Welcome to pharmacy faculty

Welcome to Pharmacy Faculty Northamptonshire

The Pharmacy Faculty for Northamptonshire Integrated Care System is made up of multiple providers of Pharmacy Services.

With Maxine Foster, Integrated Care System Chief Pharmacist as Chair, and Philippa Jones, Principal Pharmacist for General Practice Alliance as Deputy Chair.

All of the partners listed below are members of the ICS (integrated Care System) for Pharmacy in Northamptonshire.

  • Northampton General Hospital
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Primary Care Networks (PCNs) of which two are represented on the faculty.
  • St Andrews Healthcare
  • Northamptonshire ICB
  • Community Pharmacies and Community Pharmacy England BLMK&N

These services cover Secondary Care, Primary Care, Mental Health Services and Community Services; and all have one thing in common, the desire to improve the resilience of the Pharmacy Workforce across the System.

Pharmacy team at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is a Mental Health and community services trust committed to making a difference for you with you.

Each day we deliver many of the NHS services people in Northamptonshire receive in the community at home, work or in schools. We offer more than 100 services including mental health, community nursing, sexual health, physiotherapy and a range of others including specialty services. We also work in partnership across the county to deliver care together in an integrated way.

The Trust employs more than 5,000 staff who contribute to providing dedicated healthcare for our patients both in hospital and in the community.

The NHFT clinical pharmacy service is delivered by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working across all areas of the trust including mental health, community hospitals and specialist palliative care. We also have specialist pharmacists working in community mental health teams, learning disability community services and the HIV service. The pharmacy supply service is provided by our 3rd party partner freeing up our clinical team to focus on the patients at ward and clinic level.

Learn more on NHFT's pharmacy page.

Pharmacy team at Northampton General Hospital

NGH is a large Acute District General Hospital, caring for a wide range of medical and surgical patients.  We have a range of clinical specialities including Cancer, Renal, Child Health and Critical Care services.Group image of members of the pharmacy team at Northampton General Hospital

We are looking for Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians and Assistant Technical Officers to come and join our friendly, innovative, hard-working, inspiring team. The Trust has invested significantly in our department in recognition of our critical role in patient care.  

We offer a wide range of services including aseptic manufacturing, dedicated clinical ward pharmacy service, medicines procurement and distribution, inpatient and discharge dispensing, medicines advice and formulary support, homecare medicines supply, quality assurance, training, and development.  Our team has been nominated for and won awards from UKCPA, UKMI, HSJ and NGH Trust Excellence for our innovation, inspiration, and clinical impact. 

Would you like to make a difference to patient care? Would you like to be part of a multidisciplinary team who value your contribution? Would you like to be part of a progressive, supportive pharmacy team?  We know the difference we are making – come and be part of that change!

Feedback from our current staff about their working lives includes:

  • “Being part of such a friendly team”                 
  • “I enjoy interacting with the patients”
  • “I like the fact it’s fast paced, and every day is different”
  • “Always someone available for support and guidance”                   
  • “Good energy”
  • “Everyone was very welcoming”            
  • “I like being one of the key influences to ensure that the patient receives the best possible care”Group image of members of the pharmacy team at Northampton General Hospital

We are hugely supportive of our team and encourage personal and career development. We will be able to offer opportunities for you to grow and develop in your new role.

We have various roles available across our teams. If you do not quite meet the criteria, we have recently launched a new progression programme for band 4 to 5 for Pharmacy Technicians and we have a well-established band 6 to 7 development and progression programme for Pharmacists.

For find out more details about available opportunities or to organise an informal visit or virtual tour and chat please contact the Pharmacy Office on ngh-tr.pharmacyoffice@nhs.net or call 01604 545692

You can also find out more on the Northampton General Hospital Pharmacy page.

Pharmacy team at Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital provides acute healthcare services for the people of North Northamptonshire and South Leicestershire.

We employ around 4,000 staff and are one of the largest employers in Northamptonshire.

Basic facts and figures
We are a busy Hospital site and see:

  • 255 patients per day in A&E;
  • 310,000 outpatients each year;
  • About 41,500 inpatients;
  • About 43,500 day case patients;
  • Approx 3,500 births.

Pharmacy services
In our modern, automated department we have a number of different staff working within the team.

Registered healthcare professionals with the Royal Pharmaceutical Council. Our Pharmacists can be in rotational, specialist or managerial posts.

Our aim is to train all our senior Pharmacists to become prescribers.

Pharmacy Technicians
Registered healthcare professionals with the Royal Pharmaceutical Council. The majority of our technicians are in clinical, medicines management positions who provide support to 

patients, nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals around medication.

Pharmacy Support Workers and Assistants Our support workers work both within the pharmacy and in ward based clinical services.

Admin team
We have a team of over 100 staff, who all have varied roles. If you are interested in working in our department, we would recommend that you contact the recruiting manager linked to a specific job vacancy to provide a tour of the department and find out more before you apply. Our aseptics department produce and supply chemotherapy to our patients.

We have clearly defined career progression opportunities for those wishing to excel in the field of pharmacy.

For further information please see https://www.kgh.nhs.uk/pharmacy or feel free to get in touch via the contact details on the website.

Pharmacy team at St Andrews Healthcare

St Andrew's is a mental health Charity, and our purpose is to inspire hope.

We work in partnership with NHS, voluntary, academic and research organisations to deliver specialist inpatient and community mental healthcare services. Our expertise, together with education and research, helps to improve the lives of people with complex mental health needs.

The St Andrew’s Pharmacy is based at our Northampton site. It provides a comprehensive pharmacy service including medicines procurement, dispensing, medicines management ward services and clinical input to inpatients at our Northampton, Birmingham, and Essex Hospitals.

