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020059 RA Pharmacist

Salary: Band 6 (£31,800 - £39,169)
Location: West Lothian
Company: NHS Health Scotland
Contract type: Permanent
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NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce, and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***

NHS Lothian is home to an award winning pharmacy service with a team of almost 500 experienced and skilled pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy support workers, analysts, nurses and clerical staff working together across a variety of roles, over multiple sites, all of whom are integral to providing safe and effective patient care.

As a rapidly developing service we offer a wide range of varied and challenging patient centred roles across many specialist areas; and, as part of our workforce plan, we are now recruiting talented and enthusiastic Band 6 Pharmacists to join our diverse staff group working across acute and mental health hospital sites including:

  • The Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
  • The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (including the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People, Edinburgh)
  • St John's Hospital, Livingston
  • Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh

We work closely with Strathclyde and Robert Gordon Universities and NES and pride ourselves on the range of training and development opportunities that are available to staff. Successful applicants will be supported to complete the NES Pharmacy competency based Foundation Training programme which is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and equips pharmacists with a broad range of core skills. In NHS Lothian this is achieved by rotations giving experience in various specialities. On completion of Foundation Training candidates will be provided with the opportunity to further develop their careers by applying for a funded post-graduate qualification.

Successful candidates will have an enthusiasm for learning and development, a professional attitude, and a passion for working in healthcare with the potential to contribute to the delivery of our high quality pharmaceutical care. As well as a drive for personal development candidates should demonstrate personal values aligned with those of our organisation: “NHS Lothian Values”.

This is a rolling advert for Band 6 Pharmacist recruitment opportunities across all sites listed above. Please indicate your preferred hospital site(s) within your application; if you are interested in posts on multiple sites please rank the sites clearly in your order of preference. Successful candidates will be matched against available vacancies; taking into account service need, individual preference, skills and development needs. Although posts will be based in one of our hospital pharmacy departments there will be a requirement to work at any site to meet the needs of the service.

NHS Lothian offers an opportunity to explore flexible working which encompasses a range of options which allow staff more flexibility in shaping their own working pattern while delivering the needs of the service across our teams. If you wish to be considered for flexible working opportunities please state your preferred option in your application.

​​​​​​​This post requires the post holder to have a PVG Scheme membership/ record. If the post holder is not a current PVG member for the required regulatory group (i.e. child and/or adult) then an application will need to be made to Disclosure Scotland and deemed satisfactory before they can begin in post.

For further information on what is included in the role and what skills/experience are being looked for, click on the links at the bottom of the screen to the job description and person specification. If after reading this information you have any questions please contact Sheena Kerr, Lead Pharmacist, sheena.kerr@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk


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