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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/07/2022.

Primary Care Network (PCN) Head of Clinical Pharmacists

Job Reference: J196-A-22-2995

Dorking Healthcare Limited
Primary Care Network
Surrey Federation practices
£54,764 - £63,862 pa DOE

The role

We are pleased to share this exciting new recruitment opportunity to join DHC as Primary Care Network (PCN) Head of Clinical Pharmacists. The PCN is currently undergoing a period of significant growth and change to remodel the structure with an aim of providing an inclusive and supportive structure for our team employed under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS).

This new role requires full-time working and will comprise of two days a week in a Federation wide Leadership role across Dorking, Redhill Phoenix and South Tandridge PCNs, and three days a week working clinically as a Senior Clinical Pharmacist in one or two GP practices (locations to be agreed with post holder). This role will work throughout the Federation practices and the base practice will be agreed with the post holder.

Federation Leadership Role: The post holder will line manage the three PCN Lead Senior Clinical Pharmacists and a team of pharmacists across the Federation, as well as liaising with primary care networks and Surrey Heartlands ICS Medicines Management Team to develop and run a high-quality service. You will be skilled in audit and quality improvement as well as being able to manage patient related clinical work. The Clinical Pharmacy team will develop and manage medicines optimisation services within the network of 10 practices across three PCNs in the Federation (Dorking, Redhill Phoenix and South Tandridge). They will provide leadership on quality improvement and clinical audit as well as managing aspects of medicines safety and antibiotic stewardship.

The Head of Clinical Pharmacists will initially focus on network quality activities such as sharing best practice, working with the PCN Lead Senior Clinical Pharmacists to ensure that Clinical Pharmacists are supported, appropriate work is allocated, mandatory training and education is completed, and cross-network audits and incident reporting are completed.

Senior Clinical Pharmacist Role:The Senior Clinical Pharmacist will have a key role in supporting delivery of the new Network Contract DES Service specifications. For the new Structured Medications Review and Optimisation requirements this will include tackling over-medication of patients, including inappropriate use of antibiotics, withdrawing medicines no longer needed through NHS-led programmes such as low priority prescribing and medicines optimisation more widely. For Enhanced Health in Care Homes residents will benefit from regular clinical pharmacy led medicines reviews.

The successful candidate will be an experienced pharmacist with strong management and leadership skills, bringing experience of working within general practice to improve the quality and safety of care offered to patients of the primary care network. You will beregistered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and a qualified independent prescriber, with a minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience.

About Dorking Healthcare

DHC is a GP Federation, representing 105,000 patients providing a wide range of quality healthcare services including elective care, Talking Therapies, community healthcare and primary care across Surrey, We are registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and we are an accredited AQP (Any Qualified Provider).

DHC is working at the centre of the local health system to evolve and deliver integrated care and that requires strong partnerships with many organisations. In all of our services, we aim to put the patient at the centre of their care, make sure our services are easy to access by local patients and reduce waiting times for patients.

GP practices have been brought together into Primary Care Networks (or PCN’s) to offer services in the local community. There are four Primary Care Networks as part of the DHC GP Federation; Redhill Phoenix PCN, Dorking PCN, South Tandridge PCN and Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) PCN. The PCN’s are critical to the changing NHS and are the focal point of all locally developed planning and service delivery.

In return DHC offers staff the following benefits:

  • Competitive salaries
  • We provide opportunities for training and development
  • We offer membership of the NHS Pension scheme and minimum of 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Being part of a professional, friendly multi-disciplinary team
  • We aim to be an employer of choice and conduct annual staff satisfaction surveys.

DHC actively encourage and promote diversity, ensure all voices are heard and included and are committed to equal opportunities for all.

If you are interested in applying, please complete an application form, referring to how your skills, qualification, knowledge and experience match the requirements set out in the person specification in your supporting statement.

We will be checking applications frequently and will close the vacancy dependent on sufficient applications so we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

To discuss the role please contact:Tracey Fossaluzza, PCN Manager. email:

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