GRAND UNION PCN Clinical Pharmacists

General Practice Alliance Ltd

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Job summary

Our Clinical Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians are highly valued and well-integrated members of the practice teams, as well as being supported by the wider GPA team. It is due to the success of our existing team that our practices are keen for us to expand. 

This advert is for a 0.75 FTE (28 hours PW) PCN Clinical Pharmacist within the GRAND UNION PCN. 

We will offer you:

· Full induction to primary care, our team, and your practices.

· Great work/life balance– flexible/part time & hybrid working.

· Regular supervision and support with senior pharmacist and the wider team.

· Protected study leave & funded access to:

o Centre of Postgraduate Pharmacy Education (CPPE) PCPEP pathway. More information is available here: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/pcpep/pcpep-training-pathway.

o Independent Prescribing course.

· Career development and progression, we already have a specialist depression clinic, heart failure reviews and host a shared foundation year pharmacist each year.

· Expenses covered incl. Indemnity insurance, GPhC, RPC.

· 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time staff).

· NHS Pension

Proposed Interview Date - 23rd June 2022 

Main duties of the job

The role of the clinical pharmacist in primary care is hugely varied and challenging. We meet regularly with our practices to ensure the pharmacists have clear workplans and objectives. This has been hugely successful in ensuring we are using individual’s skills, delivering on the GP contracts, and supporting the practices as needed.

The successful candidate will be integral part of the practice team, answering medicine queries from patients and colleagues, delivering structured medication reviews, supporting our care home patients with their medicines, working closely with the pharmacy technicians in our team.

We have great links with our local prescribing team, our community pharmacies, the local DGHs, the Primary Care Training Hub and the new ICS. These links mean we can support and work with our colleagues from all sectors to give our patients high quality medicine support.  We have worked with local community pharmacies to introduce CPCS to our local practices and support the use of the New Medicine Scheme referrals. We are passionate about developing pharmacy professionals of the future and currently share both trainee pharmacist and apprentice posts with NGH. We have plans to host undergraduate pharmacy students from the next academic year. All our team support in training new staff, other healthcare professionals and students.

About us

GPA is a small, forward-thinking organisation with Primary Care Transformation at the forefront.

For more information about GPA and the pharmacy team please visit our website: https://northantsgpalliance.com/

This is what some of our team have said about working for us:

‘Very supportive team, friendly and caring. I feel lucky to be part of a great team who helped me believe in myself and helped me achieve so much in a short time.’

‘I can honestly say all the team members are easily approachable and supportive of each other. A wide variety of skill sets within the team to utilise. I have been able to learn so much and develop my clinical skills. It is a privilege to work alongside all members of the team.’

‘Having worked in a different sector of pharmacy for many years I find the GPA pharmacy team to incredibly supportive, professional, and very well respected by other healthcare professionals. Love being part of this team.’

Please contact Philippa Jones, Principal Clinical Pharmacist or Zoe Webb, Lead Pharmacy technician for an informal chat or more information.

Email: Philippa.jones10@nhs.net Tel: 07708476743

Email: Zoe.webb5@nhs.net Tel: 07708473000

Date posted

24 May 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£40,057 to £45,667 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

A1341-22-5413

Job locations

129 Hazeldene Road

Northampton

Northamptonshire

NN2 7PB


Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

The launch of the new Five-Year GP contract by NHS England emphasises the importance of Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care. New posts have been created within each of the newly formed Primary Care Networks which cover small groups of GP practices supporting 30,000 to 70,000 patients. This position will involve working across practices which have formed to create the Primary Care Networks. The post holder is a pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, supporting and working alongside a team of pharmacists in 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.

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 patients in GP practices.

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.

If necessary, the post holder will be supported to develop their role to become a non-medical prescriber.

Please see the Job Description/ Person Specification in the uploaded documents for full details of the role.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Summary

The launch of the new Five-Year GP contract by NHS England emphasises the importance of Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care. New posts have been created within each of the newly formed Primary Care Networks which cover small groups of GP practices supporting 30,000 to 70,000 patients. This position will involve working across practices which have formed to create the Primary Care Networks. The post holder is a pharmacist, who acts within their professional boundaries, supporting and working alongside a team of pharmacists in 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.

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 patients in GP practices.

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.

If necessary, the post holder will be supported to develop their role to become a non-medical prescriber.

Please see the Job Description/ Person Specification in the uploaded documents for full details of the role.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm)

Desirable

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

Professional Registration

Essential

  • Mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council

Desirable

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

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • An appreciation of the nature of GPs and General Practice
  • 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)
  • Good IT skills
  • Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information
  • Recognises priorities when problem solving and identifies deviations from the normal pattern and can refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Produce timely and informative reports
  • Work effectively independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision

Desirable

  • In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidencebased healthcare
  • Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions
  • 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
  • Minimum of 2 years postqualification experience

Other

Essential

  • Adaptable
  • Self-Motivated
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Safeguarding adult and children level three
  • Immunisation status
  • Basic life support training
  • Ability to travel between practices

Desirable

  • Full Driving Licence
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm)

Desirable

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

Professional Registration

Essential

  • Mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council

Desirable

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

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • An appreciation of the nature of GPs and General Practice
  • 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)
  • Good IT skills
  • Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information
  • Recognises priorities when problem solving and identifies deviations from the normal pattern and can refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Produce timely and informative reports
  • Work effectively independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision

Desirable

  • In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidencebased healthcare
  • Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions
  • 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
  • Minimum of 2 years postqualification experience

Other

Essential

  • Adaptable
  • Self-Motivated
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Safeguarding adult and children level three
  • Immunisation status
  • Basic life support training
  • Ability to travel between practices

Desirable

  • Full Driving Licence

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).

Additional information

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

General Practice Alliance Ltd

Address

129 Hazeldene Road

Northampton

Northamptonshire

NN2 7PB


Employer's website

http://www.northantsgpalliance.com/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

General Practice Alliance Ltd

Address

129 Hazeldene Road

Northampton

Northamptonshire

NN2 7PB


Employer's website

http://www.northantsgpalliance.com/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Philippa Jones

philippa.jones10@nhs.net

07708476743

Date posted

24 May 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£40,057 to £45,667 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working

Reference number

A1341-22-5413

Job locations

129 Hazeldene Road

Northampton

Northamptonshire

NN2 7PB