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Clinical Pharmacist – Honiton Surgery

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RESPONSIBLE TO: Strategic Manager.

JOB PURPOSE: To work in the GP surgery and other members of the health care team in managing and supporting high quality, safe, cost effective, rational and evidence based prescribing. To lead and work across all care interfaces in relation to medication related issues.



BAND 7 (£35 000 - £40 964)

8a (39 632- £47 559) with a prescribing qualification


To provide an accurate, timely and qualitative medicines management process and assist in the preparation and issuing of prescriptions

To take responsibility for areas of chronic disease management within the practice and undertake clinical sessions to proactively manage patients with Asthma and COPD/Diabetes.

To be primary support person to the general practice staff with regard to prescription and medication queries.


Clinical Role:


Undertake medication reviews particularly in high risk groups such as:

  • poly-pharmacy
  • renal impairment
  • hepatic impairment
  • Substance misuse
  • patients on high risk medicines
  • STOP/START identified patients
  • revolving door hospital admissions

Improve prescribing practice through educational support for all prescribers within the practice.

Lead on where changes in evidence require changes in prescribing across patient population, e.g. where a drug is withdrawn or indications change.

Liaise with colleagues in community pharmacy to align support for medicines adherence such as MUR and NMS.

Support improvements in clinical care through practiced-based audit and implementing change

Prescribing advice to prescribers in practice, e.g. temporary non-availability of drugs

Ensure patient safety when they are transferred between care providers through reconciliation of prescribed medicines.

Provide expertise in clinical medicines review and address public health and social needs of patients in GP practices.

Reduce inappropriate poly-pharmacy and wasteful prescribing through clinical medication review

Action urgent prescription requests and review the underlying reasons for the request with the aim of eliminating unnecessary last minute requests

Appropriate haematological and biophysical monitoring is arranged to meet the needs of QOF, Enhanced services and prescribing Safety

Reconcile 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 re-admissions 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 reauthorization process by reviewing requests for repeat prescriptions and medicines reaching review dates.

Manage patients’ and healthcare professionals’ medicine queries.

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

Manage 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.

Run clinics where medicines are the main interventions, e.g. anticoagulant monitoring clinics.

Contribute to multi-morbidity reviews and multidisciplinary reviews

Provide medicines information and training to Practice healthcare professionals and admin staff.

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).

Participate in the legal, regulatory, administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team

Ensure accurate notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded in the patients’ notes on the clinical computer system as appropriate

Ensure accurate completion of all necessary documentation associated with patient health care and registration with the practice.

Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports

Attend and participate in practice meetings as required.

Assist in the formulation of practice philosophy, strategy and policy and develop appropriate protocols

Co-operate and participate as required in any research projects within the practice

Participate in the education and training of students of all disciplines and the induction of personnel working and visiting the practice


Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council

Working Towards Faculty Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Master’s Degree (MPHARM)

Clinical Diploma

Independent prescriber (Desireable)


2 years post qualification

In depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence based health care

An appreciation of the nature of GPs and General Practice

Understanding Primary Care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing

Is able to plan, manage, monitor, advise and review general medicine optimisation issues in core areas for long term conditions

Able to obtain and analyse complex technical information.


Excellent communication skills (Written and Oral)

IT skills

Time Management and the ability to work to deadlines

Problem solving skills

Interpersonal skills


Planning and organising

Performing under pressure


Team working

Self motivated



Interview date is 14th September