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Specialist Pharmacist Acute Admissions

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

Role Summary

To provide a clinical pharmacy service to Acute Medical wards and the Emergency Department and to participate in training and developing pharmacy staff.

To contribute to the development of medicines management and optimisation throughout the patient care pathway

To participate in the wider pharmacy service and its development in response to patient care needs

To support prescribing, horizon scanning and financial management of medicines expenditure

About the Role

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'll help you get there.

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're 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'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll 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'd love to hear from you.

About Us

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

More detail about the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced pharmacist to provide pharmaceutical care for patients in our acute admissions ward. This is an exciting opportunity for an organised team leader.

Our acute admissions unit includes a same day emergency care unit, acute hospital at home (virtual ward) as well as a large AMU inpatient unit. The postholder would also have key responsibilities to oversee work within the Emergency Department.

This role is responsible for ensuring the coordination of medicines reconciliation and medicines optimisation for our medical admissions ward and responsible for logistical oversight of the emergency department. The post holder will be embedded into the acute admissions team promoting the safe and effective use of medicines as well as ensuring the cost-effective use of resources. The postholder will need to be a confident individual and independent prescriber.

The post holder will also be a key member of the pharmacy team providing supervision and development of pharmacists and maintaining our core services.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is an 800-bed teaching hospital with a pharmacy team of 130 staff. We are recognised as a high performing Trust with a reputation for delivering quality patient care and have recently received a good rating by the Care Quality Commission.

You must be highly self-motivated, able to demonstrate leadership skills and have the ability to plan and work, both independently and as part of the wider healthcare team, to deliver excellent pharmaceutical care to our patients.

If you believe you have the skills and experience necessary to fulfill this role we look forward to hearing from you.

Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Interview date: Tuesday 10th January 2023

For further information and to arrange an informal visit to meet the team, please contact Rob Elliot-Cooke, Clinical Pharmacy Manager 01392 40 4809.

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months.  For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

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.


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.

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

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