We are excited to be involved in the development of the Virtual Ward and Community Health Hub, which aims to reduce hospital admissions, care for patients safely at home and improve patient flow.
We are seeking a motivated and confident pharmacy technician with strong experience in clinical and medicines management to join our Pharmacy Community Services Team .
This exciting position will provide an opportunity to work clinically in both settings to provide pharmaceutical care to a wide range of patients and/or patient populations. You will have an important role in maintaining and enhancing medicines management and governance, and the opportunity to influence service development.
You will need to be enthusiastic, capable of working independently and be a confident communicator whilst working as part of the MDT, with clinicians, managers, nurses, senior pharmacy and divisional leaders, third party organisations and others across the ICS.Main duties of the job
Provide a clinical and medicines management service in accordance with evidence-based practice, clinical guidelines and professional, pharmacy and Trust policies
Provide day to day oversight and assurance relating to the supply and dispensing of medicines from by the Trust and via GP and Community Pharmacy Provider
Support with the audit of medicines storage and Controlled Drugs against National, Professional, and legal standards providing evidence and reporting to Trust. Support nursing teams with audit improvement actions.
Provide expert advice, leadership and direction, ensuring professional and service standards are met e.g. attendance at MDT Meetings
Support the delivery of medicines management training, development and competency assessment for pharmacy and nursing staff
Maintaining quality and standards by contributing to the development and implementation of new services, processes and procedures to deliver services.
Work in close conjunction with the Dispensary Team Leader and Pharmacy Stores and Distribution Team Leader over matters concerning pharmaceutical supply and storage of medicines.
Maintain competencies and provide a sessional, weekend and bank holiday commitment to Trust Pharmacy service.About us
The Pharmacy Department is ambitious and forward thinking, striving to ensure the patient is always at the heart of everything we do. We welcome discussions around flexible and agile working to support individuals with work life balance. The department supports the team with CPD opportunities in order to excel in their roles.
The Community Healthcare Hub will have 96 individual bedrooms (currently 32) with a phased plan to increase to full capacity, focuses on those patients who require safe discharge home following an inpatient hospital stay and then supporting patients to continue their recovery in their own homes. This is an opportunity to work out of an acute hospital setting at the start of an exciting new service provision.
Our virtual wards allow patients to get the care they need at home safely rather than being in hospital, and currently cover acute medicine, respiratory and frailty.
The pharmacy department at Lancashire teaching hospital employs over 200 staff. A licensed manufacturing unit, stores and distribution with wholesale dealer's license, growing clinical trials activity and a proactive medicines management team supporting medical education make it an exciting and diverse department. The clinical pharmacy team provide the service to the wards including tertiary specialties: renal medicine, oncology, plastics, vascular, major trauma, neurology and neurosurgery. Electronic prescribing is now live in over 90% of the hospital.Job descriptionJob responsibilities
Community Healthcare Hub:
Undertaking a full medicines reconciliation on patients who present with a paper chart i.e. admitted from A& E / other focusing on compliance and concordance conversationsReview new items clinically within their scope of practice and work with designated GP and Pharmacist to resolve issuesAssist with PGD management and standard compliance on siteSupport the governance teams in undertaking audits especially in long stay residential floorSupport the local nursing team with actions form audits. CD destruction and assistance with CD incidents reporting where appropriate to the CDAO
Audit medicines related processes such as discharge from hospital to CHH, medicines dispensing, ongoing medicines management in CHH and discharge from CHH as venture develops. Feeding back into hospital Pharmacy teams and other allied CHH teams areas for development.Point of advice and expertise for nursing staff on covert medicines management ensuring patients have correct documentationSupport incident investigations
Medicines management training on site and assisting new members of staff on using MAR charts for administration
Support nursing staff with discharges especially complex discharges e.g. Blister packs and patients on high risk medicines such as warfarinRefer to Community Pharmacy when patients are discharged in line with DMS
Full medicines reconciliation on discharge specifically a conversation with patients about supply, and when to stop acute itemsAttend MDTs
Visit patient homes to conduct Medicines reviews and reconciliationAnalyse data from the PPA and feedback to clinical leadRefer to Community Pharmacy when patients are discharged in line with DMSPerson SpecificationQualifications & EducationEssential
- Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians or Other recognised Pharmacy Technician Qualification meeting requirements for registration with GPhC
- Technician Accuracy Checking Certificate equivalent to the National Framework.
- Medicines Management Accreditation
- Registration with GPhC and evidence of CPD
- Commitment to complete the Level 4 Diploma in Pharmacy Clinical Services Professional
Knowledge & ExperienceEssential
- Post-Graduate Leadership and Management Development qualification.
- Level 4 Diploma in Pharmacy Clinical Services Professional
- APTUK Member
- Knowledge of all areas of Pharmacy Services in particular experience in Clinical and Medicines Management Services
- Understanding of current pharmacy and NHS issues.
- Knowledge and practical experience of managing staff and resources at a higher or Team Leader level.
- Specialist Technical knowledge of Good Dispensing Practice
- Knowledge of medicines legislation and clinical and medicines governance
- Awareness of changes within pharmacy practice and NHS landscape
Employer detailsEmployer name
- Knowledge and experience of managing the Ascribe Pharmacy and ARX robot systems
- Project Management
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustAddress
Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Lane
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