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Job reference: 151618
Salary: Band 7 (£46,244 - £53,789)
Job closing date: 16/06/2023
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Location: Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Job posted date: 02/06/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Forth Valley
Department: Pharmacy Services

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NHS Forth Valley Mental Health Specialties Pharmacy Team has job opportunities for dedicated clinical practitioners to join the team providing care for people within the Mental Health and Learning Disability directorate.

The mental health specialties pharmacy team supports both inpatient and community services across the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire & Stirling Health and Social Care Partnerships. Forth Valley Royal Hospital is a modern facility with access to Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (HEPMA), electronic patient records, digital community prescribing databases and automation. The pharmacy team are highly respected and valued within the directorate and work in partnership with a range of health, social care and third sector agencies across Forth Valley ensuring an integrated approach to the provision of patient focused care.

These posts provide exciting opportunities for pharmacists, motivated to provide excellent pharmaceutical care and contribute to the safe and cost effective prescribing of medicines to patients with mental health conditions. Due to the changes within the team, postholders will be involved in the consultation and agreement of the portfolio of each post. Our team welcome applications from pharmacists who have experience in any sector who have a desire to work in this field and who can demonstrate values of teamwork, person-centred care and ambition. You will have excellent communication skills and experience of improving quality and supporting medicines governance activities, at an appropriate level for the post to which you are applying.

One of the key Mental Health directorate objectives is for all parts of the service to become accredited for providing excellent care according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement Accreditation Standards. In support of this the pharmacy team has been recognised for their contribution to the general adult psychiatry inpatient wards gaining accreditation this year.

This welcoming and dynamic pharmacy team is committed to the provision of high quality pharmaceutical care for people experiencing enduring mental health and substance problems.  The clinical pharmacy technicians have an advanced role in supporting the community supply of clozapine and medication assisted treatment. Our clinical pharmacists are expanding their role in case load management in the outpatient setting across mental health specialties.

Our Pharmacy Leadership Team are also committed to advancing pharmacy professional roles and candidates will have relevant post-graduate qualifications, be an independent prescriber (or be supported to achieve this if successfully appointed to the clinical pharmacist post). We want to offer an excellent training experience for undergraduate and post registration pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and expect all team members to contribute and benefit from this. All pharmacy staff contribute to non-core service delivery including public holiday and weekends on a rota basis; the clinical pharmacist post is also part of the on call rota. Flexible working is supported where possible.

Forth Valley offers an unrivalled quality of life in an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Scotland’s major cities Glasgow and Edinburgh are within one hour’s travel via the road or rail network.

The Pharmacy Team are welcoming and sociable with a Friday cake club, nights out and a book club. Recently awarded a grant from the NHS Charities Fund, a schedule of outdoor fitness and indoor yoga classes were arranged for Pharmacy staff to support our wellbeing and foster teambuilding.

For further information or an informal discussion regarding the above posts please contact Sean McKenna, Lynn Cairns or Roddy Duncan, Senior Clinical Pharmacists or call 01324 567616. Alternatively, contact Fiona McIntyre, Associate Director of Pharmacy, Acute and Specialist Services or call 01324 566715 to make an appointment.

The duties of this post require the successful candidate to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.  More information on this scheme can be found at

Provisional Interview date: w/c 3rd July 2023

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail, therefore please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders) and also your Jobtrain account for updates.

NHS Forth Valley is positive about disabled people and is committed to offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.  Please contact the Recruitment Office on 0330 041 4694 if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you with your application and/or interview.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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