South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
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Full-Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated pharmacy technician to join our team in an exciting split role working part time with our inpatient medicines optimisation team in Wakefield and part time with the Primary Care Mental Health Pharmacy team in Kirklees.
A background or experience in Mental Health is desirable but not essential as there will be support and opportunities for further training. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to understand and interpret clinical information and communicate it to patients, carers and other health professionals.
All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients
Main duties of the job
In the Wakefield inpatient role. the post holder will provide medicines optimisation services to inpatient wards and community based teams in Wakefield as well as working in the dispensary on a sessional basis. They will support the day to day operation of the service, providing training and staff supervision as necessary.
Whilst working for the Mental Health Primary Care Team, responsibilities will include working with Primary Care Networks to provide support, advice and input around the prescribing of medicines for mental health conditions as well as providing training to PCN staff.
The post holder will be required to participate in the Saturday morning rota.
We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.
Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.
We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.
Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.
Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.
We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.
Senior Pharmacy Technician
This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.
- To provide a ward pharmacy service to allocated units external to hospital sites.
- To provide technical support to the mental health pharmacy services including checking patients own medication on admission, the dispensing and supply of medication to specific patients.
- Co-ordinate and manage the day to day workload in the dispensary.
- Provide immediate line management support for allocated staff (pharmacy technicians band 4, pharmacy assistants or student technicians).
- Provide day to day line management for the dispensary staff.
- To accuracy check completed prescriptions and maintain technical competency for this).
- Maintain competencies that enable working across the trust.
The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.
Community Mental Health PCN Technician
- To work alongside the Community pharmacy team to deliver high quality, service-user focused medicines management and optimisation to service users within the pathway.
- To work together with the allocated G.P services as necessary to deliver high quality, service-user focused medicines management.
- To ensure a smooth interface between the pathway and secondary care both acute and mental health.
- To ensure that Community mental health pharmacy services are delivered efficiently, effectively and professionally by working in partnership with all members of the team, as well as users of the service and other stakeholders.
- Identify service users registered with GP's who are taking mental health medicines that require physical health monitoring.
- Answer medicine related queries from GP's, care settings, practice staff, PALS, social care staff and the general public in a timely and appropriate manner, escalating to and involving other relevant health care professionals within the team in the absence of national guidance or agreed protocols where needed.
- Participate in multi-disciplinary meetings related to prescribing topics and to engage in the training of other healthcare professionals and practice staff on matters relating to mental health medicines usage.
For full job description, please see attached supporting documents
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).