Pharmacy Technician (Primary Care)

The Bay Medical Practice

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Job summary

As the largest practice on the Isle of Wight, we can offer you a secure, supportive environment to grow. Working as a co-professional you will be a part of a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team. Predominantly based at our Shanklin site, you will join an existing team including a lead Clinical Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician, and prescriptions clerks in supporting the registered patients of The Bay Medical Practice. Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice is part of an exciting programme of transformation to develop a new model of care which addresses our ambition to deliver person-centred, coordinated care across the district. The Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice model is supported by the direction of national policy including the Five Year Forward View and GP Forward View where there is a need to better utilise the role of pharmacy within primary care to pro-actively help patients stay safe and well and out of hospital as well as helping to reduce the demands on general practice. Pharmacy technicians play an important role, complementing clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and other members of the PCN multi-disciplinary team. Pharmacy technicians are different to clinical pharmacists as they are not able to prescribe or make clinical decisions, instead working under supervision to ensure effective and efficient use of medicines.

Main duties of the job

Pharmacy technicians’ core role responsibilities will cover clinical, and technical and administrative categories. The purpose of the role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost-effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The post holder will help patients to get the best from their medicines by switching medications to agreed and approved protocols, improving repeat prescribing processes in General Practice, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering, minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduce wasted medicines. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for encouraging the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments. This will involve assisting the PCN in achieving national requirements, NICE implementation and utilisation of medicines optimisation initiatives. All Pharmacy Technicians must work within their competencies and have professional indemnity for their role.

About us

As the largest practice on the Isle of Wight, we can offer you a secure, supportive environment to grow.

Date posted

20 April 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£28,532 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Compressed hours

Reference number

A5223-22-5716

Job locations

The Bay Medical Practice

Broadway

Sandown

Isle Of Wight

PO36 9GA


The Bay Medical Practice

1 Carter Road

Shanklin

Isle Of Wight

PO37 7HR


Job description

Job responsibilities

Core role responsibilities 

Pharmacy technicians’ core role responsibilities will cover clinical, and technical and administrative categories. The purpose of the role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost-effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The post holder will help patients to get the best from their medicines by switching medications to agreed and approved protocols, improving repeat prescribing processes in General Practice, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering, minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduce wasted medicines. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for encouraging the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments. This will involve assisting the PCN in achieving national requirements, NICE implementation and utilisation of medicines optimisation initiatives. All Pharmacy Technicians must work within their competencies and have professional indemnity for their role. 

Clinical 

• Undertake patient facing and patient supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use, through shared decision-making conversations with patients. 

 • Carry out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. checking inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews and medicines reconciliation. 

 • Where required, utilise consultation skills to work in partnership with patients to ensure they use their medicines effectively. 

 • As determined by the PCN, support medication reviews and medicines reconciliation for new care home patients and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings, linking with local community pharmacies Support the Clinical Pharmacist in Structure Medication Reviews (SMR) i.e. organise necessary monitoring tests prior to SMR Provide expertise to address both the public health and social care needs of patients, including lifestyle advice, service information, and help in tackling local health inequalities. 

 • Manage shared care protocols and liaise with Clinical Pharmacists for more complex patients. Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing locally. Technical and Administrative 

 • Support the PCN multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient medicines optimisation processes are being followed. Implement efficient ordering and return processes and reducing medication wastage. 

 • Provide training and support on the legal, safe and secure handling of medicines, including the implementation of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). 

 • Promotion of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) and online ordering Develop relationships with other pharmacy professionals and members of the multidisciplinary team to support integration across health and social care including primary care, community pharmacy, secondary care and mental health. 

 • Support practice reception teams in streaming general prescription requests, so as to allow GPs and clinical pharmacists to review the more clinically complex requests. Support the implementation of national prescribing policies and guidance within GP practices, care homes and other primary care settings. 

 • Support the PCN to deliver on QIPP agenda, QOF and locally commissioned enhanced services Support the PCN in reviewing and developing practice policies for CQC requirements 

Postholder will: 

1. Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity. The postholder must be aware of and committed to the Equality and Diversity policies of the The Bay Medical and comply with all the requirements of these policies and actively promote Equality and Diversity issues relevant to the post. 

 2. Ensure the principles of openness, transparency and candour are observed and upheld in all working practices. 

 3. The post holder will have, or acquire through training provided by the organisation, the appropriate level of safeguarding and knowledge, skills and practice required for the post and be aware of and comply with the organisation’s safeguarding protection policies and procedures. 

 4. Ensure that any infection prevention and control issues are reported to the line manager/Infection Prevention and Control Equality and diversity: The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include: 

• Acting in a way that recognises the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation 

• Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues 

 • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional development: 

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, including the completion of the CPPE training pathway and other such training to include: Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development. 

Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work Quality: 

The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will: 

 • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk 

 • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision 

• Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance 

• Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients’ needs 

• Effectively manage own time, workload and resources 

 This job description is intended as a guide to the main duties of the post and is not intended to be a prescriptive document. Duties and base of work may change to meet the needs of the service or because of the introduction of new technology. This job description may be reviewed from time to time and changed, after consultation with the postholder.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Core role responsibilities 

Pharmacy technicians’ core role responsibilities will cover clinical, and technical and administrative categories. The purpose of the role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost-effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The post holder will help patients to get the best from their medicines by switching medications to agreed and approved protocols, improving repeat prescribing processes in General Practice, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering, minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduce wasted medicines. In addition, the post holder will be responsible for encouraging the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments. This will involve assisting the PCN in achieving national requirements, NICE implementation and utilisation of medicines optimisation initiatives. All Pharmacy Technicians must work within their competencies and have professional indemnity for their role. 

