Acute Frailty & Elderly Care Lead Pharmacist

Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust
09 Jul 2019
15 Jul 2019
Nursing Field
Job Type

About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as 'Outstanding for Caring' by the CQC - fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work\/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national 'Veteran Aware' scheme and are an ERS Silver accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

About this vacancy

We are looking to appoint a highly motivated, innovated and enthusiastic senior pharmacist to join the BSUH pharmacy team in the role of Acute Frailty\/Elderly Care lead pharmacist.

The post holder will:

Provide an expert level of clinical pharmacy services to acute frailty and elderly care across all sites over seven days at BSUH

Lead specialist clinical pharmacy practice for acute frailty and elderly care and be responsible for the delivery, development, evaluation and co-ordination of clinical pharmacy services in line with the objectives of the division and the BSUH pharmacy strategy.

Take responsible for all aspects of medicines management to optimise patient's care involving the use of medication.

Participate in the education and continual professional development of undergraduates of both medicine and pharmacy and healthcare staff in all aspects of elderly care

Empower patients to make shared decisions regarding their medicines and health, optimize treatment regimens and reduce pill burden in line with deprescribing and medicines optimisation strategies.

Communicate to resolve ambiguities relating to care of the elderly patient's medicines across the primary \/ secondary care interface. Actively works to improve the 'transfer of care' of elderly patients across the interface with the view to reducing medication related readmissions

At Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) pharmacy we believe that for pharmacy services, average is not good enough. We are looking to appoint talented pharmacists who are self-directed, productive team-players able to manage the workload and pressure of this key NHS role. You will be responsible for the delivery of expert patient care to our acute frailty patients. You will also provide support to the divisional lead pharmacist for the development, evaluation and co-ordination of clinical pharmacy services in line with the objectives of the BSUH pharmacy and acute\/specialty medicine division strategy. You will contribute to all aspects of clinical governance, including clinical risk and audit. As a teaching hospital, education and training is an integral component of all roles encompassing practice supervision of undergraduates, pre-registration pharmacists and the line management and educational supervision of band 6 and 7 pharmacists. We encourage inter-professional learning and have been recognised for educational initiatives such as joint teaching activities with Foundation Doctors. Our most recent review by Health Education England of our Pharmacy department education infrastructure concluded that 'our trainees felt both well supported by the senior staff members and that they were very approachable'. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals is the regional teaching hospital, providing general acute services for local patients and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the south east of England. Working as one hospital across two main sites in Brighton and Haywards Heath, we treat over half a million patients a year.

You will be working alongside our highly experienced pharmacists who are well respected within the Trust with many recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise within their specialist areas. The Pharmacy department has established links with the University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia as part of the Brighton-Lusaka Health Link. We have recently been awarded a grant from the Commonwealth Partnerships to champion pharmacists as antibiotic guardians in Zambia.

The Royal Sussex County's location in one of the country's most diverse and vibrant cities and the Princess Royal Hospital in the heart of the South Downs makes Brighton Sussex University Hospital an exciting place to work.

Rapidly improving in terms of overall quality and financial control, this is a Trust which embarked on a transformation programme in 2016 and is now reaping the benefits as our recent CQC report demonstrates.

Brighton Sussex University Hospital is committed to the 'Patient First' vision. This is our long-term approach to transform hospital services for the better, directly supported by the Trust's values and behaviours ~ kindness and understanding, fairness and transparency, working together and excellence.

\"everyone passionate about delivering excellent quality every time\"

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is undergoing an extensive GBP485 million redevelopment and a GBP30 million Emergency Department expansion. Click here for a virtual reality fly-through of our 3Ts redevelopment and here for the most recent drone flyover of the new building.

If you are looking to drive your own career in an environment that supports your development in a captivating part of the UK then BSUH could be the perfect fit for you. Call and have a chat or even better come and see us if convenient.

General information for applicants

Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

We may also use our substantive adverts to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH specification for that role you may be offered a bank post. Please note our Bank hourly rates are outlined on a separate payscale.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU\/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the website searching for Tier 2.

Please apply as early as you're able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our 'Current Vacancies' and apply for the next suitable position.

Further Information

Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.

For further more information, or help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on \/448616 or by email:

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