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Lead Clinical Pharmacist – Kernow Health East

Hours: 37.5 hours a week
Salary: Up to a maximum of £62,340 per year, dependant on experience
Closing date: 06/03/2024


Job summary
The East Cornwall Primary Care Network goal is a leading innovator in the new and developing Primary Care Network model

We are looking for enthusiastic, innovative and forward thinking Lead Clinical Pharmacist to work with our Network of GP practices across East Cornwall. We see our PCN Lead Clinical Pharmacist as key clinicians in delivering both excellent patient care and support to our GP practices with everything about medicines and prescribing.

If you are looking for a new challenge where you see and support patients with their healthcare needs, as an integral part of a GP practice and PCN team then this role is for you!

This is a great opportunity to be part of a hub approach, working alongside an MDT to transform the way in which care is delivered.

Working with us you will benefit from:

  • Opportunities for flexible working
  • A clear career framework with pathways for promotion and career development.
  • 6 weeks pro rata holiday entitlement (including bank holidays), with the ability to ‘buy and sell’ annual leave.
  • Being part of a local, agile and innovative team.
  • Access to a great support network within a multi-professional team.
  • Access to a company pension scheme, sickness, maternity and paternity pay.

Main duties of the job
The post holder will deliver clinical leadership to the PCN pharmacy team and deliver clinical support to the practices within the East Cornwall Primary Care Network as necessary. Duties will include clinical supervision, line management, compassionate & visionary leadership, project development and programme delivery.

The post holder will be an expert in a clinical specialty and act as a clinical lead for this in the ARRS team, as well as actively supporting the development and supervision of the clinical pharmacy team.

There will also be a dedicated project working element to this post, working at a strategic level across the PCN to promote best practice, quality improvement and population level patient safety. The post holder will also run their own clinics in a general practice or clinical hub setting.

About us
East Cornwall Primary Care Network

The East Cornwall locality General Practices have formed a provider company Kernow Health East Ltd which will operate the East Cornwall Primary Care Network (PCN). The neighbourhoods you will be recruited to include the Saltash Practices (Saltash Health Centre and Port View), the Rame Peninsula (Rame Group Practice), St Germans (Quay Lane Surgery), Liskeard (Oaktree and Rosedean) and Looe (Old Bridge Surgery). You will be based across the localitys GP practices providing clinical pharmacy support as part of the practice clinical teams, working either in one or more practice(s) or remotely as part of a clinical hub.

East Cornwall has previously been awarded Primary Care Network of the Year, recognising the localitys forward thinking and ambition to deliver excellent clinical care. The locality is committed to developing an exceptional, integrated care, team approach to better support people within the community setting. This will bring together a range of health and social care professionals to work together to provide enhanced personalised and preventative care for their local community. If you are interested in working as part of a clinical team within general practice then we would be excited to hear from you.


