Peel Medical Practice
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To support the Clincial Pharmacists to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and efficient systems for repeat prescribing, medicines optimisation, reducing medicines waste and maximising patient outcomes.
Main duties of the job
To respond to medication queries from patients and staff in a professional manner referring to the appropriate clinician in accordance with practice protocols.
To support the Pharmacist in providing medication reviews, developing further Standard Operating Procedures, patient information leaflets and information about medicine awareness.
To Liaise where necessary with community pharmacists and other pharmacists in relation to medicine optimisation.
To participate in medication and other clinical audits.
To take a proactive approach to the safe handling of prescriptions, including assessment of risk and making recommendations for improvement.
To support the achievement of the practices prescribing Quality and Outcomes Framework targets.
To help plan, develop and support the introduction of new working processes within the practice to optimise the quality of prescribing.
Peel Medical Practice is a busy GP practice in Tamworth with over 14,000 patients.
We are a friendly, welcoming and forward thinking practice with over 50 staff including 5 GP Partners, a management team, a clinical team and an administration team.
We pride ourselves in being a well-established training practice from trainee Doctors to Student Nurses.
As a practice we believe in delivering the highest standards for our patients and this is reflected in our NHS patient reviews.
· Work with the Lead Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacists and Clinicians in accordance with agreed practice prescribing standard operating procedures.
· Process repeat medication requests, including the conversion of acute requests to repeat medicines, changing quantities of medicines.
· Issuing prescriptions in line with agreed clinical protocols and within your competency
· Provide advice and guidance to patients regarding medication optimisation and lifestyle e.g. inhaler techniques.
· To provide medication review services to patients via clinics in practices, domiciliary visits and in residential and nursing homes and to deliver pharmaceutical care plans that maximise cost-effective prescribing and improve the quality of patient care.
· To support the achievement of the practice’s prescribing Quality and Outcomes Framework targets; working in collaboration with the Targets Team
· Dealing with medication queries including acute medication requests, patient medication and prescription queries.
· To update and maintain accurate patient medication records on the practice clinical computer system, including advice given and action taken.
· Liaise with secondary and primary care colleagues to ensure correct medicines are continued following the transfer of care.
· To assist the Lead Clinical Pharmacist with data analysis of prescribing behaviour in line with NICE guidance and local clinical commissioning directives.
· To assist with the development and review of medicine audits.
· Provide a contact for patients and colleagues with medication queries.
· Specific work/prescribing initiatives under the support of the Pharmacist.
· Conduct medication reconciliation following discharge from hospital, clinic visits and other transfers of care (e.g. new patients, care home residents), to ensure that medication changes are safely implemented in a timely fashion.
· To link with hospital and community pharmacy colleagues to address discrepancies, supply issues and queries within competency.
· Liaise with the wider health care team including primary care staff, community nurses and care home staff with medication queries.
· To undertake regular audits using different tools, for example to identify priority patients for medication review.
· To support the safe and effective repeat prescribing of high-risk medicines ensuring that regular monitoring as per local/shared care guidance is taking place.
· Supporting patients to manage their medications, for example; synchronisation of medications, reviewing patient’s suitability for monitored dosage systems, and setting up electronic repeat dispensing.
· To document interventions made to patients’ medications in their health care records to ensure there is a clear audit trail and changes are clearly accounted for.
· To promote cost effective, safe, evidence-based prescribing in accordance with local formulary, medication optimisation strategy and national guidance.
· Attend local meetings seeking to improve access to medicines or repeat prescribing processes.
· Seek advice from the patient’s GP or practice lead GP as appropriate.
· Link/liaise with local strategic groups to ensure work is aligned with local health and wellbeing priorities.
· Establish positive working relationships and effective communication with network practices, integrated care health and care teams, and a range of local voluntary sector and community organisations.
· Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.
· To use highly developed knowledge and skills to provide high standards of patient centred care.
· To maintain accurate contemporaneous records on all aspects of the care process and patient contact.
· Contribute to the development of the service, e.g. developing service pathways, paperwork and sharing good practice across network practices.
· Awareness of, and compliance with, all relevant local/clinical policies and guidelines.
· Participate in data collection data for audit purposes and be responsible for monitoring progress against key performance targets.
· To attend and participate in practice clinical meetings and other multi-disciplinary meetings where necessary.
· NB: This job description outlines the key duties that are expected of you within the role although is not an exhaustive list. It may be amended in line with experience, business requirements and as a result of any future organisational change.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).