PCN Clinical Pharmacist

Lakeside Healthcare Group


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Job summary

Our pharmacist roles are underpinned by a strong pharmacy technician team and we place emphasis on training and development to allow our Pharmacy team to continue working at the highest level.

We offer a competitive salary, an NHS pension scheme, up to 33 days annual leave depending on NHS service and provide the training and development opportunities needed to excel in the role. You will also enroll onto the CPPE pathway where you will also complete the prescribing course.

In addition to providing a positive working environment we also understand the importance of managing a busy lifestyle outside of work. We encourage a work/life balance by giving you an opportunity to deliver some of your hours from home.

We have full and part time roles available so we are confident there will be something for you within our team.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work within their clinical competence as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide expertise in medicines management. This involves:

· Structured medication reviews

· Managing long term conditions

· Medicine’s reconciliation

· Implementing systems for safer prescribing

· Prescription safety reviews

· Managing acute prescription requests

· QOF and CCG Prescribing Achievement Framework

We are constantly looking for ways to further integrate and expand the remit of the pharmacy team within the practice and we will actively support you to deliver your role according to your aspirations and the needs of the business.

Essential Criteria

Please see the Person Specification for the skills and experience required for the role. However, 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.

If you are not a prescriber, we will support you to complete the course and encourage you to develop skills in a particular area of interest, such as COPD, AF, Diabetes etc.

Attitude and approach are just as important. We are looking for a team player with a thirst for knowledge and enthusiasm to make a difference in primary care.

About us

About the Practice/Department/Team

Rockingham Forest PCN covers 78000 patients across Corby, Kettering and Oundle. We have an existing team of 6 Pharmacists and 5 Pharmacy Technicians. You will be well supported by the wider GP, Nursing and the non-clinical teams. Our pharmacy team is also supported and managed by a Senior Clinical Pharmacist.

Our PCN has monthly pharmacy team meetings, and fortnightly meetings with the whole clinical team which focuses on Quality and Safety and Clinical Performance. Our locality also has monthly PLT sessions. We have a strong team ethos and believe that including those delivering the service in decisions around how the service works is the key to the best patient outcomes, so the management team actively engages with all parts of the surgery to achieve this.

About Lakeside

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities


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).

Service Development

  • 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.

Operating arrangements:

  • 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

Other Tasks

  • 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.

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.

Person Specification



  • Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) (or equivalent).
  • Independent prescriber or working towards/intent of gaining independent prescribing qualification.
  • Registration as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Evidence of CPD


  • Specialist knowledge acquired through postgraduate diploma level or equivalent training/experience.
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
  • A member of or working towards Faculty Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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

Lakeside Healthcare Group


Cottingham Road



NN17 2UR

Employer's website

https://www.lakesidehealthcaregroup.co.uk (Opens in a new tab)

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Date posted

06 January 2022

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Cottingham Road



NN17 2UR

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