  • Identify patients requiring medication review and conduct appropriate medication review clinics or home visits if required by the organisation/practices and liaise with carers, Community Health teams or social care staff in order to optimise drug therapy, reduce polypharmacy and minimise unnecessary waste, communicating directly with patients as necessary.
  • Provide pharmaceutical support to a designated group of GP practices or care settings to enable them to develop, implement and monitor an agreed prescribing plan which meets the objectives of the medicines management plan.
  • Assist practices/ care settings in developing formularies, guidelines and policies to ensure the implementation of NICE guidelines, National Service Frameworks and the requirements of the medicines-related aspects of the GMS contract.
  • Lead on population level health management projects for proactive QI in medicines safety. This will include the formation of a virtual workforce to deliver eclipse and routine medicines safety audit to the practices within ECPCN. This may extend to providing network level resilience to core contractual medicines safety e.g. CQC medicines governance indicators
  • Support the delivery of innovative population health interventions in chronic disease areas (e.g. heart failure, diabetes, atrial fibrillation)
  • Develop relationships with third sector providers (e.g. community pharmacy) within the network to deliver relevant DES and IIF domains involving external partners, such as GP CPCS
  • Deliver ad hoc clinics and clinical interventions aligned to the PCN workplan
  • Advise GPs, care staff and primary health care teams on risk management processes relating to the prescribing and monitoring of specialist drugs e.g. controlled drugs and those subject to shared care arrangements.
  • Lead the pharmacy team agenda with practices to review specific areas of prescribing, specified by the line management or identified with the GP prescribing lead, including the interpretation of e-PACT data and the use of practice information to review prescribing and identify areas for action.
  • Provide clinical leadership to the PCN Clinical Hub interdisciplinary team.
  • Develop and review PCN policy with regard to prescribing systems and quality improvement to encourage the implementation of prescribing guidance and monitoring guidelines where appropriate.
  • Liaise with Community Pharmacists and develop the key strategic relationship with Cornwall LPC to encourage them to reinforce changes made, encouraging them to identify savings which can be achieved with regard to generics, dose optimisations etc. and to assist in building their relationship with the practice.
  • Provide advice and support to improve the disease registers within each practice to ensure all suitable patients are identified and offered suitable treatment and monitoring for their condition.
  • Facilitate and participate in multi-disciplinary meetings related to prescribing topics and to engage in the training of other healthcare professionals and practice staff on matters relating to medicines usage.
  • Attend and arrange where necessary primary/secondary care interface meetings in designated specialist therapeutic areas to improve the cost effective and evidence based use of medicines across locality and develop links with the hospital pharmacists involved in these areas.
  • Lead the strategic implementation of clinical audits of prescribing in areas identified by yourself and agreed by the PCN or as directed by the PCN, feedback the results and implement changes in conjunction with the relevant practice team.
  • Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade as allocated by line management
  • Act as professional lead for strategic support and delivery of network DES and IIF at a population level. Proposals will be developed and designed by the post holder and worked up with members of the network senior leadership team (i.e. Care co-ordinator team and Strategic Ops Manager) before being presented to the board for approval.

Education and Clinical Leadership

  • Lead and develop the education & training strategy for the PCN pharmacy team (and other ARRS roles where necessary) across the PCN
  • Plan and deliver teaching to other healthcare professionals as required
  • Secure access to the relevant information sources for clinicians working as part of the PCN as necessary Collaborate with secondary care partners regarding potential research projects/joint working and the provision of excellent, evidence based medicines advice to primary care clinicians
  • To support pharmacists to join the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Faculty for peer review and career advancement
  • To act as a designated supervisor for NMP prescribing courses if required
  • Support a learning culture within the organisation, including:
  • A clinical supervision programme for pharmacy personal and mentorship for pharmacists studying postgraduate courses
  • Planning appropriate clinical experiences for pharmacy teams
  • Supporting/mentoring other staff involved in the delivery of training, including coordination of meetings/courses
  • Providing formal and informal feedback on clinical learning progress
  • Supporting staff members in difficulties with their studies

Responsibilities for physical and financial resources

  • Contribute to, and promote the delivery of, safe, effective and cost efficient prescribing across primary and secondary care to achieve the most effective use of the medicines resource at both practice level and across the entire health economy
  • Analyse and use web based prescribing data (PACT and e-PACT) at practice to facilitate appropriate prescribing habits and keep drug budgets within limits. Evaluate this information to identify areas of increased expenditure and advise on actions to be taken to ensure prescribing is cost effective and evidence based.
  • Evaluate GP practices position with respect to QOF or other incentive schemes including achievement of both financial and quality targets and communicate this to practices updating the plan with the practice.
  • Support in the development of other members of the clinical pharmacy team to replicate projects to support these incentive schemes in their own practice and project manage delivery
  • Be responsible for the correct use and security of all equipment, information and data used.
  • Support the delivery of medication and prescribing elements of the Impact and Investment Fund programme across the East PCN GP practices.

For more information on key duties and responsibilities, please find attached the full job description.

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To apply for this job please contact:

Paula Varndell-Dawes (Strategic Manager)

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