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About our Trust

Our Trust is rated as 'Outstanding for Caring' by the CQC - fundamental to this is the way that we value and respect our staff. At every level, we value the diversity of our colleagues and actively champion an inclusive culture. We believe that everyone without exception should feel free to be their authentic self in the workplace.

We understand that work is only one part of life. We are committed to helping our colleagues achieve the best possible work\/life balance. We proudly offer supportive, inclusive and family friendly employment and flexible working policies. We have a wide range of professional services and employee networks to help our colleagues be at their best - and find support if they need it.

Our Trust is already a Disability Confident employer and we are holding ourselves to account through the Workplace Disability Equality Standard (WDES). Our work on promoting equity and inclusion for our Black, and Minority Ethnic (BME) colleagues continues to be driven by engagement with the WRES (Workforce Race Equality Standard) and the WRES Experts Programme.

In 2019, we committed ourselves to becoming a Stonewall Top 100 LGBTQ+ Employer. We also support the national 'Veteran Aware' scheme and are an ERS Silver accredited Hospital who welcomes applications from all members of the Armed Forces communities.

For our patients, we do everything we can to deliver fair access to all our services. This includes providing interpretative and other services to meet the needs of disabled communities. We're careful to show sensitivity towards ethnic, cultural and religious differences. Our staff uphold these values and so help our care to get better all the time.

About this vacancy

We are recruiting Band 6 pharmacists to commenceAutumn2019.

Our quest is to completely eradicate preventable medication errors and provide a world beating pharmacy service for our patients and organization. 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.

We offer several rotations and you may experience medicine, surgery, patient services and a unique rotation supporting Brighton University undergraduate placements as an educator and practice supervisor. We are developing a band 6 rotation in mental health with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to commenceSeptember 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. You will have regular meetings with them. Your feedback and any concerns are sought as part of routine monthly feedback sessions ('communication cascade') with the Pharmacy Education Lead and during the Local Faculty Group meetings.

The Trust holds 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 development with experience of supporting Band 6-7 progression posts and those undertaking the Joint Programme Board Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice. We are also scoping the development of Vocational Training Programmers for our staff.

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 gets to identify and fix problems and escalate the bigger issues to managers who in turn have been trained to sort things out".

Our most 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 " Our recent CQC visit elevated the Trust two levels to a 'good' and in doing so demonstrated that this is a Trust that is going places.

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

General information for applicants

Salaries for substantive posts will be offered to successful candidates in alignment with the NHS Agenda for Change terms and conditions. All our substantive colleagues will also receive an annual appraisal. For substantive colleagues appointed after 1 April 2019, this guides their progression through the salary steps. Please note this does not apply to Bank only applicants.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

We may also use our substantive adverts to build our Bank staff. If you are unsuccessful at interview for a substantive role but meet the BSUH specification for that role you may be offered a bank post. Please note our Bank hourly rates are outlined on a separate payscale.

Applications for Tier 2 sponsorship are welcome for those that meet the Visa and Immigrations eligibility criteria. Please note our Bank only roles are not eligible for Tier 2 sponsorship. These will be considered alongside all other applications. Under the Residence Labour Market Test, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU\/EEA candidate is available. For further information please visit the gov.uk website searching for Tier 2.

Please apply as early as you're able for this role. Sometimes, we receive exceptional interest, and close adverts earlier than specified. If you are not successful in this application, we may be able to offer you a position through our Bank. Do keep watching our 'Current Vacancies' and apply for the next suitable position.

Further Information

Specific information about this role is in the documents accompanying this advertisement.

For further more information, or help with the application process, please contact the HR Employment Services Team on 01444 448692 \/448616 or by email: bsuh.hremploymentservices@nhs.net
Job Sector
Health & Medicine
Job Position
£30,401.00 - £37,267.00
Postal Code
RH16 1LY
Olympos Leisure Centre, Pasture Hill Road, Lucas Grange, Haywards Heath RH16 1LY, United Kingdom Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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