Coastal Medical Partnership
This job is now closed
Coastal Medical Partnership is an innovative and forward thinking Partnership that also represents a single Primary Care Network (PCN). We are in the unusual position of being able to work seamlessly across the network with no inter Partnership/Practice boundaries.
Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice is part of an exciting programme of transformation to develop a new model of care which addresses our ambition to deliver person-centred, coordinated care across the district. The Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice model is supported by the direction of national policy including the Five Year Forward View where there is a need to better utilise the role of pharmacy within primary care to pro-actively help patients stay safe, well and out of hospital as well as assisting to reduce the demands on general practice.
Main duties of the job
The purpose of the role is to support the GPs, Clinical Pharmacists and the wider MDT across the PCN, to maximise safe, cost effective prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The post holder will develop and encourage a positive culture of medicines optimisation principles to assist the PCN in achieving local and national medicines related objectives. Under the supervision of a wider team the Pharmacy Technicians will use their logistical expertise to ensure effective and efficient use of medicines.
We are excited to work with applicants who are looking for a varied and interesting job, working with a great multidisciplinary team (MDT). This role is an integral part of the Integrated Clinical Pharmacy Team across the PCN. We aim to always provide high quality care to our patients and also to look after each other at work to ensure safe and sustainable Primary Care. We border the spectacular South Coast and beautiful New Forest National Park giving us huge opportunity to empower our patients to improve their health as part of their well-being. This is an excellent part of the UK to be a health care professional.
Support the delivery of clinical pharmacy services across the PCN, to include:
liaising with clinicians and administrative staff to answer medicines related queries within the Technicians scope of competence or referring them to the most suitable healthcare professional where appropriate;
in accordance with agreed and approved protocols, assisting the Clinical Pharmacists with Structured Medication Reviews (SMR) such as providing background information, arranging necessary monitoring tests before SMR and follow up of patients after review by the Clinical Pharmacist through domiciliary and Care Home visits, utilising consultation skills to work in partnership with patients to optimise their use of medicines;
providing medicines reconciliation for patients in a timely and effective manner when they register with the practice or transfer back into primary care, liaising with patients and other providers to ensure patients receive appropriate medication.
Assist with medication safety monitoring systems including managing drug monitoring of medicines prescribed under shared care (e.g. high-risk drugs).
Participate in quality improvement work and clinical audits to maximise safe and cost-effective medicines use. This will include assisting with searches, data collection and medicine safety tasks.
Provide advice to address both the public health and social care needs of patients, including lifestyle advice, signposting and helping to tackle local health inequalities.
Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing locally.
Technical and administration
Improve and implement efficient ordering and repeat prescribing processes, including:
promoting and implementing aspects of electronic prescribing (ETP) and electronic repeat dispensing (eRD) and online ordering, in particular to minimise clinical risk and waste of medicines;
supporting the PCN with prescription processing and improving the service to patients, including community pharmacy liaison around medication changes and out of stock medications.
Provide advice and support on the legal, safe and secure handling of medicines.
Maintain the practice formulary.
Support the implementation of national prescribing policies and guidance within GP practices, care homes and other primary care settings.
Monitor practice prescribing and adherence to Coastal PCN, local and national prescribing policies.
Assist the practice with the identification and management of patients taking medications that are subject to CAS/MHRA alerts, product withdrawal and other local/national guidance.
Support the PCN to deliver on QIPP agenda, QOF and locally commissioned enhanced services.
Support the PCN in reviewing and developing practice policies for CQC requirements.
Equality and diversity
Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity, to include:
acting in a way that recognises the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures, policies and current legislation;
respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues; and
behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.
Participate in mandatory training and any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, to include:
engaging with an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development; and
taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work.
Strive to maintain quality within the practice, including:
alerting other team members to issues of quality and risk;
assessing own performance and taking accountability for own actions, directly or under supervision;
contributing to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the teams performance;
working effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patient needs; and
effectively managing own time, workload and resources.
Participate in practice meetings, patient participation groups and other local meetings to improve engagement with the role of the Pharmacy Technician.
Ensure principles of openness, transparency and candour are observed and upheld in all working practices.
Work in accordance with PCN policies, including the equal opportunities, equality and diversity, safeguarding, health and safety, and infection control policies.
Develop relationships and work closely with community, hospital, MOT pharmacy colleagues and the wider health system.
Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required from time to time.