PCN Clinical Pharmacist
Lakeside Healthcare Group
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We are looking for a Clinical Pharmacist with the GPhC to join our developing multidisciplinary team across the Four Counties Primary Care Network (PCN). The PCN has already established excellent collaboration in delivering pharmacy provision to the many aspects of the DES, including coverage to the vast number of nursing and residential home beds in the locality. The post holder will help underpin and grow the team to move to working in line with the ever evolving requirements of PCNs.
Our current team is led by an excellent senior clinical pharmacist, and is complemented by 2 further clinical pharmacists and 2 pharmacy technicians. This role is an addition to the team to grow the support and accessibility to our PCN and its patient population.
What we offer you
Generous holidays (additional long service entitlements)
NHS pension and continuous service entitlements
NHS Discounts (Blue light card)
Great team environment
Lakeside Healthcare is proud to be a Living Wage employer
Main duties of the job
We are looking for a registered Clinical Pharmacist to undertake workstreams such as:
- Structured Medication Reviews / Care Home Medication Reviews
- Repeat Re-authorisation / Repeat Prescribing
- Medication Queries
- Medicines Reconciliation
- Chronic Disease Management / Long Term Condition Management
- Governance and auditing
The ideal candidate will be flexible, friendly and enjoy working as part of a busy team.
· Professional registration with GPhC
· Qualified from, enrolled or intention to enrol in 18 month CPPE training
· Be a prescriber, or working towards
· To provide specialist expertise in the use of medicines
· Knowledge and understanding of pharmacy law and current legislation surrounding medication-use
LAKESIDE HEALTHCARE is changing the face of primary care provision in England. We are bold, adventurous and ambitious and determined to thrive in uncertain times. We are the largest ‘true’ partnership in the NHS and operate from various sites across the East Midlands. We serve the healthcare needs of over 170,000 patients across Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire. Joining our team presents an opportunity to be part of a large organisation that is changing the way primary care is delivered today.
About the Practice/Department/Team
Four Counties PCN is a large, forward-thinking Primary Care Network (PCN) compromising two practices across Stamford, Bourne and its surrounding villages. We recognise the value that this role brings to our practices, our patients and we look forward to growing our PCN pharmacy team. Our aim is to provide exemplary patient care; finding innovative solutions in general practice to deliver the best we can to our patients.
Please note; As a CQC regulated provider of healthcare, from 1 April 2022 we will be required to ensure that all of our workforce have had both first and second COVID-19 vaccinations (unless you can provide an exemption status certificate or similar). Therefore, if successful at interview, you will be asked to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to commencing with us.
The post holder will work within their clinical competence as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide expertise in clinical medicines management. This involves providing face to face structured medication reviews, managing long term conditions, ensuring safe prescribing at the transfer of care, implementing systems for safer prescribing, repeat prescription reauthorisation and dealing with acute prescription requests.
The post holder will perform face to face medication review of patients with polypharmacy, especially for older people, people in residential care homes and those with multiple comorbidities.
The post holder will provide leadership on quality improvement and clinical audit, and manage some aspects of the Quality and Outcomes Framework. This role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver an excellent service within general practice. The post holder will be supported to develop their role to become a non-medical prescriber, if that qualification is not already held.
Patient Facing Long-Term Conditions Clinics
• See (where appropriate) patients with single or multiple medical problems where medicine optimisation is required (e.g. COPD, asthma).
• Review the on-going need for each medicine, a review of monitoring needs and an opportunity to support patients with their medicines taking ensuring they get the best use of their medicines (i.e. medicines optimisation). Make appropriate recommendations to GPs for medicine improvement.
Patient facing Clinical Medication Review
• Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for senior clinical pharmacist, nurses and/or GP on prescribing and monitoring.
Patient facing Care Home Medication Review
• Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the senior clinical pharmacist, nurses or GPs on prescribing and monitoring.
• Work with care home staff to improve safety of medicines ordering and administration
Patient facing domiciliary clinical medication review
• Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for the senior clinical pharmacists, nurses and GPs on prescribing and monitoring.
• Attend and refer patients to multidisciplinary case conferences.
Management of common/minor/self-limiting ailments
• Managing caseload of patients with common/minor/self-limiting ailments while working within a scope of practice and limits of competence.
• Signposting to community pharmacy and referring to GPs or other healthcare professionals where appropriate
Patient facing Medicines Support
• Provide patient facing clinics for those with questions, queries and concerns about their medicines in the practice
Medicine Information to Practice Staff and Patients
• Answers relevant medicine-‐related enquiries from GPs, other practice staff, other healthcare teams (e.g. community pharmacy) and patients with queries about medicines.
• Suggesting and recommending solutions.
• Providing follow up for patients to monitor the effect of any changes
Unplanned Hospital admissions
• Review the use of medicines most commonly associated with unplanned hospital admissions and readmissions through audit and individual patient reviews.
• Put in place changes to reduce the prescribing of these medicines to high‐risk patient groups
Management of medicines at discharge from hospital
• To reconcile medicines following discharge from hospitals, intermediate care and into care homes, including identifying and rectifying unexplained changes and working with patients and community pharmacists to ensure patients receive the medicines they need post discharge.
• Set up and manage systems to ensure continuity of medicines supply to high‐risk groups of patients (e.g. those with medicine compliance aids or those in care homes).
• 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).
Medicines quality improvement
• Undertake clinical audits of prescribing in areas directed by the GPs, feedback the results and implement changes in conjunction with the practice team.
Implementation of local and national guidelines and formulary recommendations
• Monitor practice prescribing against the local health economy’s RAG list and make recommendations to GPs for medicines that should be prescribed by hospital doctors (red drugs) or subject to shared care (amber drugs).
• Assist practices in seeing and maintaining a practice formulary that is hosted on the practice’s computer system.
• Auditing practice’s compliance against NICE technology assessment guidance.
• Responsibility for one or more sites dependent upon patient list size
• Based across one or more site’s with the opportunity to work remotely from other sites
• This is an evolving role and the responsibilities may augment over time in consultation with the post-holder
• From time to time the post-holder may be required to work from other sites
• Duties may be varied from time to time under the direction of the line manager dependent on current and evolving practice workload and staffing levels.
Other administration and professional responsibilities:
• Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team
• Ensure appropriate items of service claims are made accurately, reporting any problems to the practice administrator
• Ensure collection and maintenance of any required statistical information
• Attend and participate in practice meetings as required
Training and personal development:
• Maintain professional registration with the GPhC.
• If it is necessary to expand the role to include additional responsibilities, full training will be given.
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).