Clinical Pharmacist

Portsdown Group Practice


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Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Pharmacist to develop a pioneering role within primary care. Working as part of a team which currently comprises of 3 Clinical Pharmacists and 2 Pharmacy Technicians and covering a demographically diverse population of more than 58,000 patients, you will work closely with all GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics and wider multi-disciplinary team, which also includes a full nursing team, specialist diabetes and respiratory nurses, social prescribers and first contact physiotherapists.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient-facing role. Providing primary support to general practice staff with regards to prescription and medication queries. Support the repeat prescription system, medicines reconciliation on transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing.

Provide clinical leadership on medicines management and quality improvement as well as managing some aspects of the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services.

About us

Portsdown Group Practice covers the whole of Portsmouth from postcodes PO1 to PO7. We operate from 6 surgeries: Cosham Park House (PO6 3BG), Crookhorn Lane (PO7 5XP, Heyward Road (PO4 0DY), Kingston Crescent (PO2 8AL), Paulsgrove (PO6 4HJ), and Somerstown (PO5 4EZ).

We are our own Primary Care Network (PCN) looking after over £58,000 patients. We have Clinical Partners, Salaried GPs and a comprehensive Nursing and extended clinical team overseen by our Clinical Team Manager and consisting of Nurse / Paramedic Practitioners, Registered Nurses, HCAs, Physician Associate , MSK Physio Therapists and Care Co-ordinators. The Pharmacy team is led by a Pharmacy Team Lead & Senior Clinical Pharmacist and consists of Clinical Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and pre-registration trainee Pharmacy Technician. The team is well supported by trained Prescription Clerks.

The Practice is well established, financially secure and successful. Over the last few years we have earned maximum QOF points.

Our last CQC Inspection was in January 2020. We were rated Good overall and Outstanding for the care we provide to Working Age People.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Ensure delivery of safe, evidence based, cost effective prescribing within an overall quality and clinical effectiveness framework.

Reconcile medicines following discharge form hospitals, intermediate care and into care homes, including identifying and rectifying unexplained changes and working with community pharmacists and secondary care to ensure patients are supported and receive the medicines they need post discharge

Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients both remotely and face to face. As an independent prescriber take responsibility for implementing changes through medicines optimisation and reviewing the need for each medicine, drug monitoring and support required by the patient.

Action medication adjustments following receipt of discharge summary/clinic letter

Ensure patients have appropriate monitoring tests in place when required for repeat prescribing.

Carry out clinical audits to review patients on high risk medications and monitor prescribing against local and national guidelines. Analyse and present results to highlight areas for improvement

Work with the practice team to review the practice repeat prescribing policy, and manage the repeat prescribing authorisation process. Make necessary changes and interventions for the reauthorisation of long term medications

Run own long term condition clinics where responsible for prescribing as an independent prescriber for conditions where medicines have a large component.

Set up and manage systems to ensure continuity of medicines supply to high-risk groups of patients

Make recommendations for medicines switches designed to save on medicine costs

Answer all medicines related queries from GPs, Practice staff, other Healthcare Professionals and patients. Suggest and recommend solutions offering to follow up patients where any changes to medications have been made.

Support clinical staff and non-clinical practice staff with medicine related queries. Provide education and training to practice teams on therapeutics and medicines optimisations

Provide expert specialist clinical knowledge, advice and guidance on prescribing and pharmaceutical matters in line with local and national policies including formularies.

Actively promote and increase uptake and utilisation of electronic Repeat Dispending (eRD) and Electronical Prescribing (EPS) in line with local and national targets.

Assist the practice to achieve QoF and Enhanced Service objectives / targets

Person Specification



  • In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based healthcare
  • Good understanding of prescribing clinical governance, and risk management relating to primary care
  • Sound understanding of the need for confidentiality


  • An appreciation of the working nature of GPs and general practice
  • Familiarity with general practice clinical systems / SystmOne



  • Masters degree in pharmacy
  • Professional registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain


  • Member of Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Independent Prescriber
  • Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy or prescribing
  • Completed CPPE pathway for Primary Care Pharmacists



  • Able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Ability to influence, motivate and persuade prescribers to comply with the recommendations or agreed course of action where there may be significant barriers
  • Ability to work under pressure and deal with unpredictable issues arising on a daily basis
  • Good IT skills
  • Enthusiastic, innovative and highly motivated


  • Proven ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in an understandable form to a variety of audience



  • Experience of working in community pharmacy, primary and secondary care experience of medicine optimisation
  • Minimum 5 years post qualification experience
  • Experience of dealing with people, to maintain a high level of care


  • Basic management training or equivalent experience
  • Some experience in general practice or a primary care setting

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

Portsdown Group Practice


92 Kingston Crescent



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For help with your application, contact:

Liam Sandy


Date posted

15 October 2021

Pay scheme



£46,000 to £51,870 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

92 Kingston Crescent



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