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Care Home Pharmacy Technician

Employer
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Blackpool
Salary
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Profession
Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as part of the established Fylde Coast Pharmacy Care Homes Team. This a small, friendly, and highly specialised pharmacy team with vast knowledge on medicine use in care homes. Prior experience within this sector of pharmacy is not essential, as you will be provided with close peer support and professional development to help you succeed in this varied and challenging role. We adopt a flexible approach to working patterns, offering a mix of remote, office, care home, and practice-based working to empower team members to optimise their performance and delivery.

As a core member of the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Multi-Disciplinary team, you will work collaboratively with both the Fylde Coast Care Homes Team (CHT), ICB, GP practices, PCN teams, Care Home staff, CQC, Local Authorities and many other stakeholders.

Our team's aim is to ensure all residents living in a care home have their pharmaceutical care appropriately assessed supporting them to achieve the best outcomes from their mediations. As part of this assessment, we review medications with individual residents/carers and provide guidance on medicines use, supply and management of medicines as well as focusing on quality improvement within the care homes.

Applicants must have NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services or an equivalent Pharmacy Technician qualification, registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council, and a Technician Accuracy Checking qualification.

Main duties of the job

  • Responding to telephone and email requests from various stakeholders.
  • Providing advice and guidance on medicine administration and medicine related queries to various stakeholders
  • Medication quality audits to promote safer medicine administration within Fylde Coast Care Homes.
  • Producing well written supportive feedback reports for Care Homes
  • To reduce medication related risk factors and avoidable hospital admissions.
  • To conduct waste management audits within care homes and make suggestions of cost savings when appropriate in line with best value for the NHS.
  • To provide education and expert pharmaceutical technical advice/support on medicine administration and optimisation to Care Home Staff.
  • To provide support with Proxy access ordering.
  • To develop effective networking and working relations with individual Care Homes, community pharmacies, PCN's and GP practices as part of the MDT.
  • To promote the safe, effective, and high-quality, cost-effective use of medicines.
  • To undertake risk management and ensure compliance with relevant medicines legislation (CQC and NICE Guidelines).
  • To review and reconcile changes from secondary care or other organisations in partnership with the practices.
  • To support Fylde Coast Pharmacy in care homes team core workplan including identified project work.
  • To work and follow the Standard Operating Procedures set out by the team.


About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Some of your main responsibilities within this role will include responding to telephone and email requests from stakeholders, providing advice and guidance. To facilitate clinically effective, cost-effective, safe, and appropriate prescribing and medicines optimisation, relating to GP practices patients who reside in care homes. To support quality medication administration visits to care homes to educate and improve standards. To support the ICB workplan in line with national aims. Please ensure that you have read the more detailed attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information before submitting your application.

The post holder will directly communicate with and support Fylde Coast GP practices with care home residents, PCNs and the care home staff in the delivery of these objectives.

Please note that it is essential that the post holder has a valid driving licence or access to transportation , this role will involve travelling for example to Care Homes.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • NVQ Level 3 Pharmacy Services with underpinning knowledge provided by BTEC Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences. OR Other recognised Pharmacy Technician qualification meeting requirements for registration with GPhC
  • Registration with GPhC & evidence of CPD
  • Technician Accuracy Checking qualification equivalent to the National Framewor


Desirable

  • A-Level English Language


Experience

Essential

  • Accuracy Checking experience & competency
  • Experience in producing written reports
  • Experience in interpreting information to make decisions and act accordingly
  • Primary and or Secondary care experience
  • Medicine reconciliation
  • Committed to personal and professional development
  • Knowledge of Care Homes systems
  • Commitment to provide a quality and supporting service to our stakeholders.
  • Approachable, flexible, and supportive
  • Willingness to accept responsibility
  • Ability to prioritise service demands and plan workload of self to meet deadlines
  • Working collaboratively as part of a team, and at times experience of working independently


Desirable

  • Experience/Use EMIS Clinical System
  • Experience of dealing with Care Homes and medication systems including Paper and electronic MAR charts
  • Understanding of NICE Care home guideline
  • Understanding EHCH care home guideline
  • Experience using Excel Spreadsheets
  • Ability to develop and implement/work to an SOP's


Skills

Essential

  • Excellent writing skills are highly essential for this role to produce written feedback reports.
  • Excellent interpretation/analysis skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good planning and organisational skills
  • Good Time management
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Accuracy skills
  • IT Skills
  • Ability to work accurately and under pressure
  • Ability to work unsupervised at times and manage own workload.


Desirable

  • Presentation skills


Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

NHS Blackpool Football Stadium

Seasiders Way

Blackpool

FY1 6JX

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