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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 16/09/2021.

Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist- Primary Care Networks

Job Reference: 824-CORP-2473-B

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Parsons Green, London
£54,223 - £60,316 PA Inc. HCAS

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs - Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster and Hertfordshire - Watford, St Albans, Potters Bar, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden.

We are rated Good by the Care Quality Commission and are ranked among top NHS employers. Community healthcare is our focus and our passion. We champion the role of community health professionals to make sure our patients get great care closer to home.

This is a maternity leave cover 1 year fixed term


Are you looking for a change within the pharmacy world? Perhaps a move from secondary care but still wanting to work as a clinical pharmacist and help patients' with their medicines? If yes, this could be the post for you:


This is a 1 year fixed term position to cover maternity leave for a Medicines Optimisation –working as a Primary Care Network Pharmacist and supporting the Wandsworth Complex care ward team two days a week within the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. This is an exciting new position for a Pharmacist looking with work within a community NHS trust and develop the role of Primary care Network pharmacists across the trusts. The role will include responding to requests within the trust to set up and deliver primary care network pharmacists roles and embed them within PCNs. The postholder will predominantly be working alongside GPs/ practice staff and other healthcare professionals to develop and deliver medicines optimisation services within the PCN. They will perform face-to-face structured medication reviews as well as supporting GP practices within the PCN on ensuring robust medicines management processes are in place through clinical audit, review of medicines incidents, training and supporting clinical governance. The postholder will be setting up services and will be involved in developing and building relationships within a PCN as well as service evaluation. They will also support the Wandsworth Complex Care team as a clincal pharmacist optimising medication for patients, attending MDTs and supporting within clinical queries.


Key components of the post include:


Providing specialist expertise in the use of medicines whilst supporting to address both public health and social care needs of patients within the PCN and Complex care team. Pharmacist will be involved in conducting structured medication reviews for patients with polypharmacy, long term conditions or high risk patients ensuring an integrated approach to the management of medicines. This may involve conducting clinical medication reviews in the clinic setting,patients' homes, care homes or via telephone consultations and acting as a source of pharmaceutical expertise to various health and social care professionals e.g. GPs, hospital clinicians, district nurses, carers, families, community pharmacists and care coordinators. They will also be involved in supporting practices with audits and meeting medicines related QOF targets. Continuous evaluation of the service will also be key to demonstrate value and areas for further development.


The Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist will also provide leadership on streamlining services e.g medicines audits, policies, training from the GP practice level across the PCN and Complex care team to support collaborative working and address unwarrented variation.


Trust wide Medicines Management Service Provision including policy development, implementation of patient safety initiatives e.g. drug alerts, patient safety alerts, training for health professionals in the community across the trust and PCN.


The post holder maybe working across the trust with the CLCH base at Parsons Green and will involve lone-working and travelling between sites and to Wandsworth two days a week. The postholder may also be required to travel to other sites and services within the organisation so will require flexibility as the organisation continues to grow. A car would be useful for travelling in outer London or outside of London but is not essential.




Previous unsuccessful applicants need not apply.


The postholder must have post registration experience in hospital pharmacy and a postgraduate qualification to at least diploma level as well as independent prescribing qualification or currently working towards completion of this. Previous experience in community health services or primary care is desirable. A sound knowledge of prescribing and medicines management issues faced in both primary and secondary care is essential with excellent decision-making and problem solving skills. Additionally, compassion, flexibility, excellent comunication and time management skills are essential and the ability to build relationships with various health and social care professionals e.g. GPs, hospital clinicians, district nurses, carers, family, community pharmacists and care coordinators.

Just as we care about our patients’ wellbeing, we care about yours!

We can offer you:

  • A comprehensive induction into the community service followed by a local induction to introduce you to the role
  • Single occupancy accommodation in Central London – (we can help you find accommodation in London, support you with your deposit)
  • Support with gaining your driving license *T&C’s apply
  • Car lease scheme *T&C’s apply
  • Flexible working options
  • Annual travel card loan
  • Training, support and development in your career

At CLCH we appreciate and are proud of the diversity in the communities we serve and the workforce we employ. Applications are open and welcome to anyone, regardless of your age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and disability. We are proud to say that we follow the workforce race equality standard and 28% of our senior staff (8A and above) are from a BME background. CLCH also has active BAME and LGBTQI networks.

Please be aware that all communications about this vacancy will be received to you via email and text message. Always check your inbox and junk mail folders and provide a UK mobile number if available.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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