Deputy Director of Pharmacy

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT

The closing date is 10 July 2022

Job summary

We are excited to appoint a new Deputy Director of Pharmacy at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Suitably experienced, innovative and motivated pharmacists are invited to apply for this position, within one of the North of England's largest mental health pharmacy teams.

We are looking for somebody with a passion for mental health to drive forward the clinical standards of the pharmacy team, as well as the medicines optimisation agenda within the wider trust.

Informal discussions with the Associate Director of Pharmacy are encouraged.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deputise for the Associate Director of Pharmacy, both internally within the trust and externally at a regional level and beyond.

They will lead and develop clinical pharmacy provision across the Trust, as well as innovating medicines optimisation practices.

They will also have a clinical remit, providing a specialist service to designated team(s).

About us

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) is one of the leading mental health trusts in the UK.

Serving a population of 1.2million people, across one of the most exciting and affordable cities in Europe, GMMH provides community and inpatient mental health care, alongside substance misuse services across the North West.

The Trust employs around 4750 people, who make a difference across 130 locations. Staff at GMMH work to improve lives with a culture based on five core values:

  • We are caring and compassionate

  • We inspire hope

  • We work together

  • We value and respect

  • We are open and honest

GMMH is one of the most active research trusts in the UK, with one of the highest levels of recruitment to clinical trials for mental health. This puts our staff and service users at the leading edge of new mental health treatments.

The Trust provides a range of specialist services including prison in reach across the North of England, a specialist centre for mental health and deafness and in patient perinatal mental health care.

We have been rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission. Our substance misuse services and leadership were rated as 'Outstanding'.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead, deliver, develop and evaluate specialist clinical pharmacy services across all trust sites
  • To provide expert pharmaceutical advice to consultants, medical and health and social care staff within the trust and in primary care plus other members of the multidisciplinary team (MDT).
  • To provide expert pharmaceutical advice to patients and carers on an individual and group basis.
  • To provide specialist training in mental health therapeutics and medicines management at postgraduate level to senior clinical pharmacists, Consultants, GPs and other health and social care staff.
  • To lead, develop, implement and evaluate trust wide policies and procedures relating to prescribing, drug administration and other aspects of medicines management. To ensure that medicines management practices across the trust comply with legal, national and local guidelines.
  • To line manage senior clinical pharmacists across the Trust.
  • To deputise for the Associate Director of Pharmacy as trust lead for pharmacy and medicines management at internal and external groups.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Member of GPhC
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical / Psychiatric Pharmacy
  • Evidence of PG management and / or leadership training


  • Non-Medical Prescribing Qualification
  • Member of RPS
  • Credentialed member of CMHP



  • Significant hospital experience
  • Experience of operational management
  • Experience in PG training
  • Experience of clinical governance
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of developing business cases


  • Budget management
  • Published research



  • Expert knowledge of clinical therapeutics
  • Knowledge of MH services
  • Knowledge of prison pharmacy
  • Knowledge of Spec Comm


  • Experience of working in Primary & Secondary Care

Skills / Abilities


  • Ability to devise, plan and manage complex work programme
  • Ability to interpret & communicate highly complex data
  • Ability to develop & maintain relationships
  • Ability to manage change / conflict
  • Ability to motivate / influence

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT


Pharmacy Department, Oakwood Building

Bury New Rd, Prestwich


M25 3BL

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Steve Buckley


Date posted

17 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 8c


£65,664 to £75,874 a year per annum



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working, Home or remote working

Reference number


Job locations

Pharmacy Department, Oakwood Building

Bury New Rd, Prestwich


M25 3BL

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