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Lead PCN Clinical Pharmacist

Employer -

Location - 

Rochdale Health Alliance

Rochdale, UK

Salary (£) -

Dependent on Experience

About the Role

Job Purpose:

To participate in the provision of a Clinical Pharmacy Service to our member GP Practices defined within the Primary Care Network geographical location.

Applicants should have completed 18-month CPPE Pathway course and be an independent prescriber with 2 years’ experience in primary care.

Main Purpose of The Role:

The role will involve working towards various quality improvement projects and to achieve PCN network DES.

The role will have a patient facing element either face to face or telephone - including chronic disease management, repeat prescription management and structured medication reviews. This will also include the management and review of patients with polypharmacy.

The post holder will work within their clinical competencies to provide specialist pharmaceutical support to all our patients and will be working with members of the wider healthcare team to improve care and support safe and effective prescribing.

The post holder will need to be proactively involved in quality improvement and audit as well as managing aspects of the Quality and Outcomes Framework.

The post holder will act as the first point of call for queries from pharmacists within the PCN and provide leadership skills to coach junior members of the team.

• Provision of routine clinical medicines reviews whilst addressing the public health and social needs of patient population.

• To review and reduce were possible inappropriate polypharmacy and wasteful prescribing through timely and effective clinical medication reviews.

• Reconcile patients’ medicines following hospital discharge and work with patients and community pharmacists to ensure patients receive the medicines they need post discharge.

• Contribute to reductions in medicine related hospital admissions and readmissions by supporting patients to get the best outcomes from their medicines and identifying and addressing medicines related issues.

• Interface with community and hospital pharmacy colleagues and develop referral processes between primary care professionals including the promotion of the repeat dispensing service.

• Manage the repeat prescribing reauthorisation process by reviewing requests for repeat prescriptions and medicines reaching review dates.

• Manage patients and health care professionals medicine queries.

• Increase quality and safety of prescribing through mechanisms such as audit and PDSA cycles.

• Manage Primary Care Network practice formularies to improve the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of prescribing.

• Implement drug withdrawals and alerts e.g. MHRA aimed at improving medicines safety.

• Work with primary care professionals and patients to implement NICE and other evidence-based guidelines.

• Run clinics where appropriate to meet the needs of the Primary Care Network e.g. anticoagulant monitoring clinics, diabetic reviews etc.

• Contribute to multi-morbidity reviews and multidisciplinary reviews.

• Provide medicines information and training to Primary Care Network healthcare professionals and admin staff.

• Review daily Pathology results for patients on known medicines.

• Act as a source of medicines information for all of the practice team and patients (e.g. around doses, side effects, adverse events, possible alternatives e.g. around out of stocks).

• Undertake minor ailments triage: dealing with minor ailments and triaging patients appropriately


• Demonstrates understanding of the pharmacy role in governance and is able to implement this appropriately within the workplace

• Demonstrates understanding of, and contributes to, the workplace vision

• Demonstrates ability to improve quality within limitations of service

• Reviews last years progress and develops clear plans to achieve results within priorities set by others

• Demonstrates ability to motivate self to achieve goals


• Demonstrates understanding of the implications of national priorities for the team and/or service

• Demonstrates understanding of the process for effective resource utilisation

• Demonstrates understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice

• Demonstrates ability to identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol

• Follows professional and organisational policies/procedures relating to performance management

• Demonstrates ability to extend boundaries of service delivery within the team

Education, Training & Development:

• Understands and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to members in the team and/or service and demonstrates understanding of the mentorship process

• Demonstrates self-development through continuous professional development activity

• Demonstrates ability to conduct teaching and assessment effectively according to a learning plan with supervision

• Demonstrates an understanding of current educational policies relevant to working areas of practice and keeps up to date with relevant clinical practice

• Participates in the delivery of formal education programmes

Lead PCN Clinical Pharmacist


Jun 24, 2024

Closing date

May 24, 2024

Listed date

Practice Accreditations

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