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Pharmacy

Our pharmacy team’s expertise is diverse, whether specialising in mental health or stroke rehabilitation, we work closely with patients and colleagues in the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure a holistic approach to care and that each individual gains the optimum benefit from their medicines. As an organisation, we are invested in development of the workforce and recognise that well supported staff, keen to professionally develop, will ultimately deliver higher quality care for patients.

We invest a lot in equality and diversity making sure the workforce is as representative as the patients we look after this gives me a sense of belonging and is one of the reasons I love being at NELFT so much.

– Silobile Moyo, Community Rehab Lead

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I am so proud to work in a career I love.
I am so proud to work in the NELFT community.

– Georgina, Senior Occupational Therapist

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I’m really supported in my current team from accessing training and professional development to socialising. I’m lucky enough to call many of my colleagues friends and we enjoy socialising when we are able to.

– Jacqui Moody, Occupational Therapist

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I’ve been at NELFT for 20 years, I’ve stayed in NELFT for as long as I have because the values of this organisation are in line with my own beliefs, putting people first, prioritising quality, are key to the way I work and live. Everything we do at NELFT is about making a difference to the population we serve.

-Wellington Makala, Executive Chief Nurse.

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Training is encouraged and well supported across the trust and everyone has great development opportunities, particularly with pilot projects, interim roles and external training.

-Nick Bertram, Occupational Therapist  

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NELFT are as committed to the staff as they are to the patients, there’s a strong emphasis on looking after our own mental health and you can access things like support groups and yoga sessions which really helps.

– Rukshana, Occupational Therapist

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Every day is different and that’s one of things I love about this job. You never know what you’re coming into, but you always feel supported by the wider team to make those big decisions for your patients.

-Catherine Manderson, Crisis Team Manager, Kent & Medway.

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Pharmacists

Pharmacists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team, they liaise and work alongside other healthcare professionals across a wide range of settings to support the safe and effective use of medicines. The pharmacist’s role has expanded to support the increased patient need, including Non-Medical Prescribing, Advanced Clinical Practice and Consultant Pharmacists. As an innovative and forward-thinking Trust, we actively encourage progression and have pharmacists practicing with these advanced skill sets.  

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“NELFT have always supported me through development opportunities and I have grown significantly as a Pharmacist during my time here, enabling me to deliver the high standard of care that our patients deserve.”

Lauren – Senior Pharmacist

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Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians are pharmacy professionals. Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) which is a requirement to practise as a Pharmacy Technician. They are integral members of the pharmacy and multidisciplinary team who play a key role in helping patients and carers to support safe and effective use of medicines.

The knowledge and skills of Pharmacy Technicians are widely recognised, and career pathways are plenty, e.g., medicines information, clinical services, leadership and management, education and much more.

As a Trust we have a structured framework for the progression and development of Pharmacy Technicians and other support staff. You can get into this role through: 

  • A trainee position 
  • An apprenticeship

Pharmacy Technician & Pharmacy Undergraduate, Lewis shares his day-to-day life of the role and his experiences in hospital pharmacy. Click here to watch

“I have worked in NELFT for five years and was recently appointed to the role of Consultant Pharmacist for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). NELFT are the first mental health trust to create this role and I am proud to be part of a wonderful team of NELFT healthcare professionals who support all the children’s mental health services across Essex and Kent and London, undertaking activities within education and training, research, leadership and management to improve outcomes for children and young people living with mental illness.”

Beryl – Consultant Pharmacist (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)

Being a pharmacy technician is a challenging but rewarding career. There are so many different aspects of pharmacy that you could choose to do from manufacturing in aseptics, medicines management, stores and procurement, clinical trials and more. It gives you a chance to connect with people from all walks of life, to help people and make a difference. I love my job as a technician and carry such passion for my role.

Emma Timothy – Senior Medicine Management Pharmacy Technician

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Pharmacy Support Staff

Pharmacy support staff are central to the pharmacy team, in particular they support the safe storage and handling of medicines. From this role, development opportunities are available to progress to other positions such as Pharmacy Technician.

I thoroughly enjoy working as a Pharmacy Technician in Mental Health as it brings opportunities to help and change the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This helps to make a significant difference to the patients, their families, and whole communities. This role allows me to learn extensively every day about the treatments of mental health patients. It also means I can work in an area of one of my passions which is fulfilling and gives me a huge sense of pride.

Adam Bowden – Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician (Progression role)

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