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Lead Pharmacist - Mass Vaccination Programme

Band 8b

Main area
Primary Care and Community Services
Band 8b
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Llanarth House
£56,164 - £65,262 per annum
Salary period
04/10/2022 23:59

If you are successful at interview for this post you will receive your conditional offer of appointment and information pack via email.


We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post. If you are short listed for this post, you will be contacted via your email account you used to apply for this post, therefore please check your account regularly.


Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English


Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board support flexible working.

Please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any time should it be filled via the internal redeployment process


Job overview

This is a new and exciting opportunity for a motivated and dynamic pharmacist to provide clinical leadership and advice to support the safe and effective delivery of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) COVID-19 mass vaccination programme.

The role is a key position that is responsible for providing high quality pharmacy advice to all relevant stakeholders including the ABUHB pharmacy senior leadership team, primary care commissioning team and mass vaccination programme teams on matters relating to assurance of pharmacy practice and appropriate medicines management.  The post holder will be required to provide clinical, legal and pharmaceutical advice, lead and manage pharmacy teams across all mass vaccination sites and be responsible for the procurement, storage, safe transportation and clinical optimisation of vaccine across ABUHB.

As the pharmacy lead the post holder will work closely with the programme lead as well as the planning, nursing and operational leads to continuously develop, improve, implement and embed a robust infrastructure for vaccination services.  This will requires a strong focus on ensuring all appropriate governance standards are met, and quality and safety standards are upheld now and in the future in line with the programme’s policies and procedures, the ABUHB IMTP and Welsh Government policy frameworks. 

Main duties of the job

The Lead Pharmacist for delivery of national mass vaccination programmes provides clinical leadership and advice to the ABUHB mass vaccination team to support the delivery of the Health Boards and Welsh Governments objectives with particular reference to provision of;

  • Clinical, legal and pharmaceutical advice to COVID vaccination service providers in the Health Board as part of the clinical team
  • Manage and lead pharmacy vaccination team(s) across all mass vaccination sites within the Health Board, providing; direct supervision, management and preparation of the vaccines as appropriate
  • Responsible for procurement, storage, safe transportation and clinical optimisation of vaccine across the Health Board.
  • Clinical leadership and advice for Local Vaccination Site (Primary Care Networks and Community Pharmacy), Vaccination Centres.
  • Oversight and where appropriate approval of transfers of COVID vaccines within ABUHB.
  • Clinical leadership and advice to external stakeholders

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

Working for our organisation

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your speciality or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020.  Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click “Apply now” to view in Trac.

The post holder must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and have the ability to write and present reports, procedures and programme updates to a range of audiences including the programme’s leadership team, ABUHB Executive Team, internal and external stakeholders, and Welsh Government colleagues.

For more information about the role please contact Jonathan Simms, Clinical Director of Pharmacy:

Person specification

Qualifications and/or Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Master’s Degree in Pharmacy equivalent qualification plus 1 year pre-registration training.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent experience or qualification.
  • Management qualification or significant experience
  • Understanding of current UK medicines policy and legislation and its impact on medicines management issues
  • Subject matter expertise across a number of key areas relating to COVID-19 treatments, vaccine delivery and medicines legislation
Desirable criteria
  • Independent prescriber


Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to analyse and respond to highly complex, or contentious, clinical information
  • Demonstrated negotiating and persuasion skills when interacting with other clinical team members
  • Experience of dealing with a wide variety and seniority of multidisciplinary staff on a regular and ongoing basis, including senior multidisciplinary and managerial staff.
  • Extensive experience of clinical appraisal.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of participating in therapeutics committees

Aptitude and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Exceptional communication skills - written, verbal, and listening
  • Computer literate (Minimum: word processing, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Exceptional analytical skills - ability to assimilate, analyse, interpret and present complex information
  • Highly developed influencing and negotiating skills
  • Problem solving skills and ability to respond to sudden unexpected demands.
  • Plans and organises a broad range of complex activities, formulating and adjusting plans to reflect changing circumstances.
  • Able to demonstrate situations where effective leadership skills have been used.
  • Be able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with others.
  • Demonstrate resolving conflict
  • Ability to analyse complex facts and situations and develop a range of options
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work under own initiative; excellent time management skills
  • Effective prioritisation skills; Ability to meet deadlines
  • Team player and leader
  • Skills for delivering results through managing through others and using a range of levers in the absence of direct line management responsibility
  • Enthusiastic
  • Evidence of undertaking presentation to groups.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of interpreting primary care prescribing data.
  • Ability to speak Welsh


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to evidence based, safe prescribing
  • Integrity
  • Enthusiasm


Essential criteria
  • Ability to travel within geographical area.

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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.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Stuart Bourne
Job title
Consultant - Public Health Wales
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