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Band 6 to 7 Progression Rotational Pharmacist

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital
£31,365 - £44,503 PA (£44,503 when becomes a band 7)
Salary period
29/11/2020 23:59
Interview date

Join us at this very exciting time as Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals have just merged into the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

We have ambitious plans to develop our sites, making even better use of our combined resources to serve our population most effectively.

You will now be one of the first new employees of University Hospitals Dorset and you will be taking up the many opportunities that Dorset has to offer in the way of a rewarding work life balance.

We are located within an area of amazing beauty which includes opportunities to drive, walk,  run, swim or cycle in the New Forest , in the Purbecks, along miles of golden beaches and the Jurassic coastline.   Bournemouth is a vibrant university town with a wide selection of restaurants and cafes; theatres, cinemas and sporting activities and Poole attracts many visitors, has a large natural harbour and is perfect for water sports or relaxing at a quayside restaurant. 

Transport links are excellent with Bournemouth International airport, Cross-channel ferry terminals at Poole and direct train access to London. 

Please note all staff being recruited are expected to be available to work flexibly across our new Trust sites when service demands require it.

Are you looking to advance your career as a hospital pharmacist? Then take a look at our exciting band 6 to 7 career pathway.

The Band 6 to 7 pathway

Our Band 6 to 7 pathway is aimed at pharmacists currently working at a band 6 level with at least 12 months hospital experience who feel they are ready to progress to working at a more advanced level.  They should be registered with a higher education institute undertaking the clinical certificate (or equivalent postgraduate studies). 

The position will start working at a band 6 level and will progress to a band 7 level by achieving specific competencies, with training and support from the department throughout.  By working through the pathway pharmacists will be able to work at an advanced level clinically on the wards, participate on ward rounds and be fully integrated into the multidisciplinary team.  Management experience will be developed through projects such as writing clinical guidelines, formulary reviews, audits and change management.  Clinical skills will be used to train junior members of staff, and to work with pharmacy procurement to manage shortages and recommend alternatives.

Those on the pathway will join our established band 7 rotations and will undertake rotations in:

  • Medicine (including respiratory, endocrinology and gastroenterology)
  • Care of the Elderly and Stroke
  • Cancer and Aseptic Preparation
  • Medicines Optimisation and Procurement

Additional rotation and experiences may be added subject to review including Cardiology, Intensive Care, Medicines Information, Surgery, Nutrition, Admissions and Palliative Care.

The pharmacy services are well regarded in the Trusts and recognised as a key element to any clinical development. The Pharmacy team is forward thinking; we embrace change and are constantly looking for ways to improve the service. We understand the importance of good team working and have strong links with other professions. The patient is at the centre of all that we do and our strategy is to provide a pharmacy service that has medicines optimisation at its heart. EPMA (Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration) has been implemented at Poole Hospital and will follow soon at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital improving the way that we work.

This is an exciting time for us following the Dorset Clinical Services Review. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital will develop into the major emergency hospital and Poole Hospital will become the major planned hospital for Dorset. The two Trusts are planning for merger in the autumn of 2020 to become the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust. So there will be a single pharmacy team and this will enable rotations across both sites covering more specialties.

Please search for our Pharmacy video on Youtube to learn more about us;

Pharmacy recruitment RBCH January 2020

Why join us?

Our staff say; “We have a very friendly, welcoming and supportive workforce that helps each other even when we are up against it”, “The job is rewarding. I know my work makes a difference to patient care” and “Feel a sense of community – like everyone is looking out for you”.

The Health & Wellbeing of staff is high on the Trust’s agenda and there is plenty of support. The NHS provides a good pension and annual leave and bank holiday allowance.

Dorset is a superb area to live. We have access to beautiful areas such as the New Forest and the Purbecks as well as our miles of golden beaches. Bournemouth has two universities and is a vibrant town with plenty of options for entertainment. Transport links are excellent with Bournemouth airport, ferry terminals at Poole and direct train access to London.

Applicants must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

This role requires one late finish per week (closing at 5.30pm), weekend shifts 1 in 5 (either Saturday or Sunday) and approximately one Bank Holiday shift per year.

This role includes on-call duties, the roster is 1 week in 9.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have now merged into the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust.

Interview Date: 7th December 2020

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

Lucy Sale
Job title
Lead Pharmacist Education and Training
Email address
Telephone number
0300 019 4103