The team includes specialist Clinical Mental Health Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy Assistants who work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary teams to support the safe and effective use of medicines. We offer training and development to our team to support them in the delivery of high-quality specialist care.

Pharmacy team at Northamptonshire ICB

The Integrated Care Board (ICB) is a statutory body responsible for local NHS services, functions, performance, and budgets. Medicines are the most common healthcare intervention and account for 15-20% of Northamptonshire ICB expenses.

The prescribing and medicines management team at the ICB are a team of pharmacy professionals, dietitians, a continence nurse, and support staff who facilitate medicines optimisation across Northamptonshire. This includes prescribing advice and guidance to health and care professionals after review of clinical records or audit, predominantly in GP practices and care homes.

The team also provides clinical and commissioning input to community pharmacy and integration to medicines optimisation within secondary care providers. The teams’ remit includes medicines safety and governance, antimicrobial stewardship and medicines commissioning for high-cost therapies.

Our lead ICS Pharmacist chairs the Pharmacy Faculty for Northamptonshire, collaborating with our partners to ensure a fulfilled pharmacy workforce that matches the requirements of the Northamptonshire system now and in the future.

Pharmacy Team for Primary Care Networks

There are 16 Primary Care Networks across Northamptonshire covering over 776,000 patients. PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Pharmacists working at primary care fulfil a variety of roles from providing reactive same day access and assessment of patients through to proactive reviews of patients who will benefit from in depth review of their medication. Pharmacy technicians within the PCNs also fulfil a range of roles from supporting practices with risk management relating to medication to reviewing patients’ medication. The pharmacy teams work together to improve prescribing, provide additional capacity in practices.

  • Blue PCN
  • Brackley and Towcester PCN
  • Daventry PCN
  • East Northants PCN
  • Grand Union PCN
  • Kettering & South West Rural PCN
  • Northamptonshire Rural PCN
  • Parkwood PCN
  • Red Kite Healthcare PCN
  • Rockingham Forest PCN
  • Royal Parks PCN
  • The ARC Hub PCN
  • Triangle PCN
  • Wellingborough & District PCN

Some of these PCNs are represented by Federations such as, 360 Care Partnership in North Northamptonshire and General Practice Alliance in West Northamptonshire, who also contribute to the work of the faculty.


General Practice Alliance (GPA) 

General Practice Alliance (GPA) is the collaboration and linking of GP practices in Northampton to preserve, sustain and develop the local health economy. We aim to support the interests of our member Practices in Northampton, as well as ensuring patients get the best possible care equitably in the town.

One of the services GPA offers is the pharmacy service, which constitutes of a team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in GP practices, carrying out a range of roles and responsibilities from structured medication reviews (SMRs) to high-risk drug monitoring, advice around medication processes and care home support.

We offer a range of opportunities both as an organisation and via our strong links with the Northampton Faculty, ranging from work experience, pharmacy technician apprentice posts, undergraduate and foundation placements, to both pharmacy technician and pharmacist substantive posts. Our principal pharmacist helps lead the pharmacy faculty, as vice chair.

Find out more about our team from our webpage, links to vacancies are also available here:  https://northantsgpalliance.com/services/pcn-services/


Pharmacy team at 360 Partnership, in conjunction with NHFT

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. We focus on delivering care to our patients that is as easy to access as possible. The primary care network pharmacy team work across Northamptonshire within the 3Sixty Care Partnership’s Primary Care Networks

The 3Sixty Care Partnership is a unique joint venture between a federation of 27 GP practices in Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northants and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The team works alongside a multitude of healthcare professionals to support the safe and effective prescribing of medicines, in the form of medication reviews, medications audits,

3Sixty are working together with the five Primary Care Networks (PCNs), by bringing together health and care professionals to support them to deliver joined-up services, which we believe will lead to better quality care, better patient satisfaction and better outcomes.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) on behalf of 3Sixty Care Partnership, and its member practices are excited to announce that they are seeking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Pharmacists, with excellent communication skills to join our forward-thinking team to support the safe and effective prescribing of medicines and deliver the Primary Care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Service (DES).

Community Pharmacies and Community Pharmacy England BLMK&N

Considering a career in pharmacy?

The NHS England Technology Enhanced Learning team has developed ‘Pharmacy: A Day in the Life’ the first interactive and immersive series of pharmacy VR360 career videos for young people who may be considering a career in pharmacy.

The videos provide an opportunity to learn about different careers options and pathways by allowing an inside view of the day to day working world of pharmacy teams. 


Pharmacy- A Day in the Life from NHSE TEL elfh on Vimeo.


Pharmacy - Socials clip 1 from NHSE TEL elfh on Vimeo.


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Pharmacy - Socials clip 3 from NHSE TEL elfh on Vimeo.


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Pharmacy vacancies in Northamptonshire

This page contains information about current pharmacy role vacancies across all our partner organisations.

Specialist Clinical Pharmacist Antimicrobials/Clinical
Organisation: Northampton General Hospital
Location: Northampton
Closing date: 16th April 2024

Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Elective Surgical Pathway
Organisation: Northampton General Hospital
Location: Northampton
Closing date: 16th April 2024

Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Emergency and Admissions
Organisation: Northampton General Hospital
Location: Northampton
Closing date: 16th April 2024

Organisation: West Chemist
Location: Northampton
Closing date: 30th April 2024

Organisation: Prime Pharmacy
Location: Northampton
Closing date: 30th April 2024

Pharmacist (part-time)
Organisation: Finedon Pharmacy
Location: Finedon
Closing date: 31st May 2024