Sodexo Justice provides healthcare services within HMP Forest Bank, HMP Bronzefield and HMP Peterborough.
We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated pharmacist with excellent communication skills to work as a Senior Pharmacist within our healthcare team. Based in one of the prisons, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to the health, well-being and rehabilitation of offenders within the establishment. You will manage and develop the pharmacy team, supporting them to ensure services delivered to the prisons meet the needs of the service users.
Initially within the first 6-12 months in the role, you will provide clinical expertise and support the project transitioning pharmacy services to an in-house solution and ensuring this vision is realised.
The position involves working alongside the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide an integrated healthcare service. You will demonstrate a high level of clinical expertise and participate in delivering medicines reconciliation, medication reviews, prescribing audit, and other medicines optimisation initiatives. You will already be qualified as a non-medical prescriber, or currently working towards a qualification. We will sponsor you to undertake this if necessary.
You must have a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent, and be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. You should be able to demonstrate evidence of postgraduate training and continuing professional development in clinical pharmacy practice.
There will be some travel involved to other sites for meetings and also in supporting the site pharmacy teams.
£43,000 - £50,000 plus 10% annual bonus, £1,300 flexible benefits fund, pension scheme, 23 days holiday (plus bank holidays). Reimbursement of insurance costs, 100% GPhC fees paid for, 50% RPS fees paid for, free on-site parking, free meals while on duty and free use of fully equipped on-site gym
Occasional travel will be required for the position between the healthcare sites.
The role can be based at either HMP Forest Bank (Manchester), HMP Peterborough or HMP Bronzefield (Ashford, Surrey).
Be responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of the pharmacy service provided to all Sodexo prisons.
Ensure service meets the high-quality standards as defined by the NHSE service specification for prisons, and if services are noted to fall short of these requirements to take the necessary actions to improve services to meet these requirements
Assist with medicines management within the prison services including the development and implementation of a formulary
Ensure robust systems are in place to manage medicines that have the potential for abuse, such as controlled drugs
Be responsible for the procurement of medicines against agreed contracts and to ensure appropriate stockholdings for each prison
Supervise, mentor and train junior pharmacists in providing clinical services within prisons using specialist clinical knowledge
Ensure health care professionals and offenders are provided with clinically sound, evaluated medicines information. This will include signposting to appropriate services as required
Act as Responsible Pharmacist (RP) when in the dispensary and ensure all staff adhere to SOPs
Ensure that medicines governance is fully understood, and the appropriate activities are embedded into daily practice. In addition, you will take the lead on investigating incidents and complaints, resolving issues and sharing learning across the prisons
Develop and provide clinical pharmacy services to the prisons to ensure offenders receive appropriate review of medication, that pharmacy staff promote a healthy lifestyle and that pharmacy staff offer suitable and evaluated advice to offenders on the appropriate use of medicines
Provide information about the use of medicines to prison GPs, other prescribers, other health care professionals and offenders. The post holder will be expected to make clinical judgments where information is lacking or where ambiguity around suitable choice of medicines for use in prison is necessary to limit the potential for abuse or misappropriation
Provide advice and support to all healthcare professionals to encourage safe, cost effective and appropriate medicines use within the prisons
Take professional responsibility when clinically screening prescriptions to ensure the accuracy, legality, safety and efficacy of prescribed medication, including liaising with prison GPs and nurses to resolve any queries arising from the screening process
Run pharmacist clinics as an independent prescriber
Provide clinical advice to pharmacy support staff
Provide cover for pharmacists when they are absent, or posts are vacant at base prison
**Full job description below**
The Ideal Candidate
Qualified Pharmacist, with PQE
Masters Degree of Pharmacy or equivalent
Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council of GB (GPhC)
Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or postgraduate qualification in Mental Health or Prison Health Services
Commercial awareness and ability to interpret performance and make suggestions for improvement
Evidence of CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
Ability to build effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
Managing a team
Ability to work under pressure
Experience of working in a custodial environment (desirable)
About The Company
In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.
At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation.
We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.
We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.
Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.
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