Locum Clinical Pharmacist - Band 8a Job In Milton Keynes
- Buckinghamshire, South East, United Kingdom
- Ref: VAC-55463
- Salary: £34-35
- Start Date: ASAP
- Division: Pharmacy
- Disciplines: Pharmacist
At Globe Locums we have a large selection of pharmacy jobs on a locum and permanent basis. If you're a qualified pharmacist seeking a new job opportunity, please take a look at our vacancies.
At Globe Locums, we are proud to match qualified pharmacists with Locum and permanent pharmacy jobs across a multitude of countries and healthcare settings. As a clinician-led healthcare recruitment agency, we understand the pressures of clinical working and the importance of finding excellent job opportunities worldwide. At Globe Locums we can offer:
We have available a range of Locum and permanent pharmacy jobs for suitable candidates, with the opportunity to specialise in renal, palliative, paediatric pharmacy and more.
Pharmacists are experts in medications, their uses and their side effects. Pharmacists are responsible for ensuring prescribed medications are suitable for individual patients, advising patients about how to take their medications, and advising other healthcare professionals about safe and effective medicines use.
In a hospital, a pharmacist may remain within the pharmacy, checking prescriptions and dispensing medications as appropriate. They may also work on the wards, checking drug cards for interactions between medications or any issues with dosages. Pharmacists can request medication histories from GPs to ensure a patient continues to take their correct medications during their inpatient stay. They create “TTO’s” – medications To Take Out – for when patients are discharged to ensure they have the right medications until the prescription is taken over by their GP.
In the community, pharmacists can sell over the counter medications and also provide health information including sexual health advice or foreign travel guidance. Some pharmacists train to give vaccinations or travel vaccines to private patients. Pharmacies can also choose to offer services including smoking cessation support, cholesterol management or blood pressure monitoring.
There are many opportunities to develop professionally as a pharmacist. Some may choose to take on a teaching or research role for additional experience.
Those looking for a pharmacy job must study to receive a degree in Pharmacy at University. Pharmacists learn via a combination of theoretical teaching and work-based placements. To work as a pharmacist within the UK, you must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Pharmacists work within teams in the community and in hospitals. They often need to liaise with patients, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to be sure they are giving the correct medication advice or dispensing appropriate medications. Excellent communication skills are needed for these discussions, and a calm manner is required when working under pressure. Pharmacists also need to possess the ability to consider complex medical interactions for patients with multiple co-morbidities or taking numerous other medications.
An entry level pharmacist may start with an annual salary of £25,000 per annum. This can rise with experience to more than £38,000. Salaries in excess of £60,000 are not uncommon for pharmacist consultants. Those in Locum pharmacist job roles often earn a higher hourly rate than staffed pharmacists. A locum might expect to earn £19 to £40 per hour depending on the job role and required experience. Locum pharmacists can also earn more by working unsocial hours including nights, weekends or bank holidays. An uplifted hourly rate could be up to 1.5 times higher than the standard rate. Locum pharmacists can therefore earn a good wage working less than full time hours.
Learn about a pharmacist job salaries and what to expect from a career in pharmacy.
A Locum pharmacist job role candidate will complete many of the same roles as a staffed pharmacist. Dispensing medications to wards, reviewing patients’ drug cards, and checking each ward’s supply of medications can form part of the daily routine. Whilst a staffed pharmacist may have the opportunity to get to know every ward and its staff members, a locum pharmacist often starts afresh with each job. Locum pharmacists must therefore be good at developing good working relationships quickly.
On the flip side, Locum pharmacists can choose where they want to work, and the hours they wish to complete. This can allow for much greater flexibility and a higher wage. Locums can also choose to work in the specialty of their choice. This might allow them to develop new skills, offering a wealth experience and helping with future employment prospects, whether this is in further locum work or a permanent post.
Globe Locums is proud to offer a range of highly respected locum and permanent pharmacy jobs for suitable candidates. Pharmacy jobs might include:
There has never been a better time to work in Pharmacy. Due to a shortage in many countries, your skills are in high demand. By utilising Globe's free service you will not only benefit from hearing about all the UK & world wide opportunities as they become available but you will also benefit from the excellent rates we pay our candidates.