Lakeside Healthcare Group
The closing date is 03 July 2022
Lakeside Healthcare has a great opportunity for an enthusiastic, confident Clinical Pharmacist to join a new pioneering central Pharmacy team to support our hardworking practice teams.
If you share our values of Caring, Teamwork, Respect and Quality we would love to hear from you.
What we offer you (Benefits)
· Generous holidays (additional long service entitlements)
· NHS pension and long service recognition
· NHS Discounts (Blue Light Card)
· Career opportunities
· Role specific training and ongoing development
· Great team environment
Lakeside Healthcare is proud to be a Living Wage employer
Main duties of the job
The post holder will work within their clinical competence as part of a pharmacy team to provide expertise in clinical medicines management and performing medication reconciliation and annual medication review of patients.
The post holder will provide 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.
If you do not have the required experience and/or qualifications, we still encourage you to apply as we are keen to support you with training and education to develop your role and our talent pipeline.
· Master’s degree in pharmacy (MPharm) (or equivalent)
· Registration as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council
· Evidence of CPD
· Independent prescriber (or nearing completion) with experience of managing chronic disease
· Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy and/or Completion of the CPPE Pathway (or nearing completion)
Attitude and approach are just as important as qualifications and we are looking an individual who is confident to work autonomously and proactively to deliver targets. You should also be dedicated and compassionate with excellent communication and time management skills and have a thirst and enthusiasm to make a difference in primary care.
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.
Living and breathing our values at Lakeside Healthcare
Caring & Respect: Simply put we genuinely care about people: working together for our patients and our teams, our patients come first in everything we do. We strive to ensure we connect and respond to all needs with compassion, care and respect to improve the lives and wellbeing of the communities we serve.
Teamwork & Quality: In all areas of our business we network, collaborate and learn from our Patients, Stakeholders and each another to ensure we are always striving to improve, making the right and best decisions to provide the best service.
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 structured medication reviews, managing long term conditions, ensuring safe prescribing at the transfer of care, implementing systems for safer prescribing.
The post holder will perform medication review of patients with polypharmacy 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.
Clinical Medication Review:
• Undertake clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations for senior clinical pharmacist, nurses and/or GP on prescribing and monitoring
• Review 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
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
Medicine Information to Practice Staff and Patients:
• Provide patient facing clinics for those with questions, queries and concerns about their medicines in the practice
• 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 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 centrally 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
• 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 Central Pharmacy 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 team 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).
Lakeside Healthcare Group
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13 June 2022
£50,000 a year Up to
Full-time, Flexible working