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Rotational Pharmacist

Band 6

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Band 6
Full Time
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Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Princess Royal Hospital
Brighton & Haywards Heath
£28,050 - £36,644 per annum
Today at 23:59
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Our quest is to completely eradicate preventable medication errors and provide a world beating pharmacy service for our patients and organisation. Our entry level pharmacists are key to the success of this journey and we aim to recruit the best, train the most effectively and keep the best (that’s you by the way). You will work hard with the rest of our team in delivering great service along the way.

Our starting point is mixed, we have some excellent  and high quality patient facing pharmacy services which are already world leading, and some that we are working on to transition and improve. We are working to drive efficiency and to widely champion what pharmacy contributes.

On a four month rotation you may experience medicine, cardiology, surgery, patient services and  a unique rotation supporting Brighton University undergraduate placements as an educator and practice supervisor.  We are currently developing  a band 6 rotation  in mental health with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to commence August 2019   

For each rotation you will be assigned a practice supervisor and your development will be supported using our internal appraisal system with your designated educational supervisor.  The  Trust holds a  Newly Qualified Professional’s forum that can also support your development as well as many other Interprofessional Learning Opportunities available for you  .

We are a major regional university teaching hospital, providing general acute services and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the south east of England. We work as one team across two sites; Brighton and Haywards Heath and have the infrastructure and support for band 6 pharmacists to undertake the Joint Programme Board Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice.

The Trust is big and busy and is a specialist in vascular, cardiac, renal, major trauma, cancer, neurosciences, stroke, ophthalmology, infectious diseases and HIV. Our Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital hosts tertiary paediatric gastroenterology, is a cystic fibrosis primary centre and able to deliver level 1 paediatric oncology.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is undergoing an extensive £485 million redevelopment and a £30 million Emergency Department (A&E) expansion. BSUH 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”

We are fortunate  to have   close links with the University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia. We take our responsibilities in supporting the development of future healthcare givers very seriously. It is a further good reason why we strive to be the best. We currently have 5 joint academic clinical lecturer appointments and 3 Consultant pharmacists working within IBD, Cardiology and HIV as areas of expertise .

Mike Cross who is leading our pharmacy team has recognised the amazing opportunity that we have… “ we have a Trust Board which is committed to the  provision of excellent quality and this achieved by copying best management practice from around the world. All staff get to identify and fix problems and escalate the bigger issues to managers who in turn have been trained to sort things out”.

A 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 in the pharmacy department and felt that the senior staff members were very approachable”  and  ” the work that the Education Programme Director for the Foundation Pharmacists Alice Conway was doing within the department with trainees indicating that they were one of the main reasons they were happy to stay and continue their training at the Trust “   

We are excited to invite applications from enthusiastic, innovative pharmacists to join our friendly, dedicated team and look forward to hearing from you


  • Posts in the Trust are subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal spent and unspent convictions, reprimands, and cautions.
  • Appointment to this role will commence at the lowest salary point unless confirmed otherwise by HR Employment Services (Recruitment, Administration & Terms and Conditions)
  • We may also use this advert to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH standards you may be offered a bank post.
  • If this post attracts sufficient interest before the closing date, we may decide to close this vacancy at an earlier date, so an early application is advised.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Alice Conway (Lead Pharmacist Education and Development) -, telephone 01273 696955 x 3210

If you have problems applying, contact

01444 448692 / 448616