Senior Clinical Pharmacist

The Thornton Practice


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Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Clinical Pharmacist to join our forward thinking, supportive, family friendly training practice

Equivalent to band 8a-8b on Agenda to Change

  • CQC rating Outstanding (December 2018)
  • High QOF points, EMIS Web, Docman
  • GP Training practice
  • 13,000 Patients

The post holder is an experienced pharmacist who, acting within their professional competency, will provide clinical and pharmacological care to facilitate safe, effective, rational and cost-effective prescribing. They will demonstrate safe clinical decision-making and expert care for patients within the general practice. They will work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary general practice team to meet the needs of patients and to support the delivery of policy and procedures.

Main duties of the job

It will be necessary to have knowledge of current Primary Care contracts, e.g. The Quality and Outcomes Framework, GMS contract and locally commissioned CCG contracts as this is a vital element of the post.

It is envisaged that the role will include the mentoring of our Pharmacy Technician and Prescribing clerks within in the practice and working collaboratively with other pharmacists and technicians within the Primary Care Network.

Additionally the successful candidate will be encouraged and supported to undertake any further training required to ensure appropriate role development.

About us

We are a large, friendly team with 5 Partner GPs; 2 salaried GP's; 1 GP Reg; 2 Advanced Nurse Practitioners, 2 Clinical Pharmacists, Practice Nurse Manager, 5 Practice Nurses, 3 HCAs and highly skilled Management and Administration teams.

We are passionate about staff health and wellbeing and working together as a team. If you share our passion for the NHS; believe in and value quality patient care, we would be delighted to hear from you.

  • Long established training and teaching of medical students, GP registrars, student nurses and business administration apprenticeships. Opportunity to become involved in supervision and education

  • PCN employed; Pharmacists, Social Prescribers, Care Co-Ordinator's

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience

  • Admin light practice, fully supported with a large highly skilled administration and clerical team

  • Regular MDT meetings

  • Equal opportunities employer

Job description

Job responsibilities

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Assist GPs to help deliver effective implementation of medicines management for patients
  • Contribute to the development of policies / protocols / guidelines within the Practice.
  • Use of computer for monitoring, recording, recall and management of all patient information - (Practice uses EMIS Web)
  • Aid the Practice team with implementation of new initiatives in the delivery of medicine management services.
  • Formulate reports as required for the Practice Management and/or GP Partners.
  • Support the implementation of evidence-based guidelines in conjunction with the Practice team
  • Encourage the development of integrated services within primary care to include integrated Practice based teams and multidisciplinary working.

  • Engage in continuous professional development and promote this with other members of the team.

  • Recognise the opportunities for working in partnership with the Primary Health Care team.

  • Participate in an annual appraisal

Main Duties:

Clinical Administration

  • Medication queries and acute requests
  • Support the practice medicines management team with medicines reconciliation
  • Signposting
  • Authorising repeat prescriptions
  • Medicines information
  • Interpreting pathology
  • Signing prescriptions (when qualified)

Clinical Delivery

  • Clinical medication reviews
  • Polypharmacy reviews
  • Home visits

  • Care home support

  • Care planning

  • Triage

  • Support the Practice Nursing team with Long-term condition management

Leadership and Integration

  • Leading on medicines management
  • Integration with community pharmacy
  • Integration with hospital pharmacy
  • Leading on QOF domains where appropriate

Practice Process and Performance

  • Best practice prescription management
  • QOF optimisation and prevalence finding
  • CQC support
  • Local incentive scheme support
  • Clinical audits
  • Education and training of staff

Prescription Management

  • Review, manage and implement any appropriate changes to the practice repeat prescribing policy
  • Manage the repeat prescribing reauthorization process by reviewing medications reaching review dates; make necessary changes as an independent prescriber in collaboration with the general practitioners
  • Ensure implementation of the practice high risk drug monitoring process ensuring patients are booked in for necessary monitoring tests when required

Medicines reconciliation (with support from the practice medicines management team)

  • To reconcile medicines following discharge from hospitals, intermediate care and care homes, including identifying and rectifying unexplained changes and highlighting any concerns to the GP who is the patients usual doctor.
  • Work with community pharmacists to ensure patients receive the medication they need post discharge

