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Specialist Medicine Optimisation in Care Home Technician

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Do you want to make a real difference to patients and really put patient centred care at the heart of what you do?

If you are looking to develop your pharmacy knowledge and skills, work as part of an award- winning team and you have a good eye for detail then we want to hear from you. This rare opportunity will allow you to gain experience of working directly with patients and supporting best practice in relation to the safe and secure handling of medicines in regulated care settings.

The Specialist Medicines Optimisation in Carehomes Team (SMOCH) provides a pharmacist led community-based service to nursing and residential homes. The team is fully integrated in community service provision. Working with multidisciplinary community teams is part of our daily work with the objective of supporting medicines optimisation and improving patient outcomes.

Main duties of the job

The position will involve daily travel between nursing and residential homes across East Lancashire. The successful candidate must have the use of their own vehicle for daily business use. When not carrying visits, the team work remotely and have access to community based sites.

It is essential that you possess excellent communication skills and are able to communicate and connect at all levels, often with people who may be vulnerable or have diverse needs. You will be self-motivated with the passion to deliver a patient focussed service, providing quality outcomes and experience for the patient. We support integrated working across both primary and secondary care on a multidisciplinary level to support prescribing and safe management of medicines. We are able to provide support for patients on discharge from hospital where there are changes to medicines, or complex medicines support needs have been identified during their stay.

We support our nursing and residential homes with medicine management issues and provide resources and training to help them comply with CQC requirements.

The service operating hours are Monday to Friday, within the hours of 08:00 and 17:00, although we would like to support the successful candidate with any needs for flexibility.

For informal enquiries please contact:

John Vaughan/Victoria Richards - Service Manager / Senior Team Pharmacist

Telephone 07811209732/07799343318

About us

The successful candidate will be supported to develop themselves as well as the service they are responsible for, in a friendly and forward-thinking organisation.

If you want to make a difference, are passionate about patient care, then there has never been a better time to join our team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will-

Act as a role model in the field of clinical pharmacy and provide a consistently high level of pharmaceutical advice and support in line with corporate objectives.

Work on a multidisciplinary level with health and social care professionals in both primary and secondary care to deliver patient focussed care in the community, ensuring that the individual patients medicines support needs are met.

Support nursing and care homes across East Lancashire to meet the required standards for the safe, secure handling and administration of medication.

Carry out medicines assessments to identify inappropriate or problematic polypharmacy.

Support the safe transfer of care by undertaking medicines reconciliation.

Person Specification



  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • City and Guilds, B/Tech in Pharmaceutical Science, NVQ Level 3 or equivalent
  • Evidence and commitment to life-long learning



  • Recent General Clinical Pharmacy Activity
  • Substantial post qualification experience in hospital and/or community


  • Knowledge of both primary and secondary care pharmaceutical services
  • Previous experience of providing prescribing support in primary care

Work Related Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of medicine uses and their actions
  • Multi-disciplinary working.
  • Basic IT literacy i.e. use of e-mail, the internet and word processing


  • Experience of using primary care clinical systems
  • Experience of using
  • Enhanced IT skills (including word- processing and spreadsheets)
  • Experience of training both individually and in groups
  • Experience of managing discrete projects from concept to completion



  • Driving license and access to a car

Employer details

Employer name

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Padiham Health Centre

36 Burnley Road


BB12 8BP

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