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Are you looking for a change? Would you like to work within a supportive team of like-minded pharmacy professionals? Are you an independent prescriber? then we have the job for you.
We are looking for a clinical pharmacist to join our dynamic, innovative and expanding clinical pharmacy team within Rushcliffe Primary Care Network - (North Rushcliffe Practices).
Our current team is made up of 10 pharmacists and 6 pharmacy technicians and we pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive team ethos. We have excellent, robust clinical governance procedures in place, with a senior clinical pharmacist and GP lead providing regular clinical supervision, team meetings and training. Rushcliffe PCN consists of 11 practices which are all fully engaged with the PCN pharmacy team and provide supportive integration of these roles into practice. PartnersHealth is the GP federation for Rushcliffe and the employer for all additional roles within the PCN.
Main duties of the job
The clinical pharmacist will work as part of the general practice team within their clinical competencies to provide expertise in clinical medicines management across a range of aspects such as day to day medication related queries, acute prescription requests, supporting hospital discharge prescribing arrangements and follow up, actioning of MHRA alerts and targeted medication reviews which may be done over the telephone or face to face. You will be expected to help in streamlining processes and developing protocols to allow for safer prescribing and to meet CQC expectations.
You will act as a specialist resource to answer medicines-related queries, to signpost to other services and to liaise with other healthcare professionals as required. Clinical supervision and mentorship will be provided by the clinical lead GP and the senior clinical pharmacist.
The clinical pharmacist will support the Covid vaccination programme along with the rest of the pharmacy team with regards clinical governance, training, and practical support. Previous experience of working with the Covid vaccine would be advantageous.
We are looking for a candidate who is an enthusiastic self-starter and who is adaptable to change. You will have excellent communication skills and be proactive in approaching patients, carers, colleagues and other agencies as and when needed.
The successful candidate will work within a supportive practice team and the wider PCN pharmacy team in order to deliver safe and effective use of medicines by applying their clinical, pharmaceutical and technical skills to a variety of tasks within the medicines optimisation agenda.
This role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies, so requires motivation and passion to deliver an excellent service within general practice. If you are a forward thinking individual who is keen to develop in this role, we want to hear from you!
An independent prescriber qualification is essential for this role.
Salary - Band 7 - 8A dependent on completion of IP, completion of CPPE pathway and previous experience of working in general practice.
An employee assistance package for all staff
For further information about the roles or for an informal chat please contact Rebecca.email@example.com
Closing date: Sunday 5th February 2023
Interview Date: Monday 20th February 2023
Clinical Pharmacist Job Description
Responsible to: Senior Clinical Pharmacist
The post holder is a pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, supporting and working alongside a team of pharmacists in general practice. In this role they will be supported by a senior clinical pharmacist who will develop, manage and mentor them.
The post holder will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role. The post holder will take responsibility for areas of chronic disease management within the practice and undertake clinical medication reviews to proactively manage patients with complex polypharmacy.
The post holder will provide primary support to general practice staff with regards to prescription and medication queries. They will help support the repeat prescriptions system, deal with acute prescription requests, and medicines reconciliation on transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing, providing expertise in clinical medicines advice while addressing both public and social care needs of patient in the GP practice (s).
The post holder will provide clinical leadership on medicines optimisation and quality improvement and manage some aspects of the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services.
The post holder will ensure that the practice integrates with community and hospital pharmacy to help utilise skill mix, improve patient outcomes, ensure better access to healthcare and help manage workload. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice.
The post holder will be supported to develop their role to become a non-medical prescriber.
1. Primary Duties and Areas of Responsibility
Patient facing Long-term condition clinics
See (where appropriate) patients with single or multiple medical problems where medicine optimisation is required (e.g. COPD, asthma). Review the ongoing need for each medicine, a review of monitoring needs and an opportunity to support patients with their medicines taking ensuring they get the best use of their medicines (i.e. medicines optimisation). Make appropriate recommendations to Senior Pharmacists or GPs for medicine improvement.
Patient facing Clinical Medication Review
Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for senior clinical pharmacist, nurses and/or GP on prescribing and monitoring.
Patient facing care home medication reviews
Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the senior clinical pharmacist, nurses or GPs on prescribing and monitoring. Work with care home staff to improve safety of medicines ordering and administration.
Patient facing domiciliary clinical medication review
Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the senior clinical pharmacists, nurses and GPs on prescribing and monitoring. Attend and refer patients to multidisciplinary case conferences.
Management of common/minor/self-limiting ailments
Managing caseload for patients with common/minor/self limiting ailments while working within a scope of practice and limits of competence. Signposting to community pharmacy and referring to GPs or other healthcare professionals where appropriate.
Patient facing medicines support
Provide patient facing clinics for those with questions, queries and concerns about their medicines in the practice.
Telephone medicines support
Provide a telephone help line for patients with questions, queries and concerns about their medicines.
Medicine information to practice staff and patients
Answers all medicine-related enquiries from GPs, other practice staff, other healthcare teams (e.g. community pharmacy) and patients with queries about medicines. Suggesting and recommending solutions. Providing follow up for patients to monitor the effect of any changes.
Unplanned hospital admissions
Review the use of medicines most commonly associated with unplanned hospital admissions and readmissions through audit and individual patient reviews. Put in place changes to reduce the prescribing of these medicines to high-risk patient groups.
Management of medicines at discharge from hospital
To reconcile medicines following discharge from hospitals, intermediate care and into care homes, including identifying and rectifying unexplained changes and working with patients and community pharmacists to ensure patients receive the medicines they need post discharge. Set up and manage systems to ensure continuity of medicines supply to high-risk groups of patients (e.g. those with medicine compliance aids or those in care homes).
Ensure that patients are referred to the appropriate healthcare professional for the appropriate level of care within an appropriate period of time e.g. pathology results, common/minor ailments, acute conditions, long term condition reviews etc.
Produce and implement a practice repeat prescribing policy. Manage the repeat prescribing reauthorisation process by reviewing patient requests for repeat prescriptions and reviewing medicines reaching review dates and flagging up those needing a review. Ensure patients have appropriate monitoring tests in place when required.
Identification of cohorts of patients at high risk of harm from medicines through pre-prepared practice computer searches. This might include risks that are patient related, medicine related, or both.
Contribute pharmaceutical advice for the development and implementation of new services that have medicinal components (e.g. advice on treatment pathways and patient information leaflets).
Analyse, interpret and present medicines data to highlight issues and risks to support decision making.
Medicines quality improvement
Undertake simple audits of prescribing in areas directed by the GPs, feedback the results and implement changes in conjunction with the practice team.
Implement changes to medicines that result from MHRA alerts, product withdrawal and other local and national guidance.
Implementation of local and national guidelines and formulary recommendations
Monitor practice prescribing against the local health economys RAG list and make recommendations to GPs for medicines that should be prescribed by hospital doctors (red drugs) or subject to shared care (amber drugs). Assist prac8ces in seeing and maintaining a practice formulary that is hosted on the practices computer system. Auditing practices compliance against NICE technology assessment guidance. Provide newsletters or bulletins on important prescribing messages.
Education and Training
Provide education and training to primary healthcare team on therapeutics and medicines optimisation.
Care Quality Commission
Work with the general practice team to ensure the practice is compliant with CQC standards where medicines are involved.
To support public health campaigns. To provide specialist knowledge on all public health programmes available to the general public.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).