Clinical Pharmacist

Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries


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Job summary

The North Riding Community Health Network are excited to offer an opportunity for a Clinical Pharmacist to join our expanding Primary Care Network team.

The post holder will be someone who acts within their professional boundaries, supporting and working alongside a multi-disciplinary team in general practice. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies within the PCN, therefore requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice. The successful candidate will be supported through the CPPE programme to develop their skills and become a non-medical prescriber if required. There is an office at Thornton Dale for our Pharmacists however home working is also available along with time in the various practices if required. If you are interested in joining our team please complete the online application or submit a CV ensuring you detail how you meet the qualification, knowledge & skills and experience criteria's from the job description and personal specification.

Main duties of the job


Undertake clinical medication reviews to proactively manage patients with complex polypharmacy.

Provide primary support to general practice staff with regards to prescription and medication queries.

Support the repeat prescription 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).

Provide clinical leadership on medicines optimisation and quality improvement and manage some aspects of the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services.

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. For full details please see the associated Job Description.

About us

North Riding Community Health Network was founded in 2019 and has four member practices. We are located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and our member practices are Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice, Ampleforth and Hovingham Surgeries, Derwent Practice and Sherburn and Rillington Medical Practice. We provide care to an overall patient population of 39,000. Each member practice has a CQC rating of good in all areas and 3 out of the 4 practices are rural dispensing practices. Our aim is to deliver high quality services for our patients, facilitated by working collaboratively, to better respond to the needs of our local population. We are building a multi-disciplinary clinical team to support our practices and offer new services to our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see associated job description for full details.

Patient facing Clinical Medication Review

Patient facing care home medication


Patient facing support

Telephone medicines support

Medicine information to practice staff

and patients

Unplanned hospital admissions

Management of medicines at discharge

from hospital


Repeat and acute prescribing

Risk stratification

Service development

Information management

Medicines quality improvement

Medicines safety

Implementation of local and national

guidelines and formulary


Education and Training

Care Quality Commission

Public health

Person Specification



  • Evidence of continued CPD
  • An appreciation of the nature of GPs and general practices
  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in an understandable form to a variety of audiences (e.g. patients)
  • Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions.
  • Good IT skills
  • Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information
  • Recognises priorities when problem solving and identifies deviations from the normal pattern and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Produce timely and informative reports
  • Gain acceptance for recommendations and influence/motivate/ persuade the audience to comply with the recommendations/ agreed course of action where there may be significant barriers
  • Work effectively independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision


  • Minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience.
  • In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence based healthcare.



  • Full Driving Licence
  • Use of own transport
  • In date DBS
  • Safeguarding adult and children level three (training will be given)
  • Basic life support training (training will be given)



  • Mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) (or equivalent)


  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Member of or working towards Faculty membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Specialist knowledge acquired through postgraduate diploma level or equivalent training/experience
  • Independent prescriber or working towards/intent of gaining independent prescribing qualification

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Ampleforth & Hovingham Surgeries


Back Lane



YO62 4EF

Employer's website (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Penny Coldbeck

Date posted

23 November 2021

Pay scheme



£38,321 to £44,647 a year



Working pattern

Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Back Lane



YO62 4EF

Thornton Dale Surgery

Thornton Dale

YO18 7TJ

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Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm

Saturday: 9am to 3pm

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