  • Ensure a post discharge medication care plan is in place including any dose titration or follow up tests

Medication review and Long Term Condition management

  • Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients with multi-morbidity and polypharmacy and implement clinically indicated prescribing changes as an independent prescriber, working to protocols agreed with the partnership.
  • Visit housebound or vulnerable patients to undertake clinical medication reviews, attending multidisciplinary team meetings as required.
  • To prescribe safe, effective and appropriate medication as defined by current legislative framework and within own scope of clinical competence.
  • When seeing patients for medication advice, provide safe, evidence-based, cost-effective, individualised patient care.
  • Offer a holistic service to patients and their families, developing where appropriate an on-going plan of care/support, with an emphasis on prevention and self-care.
  • Promote health and well-being through the use of health promotion, health education, screening and therapeutic communication skills.

Acute/minor illness and patient medicine queries

  • Provide patient facing appointments and telephone support for those with questions, queries and concerns about their medicines
  • Answer all medicine related enquiries from GPs, other practice staff and other healthcare teams(e.g. Community nurses and pharmacy)

Quality improvement, training and development

  • Identify and act upon national and local policy and guidance that effects patient safety through the use of medicines including MRHA alerts, product withdrawal and emerging evidence from clinical trials
  • Work with practice teams and patients to implement NICE guidelines
  • Increase quality and safety of prescribing through mechanisms such as audit and PDSA cycles
  • Work with CCG medicines optimisation team to deliver local objectives
  • Ensure the practice is compliant with CQC standards where medicines are involved.
  • Provide education and training to primary healthcare team on therapeutics and medicine optimisation

Research, Audit and Quality:

  • Undertake audits as requested by the CCG and encourage the development of a Practice audit strategy and action plan for Primary Care. Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Contribute to the provision of equitable, high quality services for patients in the locality.
  • Help support the integration across primary, secondary and tertiary care services.
  • Maintain an interest in national research initiatives and disseminate appropriate information to health professionals if asked to do so.
  • Ensure all care is evidence based using up to date validated resources.
  • Contribute to research and development programmes where required to improve clinical practice.
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the teams performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources


The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:

  • Communicate effectively with other team members
  • Lead the monthly Prescribing meeting, contribute to and attend other Practice meetings as necessary.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers
  • Recognise peoples needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly

Contribution to the Implementation of Services:

The post-holder will:

  • Apply Practice policies, standards and guidance
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
  • Participate in audit where appropriate


  • In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately
  • In the performance of the duties outlined in this job description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their Carers, Practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the Practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential
  • Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the Practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the Practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data
  • To work in accordance of all Practice written protocols

Equality and Diversity:

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognizes the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with Practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional Development:

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the Practice as part of this employment, such training to include:

  • Participation in an annual appraisal, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work
  • Annual Resus Training


Thornton Practice is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people and vulnerable adults who attend the surgery, either as patients or when accompanying patients. The post-holder will be expected to share this commitment.

If the post-holder has a concern regarding a child or young person or vulnerable adult they have a duty to act upon that concern. This may mean sharing that concern with another professional and following local and national guidance.

Important Note

This Job Description is flexible and the post holder will be expected to undertake any other duties appropriate to the role and grade as may be required by the GPs/Practice and Management

This job description is subject to change from time to time in line with organisational need and the post holders agreement should not unreasonably be denied.

Person Specification



  • Undergraduate degree in pharmacy and registration with GPC
  • Minimum 4 years experience as a pharmacist
  • Working towards independent prescribing qualification



  • Experience of common acute and long term conditions
  • Strong problem solver
  • Work effectively independently
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Rigorous in following legal, ethical, professional and organisation policies and codes of conduct
  • Committed to continuous professional development
  • Ability to apply research evidence base into the workplace
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • IT literate


  • Experience of medication reviews relevant in General Practice
  • Track record of improving work processes
  • Up to date knowledge of CQC regulations in General Practice
  • Good understanding and history of quality improvement through audit
  • User of EMIS Web

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.

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

The Thornton Practice


The Thornton Practice

Church Road




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amy sissons


Date posted

31 August 2021

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Flexible working

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Job locations

The Thornton Practice

Church Road




9 Castle Gardens Crescent




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