PCN-Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Lakeside Healthcare Group

The closing date is 17 July 2022

Job summary

To provide the pharmacy and medicines management leadership to the PCN, helping guide the development and growth of medicines management services across the PCN geography, reflecting the changes that primary care faces in the coming years, expanding the pharmacy delivery footprint of the PCN and maximising its achievements. You will be a line manager to your pharmacy PCN team.

Main duties of the job

The Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will perform structured medication reviews, oversee the repeat prescription authorisation process, manage acute prescription requests, conduct medicines reconciliation at transfer of care, and lead on the implementation of systems for safer prescribing within the PCN. The Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will also be expected to manage one or more areas of chronic disease.

In addition to the clinical responsibilities outlined above, the Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will be required to mentor and develop a pharmacy team of differing abilities to meet the strategic objectives for medicines management within Lakeside Healthcare.

  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Medication Safety Reviews
  • Structured Medication Reviews
  • Management of common/minor/self-limiting ailments
  • Medication Queries
  • Acute Prescription Requests
  • Medicine information to practice staff and patients
  • Unplanned hospital admissions
  • Medicines Reconciliation
  • Service development
  • Medicines Safety/Quality
  • Implementation of local and national guidelines and formulary recommendations
  • Leadership and Management
  • Operating arrangements

About us

About us

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, operating services for 4 Primary Care Networks (PCN) across our geography. Joining our team presents an opportunity to be part of a large organisation that is changing the way primary care is delivered today, focussed on local needs at a PCN level.

About the Practice/Department/Team

To be the PCN Senior Clinical Pharmacist for Four Counties PCN you will be highly ambitious with a drive to ensure the PCN and Lakeside meets all relevant and necessary licensing, safety, quality and regulatory requirements to provide a continuous, high-quality health and care service to all current and any future patients. Working with the Group Lead Pharmacist and your local pharmacy team, you will identify areas for improvement in terms of clinical care and patient service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Supporting the overarching Lakeside Healthcare strategy and service delivery, the Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will have previous experience of working in primary care to develop and implement medicines management services in primary care. 

The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within general practice. The post holder will work collaboratively with a range of multidisciplinary teams to meet the needs of patients, support the delivery of policies and procedures, and provide pharmacy leadership across our Primary Care Networks (PCN). 

The Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will perform structured medication reviews, oversee the repeat prescription authorisation process, manage acute prescription requests, conduct medicines reconciliation at transfer of care, and lead on the implementation of systems for safer prescribing within the PCN. 

The Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will also be expected to manage one or more areas of chronic disease. In addition to the clinical responsibilities outlined above, the Senior PCN Clinical Pharmacist will be required to mentor and develop a pharmacy team of differing abilities to meet the strategic objectives for medicines management within Lakeside Healthcare. To work at this level, the post holder will be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), be an independent prescriber, and ideally hold a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy. 

The postholder will also have a minimum of 2 years of leadership and management experience within primary care and understand the challenges and opportunities of working in a super-practice and its associated Primary Care Networks. In summary, the post holder is an experienced Clinical Pharmacist who understands the expectations of a medicine’s management team within general practice, is able to manage, mentor and develop pharmacists and technicians, acts within their professional boundaries, ensures that the PCN integrates with community and hospital pharmacy to help utilise skill mix, is keen on implementing medicines safety initiatives, strives to improve patient access to healthcare, and is passionate about reducing the medicines related GP workload.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Independent Prescribing

Desirable

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice (or working towards)

Experience

Essential

  • Minimum of 2 years of leadership and management experience in primary care
  • Minimum of 5 years of post-registration experience
  • Experience of working as a pharmacist across Secondary Care
  • Understands the importance of working efficiently to ensure equitable access for patients
  • A thorough understanding of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing
  • Excellent interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate complex and sensitive information in an understandable form to a variety of audiences
  • Can plan, manage, monitor, advise, and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions
  • Good IT skills
  • Recognises priorities when problem solving and identifies deviations from the norm, and is able to refer to seniors or GPs when appropriate
  • Able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Gain acceptance for recommendations and influence/persuade the audience to comply with the recommendations/ agreed course of action where there may be significant barriers
  • Able to work independently or within a team
  • Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision
  • Experience of mentoring and developing a team of differing abilities
  • Self-motivated

Desirable

  • Experience of working as a pharmacist across Secondary Care
  • An understanding of the nature of a super-practice in relation to Primary Care Networks

General

Essential

  • Must be able to travel to multiple sites across Lakeside Healthcare

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

Address

Lakeside Healthcare

Ryhall Road

Stamford

Lincolnshire

PE9 1YA


Employer's website

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


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Date posted

20 June 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£50,000 to £55,000 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number

A3007-22-8847

Job locations

Lakeside Healthcare

Ryhall Road

Stamford

Lincolnshire

PE9 1YA


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