Pharmacy Technician - North Tandridge PCN
Alliance for Better Care Ltd.
The closing date is 03 July 2022
North Tandridge Primary Care Network are looking to recruit 2 full-time pharmacy technicians.
The post holders will work across the practices with each of the practice teams and will be assigned a lead clinical and operational contact for each contract. This post is part of the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme for Primary Care Networks funded by NHS England and includes funded access to the Primary Care Pharmacy Education pathway pilot for pharmacy technicians.
The ambition is 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.
The post holders will be Pharmacy technicians, who act within their professional boundaries, supporting pharmacists in general practice to ensure effective and efficient use of medicines. In this role they will be supervised by a pharmacist who will develop, manage and mentor them.
The Pharmacy technicians’ core role responsibilities will cover clinical, and technical and administrative categories.
This is a fixed term post until 31st March 2024.
Main duties of the job
The post holders will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and this role involves provision of technical support for the pharmacy service to ensure professional operational standards and excellence in pharmaceutical care and safety are maintained.
The role will support the practices within North Tandridge PCN to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and efficient systems for medicines related clinical correspondence; repeat prescribing, medicines optimisation, reducing medicines waste and maximising patient outcomes.
Alliance for Better Care CIC (ABC) is the federation of the 44 East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham, and Mid Sussex GP practices, established in 2014, and now comprising twelve Primary Care Networks. ABC provide employment and management support to the North Tandridge Primary Care Network comprising the following practices:
- Caterham Valley Medical
- Townhill Medical Practice
- Warlingham Green Medical Practice
- Chaldon Road Surgery
- Whyteleafe Surgery
- Elizabeth House Medical Practice
The post holders will support training and development of administrators to support safe, effective and efficient processes involving medicines with a particular focus on repeat prescribing processes and will also provide support to general practice staff and patients regarding prescription and medication queries. They will also help to develop and improve repeat prescribing & medicines reconciliation processes and systems for safer prescribing.
The post holders will ensure that the service is integrated with community and hospital pharmacy to improve patient outcomes. The pharmacy technicians will work closely with the CCG Medicines Optimisation teams, community pharmacists and hospital pharmacy teams to support an integrated approach to prescribing and medicines optimisation which works towards shared goals.
The post holders will be supported in terms of professional development through a structured programme of local education. Peer-support is provided from within the PCN, supported by a local pharmacy network.
An enhanced DBS check will be carried out for all successful candidates. The post holders will be expected to travel between named practices, improved access service hubs and meetings across the patch. The post may involve evening and weekend shifts supporting the improved access hubs.
The post holders will also support quality improvement and manage some aspects of the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services and contribute to the delivery of the local medicines’ optimisation strategy.
Primary Duties and Areas of Responsibility
- 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.
- Support medications reconciliation for patients when they are discharged from hospital.
- 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.
All Pharmacy Technicians must work within their competencies and have professional indemnity.
Please see the full job description for further information.
Knowledge and Understanding
Skills and Competencies
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.
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Alliance for Better Care Ltd.
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14 June 2022
£25,968.88 to £29,245.17 a year depending on experience