PCN Clinical Pharmacist - Chanctonbury
Innovations in Primary Care
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Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a federation of the GP Practices within the Coastal West Sussex area, are looking for a Clinical Pharmacist to work for the Chanctonbury Primary Care Network (PCN).
We are a group of four forward thinking rural Practices serving the population of Chanctonbury; working very successfully together, and with provider partners, to develop and embed our Chanctonbury Primary Care Network. Two of the four Practices are Dispensing Practices. We are seeking a third Clinical Pharmacist to work alongside our team which already includes two Clinical Pharmacists and a team of Pharmacy Technicians. We will fully support the development and progression of a successful candidate in joining our team. If applicants would like to hear more from the PCN directly they are welcome to contact PCN Lead Clinical Pharmacist Mike Slator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main duties of the job
The PCN Clinical Pharmacist will be responsible for a combination of patient facing work such as medication reviews, chronic disease management, prescription queries and management of medicines through transfer of care. They will also play a significant role in service and quality improvement through audits of relevant work processes, sharing of best practice and current guidance with regard to prescribing and through work in medicines optimisation.
The successful candidate will be supported in terms of clinical learning and professional development through regular access to a GP clinical supervisor, other clinical pharmacists and through a formal education pathway through the Centre of Postgraduate Pharmacy Education. As part of a growing team of Clinical Pharmacists there is also a programme of peer support events and team meetings in place.
IPC is an innovative and ethical company providing high quality, integrated, patient-focused NHS services. We achieve this by harnessing the collective knowledge, skills, experience and energy of our clinicians and staff. If you believe in the importance and effectiveness of providing excellent care where patients need it and would like to apply to join us in this role, we would love to hear from you.
Chanctonbury PCN is made up of the following four practices:
- Billingshurst Surgery
- Glebe Surgery
- Henfield Medical Centre
- Steyning Health Centre
- Clinically assess and treat patients using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas.
- Be prescribers, or committed to completing training to become prescribers.
- Contribute to the delivery of effective daily processes for the transfer of care between hospitals and GPs including effective signposting, recommendation of medication changes and communication accordingly.
- Support colleagues and patients with medication queries and monitoring.
- Take responsibility for the care management of patients with chronic diseases.
- Undertake clinical medication reviews to proactively manage people with complex polypharmacy.
- Focus especially on the elderly, people in care homes, those with multiple co-morbidities (in particular frailty, COPD and asthma) and people with learning disabilities or autism.
- Provide specialist expertise in the use of medicines, while helping to address both the public health and social care needs of patients.
- Through the use of audit and action planning, help to tackle inequalities.
- Provide leadership on person-centred medicines optimisation (including ensuring prescribers in the practice conserve antibiotics in line with local antimicrobial stewardship guidance) and quality improvement.
- Contribute to the General Practice quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services.
- Use structured medication reviews to support patients to take their medications to get the best from them, reduce waste and promote self-care.
- Contribute pharmaceutical advice for the development and implementation of new services that have medicinal components (e.g. advice on treatment pathways and patient information leaflets).
- Work with general practice teams to ensure that practices are compliant with CQC standards where medicines are involved.
- Take a lead role in some aspects of supporting further integration of General Practice with other healthcare teams to help improve patient outcomes, ensure better access to healthcare and help manage general practice workload.
- Specifically, contribute to the Quality Improvement Schemes (QIS) for practices (e.g. to reduce prescribing spend and unplanned admissions)
- Develop relationships and work closely with other pharmacy professionals across Primary Care Networks and the wider health and social care system
- Take a central role in the clinical aspects of shared care protocols, clinical research with medicines, liaison with specialist pharmacists, liaison with community pharmacists and anticoagulation.
The above list of duties is not exhaustive and may be subject to change as deemed necessary.
Please see attached job description for full details.
Knowledge and skills
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