Primary Care Pharmacist

South Hams Primary Care Network


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Job summary

Primary Care Pharmacist opportunity based in the idyllic South Hams

Salary: Band 7 to 8a (depending on existing skills & experience)

The South Hams Primary Care Network has an exciting opportunity for another clinical pharmacist to join our growing pharmacy team.

Here is a golden opportunity to develop your skills in the expanding area of Primary Care Pharmacy, and for you to actively shape medicines-related systems and services for a population of over 30,000 people. Thats not all though, you can also have this:

  • Live in South Devon, with an excellent quality of life (were in the 2019 Halifax top 50 list);
  • Enjoy a climate probably better that other parts of the UK;
  • Easy access to Devons amazing coast, beaches, Dartmoor and the University cities of Exeter & Plymouth;
  • Easy access ferry services to Brittany & Santander and flights from Exeter airport.

Main duties of the job

The PCN surgeries look after people in their towns as well as leafy rural Devon in the South Hams and across parts of Dartmoor.

Primary Care Networks are a new development within the NHS, and Primary Care Pharmacist roles are still developing in many areas. However, please do consider applying because we wish to offer you:

  • A welcoming, friendly and supportive environment where you will be highly valued;
  • Training in aspects of the Primary Care Pharmacist role if needed including IT training;
  • Training towards gaining Pharmacist Independent Prescriber certification via a GPhC-accredited programme if you dont already hold this
  • Peer support through local established and highly valued Band 8 Primary Care Pharmacists
  • As well as the flexibility to develop your role according to your skills and experience, the needs of our patients, the needs of our Surgeries and in support of the wider NHS

About us

South Hams Primary Care Network is an exciting new NHS collaboration between 5 GP Surgeries: Chillington Health Centre; Dartmouth Medical Practice; Modbury Health Centre; Norton Brook Medical Centre and Redfern Health Centre. Both Modbury and Chillington Health Centres are dispensing practices.

If you have any queries or would like to arrange an informal chat about the role please contact Sophie Andrews HR Lead Manager by emailing or calling 01803 860305.

Please also see the roles job description and person specification.

Closing Date: 8th November 2020

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Title: Primary Care Pharmacist

Job Location:South Hams Primary Care Network Locality

Responsible to: Network Lead Manager

Hours of work: 37.5 hour (job share may be considered)

Salary: Band 7 to 8a (depending on experience)

Overall this job is intended to complement the work of one or more of the existing Primary Healthcare Teams (PHT) within the Primary Care Network, with an emphasis on assisting with current medicines-related workload and maximising prescribing safety & efficiency for our patient population.

This job is intended for a pharmacist with up to date registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Experience in General Practice would be an advantage but is not essential if the applicant is clinically up-to-date and understands the process of a full medication review in the primary care setting.

The pharmacist appointed will be expected to maintain their clinical competence with appropriate continuing professional development, and provide evidence of this annually to the Primary Care Network.

The pharmacist appointed will have access to peer support from The PCN Clinical Lead, as well as the surgery teams as a whole.

It is expected that the pharmacist appointed will undertake the necessary training to become a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber and practice competently in the Primary Care setting in order to achieve the duties and responsibilities detailed below.

It is also expected that this job is likely to develop over the next few years which may require a change of job location and roles within the geographical area of the Primary Care Network. Any such change will closely involve the pharmacist appointed and therefore provide him or her with an opportunity to shape the job in order to maximise the delivery of best practice.

For main duties and responsibilities of the role including a full person specification please see attached documents.

Person Specification



  • 1. Mandatory registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • 2. Completion of an undergraduate degree in pharmacy and registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • 3. Demonstrates and understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice
  • 4. Follows professional and organisational policies/procedures relating to performance management


  • 1. Membership Primary Care Pharmacy Association (PCPA)
  • 2. Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • 3. May hold or be working towards an independent prescribing qualification
  • 4. Clinical Diploma



  • 1. Minimum of three years experience as a pharmacist
  • 2. Experience and an awareness of the breadth of common acute and long-terms conditions that are likely to be seen in general practice
  • 3. Demonstrates ability to integrate general practice with community and hospital pharmacy teams community groups
  • 4. Experience of partnership/collaborative working and of building relationships across a variety of organisations


  • 1. Experience of working with CCGs / PCTs

Skills and Knowledge


  • 1. In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based healthcare
  • 2. Understanding of the wider determinants of health, including social, economic and environmental factors and their impact on communities
  • 3. An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing
  • 4. Knowledge of IT systems, including ability to use word processing skills, emails and the internet to create simple plans and reports
  • 5. Able to plan, manage, monitor and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions
  • 6. Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information
  • 7. Able to gain acceptance for recommendations and influence/motivate/persuade the audience to comply with the recommendations/agreed course of action where there may be significant barriers
  • 8. Able to identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol.
  • 9. Able to follow legal, ethical, professional and organisational policies/ procedures and codes of conduct

Personal Qualities


  • 1. Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities
  • 2. Demonstrates use of appropriate communication to gain the co-operation of relevant stakeholders (including patients, senior and peer colleagues, and other professionals, other NHS/private organisations, e.g. CCGs)
  • 3. Is able to recognise personal limitations and refer to more appropriate colleague(s) when necessary
  • 4. Ability to identify risk and assess/manage risk when working with individuals
  • 5. Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • 6. Demonstrates accountability for delivering professional expertise and direct service provision
  • 7. Able to provide leadership and to finish work tasks
  • 8. Ability to maintain effective working relationships and to promote collaborative practice with all colleagues
  • 9. Demonstrates personal accountability, emotional resilience and works well under pressure
  • 10. Ability to organise, plan and prioritise on own initiative, including when under pressure and meeting deadlines
  • 11. High level of written and oral communication skills
  • 12. Ability to work flexibly and enthusiastically within a team or on own initiative
  • 13. Knowledge of and ability to work to policies and procedures, including confidentiality, safeguarding, lone working, information governance, and health and safety



  • 1. Meets DBS reference standards and has a clear criminal record, in line with the law on spent convictions
  • 2. Adaptable
  • 3. Self-Motivation
  • 4. Safeguarding and other mandatory training
  • 5. Immunisation status
  • 6. Ability to work flexibly with the ability to travel between sites and undertake domiciliary visits

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

South Hams Primary Care Network


35 Victoria Road




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For help with your application, contact:

Sophie Andrews


Date posted

17 October 2020

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

35 Victoria Road




Orchard Way





Poundwell Meadow




PL21 0QL

Norton Brook Medical Centre

Cookworthy Road




Shadycombe Road




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