Local Primary Care GP Federation
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To work up to 37.5 hours as part of the LPC Clinical Pharmacy team, contributing to the implementation of the Structured Medication Review & Medicines Optimisation DES specification.
The post holder will be working within the Prescription Hub with the member practices of Blackburn with Darwen to deliver efficient repeat prescribing processes thus reducing medicines waste and delivering better quality for patients and the GP practice.
They will support prescribers and general practice staff in improving the health of their patients through the rational and safe use of medicines, and the development and implementation of safe medicines systems.
LPC provide services to CQC regulated environments and as such complies with the VCOD (Vaccination as a Condition Of Deployment for Healthcare Workers) 2021 legislation.
Main duties of the job
Manage Prescription Hub telephone service for patients to use to order medication and make enquiries
Communicating with patients and all stakeholders regarding prescribed medication, filtering complex queries to senior team members
Contribute to reviewing, improving and implementing repeat prescribing policies and SOPs
Promote digital processes to take requests for repeat prescriptions from patients by increasing the number of patients using patient access and Electronic Prescribing service
Identify over ordering of prescriptions and inform them of any items that they are no longer taking
Upskilling the team to ensure that all staff are aware of correct procedures
Review discharge summaries, out of hours notifications, medicines use review and new medicine review forms to ensure accuracy and highlight changes made to clinical team
To be involved in the Medicines Optimisation workplan to ensure medications prescribed are the most cost effective.
Local Primary Care works with member practices to provide excellent services to patients. Supporting practices to develop their workforce and leadership.
Our Focus Is On:
Working with practices at scale to provides primary care services.
Preserving personalised healthcare and improving continuity of care.
Support practices to develop their practices, their workforce and their leadership.
Working in partnership with other health and care organisations in promoting new collaborations.
In order to achieve the best care outcomes for patients, Local Primary Care believes we must all work towards our core values.
Our Core Values Are:
Reducing Medicine Wastage
Highlight over and under ordering of repeat medicines to the appropriate clinician or staff member as per SOPs.
Synchronise medication quantities to reduce footfall in the practice.
Remove from patients repeat list any unnecessary repeat prescriptions that have not been ordered for an agreed length of time, as per SOP.
Check each individual item is needed when a patient asks for all their repeat medication.
Check that medicines that patients take when required are needed e.g. painkillers, inhalers, creams are moved to the variable repeat part of the patients medical record, as per the practice SOPs.
To promote patient education and awareness regarding the issues of prescribing waste, self-care.
To work to all SOPs in relation to the repeat prescribing systems and refer to them as necessary.
Highlight areas of prescribing waste and suggest methods for reduction.
Identify areas of care home waste and work with the care homes to reduce unnecessary prescribing.
Improve patient and staff satisfaction
Implement ways to promote patients to take responsibility for their repeat prescription ordering and to highlight any problems associated with taking their medicines.
Offer medication reviews with PCN clinical pharmacists or Medicines Use reviews with the community pharmacist, if a patient is experiencing problems with their medicines.
Provide guidance to practice staff, and promote communication throughout the practice team.
To implement a process within the Hub for signposting patients to relevant services as part of a care-navigation programme for reducing prescriptions for over the counter medication.
Ensure that when queries are generated that they are highlighted through the appropriate channels, to ensure they are resolved in a timely manner and before the next repeat prescription is due.
Ensure clear dosing instructions appear on all repeat prescriptions.
Personal Skills and Attributes
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).