Lead Pharmacist - (Part time 18.75 hours week)

Job Introduction

Lead Pharmacist

Band 8b (Part time) 18.75 hours/week 

Are you looking to join an NHS Health and Social Care partner which is striving to make positive changes? Would you like to work for an organisation where more than 9 out of every ten 10 of the people who use services would recommend them? if yes, our Lancashire services are now looking for a Lead Pharmacist, who will be based in Ormskirk hospital, with flexible working arrangements and will oversee our Adult and Child Community Services. You will be part of the West lancs team and supported by Virgin Care Chief Pharmacist and his Medication optimisation team of lead pharmacists working across the country.

Main Responsibility

As the Lead Pharmacist you will offer support to our adult and children services and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Monitor, analyse, interpret and provide advice on medicines related data, clinical audit, ePACT/Adastra data, NHS alerts and incident reports
  • Advise on cost effective prescribing and more efficient use of resources where appropriate
  • Provide written and verbal reports, accounts and feedback on any work undertaken
  • Support services to fulfil the medicines management requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Ensure that all services are aware of, understand and implement the organisation’s medicines policies
  • Attend and provide input into clinical governance meetings and other medicines related meetings where appropriate to advise and feedback on medicines optimisation requirements
  • Creation, implementation and assurance of use of SOPs relating to medicines related activities
  • Attending key meetings and forums e.g. CD Local Intellince and Medicine Safety Officer networks
  • PGD governance
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • High risk medicines monitoring
  • Management of medicines related incidents, investigations and RCA reports
  • Provision of leadership towards completion of medicines audits and related action plans

The Ideal Candidate

You will need to be a registered pharmacist with GPhC and minimum of 3 years post qualification experience. You will need to have experience of working in a high level position in healthcare governance and a comprehensive understanding of medicines, regulatory compliance and risk. You will also need to have experience of a lead change management role, especially in relation to medicines optimisation improvement initiatives  As part of the role you will also need to have a valid driving licence and access to a car for work purposes.

If you’d like to discuss the role further, please contact Elaine Wilson via email: elaine.wilson@virgincare.co.uk

Package Description

You will receive Agenda For Change Band Terms and Conditions- including an NHS pension and you’ll have access to exclusive rewards and benefits including:

  • Laptop and Mobile enabling fantastic flexible working patterns that can help you lead a perfect work/life balance
  • Annual leave + Bank Holidays
  • MyWellness – a health and lifestyle platform covering mental health awareness and support, healthy recipes & activity challenges and access to our free well-being service available 24/7/365 online and by telephone including; counsellors, post trauma incident support, legal, debt and practical life management helpline, guided self-help, telephonic career coaching and monthly well-being newsletters
  • Virgin Tribe - our staff benefits scheme which grants you access to premier offers and discount off all Virgin products including flights, holidays, gyms and media, along with regular competitions and giveaways.
  • We are pleased to offer access to Wagestream -which lets you track your pay throughout the month and stream your earned wages into your bank account if you need them. No more high-interest loans or overdraft fees - simply get paid as you go.
  • Access to a range of courses and e-learning to develop further skills, bespoke career pathways and opportunities continuing your professional development
  • Innovative forward-thinking culture with the opportunity to put forward your ideas to contribute to the way we work. You will be encouraged to apply for national funding to drive your initiatives locally to benefit our patients and service users
  • Rewarding and supportive teams, you will be recognised and have opportunities to recognise others by nominating for local and national awards annually and taking part in our new virtual “Ask our Executives” event, where you can submit questions to the board and hear updates regularly on company strategy and objectives
  • Working in an environment focused on the highest clinical and quality standards with 100% of our rated services considered overall good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

About the Company

From 11 November 21, as a result of new legislation, anyone over the age of 18 who enters a Care Home as part of their job must have had both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination or hold a valid medical exemption.

As part of our pre-employment process we will therefore ask you to provide:

  •  proof of your vaccination status via the NHS Covid Pass (either electronically or via the PDF)
  • A signed copy of the temporary medical exemption form

Further details about the legislation can be found on the government website.

Virgin Care partner with the NHS and local authorities, providing high quality care for more than 1 million people each year up and down the country. We are an ambitious, forward thinking and passionate company who strive to make a real difference to people and our colleagues. We re-invest all of the money we earn to improve the experience, deliver ambitious transformations and empower all of our colleagues to make the changes, no matter how big or small, that make a real difference. 

We’re committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply. We reserve the right to cease any advertising prior to the published closing date for a role that receives a high number of applications. 

As a Disability Confident Committed company, we work in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to make our business an inclusive place for all. 

Virgin Care is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our services.

Virgin Care Limited, its subsidiary companies and the Virgin Care LLPs are part of the Virgin Group and provide publicly funded health and social care services. If you would like to know a little more about how we use your information, please see our website’s privacy policy.


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