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Senior Clinical Pharmacist PCN

Walsall Primary Care Network

The closing date is 28 August 2020

Job overview

The Walsall Primary Care Networks (PCN) are pleased to advertise an opportunity for the role of PCN Senior Clinical Pharmacist. The post holder will be an experienced pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, to develop, manage and mentor a team of pharmacists within the PCN. They will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team taking responsibility for areas of chronic disease management and undertake clinical medication reviews.

*Unfortunately for legal reasons, we are unable to accept any requests from applicants who have previously been employed by Prescribing Support Services Ltd between the dates of the 5th of September 2019 and the 31st of March 2020. This restriction is imposed until the 1st of April 2021.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide support to general practice staff and will help support the repeat prescriptions system, deal with acute prescription requests and medicines reconciliation. 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 role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice and PCNs.

About us

Primary care is changing; both the way we interact with patients and the local structures. It is an exciting and dynamic time to work within General Practice. In Walsall, networks of local GP practices have formed seven Primary Care Networks (PCNs) to develop new ways of working.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice is part of an exciting programme of transformation to develop a new model of care which addresses our ambition to deliver person-centred, coordinated care across the district. The Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice model is supported by the direction of national policy including the Five Year Forward View and GP Forward View where there is a need to better utilise the role of pharmacy within primary care to pro-actively help patients stay safe and well and out of hospital, as well as helping to reduce the demands on general practice.

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, especially for older people, people in residential care homes and those with multiple co-morbidities.

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.

Collaborative Working Relationships

  • Recognises the roles of other colleagues within the organisation and their role to patient care.
  • Demonstrates use of appropriate communication to gain the co-operation of relevant stakeholders (including patients, senior and peer colleagues, and other professionals, other NHS/private organisations eg. CCGs).
  • Demonstrates ability to lead a team.
  • Is able to recognise personal limitations and refer to more appropriate colleague(s) when necessary.
  • Actively work toward developing and maintaining effective working relationships both within and outside the practice and locality.
  • Foster and maintain strong links with all services across locality.
  • Explores the potential for collaborative working and takes opportunities to initiate and sustain such relationships.
  • Demonstrates ability to integrate general practice with community and hospital pharmacy teams.
  • Liaises with and seeks advice from Supervisor pharmacist as required.
  • Optimises opportunities for professional development as provided.
  • Liaises with CCG colleagues including CCG Pharmacists on prescribing related matters to ensure consistency of patient care and benefit.
  • Liaises with CCG pharmacists and Heads of Medicines Management/ Optimisation to benefit from peer support.
  • Liaises with other stakeholders as needed for the collective benefit of patients including but not limited to:
  • Patients, GP, nurses and other practice staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required

  • Has an experience/awareness of the breadth of common acute and long-term conditions that are likely to be seen in a general medical practice.
  • Minimum of 5 years post graduate experience in pharmacy, as demonstrated within a practice portfolio.
  • Holds an independent prescribing qualification or working towards qualification.
  • Able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general pharmaceutical care programmes for patients across core areas, including disease states/long term conditions.
  • Accountable for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision.
  • Uses skills in a range of routine situations requiring analysis or comparison of a range of options.
  • Recognises priorities when problem-solving and identifies deviations from normal pattern and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate.
  • Able to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/procedures and codes of conduct.
  • Involves patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence as per NICE guidelines.

NB: it is anticipated that the level of qualification held may vary according to the level of position and the components of the role being carried out, see person specification.


  • Demonstrate understanding of the pharmacy role in governance and is able to implement this appropriately within the workplace.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and contributes to, the workplace vision.
  • Engages with Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and involves PPGs in development of the role and practices.
  • Demonstrates ability to improve quality within limitations of service.
  • Reviews yearly progress and develops clear plans to achieve results within priorities set by others.
  • Demonstrate ability to motivate self to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead a team and provide support to other clinical pharmacists.
  • Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values of the organisation and around equality, diversity and openness; effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s) and other key individuals across the organisation.
  • Promotes diversity and equality in people management techniques and leads by example.


  • Provide clinical pharmacists with clinical and professional guidance on areas of core competency, provide advice on and answer specific practical queries, act as point-of-contact for concerns, identify training requirements and opportunities for professional development.
  • Liaise with and secure feedback from individual practices, provide regular monthly reports to supervisor pharmacist group.
  • Support/contribute to agreed performance assessments.
  • Provide face-to-face support to each clinical pharmacist
  • Demonstrate understanding of the implications of national priorities for the team and/or service and manage the team through these changes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the process for effective resource utilisation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice.
  • Demonstrates ability to identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol.
  • Follows professional and organisational policies/procedures relating to performance management.
  • Demonstrate ability to extend boundaries of service delivery within the team.
  • Lead and mentor a team of differing abilities.

Education, Training and Development

  • Understands and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to members in the team and/or service.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the mentorship process.
  • Demonstrates ability to conduct teaching and assessment effectively according to a learning plan with supervision from more experienced colleagues.
  • Demonstrates self-development through continuous professional development activity.
  • Participates in the delivery of formal education programmes; inspiring others to be positive in their support of continuous improvement. Optimises opportunities for professional development as provided.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of current educational policies relevant to working areas of practice and keeps up to date with relevant clinical practice.
  • Ensure there is appropriate clinical supervision in place all pharmacists.
  • Ensures all pharmacists are engaged with the review and appraisal systems within the practice.

Research and Evaluation

  • Demonstrates ability to critically evaluate and review literature.
  • Demonstrates ability to identify where there is a gap in the evidence base to support practice.
  • Demonstrates ability to generate evidence suitable for presentations at practice and local level.
  • Demonstrates ability to apply research evidence base into working place.
  • Demonstrates understanding of principles of research governance.

Health and Safety/Risk Management

  • The post-holder must comply at all times with the Practices Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed safe working procedures and reporting incidents using the organisations Incident Reporting System.
  • The post-holder will comply with the Data Protection Act (1984) and the Access to Health Records Act (1990).

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

Respect for Patient Confidentiality

The post-holder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.

Special Working Conditions

  • The post-holder is required to travel independently between practice sites (where applicable), and to attend meetings etc. hosted by other agencies.
  • The post-holder will have contact with body fluids i.e., wound exudates; urine etc. while in clinical practice.

Job Description Agreement

This job description is intended to provide an outline of the key tasks and responsibilities only. There may be other duties required of the post-holder commensurate with the position. This description will be open to regular review and may be amended to take into account development within the Practice. All members of staff should be prepared to take on additional duties or relinquish existing duties in order to maintain the efficient running of the Practice.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for disclosure to be made to the Criminal Records Bureau to check for any previous criminal convictions. OurNet Health Services is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users.

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.

*This package includes a standard NEST pension scheme auto-enrollment.

** This advert may close early if suitable candidates are found.

*** Salary is NHS agenda for change band 7 to 8a and is dependent on experience.

Person Specification



  • - Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) (or equivalent)
  • - Independent prescriber or working towards/intent of gaining an independent prescribing qualification


  • - Specialist knowledge acquired through post- graduate diploma level or equivalent training/experience



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

Professional Registration


  • - Mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)


  • - Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • - A member of, or working towards Faculty membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society



  • - Self-Motivation
  • - Adaptable
  • - In date CRB
  • - Safeguarding adult and children level three
  • - Immunisation status
  • - Basic life support training


  • - Full Driving Licence
  • - Information Governance toolkit completion

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

Walsall Primary Care Network


29 The Pinfold



Employer's website

Date posted

27 July 2020

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 7





Working pattern



37.5 hours a week

Reference number


Job locations

29 The Pinfold



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