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Lead Pharmacist Medication Safety and Governance

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Are you a motivated Band 8a Pharmacist looking to advance your career in Pharmacy management? Perhaps you are already enjoying success in Band 8b but are drawn to combining a fulfilling career with an active lifestyle in an area renowned for its natural beauty?

This is a dynamic role with excellent prospects for growth. You’ll enjoy being part of a small and supportive team with the added benefit of being part of a much larger innovation-driven trust, in an area where work and leisure coexist effortlessly.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

You will take a significant role as part of the Senior Pharmacy Leadership team at North Devon District Hospital. You will utilise your exceptional management skills to lead on medication safety and governance for the Northern Pharmacy Service and support our team across homecare, quality control and high cost drugs. Your innovative approach will make our work more efficient and adaptable to the ever-changing Healthcare environment. Working closely with the Medicines Safety Officer and Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Pharmacy Senior team and other leaders across the wider Trust, you will help develop our Pharmacy service to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines within the organisation.

You will deputise for and support the Associate Director of Pharmacy Northern with developing the Pharmacy service, with a particular focus around medicines safety. You will also have responsibility for key areas and maintain your clinical skills with patient care.

This is a new role and therefore there is an opportunity to really make it your own.

We are committed to supporting your career aspirations and provide a clear pathway for progression. We offer extensive professional development including supporting you in developing your leadership skills, whether that’s through short courses, more intensive development programmes, or you may wish to gain a leadership qualification.

There will be opportunities to support and lead quality improvement projects, mentor pharmacist colleagues and develop skills and knowledge in a wide range of pharmacy areas.

Imagine finishing a rewarding day in the pharmacy and stepping into a world of adventure. Whether it’s hiking along rugged cliffs or catching waves on pristine beaches, North Devon offers a work-life balance that is second to none.

What are you waiting for?

Take a look at the person specification for the skills, qualifications and experience we are looking for, and apply today.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week, this role also involves on-call duties and weekend and bank holiday rosters.

Interview Date: To be confirmed

For further information please contact: Sophie Khan; Associate Director of Pharmacy (Northern) on

As an inclusive employer, the Royal Devon values diversity and is committed to creating a culture of inclusivity where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential. We believe in fostering a sense of belonging and actively encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures, and abilities. We recognise the advantages of having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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