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Pharmacy Technician – East Cornwall PCN

Hours: Full and Part Time Hours
Salary: £22,549 - £27,780 depending on qualifications and experience
Closing date: 15/07/2022


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 pharmacy technician to work with our Network of GP practices across East Cornwall. We see our PCN Clinical Pharmacy team as a key clinical resource in delivering excellence in patient health care; and to help support 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!

Main duties of the job
This is an exciting opportunity to provide key pharmacy expertise to GP practices within the locality. As a PCN Pharmacy Technician in an East Cornwall practice you will manage your own workload to provide patient advice on medication related issued, assist the practice team with prescribing related issues and process clinical tasks, letters, and discharges. You will help support the East PCN with core medicine optimisation activities, and ensure the safe and effective use of medicines across East Cornwall.

We will provide you with professional mentoring and bespoke coaching support so you can expand your clinical skills and confidence to best support your patients. You will work as part of a team of seven PCN pharmacists and an experienced pharmacy technician lead as well as other experienced trail blazing clinical pharmacists in the locality, all a part of the team that nurture your clinical practice. Ideally (but not essential) you will have previous experience of working in primary care, however key to this role is an innovative driven person that wants to develop into an effective clinician. This the new role represents an exciting opportunity to support practices across the locality to deliver the practices and locality vision and work plan.

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 locality’s GP practices providing clinical pharmacy support as part of the practice clinical teams, working either in practice or remotely as part of a clinical hub.

East Cornwall has also been recently awarded Primary Care Network of the Year, recognising the locality’s 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.

Job responsibilities

• The post holder will deliver core pharmacy technician duties to our practices within the East Cornwall Primary Care Network as one of the multidisciplinary clinical team. Duties will include dealing with prescription queries, synchronisation of repeat medications, processing discharge summaries/clinic letters, undertaking clinical audits and promoting best prescribing practice as part of patient centred care within the surgeries where they are based. The post holder will work as part of a growing team of pharmacy technicians across the practices in East Cornwall to deliver health and medicines optimisation interventions at a neighbourhood population level. Working arrangements may be in person in practice or via remote assistance as part of a virtual team of clinicians.



• 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 medicines use advice and support to GP practice staff, practice registered patients, and the wider practice team such as community staff (district nurses, mid-wife’s, and physiotherapists) where appropriate.

• Help support the safe and effective operation of the prescribing system in the GP practice, including updating repeat medication regimes, issuing of appropriate acute prescriptions, flagging relevant laboratory testing and identifying patients due chronic disease reviews (e.g. annual asthma reviews)

• Deal with appropriate prescription queries presentations, such as medications not available due to stock shortages, synchronisation of repeat medications telephone queries from patients regarding their prescribed or over the counter medicines. Provide ‘make every contact count’ public health education interventions to patients.

• Provide pharmaceutical support to a designated group of GP practices or care settings to enable them to develop, implement and monitor an agreed prescribing process 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.

• 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.

• Support 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.

• Assist with the development and ongoing review of practice policy with regard to repeat prescribing systems and repeat dispensing to encourage the implementation of prescribing guidance and monitoring guidelines where appropriate.

• Liaise with Community Pharmacists 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.

• Answer medicine related queries from GPs, care settings, practice staff, PALS, social care staff and the general public in a timely and appropriate manner, escalating to and involving other relevant health care professionals within the practice in the absence of national guidance or agreed protocols where needed

• 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.

• 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.

• Undertake 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.

• Work innovatively with new technology to facilitate novel ways of working, which may include as part of a virtual hub within the network which provides support remotely to a number of practices, working alongside clinical pharmacists.

• Respond to MHRA and other patient safety alerts by searching for relevant populations included and implementing agreed patient safety measures in line with the practice prescribing lead.

• Undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade as allocated by line management.

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.

• Support and improve 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.

• Be responsible for the correct use and security of all equipment, information and data used.

• Responsible for prescription charges, security of controlled drugs and stock levels.

Communications and leadership

• Be required to communicate information, sometimes complex, to a wide range of individuals and groups with different levels of understanding using a well developed range of verbal and written skills.

• Demonstrate tact, diplomacy and negotiating skills to engage with doctors to persuade them to work towards objectives, overcoming resistance to change.

• Develop good working relationships with the whole range of practice staff and a network of contacts within the locality and secondary care to provide problem-solving advice on a wide range of matters relating to medicines.

• Liaise with community pharmacy teams in the vicinity of where prescribing and medicines management developments and/or changes are planned so they may anticipate the impact on their pharmacies and give a consistent message to patients.

• Work in a discreet and professional manner, respecting and maintaining the confidentiality of patient specific and prescribing data (both at practice and organisational/locality wide level).

Policy and Service Development

• Support the development of prescribing policy in individual practices and care settings, the implementation of that policy and be involved in the development of policy in discreet areas of prescribing, involving working with clinicians in both primary and secondary care.

Planning and organising

• Be able to prioritise and meet set deadlines particularly when under pressure.

• Take the delegated lead responsibility for specific projects or key specialist areas of pharmacy practice as identified by line management.

• Organise and manage their personal workload in the face of competing priorities, managing their own time effectively and working closely with a range of practice staff and the administration and technical staff in the Medicines Management department.

• Record and report to line management and practices on the work undertaken and the benefits produced, in a timely manner, using tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and e-mail.

Analysis and data management

• Critically appraise information from drug industry to inform other staff members and healthcare professionals in practices.

• Assist in analysing medicines data, including interpreting e-PACT data (web-based electronic prescribing data analysis system) and providing reports at practice level for designated practices.

• Demonstrate good computer literacy (e-mail, word, excel, PowerPoint, on-line medicines information databases).

• Promote and be an advocate for the use of local formularies in practices in both written and electronic format ensuring that the formulary is the cornerstone for all prescribing practice in primary care.

Decisions made: (Freedom to act)

• The post holder will be guided by their professional Code of Ethics, relevant legislation, policies and guidelines, local and national medicines management frameworks and guidance and will be able to interpret these and make judgements on how they apply when dealing with specific situations as they arise. The post holder will be expected to work under their own initiative, often in isolation, but will be able to seek guidance from their peers or line managers if the need arises.

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

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To apply for this job please contact:

Paula Varndell-Dawes (East Cornwall PCN Strategic Manager)

[email protected]

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