Clinical Pharmacist - Independent Prescriber
The Vale Medical Centre
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We are seeking an enthusiastic Clinical Pharmacist (Independent Prescriber) to join our established team of clinicians and be a part of a General Practice that really makes a difference.
Our ideal candidate will:
Have a growth mind-set and want to learn and develop in their role
Share our vision and values
Want to explore leadership of our other pharmacists and technicians
Support the development of our digital front-door
Be a strong team player
Be an independent prescriber
Ideally work full time
We will provide mentoring and developmental support through our senior clinicians and team members, and a positive, supportive working environment.
Salary: £ 60k+ depending on experience
Annual leave: 5 weeks
Pension: NHS Pension
Starting Date: Ideally December 2023 or January 2024
Main duties of the job
Be an Independent Prescriber who is able to support repeat prescriptions with Doctors
Manage chronic disease management, including titrating medications for diabetes / asthma / hypertension Provide expertise in clinical medicines reviews
Reduce inappropriate polypharmacy and wasteful prescribing through clinical medication review
Contribute to reductions in medicine-related hospital admissions and readmissions by supporting patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines and identifying and addressing medicines-related issues
Manage the repeat prescribing re-authorisation process by reviewing requests for repeat prescriptions and medicines reaching review dates
Manage patients and healthcare professionals medicine queries Increase quality and safety of prescribing through mechanisms such as audit and PDSA cycles
Run clinics where medicines are the main interventions e.g hypertension, diabetes, asthma Contribute to multimorbidity reviews and multidisciplinary reviews
Provide medicines information and training to Practice healthcare professionals and admin staff
Review daily Pathology results for patients on known medicines
Undertake minor ailments triage: dealing with minor ailments and triaging patients appropriately
We are located in leafy Forest Hill, Lewisham, a short walk from the train station, and work from purpose-built premises. We are a well organised, cohesive, supportive team and comitted to providing high quality care. Our PCN is well run and employs a range of additional team members. We operate a digital front-door.
Working within the practice-based teams across the PCN to undertake medication reviews particularly in high-risk groups such as: Frail elderly - Polypharmacy Renal impairment Hepatic impairment Substance misuse Patients on high-risk medicines STOPP/START identified patients Revolving door Hospital admissions
2. Improve prescribing practice through educational support for all prescribers within the practice 3. Lead on changes where the evidence requires changes in prescribing across patient population e.g. where a drug is withdrawn or indications change
4. Liaise with colleagues in community pharmacy to align support for medicines adherence such as MUR and NMS
5. Support improvements in clinical care through practice-based audit and implementing change 6. Prescribing advice to prescribers in practice e.g. temporary non availability of drugs
7. Ensure patient safety when they are transferred between care providers through reconciliation of prescribed medicines
Qualifications & Training
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 Completion of an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council Ideally have worked in general practice for at least 1 year.
Minimum of 2 years post-graduate experience in pharmacy, as demonstrated within a practice portfolio Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) or any other relevant Pharmaceutical Membership Member of or working towards (through foundation) RPS or other relevant Pharmaceutical membership you may hold or be working towards a prescribing qualification
May hold or be working towards a postgraduate pharmacy qualification
Has an awareness of the breadth of common acute and long term conditions that are likely to be seen in a general medical practice
Conduct, Competency & Skills:
Demonstrates general pharmaceutical skills and knowledge in core areas Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general pharmaceutical care programmes for patients in core areas, including disease states / long term conditions identified by local Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment
Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision as an individual
Demonstrates ability to use 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 the normal pattern and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate Is 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 guidance.
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