Pharmacy Technician Practice Based

Dr Loudonsack & Partners

The closing date is 31 December 2021

Job summary

Longton Health Centre is seeking a committed, enthusiastic, friendly, motivated and experienced Pharmacy Technician for a dynamic GMS practice with a growing list size of over 10,500 patients with 9 GPs, nursing and pharmacy team, at an exciting time in the development of our Primary Care Network organisation. The practice is based in a semi-rural setting in the village of Longton

Candidates will be considered to work in either a part-time or full-time capacity (20-37.5 hours per week). The successful candidate will work closely with the team of Clinical Pharmacists employed within our Ribble Medical Group Primary Care Network (PCN).

Main duties of the job

Role Includes

· Undertaking patient facing and patient supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use, through shared decision-making conversations with patients in line with practice priorities

· Carrying out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. checking inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews and medicines reconciliation. Where required, work in partnership with patients to ensure they use their medicines effectively.

· Support medication reviews and medicines reconciliation for new care home patients and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings, linking with local community pharmacists, and referring to the network / practice pharmacists for structured medication reviews.

About us

Working within a close healthcare team in a friendly semi-rural large practice.  Dedicated to patient care our teams work together to provide local services within the community in a health centre setting.  Strong work ethic runs through the teams and this shows in the support network which connects staff, patients and visitors alike. 

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Responsibilities

· Undertaking patient facing and patient supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use, through shared decision-making conversations with patients in line with network priorities

· Carrying out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. checking inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews and medicines reconciliation. Where required, work in partnership with patients to ensure they use their medicines effectively.

· Support medication reviews and medicines reconciliation for new care home patients and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings, linking with local community pharmacists, and referring to the network / practice pharmacists for structured medication reviews.

· Provide specialist expertise, where competent, to address both the public health and social care needs of patients, including lifestyle advice, service information, and help in tackling local health inequalities.

· Take a central role in the clinical aspects of shared care protocols and liaising with specialist pharmacists for more complex patients.

· Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

· Developing relationships with other pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and members of the multi-disciplinary team to support integration of the pharmacy team across health and social care including primary care, community pharmacy, secondary care and mental health.

· Support the implementation of national and local prescribing policies and guide network practices and care homes in operational processes

· Undertake clinical audits (e.g. use of antibiotics), supporting quality improvement measures and contributing to the Quality and Outcomes Framework and enhanced services.

· Assist in the delivery of medicines optimisation incentive schemes (e.g. medicines switches) and patient safety audits.

• Work with the network practices to develop medicines guidelines and policies and deliver training and education on prescribing and therapeutics in general practice

• Implement procedural and service changes relating to prescribing to network staff to ensure best practice is adopted in accordance with local guidelines and legislation

• Ensure the provision and distribution of information to the network practices including GPs, practice managers, and district nurses, local community pharmacists and patients as necessary

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • NVQ Level 3 Pharmacy Technician
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Registered with General Pharmaceutical Council

Desirable

  • Primary Care pharmacy education pathway
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
  • Accreditation for Prior Learning
  • ALS APLS

Experience

Essential

  • Ability to manage and prioritise workload.
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Experience as an autonomous practitioner
  • Current knowledge of government targets and initiatives and N.I.C.E. guidelines and their impact on clinical practice.
  • Knowledge of child protection issues.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and its significance and impact upon practice.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Basic IT skills in word processing and e-mail.
  • Experience in using I.T based patient documentation systems.
  • Record keeping skills.
  • Able to give appropriate telephone advice.
  • Understanding of health education/promotion.
  • Experience of clinical audit.
  • Experience of research projects.

Desirable

  • Experience of working in primary care
  • Experience of working in a GP practice

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

Dr Loudonsack & Partners

Address

Longton Health Centre

Liverpool Road

Longton

Lancashire

PR4 5HA


Employer's website

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


For help with your application, contact:

Sara Heywood

sara.heywood@nhs.net

Date posted

23 November 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

Negotiable

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

A3209-21-6228

Job locations

Longton Health Centre

Liverpool Road

Longton

Lancashire

PR4 5HA


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