Clinical Pharmacist

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical pharmacist to join DHU Health Care, based out of our Merlyn Vaz Surgery.

We are a busy surgery offering a variety of clinics & services, with patient care at the heart of everything we do.

The clinical pharmacist will join us on a full time basis to contribute to improve health outcomes in long term conditions as a member of the multidisciplinary primary care team as well as provide specialist knowledge and advice on pharmaceutical matters, including cost-effective prescribing and clinical guidelines for disease treatment, and to also provide evidence-based education and training for colleagues in partnership with the practice.

Key Areas of responsibility

  • Practice as an independent non-medical prescriber, holding clinics for long term conditions within scope of competence.
  • Aim to review multiple long term conditions at same clinic visit to provide holistic care and improve patient experience.
  • Support patients to manage their long term conditions.
  • Carry out face to face clinical medication reviews for patients on multiple medications for long term conditions.
  • Review if prescribing is appropriate in line with current guidance, cost-effective and safe; identify unmet need, stop unnecessary/ineffective medicines. Implement own prescribing changes as an independent prescriber.
  • Review daily pathology results for patients under their care
  • Contribute to achievement of QOF targets to improve health outcomes
  • Identify patients at high risk of chronic disease and provide advice/treatment to reduce risk
  • Identify and visit housebound patients who would benefit from a clinical medication review or a review of their LTC by a clinical pharmacist.
  • Provide specialist knowledge and advice on pharmaceutical matters
  • Answer medical information queries from GPs, Nurses, practice staff and patients.
  • Provide education on medicines related topics for GPs, Nurses, medical students, registrars.
  • Review NICE and other evidence-based guidance as it is issued, to evaluate any impact on medicines and prescribing.
  • Undertake regular clinical audit to support implementation of clinical guidance across the practice.
  • Provide regular education sessions for the clinicians at the practice to discuss audit results and agree an action plan for improving standards within clinical areas.
  • Provide advice on suitable alternative medications in the event of a medicine being unavailable.
  • Encourage cost effective prescribing within the practice, including adherence to local formulary.
  • Build good working relationships with local Medicines Management Team members
  • Provide education for the clinical team on new medicines
  • Review all safety alerts (e.g. MHRA) and ensure any action required is undertaken
  • Work with the practice team to help reduce medicines related emergency admissions by running regular searches to identify patients at risk of harm from their medicines. Review these patients to reduce the risk of harm.
  • To provide advice and support for patients with self-limiting conditions
  • Provide patients with advice on treating self-limiting conditions through face to face/ telephone consultations and patient information leaflets/website. Conditions may include UTIs, hayfever, emergency contraception, conjunctivitis.

The post holder will;

  • Hold mandatory registration with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Have a Masters degree in pharmacy (MPharm) (or equivalent)
  • Have specialist knowledge acquired through postgraduate diploma level or equivalent training/experience
  • Have a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience.
  • Have in depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence based healthcare.
  • Have an appreciation of the nature of GPs and general practices


DHU believe our workforce should be as diverse as the range of services we offer, and the communities we serve. We are committed to valuing and encouraging diversity throughout our workforce, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. As part of our mission we are dedicated to eliminating discrimination


DHU Health Care CIC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Adults, Children and Young People and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Infection Prevention & Control

Infection Prevention & Control is pivotal in ensuring a safe & clean environment for both patients and staff. IP&C is everyone’s responsibility and strict adherence to the IP&C policy is expected of ALL employees of the organisation.

Why Work For Us?

  • Competitive Salary
  • Generous Pension Scheme
  • Flexible Working Pattern
  • Career Progression
  • Westfield Health
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement

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