Current vacancies at the Trust

Specialist Pharmacist (Patient Group Directions)

NHS AfC: Band 8b

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NHS AfC: Band 8b
22.5 hours per week
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Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's Hospital
£53,561 - £64,686 p.a. inclusive of HCA
03/07/2017 23:59

Join us and become part of the most engaged workforce of any NHS trust in England, according to the latest national NHS Staff Survey results – for the second year running.

You will be joining a dynamic and forward-looking organisation in the heart of the capital where you can develop your career and broaden your horizons.

We think you will enjoy working for us but you don’t have to take our word for it – 79% of staff who took part in the latest national NHS Staff Survey would recommend Guy’s and St Thomas’ as a place to work.

We have an opportunity for a self-motivated, resourceful pharmacist with experience of developing and using Patient Group Directions (PGDs) to join the Medication Use and Safety Team (MUS) of NHSE Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS). A background in Medicines Information would also be useful. The post is hosted by GSTFT and funded by NICE. It involves working flexibly across England, to support and develop information and guidance on PGDs and wider medicines governance issues.

The post holder will be required to build close working relationships across multiple organisations in all health sectors, with the regulators and with professional bodies to ensure a patient-centred approach at all times.

Current NICE guidance states that that supplying and/or administering medicines under PGDs should be reserved for situations in which this offers an advantage for patient care without compromising patient safety, and there are clear governance arrangements and accountability. This can create some challenges. You will already have extensive knowledge and experience of PGDs and the skills to provide expert support to commissioners, organisations and health professionals so PGDs are used appropriately, providing better access to medicines whilst assuring patient safety. Handover and support from the MUS team will be provided. Flexible working arrangements are available and the post is for 0.6WTE.

Specialist Pharmacy Service compromises MUS, Procurement, Quality Assurance and UKMi and nationally aims to improve the use of medicines to help people live longer, fuller lives.

Contact/further details: Carina Livingstone ( or
David Erskine (

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is 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 Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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The main telephone number for recruitment is 0207 188 1700.