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If you value teamwork as much as we do then don't miss this opportunity to join our friendly and innovative Primary Care Network (PCN) 9 miles from Derby and a stones throw from Derbyshires beautiful Peak District.
We are looking for a Pharmacy Technician to join our established pharmacy team, working across 4 GP practices to develop and manage medicines optimisation. This will involve working on a range of projects to deliver the best possible prescribing outcomes across the PCN.
If you like a variety of work, working in a multi disciplinary team and are keen to develop in your role then this is the opportunity you have been looking for.
Main duties of the job
Primary care is a fast changing and innovative environment where priorities can change as the demand of our patients change. In general terms the main responsibilities for the post holder are:
Supporting practices with medication reconciliation and repeat prescribing processes, working towards undertaking apatient interactive role to ensure effective medicines use through shared decision making conversations with patient
Supporting the practices to achieve cost effective prescribing
Providing advice and support as part of the MDT; to promote the clinically appropriate use of medicines at practice level.
Developing protocols to support long term condition management and safer prescribing
Belper PCN is a formal association of 4 GP practices, based in and around Belper, that are working together to provide a selection of health services to our combined list of 45,000 patients.
The two keystones of our approach to healthcare are teamwork and innovation. We believe that by working together and being open to new ideas we can both improve the lives of our patients and contribute to the sustainability and growth of the primary care sector.
The PCN has a history of adopting new approaches in community care and already has an existing team of pharmacists and advanced care practitioners who have delivered real change and improvements to patient care.
To work with the clinicians in each practice team to rationalise and manage medicines, prescribing, repeat prescribing and the medicine review processes within each practice.
To support practices in the delivery of local and national NHS / ICB targets and objectives.
Clinical management will be through the Clinical Pharmacist lead with line management provided by the Belper PCN management team.
Knowledge, Skills And Experience
- Professional registration with GPhC
- Evidence of continued professional development
- Demonstrate ability to influence partners and stakeholders of the respective merits of different medication management options
- Awareness of systems to support management of patients in a primary care setting
- Excellent clinical pharmacy knowledge including terminology
- Understanding of pharmacy law, ethics and current legislation
- Self-motivated, able to manage own time and work on own initiative
- Understand and be able to work in a multidisciplinary team
- Computer literate
- Clear understanding of patient confidentiality framework
- Knowledge of local and national priorities
- Experience of working in Primary Care
- Experience of working in Community pharmacy
- Knowledge of GP computer systems
- Critical Appraisal skills
- Understanding of PACT data
6. Key Working Areas
- Medication reconciliation
- Support the practices to achieve cost effective prescribing
To provide advice and support as part of the MDT; to promote the clinically appropriate use of medicines at practice level.
Carry out medicines optimisation tasks under direction of PCN Pharmacists
- Working towards undertaking a patient facing role to ensure effective medicines use through shared decision making conversations with patients
Day to Day Workload to include:
Direct discussions with patients on a range of medicine related issues e.g. medication compliance and post discharge reviews
Support pharmacists in medication reviews / deprescribing for care home patients
Medicines reconciliation after hospital discharge and from clinic letters
Manage shared protocols and liaise with pharmacist for more complex patients
Support clinical pharmacist in structured medication reviews
Support initiatives to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing
To carry out audits on prescribing as required
Provide training and support to reception and administration teams
Communications And Working Relationships:
Within the PCN:
Prescribers in each practice
Primary Health care teams
ICB Medicines Management Team
ICB Practice Pharmacists
Pharmacists and other staff from neighbouring PCNs
Nursing and residential homes
Key Challenge of role
Influencing and implementing change in the management of medicines at practice level in line with the rapidly developing national and local agenda.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).