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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Pharmacy Technician to join our Primary Care Network Pharmacy Team. The post-holder will assist activities in each of the five member practices within the Rural Practice Primary Care Network to help patients to get the best from their medicines by supporting systems to improve the continuity of care, handling of prescription queries from patients and health care professionals and supporting medication management in care homes. They will also participate in medication audits, quality improvement projects and monitoring of high-risk drugs to ensure ongoing patient safety and high quality prescribing.
This post is funded by NHS England and will include a requirement to participate in the national CPPE training scheme for pharmacy technicians in general practice.
Main duties of the job
BTech. City and Guilds or Apothecary Hall, or
NVQ level 3 with BTech in Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent
Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council
Practical experience of working as pharmacy technician in primary care, community or secondary care setting
Experience of providing pharmaceutical and prescribing advice
Practical experience of computerised systems
Experience of prescriptions processes and systems
Attention to detail
Good communication skills, written and oral
IT and Keyboard skills
Ability to follow procedures and work to deadlines
Ability to handle situations of potential conflict
Problem solving skills
Ability to work on own initiative
Ability to work as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal skills
Influencing and negotiating skills
Ability to plan and organise
The Rural Practice Network serves a population of 33,000 patients in South Somerset. We have five member practices - Queen Camel Medical Centre, Wincanton Health Centre, Bruton Surgery, Milborne Port Surgery and Millbrook Surgery. This is a chance to join a growing organisation with lots of exciting projects to work on. We have two network Pharmacists who you will work in collaboration with to deliver positive otucomes for patients in relation to their medications.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To support the practice pharmacists, including:
- To carry out medicines reconciliation in accordance with practice protocols and to update patients medical records and prescriptions.
- To carry out medication switches, dose optimisation and medicines synchronisation to ensure safe and cost-effective prescribing
- To initiate repeat prescribing for appropriate patients
- To provide advice to GPs, staff and patients in changes to prescribing in order to support the improvement of prescribing safety, quality and cost effectiveness
- To participate in medication audits and QOF quality improvement projects
- To respond to medication queries from patients and staff in a professional manner referring to the appropriate GP in accordance with practice protocols
- To support care homes in maintaining effective medicines management and reduce waste
- To carry out domiciliary visits where required to support patients use of medication
- To advise on the sourcing and safe management of medicines as appropriate
- To action drug alerts
- To act as a link between practice and local community and hospital pharmacy services
- To provide information on KPIs to show benefits of the post
- 2.To support the practice teams, including:
- Liaise with patients and pharmacies regarding prescription queries and requests
- Work with the practice medicines management teams, clinicians and other practice staff to resolve all medicines related queries
- Liaise with hospital staff with reference to discharge and clinic letters
- Check patient records for chronic disease and drug monitoring, and arrange for testing and review as appropriate
- Enter relevant patient information accurately onto EMIS
- Use the Prescription Tracker to establish the status of electronic prescriptions
- Undertake any other duties appropriate to the post as requested
This job description does not purport to cover all aspects of the post holders duties but is intended to be indicative of the main areas of responsibility.
Contribution to the Implementation of Services:
The post-holder will:
- apply RPN policies, standards and guidance.
- participate in audits where appropriate.
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
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01 March 2021
Full-time, Flexible working, Home or remote working