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Foundation Pharmacist

Band 6

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317 Pharmacy Admin - RVI
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37 hours 30 minutes/week)
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317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
18/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

Due to new investment, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Pharmacist to join the Newcastle Hospitals’ (post-registration) Foundation Pharmacist Programme, based in this energetic and beautiful city. We welcome applications from both pre-registration pharmacist trainees (looking to qualify this summer) and qualified pharmacists with relevant experience. 

The Newcastle Hospitals is a large tertiary teaching trust, twice rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission. The Directorate of Pharmacy provides a broad service across an extensive range of clinical specialities. Our pharmacists integrate into a variety of settings including inpatient care, outpatient clinics, medicines information, GP practices, care homes, quality assurance and a licensed production unit. The department continues to innovate and is currently developing pioneering roles to optimise medicines use and promote safe effective patient care. Our close partnership with the Northern Deanery and Newcastle’s School of Pharmacy furthers our research and development, and provides opportunities to gain experience in teaching and quality improvement activities.

Successful applicants will be team-players with excellent communication and inter-personal skills, and a keen willingness to learn and enhance their professional development. They will be given a superb opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of clinical settings and specialities (including mental health, cardiothoracics, vascular surgery, oncology, paediatrics, general medicine, general surgery, emergency admissions, critical care, haematology, neurosciences, integrated care and older people’s medicine), as well as working within the directorate’s medicines information department. 

The Newcastle Hospitals' Foundation Pharmacist Programme is built on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Framework.  Each clinically-focused placement is accompanied by structured learning and is supported by a specialist clinical pharmacist practice supervisor, ensuring that our pharmacists are given the best opportunities to develop a solid foundation of clinical knowledge and skills as they progress through their training.  Further development opportunities are provided by participation in our highly-valued extended-hours and on-call service, which allows us to deliver more comprehensive patient-facing care. Pharmacists completing our foundation training will undoubtedly be in a very strong position for future career opportunities with skills that reflect the needs of the future pharmacy workforce.

For further information, please see the attached Foundation Pharmacist Programme 2021 leaflet.  If you wish to discuss this job opportunity and/or arrange an informal visit with one of the team, please contact Rachel Reynolds ( or Claire Lovett (

Interview Date: Tuesday, 04 May 2021

Full Time 37 hours 30 minutes/week

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Rachel Reynolds

0191 2829328