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Specialist Clinical Pharmacist, Primary Care (General Practice)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking to recruit enthusiastic and self-motivated pharmacists to join the Mersey Care Medicines Management Team. The Medicines Management service has been restructured and is working under a newly established senior management team which is fully committed to delivering outstanding pharmacy services and invest in the professional development of the pharmacy workforce.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is commissioned to provide Medicines management support to community physical health services in Liverpool and Knowsley as well as inpatient physical health, community mental health and inpatient mental health services. This post is working within the community physical health division in Liverpool. The Medicines Management Team within Mersey Care is looking for an enthusiastic patient focused clinical pharmacist to join our friendly and experienced team of pharmacists and technicians working within GP practices and care homes in Liverpool. You will work within our existing, well established team who will provide management support and supervision. We are keen to develop our team with current staff completing clinical diplomas, CPPE - Primary care education pathway and non-medical prescribing when opportunities arise.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver the medicines management work plan within general practice, with support from an experienced team of senior clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and under the direction of the team leader. The main duties of this role involve undertaking structured medication reviews, medicines reconciliation reviews, multidisciplinary working, GP practice education, and audit, with a focus on safety, quality, cost and clinical effectiveness.

This post is part of the Physical Health pharmacy team and the standard working hours are Monday - Friday, 7.5hours per day. There is no requirement to cover dispensary work or participate in on-call rotas. The role will involve regular travel across multiple sites within Liverpool Place.

About us

Mersey Care is one of the largest trusts providing physical health and mental health services in the North West, serving more than 11 million people.

We offer specialist inpatient and community services that support physical and mental health and specialist inpatient mental health, learning disability, addiction and brain injury services. Mersey Care is one of only three trusts in the UK that offer high secure mental health facilities.

At the heart of all we do is our commitment to 'perfect care' - care that is safe, effective, positively experienced, timely, equitable and efficient. We support our staff to do the best job they can and work alongside service users, their families, and carers to design and develop future services together. We're currently delivering a programme of organisational and service transformation to significantly improve the quality of the services we provide.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care to become the world's leading organisation in holistic health and well being.

Mersey Care's vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties of this job

The core function of this role is to provide services to Liverpool Place - part of NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board as follows.
  • GP prescribing support to GP practices and Primary Care Networks across Liverpool
  • Conduct structured medication reviews within a designated patient population as determined by the commissioner
  • Provide specialist advice on pharmaceutical matters to patients, carers, clinicians and managers, as required.Provide pharmaceutical advice and support to care homes.
  • Conduct medication reviews in patients who have had, or are at high risk of falls
  • Medicines safety reviews and ensuring safe management of high risk drugs
  • Interface and medicines commissioning support
  • Multi-disciplinary team working with GPs, community matrons and other healthcare professionals within care homes and community care teams
  • Conduct anticoagulant monitoring clinics on completion of appropriate training

The service also underpins medicines safety and evidence based practice within the Trust by supporting community services e.g. safeguarding in care homes, policy and PGD development and non-medical prescribing oversight.

Person Specification



  • Master of Pharmacy degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, or equivalent experience


  • Independent prescriber qualification, or willingness to work towards
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society



  • Experience of working within pharmaceutical services
  • Experience in one or more sector of pharmacy practice
  • Experience of multi disciplinary team working
  • Clear understanding of relevant legislation and guidance
  • Experience of providing medicines information and education
  • Experience of clinical audit
  • Familiar with accessing and using clinical guidance, good practice and medicines safety information sources
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and quality frameworks
  • Understanding of how medicines optimisation contributes to high quality patient care
  • Awareness of local area prescribing committees processes
  • Understanding and positive regard for the needs and rights of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities, and their carers
  • Demonstrable evidence of commitment to self development and CPD


  • Experience of working within an NHS organisation
  • Experience of working within primary care, or an appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing
  • Experience of other sectors of pharmacy
  • Knowledge of ePACT/Aristotle
  • Experience of providing supervision
  • Experience of working on projects where post holder uses own initiative and manages own timescales
  • Knowledge of recent and upcoming initiatives within pharmaceutical services
  • Experience of provision of medicines information services



  • Continuous Improvement
  • Accountability
  • Respectfulness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Support
  • Responsive to service users
  • Engaging leadership style
  • Strong customer service belief
  • Transparency and honesty
  • Discreet



  • Excellent communication skills: - written - verbal - listening
  • Ability to work flexibly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adapt to changing environments, needs and demands
  • Proven influencing and negotiating skills in dealing with sensitive or conflict situations
  • Ability to analyse data
  • Decision making skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with multidisciplinary staf
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good IT skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Ability to prioritise workload and manage time effectively to meet specified deadlines
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • A methodical approach to work, with the ability to concentrate and have attention to detail in checking and verification of data
  • Recognition of own limitations and ability to ask for support when necessary
  • Professional manner
  • Ability to travel between different sites


  • Project management skills

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