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PCN Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist

Job Reference: 896-MAN2021-352

NHS Manchester CCG
Medicines Optimisation
Parkway Business Centre, Princess Road, Manchester
£40,057 - £45,839

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning is a single commissioner for health and social care, comprising a partnership between Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and Manchester City Council.

Manchester currently has 87 GP practices, three major hospitals, a mental health trust, citywide social care services, a range of health improvement services, and many voluntary and community organisations.

The values of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning are Positive, Fair and Collaborative. They guide how we work with our colleagues, our communities and health and social care partners to improve the health of our population.

Would you like to be part of an expanding and innovative team?

The Practice Based Medicines Optimisation Team have been established for three and half years, working in General Practice across North Manchester providing a clinical pharmacy service.

The introduction of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) has presented a unique opportunity for the expansion of the practice based medicines optimisation team across the city into the majority of Manchester PCNs.

The Medicines Optimisation Team has a long standing history of delivering high quality services to support the work of General Practice across the City. The successful candidates will be welcomed into the expanding medicine optimisation team with the unique opportunity to develop both clinical and strategic skills.

We are seeking innovative pharmacists to provide clinical pharmacist services across Manchester. With strong clinical leadership and established links with General Practitioner trainers, we welcome applications from pharmacists working in all sectors who are looking to develop their role within General Practice.

Successful candidates will be involved in the delivery and evolution of clinical pharmacy services within general practice and will demonstrate a passion for providing patient centred care. In return, they will be supported with their training and developmental needs by providing:

  • one to one mentorship with a dedicated GP during induction phase
  • regular team meetings focussing on group based learning to support clinical knowledge
  • a senior management team with a strong clinical background
  • peer mentorship from the existing team
  • access to non-medical prescribing course

As a GP practice based pharmacist successful candidates will be responsible for providing a clinical pharmacy service to up to 3 GP practices in Manchester. This will involve working in the practices day to day and engaging with the practice staff and becoming an integral part of their team. The successful candidates will see patients face to face, supporting them with their medication needs; review discharge prescriptions and support practice staff with medication related queries.

For more information or an informal discussion please contact Habib Ansari PCN Lead Pharmacist for the Practice Based Medicines Optimisation Team.


Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board (ICB)

In February 2021 the Government announced a number of new measures as part of a proposed Health and Care Bill, including the creation of statutory Integrated Care Systems (ICSs).

In Greater Manchester we have been working as an ICS for the last five years – with strong working partnerships between health and social care and the voluntary sector. The creation of a statutory ICB will formalise the arrangements we have in place and mark another positive step in our journey, which started with the health and care devolution deal in 2015. The statutory ICB will include a new ICS NHS Body and Health and Care Partnership Board.

From April 2022 (subject to national legislative approval) the commissioning duties of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), including their functions and roles, will transfer to be delivered as part of the new Greater Manchester ICB NHS Body. This will mean that functions and roles may be delivered differently in the future, with place based and Greater Manchester-level teams working alongside each other.



MHCC is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and workforce culture – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We support flexible working and will consider applications on a part-time or job share basis. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and we particularly welcome applications from ethnically diverse and disabled applicants who are currently under-represented within our workforce.


We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, facilities, and services to support a diverse range of staff. …and, if you spot unhelpful or off-putting jargon in our job descriptions – please tell us. We will make sure we put it right so that you can continue your interest in applying for the role that inspires you. We want to hire you, and we have a growth mindset – so do let us know if we can learn from you.




MHCC is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive workforce culture. We support flexible working and will consider applications on a part-time or job share basis. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and we particularly welcome applicants who are currently under represented in our workforce. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and disabled candidates.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, we guarantee an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the post. To find out more please ensure you read our additional information section.

Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities.

We offer a range of excellent benefits including a pension scheme, 27 days Annual Leave, access to NHS discounts, Cycle to Work Scheme and Childcare Vouchers.

New entrants to the NHS will start at the bottom of the pay band.

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