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Job Overview

HMP Bedford is HMP Bedford is a Category B reception and resettlement prison for men aged 18 years and over accommodating approximately 500 adult male prisoners who are sentenced. CNWL provides Pharmacy services, and works in partnership with the main healthcare provider Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust (NHFT).

You will be a Registered Pharmacist with a real passion for delivering high quality medicine management service. You will be self-motivated, flexible and work well within a team but be able to work autonomously. You will need to have previous experience in management and leadership.

You do not need to have prison experience as we will provide you with a full induction and training, but you will need to have pharmacy management experience.

Main duties of the job
• To deliver a comprehensive medicines management service to HMP Bedford patients and the multidisciplinary treatment team responsible for their care.
• To provide expect advice on... pharmaceutical matters relating to primary care, substance misuse and mental health services, this will include assistance with risk management and ensuring compliance with medicines legislation and local medicines management policies.
• To provide input into policy and procedures affecting the use of pharmaceuticals at both local and trust wide levels under the direction of the advanced specialist pharmacist.
• To liaise with HMP Bedford pharmacy staff to support an effective dispensing and supply service.

Working for our organisation

Health and Justice Services. Based at HMP Bedford

Prison/Offender Health Pharmacy – We believe in ‘Caring not Judging’

Are you an exceptional Pharmacist looking for a rewarding new challenge? Would you like the opportunity to use your skills in an environment like no other to make a real difference every day? Interested, then working in, HMP Bedford and Yarl’s Wood is just the place for you.

In our quest to deliver patient-focused quality care we are developing our pharmacy services and are looking for highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Pharmacist to join our friendly and expanding team of pharmacy assistants, technicians and pharmacists. All sites operate an electronic prescribing system within the healthcare department.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Detailed Job Description And Main Responsibilities
• Ensure that all prescriptions and Medication Administration Records are clinically appropriate and meet all necessary legal requirements
• Ensure safe and appropriate use of medicines in order to maximise benefit and minimise risk to patients. This includes regular reviews of prescriptions, identification of significant drug interactions, advice for clinical monitoring, compliance with legal aspects (Medicines Act, Mental Health Act) of medicines supply and compliance with the Trust Formulary
• Assist the advanced specialist pharmacist on the implementation of medicine related NICE publications, ensuring that recommendations form CNWL NHS Foundation Trust Medicines Management Group are considered and that systems for auditing and reporting on uptake are established.
• Be responsible for providing clinical pharmacy input to the multidisciplinary team caring for patients

Person specification

Education And Qualifications

Essential criteria
• Vocational Master’s Degree in Pharmacy + Previous pre-registration training + Substantial post registration training relevant to hospital /prison pharmacy
• Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain
• Successful completion of short courses to the equivalent of a post graduate certificate in clinical pharmacy

Desirable criteria
• Working towards higher Degree/Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
• Experience in clinical pharmacy in a prison setting
• Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
• Demonstrate the ability to appropriately recommend, substantiate and communicate medicine related information to patients, carers and clinical staff
• Previous evaluated experience of mentorship and training skills
• To have undertaken clinical audit
• Training and education

Desirable criteria
• Previous experience in providing clinical prison pharmacy services.
• Staff management experience
• Monitoring and advising on drug expenditure

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities

Essential criteria
• Clinical and critical appraisal skills
• Teaching and presentation skills

Desirable criteria
• Evidence of writing procedures, guidelines or protocols.


Essential criteria
• Demonstrates ability to meet set targets
• Meets expected levels of practice as defined by others Self motivated
United Kingdom


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