Please be aware, we are planning for the Covid-19 vaccination to be made mandatory for all patient-facing staff in our organisation from 1st April 2022. This means that if you haven’t already, you will need to have had a first dose of the vaccine by 3rd February 2022 in order to maintain employment in a patient-facing role, (unless you have a medical exemption).

    Applicant requirements

    You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

    Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship . It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found . Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

    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

    Further details / informal visits contact

    NameKate NixonJob titleDeputy Chief PharmacistEmail addressTelephone number01904 721954

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