Care Home Pharmacy Technician

Primary Healthcare Darlington

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Job summary

The care home pharmacy technician will support the Enhanced Health in Care Homes team by working with care homes and GP practices to deliver a programme of medicines optimisation. This work will include reviews of care home residents medication, facilitating safe transfer of residents into and out of care homes in respect of medications and assisting GP practices to provide safe and appropriate quantities of medication to care home residents. The work will compliment clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and other members of the PCN multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

able to undertake the following responsibilities:-

  • Synchronisation of medication for new residents into a care home to ensure all quantities match for 28 days supply.
  • Align new residents with the care home ordering cycle.
  • Work with Community Pharmacies supplying care homes to sort out supply issues and identify medication not mapped to ETP, which is generating paper scripts.
  • Work with care homes to amend quantities depending on patient needs and to address any medicine shortfalls
  • Correct any directions that need amending that are out of date titrating instructions, unclear or ambiguous.
  • Add medicines that are not supplied by the Practice as other medication to pick up any interactions with it.
  • Assist with education & training for GP reception staff as well as assisting with any ad-hoc care home resident medicine queries and tasks.
  • Liaise with GP staff to assist with clinical correspondence updating any changes to medication for care home residents

About us

Primary Healthcare Darlington was formed in September 2014 to enable all GP practices in Darlington to ensure consistent and equitable services for residents of Darlington. We are committed as a GP federation to continue to support practices in providing high quality standards of care for our patient population. We aspire to create resilience and sustainability for healthcare provision for the whole population of the whole of Darlington.

We are an extremely busy small but ever expanding friendly team based at Forsyth House in the centre of Darlington. We are supportive of workforce with a mission to be the best employer we can.

Job description

Job responsibilities

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Extended Health in Care Homes (EHICH) Pharmacy Technician

Location: Based at Forsyth House in Darlington with the requirement to work in one or more GP practices and in one of more Care Homes in the Darlington Primary Care Network

Responsible to: Enhanced Health in Care Homes Lead GP

North of England CSU Pharmacists

Job Summary:

The care home pharmacy technician will support the Enhanced Health in Care Homes team by working with care homes and GP practices to deliver a programme of medicines optimisation. This work will include reviews of care home residents medication, facilitating safe transfer of residents into and out of care homes in respect of medications and assisting GP practices to provide safe and appropriate quantities of medication to care home residents. This will compliment clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and other members of the PCN multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will be responsible for encouraging the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation in relation to care home residents throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments.

Key responsibilities:

Synchronisation of medication for new residents into a care home to ensure all quantities match for 28 days supply.

Align new residents with the care home ordering cycle.

Check Pharmacy who supply care home and amend as needed.

Work with Community Pharmacies supplying care homes to sort out supply issues and identify medication not mapped to ETP, which is generating paper scripts.

Work with care homes to amend quantities depending on patient needs and to address any medicine shortfalls

Correct any directions that need amending that are out of date titrating instructions, unclear or ambiguous.

Add medicines that are not supplied by the Practice as other medication to pick up any interactions with it.

Identify residents with a weight under 50 kg to check the dose of paracetamol prescribed.

Review calcium intake to assess whether calcium and vitamin D are still needed for them.

Assist with proxy ordering work.

Assist with ordering pilot work.

Assist with education & training for GP reception staff as well as assisting with any ad-hoc care home resident medicine queries and tasks.

Liaise with GP staff to assist with clinical correspondence updating any changes to medication for care home residents

Contribute to education of care home staff

Where appropriate, assess patients ability to take medicines as prescribed i.e. checking inhaler technique and making recommendations to the medicines optimisation pharmacist to address any issues identified.

Undertake Medicines reconciliation, checking medicines dispensed and administered against Medicines Administration Record charts and GP practice records.

To support investigation of medication related incidents

To support the implementation of NPSA alerts in relation to medicines

Able to plan and work independently and manage competing priorities

Able to plan own work with a high degree of motivation

Key working relationships:

Care Home Staff

Residents and relatives of care home residents

GPs and GP staff

North of England CSU Pharmacists

Community Pharmacies

Community Specialist Practitioners

Community Nursing Staff

Secondary care Pharmacy teams

Secondary care discharge teams

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required:

Pharmacy Technician NVQ Level 3

Previous Primary Care, Care Homes or Frailty experience

Comprehensive experience of Systm1 clinical system

Computer Literate

Effective interpersonal skills

Excellent communication skills both verbal and non-verbal

Specific requirements:

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring check

Ability to travel between service sites

Completion of CPPE pharmacy technician pathway or willingness to undertake the pathway

Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council / immediate requirement to register with the GPC

Qualifications:

Pharmacy Technician NVQ Level 3

Good general education

Professional development

Work with your line manager to undertake continual personal and professional development, taking an active part in reviewing and developing the roles and responsibilities.

Adhere to organisational policies and procedures, including confidentiality, safeguarding, information governance, and health and safety.

Requirement to travel between Care homes and GP practices.

Confidentiality:

Patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately

In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential

Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the company policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data.

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.

Health and Safety Responsibility

It is the responsibility of the individual to work in compliance with all current health and safety legislation and the Company Health & Safety Policy and to attend any training requirements both statutory and mandatory in line with the Companys legal responsibility to comply with the Health & Safety and Welfare at Work Act 1974.

Special Working Conditions

The post-holder is required to travel independently between practice sites across the Network, and to attend meetings etc. hosted by other agencies.

Miscellaneous

Work as part of the team to seek feedback, continually improve the service and contribute to business planning.

Undertake any tasks consistent with the level of the post and the scope of the role, ensuring that work is delivered in a timely and effective manner.

Duties may vary from time to time, without changing the general character of the post or the level of responsibility.

General

This job description is intended as a guide to the principle duties and responsibilities for the post and should not be considered an exhaustive list. It is subject to change in line with future development of our services.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Pharmacy Technician NVQ Level 2

Desirable

  • Registered with the GPhC as a Pharmacy Technician
  • Completion of CPPE pharmacy technician pathway

Experience

Essential

  • Understanding of basic health and social care terminology
  • proven ability to recognise and manage risk
  • good interpersonal skills
  • knowledge of the needs of older people
  • ability to communicate confidently with staff at all levels
  • good time management and an ability to prioritise and work to strict deadlines
  • IT skills and experience in the use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • experience of prescribing/clinical systems such as SystmOne

Desirable

  • experience of working with people with complex needs and various communication challenges

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Primary Healthcare Darlington

Address

Forsyth House

20 Woodland Road

Darlington

County Durham

DL3 7PL


Employer's website

https://primaryhealthcaredarlington.co.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Alison Harle

alison.harle@nhs.net

01325952278

Date posted

28 June 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

Negotiable

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

U0016-21-0188

Job locations

Forsyth House

20 Woodland Road

Darlington

County Durham

DL3 7PL


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