NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board
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Clinical Pharmacist- Band 7 AfC
Permanent Contract (0.5 WTE)
You will be an integral member of the ICB Medicines Management Team and will support the implementation of the ICB Medicines Management Strategy and Area Prescribing Committee recommendations to achieve high quality, evidence based, safe and cost-effective use of medicines.
You will be enthusiastic and highly motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills, and an understanding of primary care. You will be agile working and based in GP surgeries providing invaluable practical support and guidance to practice staff and other members of the healthcare team.
Applications are now invited for those who meet the criteria as described within the attached Job Description and Person Specification. Part time and flexible working patterns will be considered.
You will be required to submit an application form outlining how you meet (or are working towards) the knowledge, skills and experience required for this role.
Main duties of the job
The Clinical Pharmacist will work mainly within general practices providing practical and clinical support to improve the management of medicines.
They will undertake medication reviews with direct contact with patients and provide professional advice to health professionals about Medicines Management.
They will be involved in educating patients and health professionals about medicines.
They will be an integral member of the ICB Medicines Management Team, who will implement the ICB Medicines Management Strategy and Area Prescribing Committee recommendations to improve the health of the local population.
With our highly motivated member practices, the ICB is ambitious to meet the challenges ahead. The Medicines Management Team is highly valued by the ICB and its member practices.
Implement the ICB Medicines Management Strategy through joint working with the Head of Medicines Management, Deputy Head of Medicines Management, Senior Medicines Management Pharmacist, Clinical Pharmacist, Primary Care Health Professionals and ICB staff Lead on and develop selected Medicines Management projects Act as a pharmaceutical resource for patients, general practitioners, community pharmacists, nurses and other ICB staff Undertake face to face patient medication review clinics in partnership with general practitioners and primary care health professionals Improve prescribing and Medicines Management in the General Practices Deliver improvements in the use medicines for the whole of ICB population through pharmaceutical public health Contribute to the improvement of management of medicines across the primary and secondary care interface Work with and support local community pharmacists Undertake education and research related to Medicines ManagementManagerial Contribute to team building and training of the Medicines Management Team Attend selected ICB/APC groups to provide Medicines Management expert advice e.g. guideline development groups and secondary care groups Involvement in the development of the ICB Medicines Management Strategy Contribute to and implement the development of Medicines Management policies and guidelines to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines within the ICB Provide advice to general practitioners and their practices to ensure financial risks are managed Represent the Head of Medicines Management, Deputy Head of Medicines Management, Senior Medicines Management Pharmacist, when requested Manage own workload Leadership Responsible for a specific clinical area of prescribing (e.g. diabetes) to advise on new initiatives, newly launched medicines, guideline development, shared care arrangements and formulary allocation matters Manage and organise own workload and patient caseload within allocated GP practices Review allocated GP practices prescribing and develop prescribing action plans in partnership with the practice, and Senior Clinical Pharmacist. Assist in action plan implementation Liaise with local community pharmacists to ensure they are aware of ICB Medicines Management activities and plans Influence key personnel (general practitioners, nurses, community pharmacists) about Medicines Management issues including the safe and secure handling of medicines in line with current legislation Liaise with other local Medicines Management Teams to share ideas and ensure consistency in best practice with regard to primary care pharmacyClinical Plan, organise and undertake unsupervised medication review clinics with patients in GP practices, particularly for vulnerable patients (e.g. Those who are housebound, those who have fallen, those in care home settings and those recently discharged from hospital) Undertake medication review work in the most appropriate settings, which may include GP practices, care homes, intermediate care, domiciliary visits, day centres, sheltered accommodation and community pharmacies Where agreement has been made to act as an independent prescriber, to undertake physical and clinical examinations of patients, to diagnose and treat specific diseases and long term conditions in accordance with agreed medical/local protocols, to develop management plans for patients, to undertake and refer for appropriate diagnostics/investigations, to interpret results and make changes to medication and to follow up withpatient Provide general practitioners with appropriate recommendations and actions plans following medication review clinics with patients to optimise the patients treatment with medicines, and ensure appropriate follow up with patients Record medication review plans, recommendations and outcomes on GP computer clinical systems and own clinical notes Obtaining agreement with GP practices to implement clinical review programs with the overall aim of following national prescribing guidance, improving the quality of prescribing and enhancing expenditure on medicines. Undertake changes to prescribing where appropriate and agreement has been obtained Analyse complex prescribing data (ePACT) for practices to highlight areas where there is scope for improving the clinical effectiveness of prescribing Promote good quality evidence based prescribing to meet national guidelines and targets e.g. NSFs, NICE Contribute to the development and review of clinical guidelines and drug formularies Contribute to the development of academic detailing cards Facilitate patient focused ICB medication management programs to improve compliance and concordance Participate in the Medicines Management patient media and public campaigns, including attendance at local community groups Liaise with local hospitals and community pharmacists to ensure effective Medicines Management across the primary/secondary care interface Contribute to the effective implementation of NICE guidance Answer medicine related queries from GPs and other health care professionals by interpretation of complex medicines information and evaluating a number of options before communicating an evidence based response to the enquirer Training and Education Maintain and plan own professional accreditation and CPD as required by General Pharmaceutical Council Attend local education and research meetings concerning prescribing and therapeutic updates Interpret and present clinical evidence to ensure that prescribing advice provided is accurate, up-to-date, relevant and within national guidance Deliver the Academic Detailing program to GPs, Practice Nurses and Community Pharmacists Contribute to the development and provision of Medicines Management education to all ICB staff including practice nurses, nurse prescribers, community pharmacists including the GP Prescribing Interest Groups Participate in the induction and training of new members of the Medicines Management Team Involvement in the General Practice half day protected learning time to update / train practice staff on issues related to Medicines Management Undertake prescribing data (ePACT) meetings with GP practices Provide education and develop competency based assessments to support Patient Group Directions and Nurse Prescribing initiativesResearch and Audit Contribute to the development of and undertake clinical audit activities to monitor prescribing practice and NICE guidance Participate in clinical governance audits of the Medicines Management Team activities Utilisation of GP computer clinical systems to undertake clinical audit, risk management and demonstration of prescribing patterns Undertake research projects, prepare publications and seek presentation opportunities to contribute to the Medicines Management Team research agenda Communication Discuss complex and sensitive information in an empathetic manner with patients during medication review clinics including medical histories, lifestyles and personal circumstances and provide re-assurance where necessary. The advice must be tailored to the level of understanding of the patient. Signpost and refer patients to other services (health, social care, etc) as appropriate Maintain appropriate records of actions and interventions with patients during medication review clinics, while acknowledging Caldicott issues Provide regular information and feedback on set objectives and action plans to the ICB Head of Medicines Management and Senior Clinical Pharmacist. Develop an effective network and working relationship with individual practice GPs, practice staff, other professionals within the Primary Health Care Team, community pharmacists and at the interface with secondary care Manage hostile and obstructive behaviour from contractors and ICB staff to the implementation of Medicines Management activities and strategy Manage hostile and emotionally difficult situations with patients Accept referrals for Medicines Management support for patients from multi-agency staff such as homecarers, social workers and care home staff Present Medicines Management projects and ideas to ICB committees and staff groups Develop clearly presented materials to deliver complex Medicines Management messages including Academic Detailing Materials
Knowledge & Experience
Certificate of Sponsorship
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