Integrated Care Clinical Pharmacist/Lead
The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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We are delighted to offer this exciting full time post in partnership with Newcastle East Primary Care Network and Biddlestone Health Group. The post is supported and resourced by the Trust but based in Newcastle East Primary Care Network, in Biddlestone Health Group. The successful candidate will be joining an established team of Primary Care Network Pharmacists, in a patient facing role. You can make a real difference for multi-comorbid individuals and those at risk of medication related harm. You will be supported in practice and on the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway by a named GP, a senior clinical pharmacist and an educational supervisor from CPPE as well as our talented, research-active multidisciplinary teams.
- Interview Date: Mon 19 June 2023
- 37 hours 30 minutes/week
- You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.
Main duties of the job
Key responsibilities of the role will include chronic disease and medication review in line with the NHS England Network DES, multidisciplinary meetings and reviews, integration with local community pharmacies and the acute Trust to improve patient care.
The post is Agenda for Change Band 7/8A. Candidates who demonstrate all of the competencies required of Advanced Stage 1 of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF) will be appointed at Band 8A. If appointed at Band 7, to progress to Band 8a the post-holder must achieve all of the competencies required of Advanced Stage 1 of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF). We expect that will be achievable via the CPPE Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway within 2 years of appointment but extensions will be granted in exceptional circumstances. If a post-holder fails to meet the required competencies within the agreed timescale we will endeavour to redeploy them within the Pharmacy Directorate. There is no expectation that you will submit your portfolio for RPS Faculty accreditation unless you wish to do so. The cost of RPS Faculty accreditation will be your responsibility and not that of the Trust.
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.
Rated 'Outstanding' by theCQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.
We're also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.
Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients 'contacts' each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.
We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people's race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.
- Promote the safe, rational and cost effective use of medicines by working closely with multidisciplinary team colleagues.
- Perform the professional role of a registered pharmacist, including advice, supervision and co-operation with colleagues.
- Provide expertise in clinical medicines review and address public health and social needs of their patients.
- Run clinics where medicines pay a key role in the management of patients with long term conditions.
- Undertake up titration of Heart Failure and Hypertension medicines when clinically identified.
- Reduce inappropriate poly-pharmacy and wasteful prescribing through clinical medication review
- Reconcile medicines following transfer from acute care and work with patients and community pharmacists to ensure patients receive the medicines they need post transfer of care.
- Contribute to reductions in medicine related hospital admissions and readmissions by supporting patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines and identifying and addressing medicines related issues
- Interface with community and hospital pharmacy colleagues and develop referral processes between primary care professionals including the promotion of the repeat dispensing service
- Manage the repeat prescribing reauthorisation process by reviewing requests for repeat prescriptions and medicines reaching review dates
- Manage patients and health care professionals medicine queries
- Implement drug withdrawals and alerts e.g. MHRA aimed at improving medicines safety with support from Trust Pharmacy
- Work with primary care professionals and patients to implement NICE and other evidence based guidelines
- Contribute to multi-morbidity reviews and multidisciplinary reviews
- Provide medicines information and training to other healthcare professionals and admin staff
- Review daily Pathology results for patients on known medicines
- Act as a source of medicines information for all of the multidisciplinary team and patients (e.g. around doses, side effects, adverse events, possible alternatives e.g. around out of stocks)
- To organise and develop clinical pharmacy services within designated patient populations.
- The designated population will be a primary care network, Directorate service or other population/cohort across Newcastle geography of a similar size (e.g. care home residents or the frail population). Responsibilities include building and developing relationships between local community pharmacies and other NHS services.
- To promote the safe, rational and cost effective use of medicines by working closely with colleagues from all disciplines within the designated patient population to share good practice and change prescribing behaviours where necessary.
- To perform the professional role of a registered pharmacist, including advice, supervision and co-operation with colleagues.
- Perform the professional role of a registered Independent Prescriber (NonMedical Prescriber) including prescribing and de-prescribing within the individuals scope of competence.
- Provide expertise in structured clinical medicines review and address public health and social needs of patients, regardless of setting. This could be in secondary care, primary care, intermediate care or domiciliary settings as befits the needs of the patients.
- Run clinics where medicines pay a key role in the management of patients with long term conditions; for example, up titration of heart failure and hypertension medicines when clinically appropriate, reduction of cardiovascular risk, anticoagulation, management of chronic lung diseases.
- Help patients to meet their health goals, reduce inappropriate poly-pharmacy and unnecessary medicines waste through structured clinical medication review.
- Reconcile medicines following transfer between care settings and work with patients and their usual care providers to ensure patients receive the medicines they need post transfer of care.
- Contribute to reductions in medicine related hospital admissions and readmissions by supporting patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines and identifying and addressing medicines related issues.
- Interface and collaborate with community pharmacy, medicines optimisation and hospital pharmacy colleagues and develop referral processes between primary care professionals including the promotion of Stock Shortage Protocols and the Repeat Dispensing and New Medicines services.
- Support the development of safe, efficient systems for prescribing and managing medicines within the designated patient population. This can include but is not limited to advising on prescribing workflow and procedures, sharing good practice in and between care settings and promoting the use of facilitative technologies.
- Manage patients and health care professionals medicine queries.
- Collaborate with colleagues in all settings to implement drug withdrawals, shortages and alerts e.g. from the Clinical Commissioning Group or Medicines Health Regulatory Authority aimed at improving medicines safety.
- Work with other healthcare professionals and patients to implement NICE, Shared Care and other evidence based guidelines.
- Contribute to multi-morbidity reviews, multidisciplinary reviews and learning from serious incidents and near-misses.
- Provide medicines information, clinical supervision and training to healthcare professionals and administrative staff working with the designated patient population.
- Review and interpret pathology results for patients in their care.
- Act as a source of medicines information for healthcare professionals patients and carers (e.g. around doses, side effects, adverse events, possible alternatives e.g. around out of stock medicines).
Please see the Job Description and Person Specification. Flexible working requests will be considered within the limits of the Education Pathway. Please get in touch with Megan Blythe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an informal chat and/or to arrange a visit prior to application/interview.
Band 7 £43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Band 8A £50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Please note these salary scales include the 2023/2024 pay award.
Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first months pay.
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.
Meets All Band 7 Criteria
Meets All Band 8a Criteria
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