Clinical Pharmacist (Care Homes) - Newark PCN

Primary Integrated Community Services

The closing date is 20 September 2021

Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Care Home Clinical Pharmacist to join our dynamic team. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about providing high quality care.

PICS are supporting our Clinical Pharmacists to develop their skills and knowledge in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the Primary Care Network Contract Directed Enhanced Servicevia completion of the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway delivered by CPPE and commissioned by Health Education England, and also the PICS Clinical Pharmacy Competency Framework.

You will be based within Newark PCN which consists of seven GP practices, with a patient population in excess of 76,000. You will be part of the wider Care Homes and Clinical Pharmacy Teams and supported by our Lead Clinical Pharmacist and PCN Senior Clinical Pharmacist.

Main duties of the job


Undertake structured clinical medication reviews with patients and produce recommendations to GPs/other clinical colleagues on prescribing and monitoring or prescribe autonomously where appropriate. Work with care home staff to improve safety of medicines ordering and administration.

Managing patients with common/minor/self-limiting ailments while working within the care homes. Leading on production of Homely Remedy policies.

Liaise with PCN Pharmacists to review the use of medicines most commonly associated with unplanned hospital admissions and readmissions. Put in place changes to reduce the prescribing of these medicines to high-risk patient groups.


  • Bachelor or Masters degree in pharmacy (BPharm/MPharm)
  • Mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Minimum of 5 years post-qualification experience with a minimum of 2 years experience working in General Practice with care homes

About us

We offer a comprehensive package which includes:

  • Part of a team of experienced practitioners and supported by a Clinical Pharmacist Lead/Care Home Clinical Lead who will help support your professional development
  • Part of the NHS Pension Scheme or an alternative government based scheme (based on eligibility) with generous employer contributions
  • Competitive salaries with clear progression pathways referenced to NHS Agenda for Change
  • Fully integrated with NHS IT systems
  • Generous annual leave entitlement which references NHS Agenda for Change and recognises previous NHS service
    • On appointment 27 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
    • After 5 years 29 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
    • After 10 years 33 days plus 8 days bank holiday entitlement
  • Competitive leave entitlement that includes sickness pay and maternity leave
  • Join a caring culture and a company of can do experts

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient facing role participating in virtual ward rounds with key colleagues such as the PCN Clinical Lead for care homes, the PCN Dietician and practiced based clinicians. The post holder will undertake clinical medication reviews particularly Structured Medication Reviews (SMR) to proactively manage patients who are frail, multi-morbid and with complex polypharmacy.
  • Provide support to both Care Home and General Practice Staff with regards to prescription and medication queries. They will help support the repeat prescriptions system, liaise to deal with acute prescription requests, and medicines reconciliation on transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing, providing expertise in clinical medicines advice while addressing both public and social care needs of patient in care homes.
  • Provide clinical leadership on medicines optimisation and quality improvement and liaise with GP practice based colleagues to contribute to the management of some aspects of the quality and outcomes framework and enhanced services.
  • Contribute to ensure integration with GP practice, community and hospital pharmacy staff to help utilise skill mix, improve patient outcomes, ensure better access to healthcare and help manage workload. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and operational efficiencies so requires motivation and passion to deliver excellent service within local care homes.
  • The post holder will either already be a non-medical prescriber or working towards that qualification and will be supported to develop their scope of practice in line with the needs of the PCN/practice(s) but also their own training needs analysis discussed with their line manager.

Please see the attached supporting information for full job requirements.

Person Specification

Skills and knowledge


  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your skills and knowledge are suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.



  • Please provide detailed information of how you feel that your experience is suitable for this role; please provide examples to support your application referring to the job description and person specification for guidance.



  • Please provide details of your CPD, using examples where necessary.
  • Please provide your registration number of your GPhC professional registration.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Primary Integrated Community Services


Newark Primary Care Network

Lombard Medical Centre

2 Portland Street


NG24 4XG

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Date posted

06 September 2021

Pay scheme



£40,057 to £53,219 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Newark Primary Care Network

Lombard Medical Centre

2 Portland Street


NG24 4XG

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