Earnswood Medical Centre
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The post holder is a pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, supporting and working within the pharmacy team currently consisting of two pharmacists, a technician, and a technician in training. 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-facingrole. 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.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will provide primary support to general practice staff withregards to prescription and medication queries. They will help support therepeat prescription system, 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.
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 an excellent service within general practice.
Earnswood Medical Centre is a dynamic, innovative practice serving a population of over 16,000 patients across the Crewe area. We are a friendly team, comprising 7 Partners, 3 salaried GPs, 3 ANPs, a Practice Nurse team and a senior Clinical Pharmacist Lead as well as other allied HCPs.
We are part of the Eagle Bridge PCN, and this role is part of the PCN ARRS scheme, however this post will report and work solely at Earnswood Medical Centre.
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 on-going 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 the clinical team for medicine improvement.
Patient facing Clinical Medication Review
Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the clinical team and clinical staff as appropriate on prescribing and monitoring.
Patient facing care home medication reviews
Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the clinical team. Work with care home staff to improve safety of medicines ordering and administration.
Management of common/minor/self-limiting ailments
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 relevant 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 highrisk 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 highrisk 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.
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 clinical audits of prescribing in areas directed by thes, 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 practices 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).