Clinical 

• Undertake patient facing and patient supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use, through shared decision-making conversations with patients. 

 • Carry out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. checking inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews and medicines reconciliation. 

 • Where required, utilise consultation skills to work in partnership with patients to ensure they use their medicines effectively. 

 • As determined by the PCN, support medication reviews and medicines reconciliation for new care home patients and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings, linking with local community pharmacies Support the Clinical Pharmacist in Structure Medication Reviews (SMR) i.e. organise necessary monitoring tests prior to SMR Provide expertise to address both the public health and social care needs of patients, including lifestyle advice, service information, and help in tackling local health inequalities. 

 • Manage shared care protocols and liaise with Clinical Pharmacists for more complex patients. Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing locally. Technical and Administrative 

 • Support the PCN multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient medicines optimisation processes are being followed. Implement efficient ordering and return processes and reducing medication wastage. 

 • Provide training and support on the legal, safe and secure handling of medicines, including the implementation of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). 

 • Promotion of Electronic Repeat Dispensing (eRD) and online ordering Develop relationships with other pharmacy professionals and members of the multidisciplinary team to support integration across health and social care including primary care, community pharmacy, secondary care and mental health. 

 • Support practice reception teams in streaming general prescription requests, so as to allow GPs and clinical pharmacists to review the more clinically complex requests. Support the implementation of national prescribing policies and guidance within GP practices, care homes and other primary care settings. 

 • Support the PCN to deliver on QIPP agenda, QOF and locally commissioned enhanced services Support the PCN in reviewing and developing practice policies for CQC requirements 

Postholder will: 

1. Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity. The postholder must be aware of and committed to the Equality and Diversity policies of the The Bay Medical and comply with all the requirements of these policies and actively promote Equality and Diversity issues relevant to the post. 

 2. Ensure the principles of openness, transparency and candour are observed and upheld in all working practices. 

 3. The post holder will have, or acquire through training provided by the organisation, the appropriate level of safeguarding and knowledge, skills and practice required for the post and be aware of and comply with the organisation’s safeguarding protection policies and procedures. 

 4. Ensure that any infection prevention and control issues are reported to the line manager/Infection Prevention and Control Equality and diversity: The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include: 

• Acting in a way that recognises the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation 

• Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues 

 • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional development: 

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, including the completion of the CPPE training pathway and other such training to include: Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development. 

Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work Quality: 

The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will: 

 • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk 

 • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision 

• Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance 

• Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients’ needs 

• Effectively manage own time, workload and resources 

 This job description is intended as a guide to the main duties of the post and is not intended to be a prescriptive document. Duties and base of work may change to meet the needs of the service or because of the introduction of new technology. This job description may be reviewed from time to time and changed, after consultation with the postholder.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional registration with GPhC BTEC/NVQ level 3 or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Evidence of continued professional development (CPD) Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician in primary care, community or hospital
  • pharmacy

Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrate ability to influence and persuade partners and stakeholders of the respective merits of different options, innovations, new opportunities and challenges.
  • Relevant advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of Primary Care Networks, General Practice and evidence based medicine.
  • An appreciation of the NHS agenda and Government targets
  • Awareness of systems to support management of patients in a primary care setting, delivering pharmaceutical input and support in the context of pathways of care and the business of the organisation(s).
  • Awareness of GP budget-management and funding systems to enable GP clinical pharmacist services to assist delivery of PCN and NHS priorities and requirements for financial balance and quality.
  • Good clinical pharmacy knowledge including terminology.
  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for the improvement of prescribing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pharmacy law and ethics and current legislation.
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Professional registration with GPhC BTEC/NVQ level 3 or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Evidence of continued professional development (CPD) Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician in primary care, community or hospital
  • pharmacy

Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrate ability to influence and persuade partners and stakeholders of the respective merits of different options, innovations, new opportunities and challenges.
  • Relevant advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of Primary Care Networks, General Practice and evidence based medicine.
  • An appreciation of the NHS agenda and Government targets
  • Awareness of systems to support management of patients in a primary care setting, delivering pharmaceutical input and support in the context of pathways of care and the business of the organisation(s).
  • Awareness of GP budget-management and funding systems to enable GP clinical pharmacist services to assist delivery of PCN and NHS priorities and requirements for financial balance and quality.
  • Good clinical pharmacy knowledge including terminology.
  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for the improvement of prescribing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pharmacy law and ethics and current legislation.

Employer details

Employer name

The Bay Medical Practice

Address

The Bay Medical Practice

Broadway

Sandown

Isle Of Wight

PO36 9GA


Employer's website

https://thebaymedicalpractice.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

The Bay Medical Practice

Address

The Bay Medical Practice

Broadway

Sandown

Isle Of Wight

PO36 9GA


Employer's website

https://thebaymedicalpractice.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

David France

iwccg.thebaymprecruitment@nhs.net

01983862245

Date posted

20 April 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£28,532 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Compressed hours

Reference number

A5223-22-5716

Job locations

The Bay Medical Practice

Broadway

Sandown

Isle Of Wight

PO36 9GA


The Bay Medical Practice

1 Carter Road

Shanklin

Isle Of Wight

PO37 7HR


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