Are you a band 6 pharmacist who has completed the first year of your clinical diploma or have the whole qualification but still unsure of where you wish to specialise? At North Bristol NHS Trust we are looking for motivated clinical pharmacists wishing to develop their career by participation on our band 7 specialist clinical pharmacist rotational programme. Each rotation lasts for 6 months to allow you time to fully understand and participate in the specialty, whilst also developing other skills to add to your personal portfolio e.g. leadership and mentoring. The rotations will enable you to benefit from working in a large teaching trust which has strong links with the ICB and include ICU & surgery, technical services, Pharmacoeconomics and ICB, Neurology & neurosurgery, renal, medical admissions, HIV and general medicine.
To provide specialist clinical pharmacy services at a high level to inpatients and outpatients on a rotational basis to the different directorates.
· To provide support to the lead specialist Pharmacists.
· To act in accordance with Medicines legislation, the code of ethics of the General Pharmaceutical Council, United Kingdom Medicines Information (UKMI) standards and Trust policies and procedures.
· To teach and supervise less experienced pharmacists, technicians and students
· To provide an on call (emergency duty) out of hours service for Pharmacy
We are a large pharmacy department with over 80 pharmacists including many specialist posts. The clinical ward pharmacy service is well established and provided by clinical pharmacists and medicine management technicians. The pharmacy department is located in the Brunel building, which is a state-of-the-art modern hospital opened in 2014.
The trust resides within one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Bristol. Consistently voted the best city to live, Bristol is famous for its year-round festivals, award-winning cycle tracks, exceptional gastronomy, stunning cityscapes and awe-inspiring street art.
1. In conjunction with the senior clinical pharmacists provide and develop a specialist pharmaceutical service within North Bristol NHS Trust.
2. Deliver specific improvements in the management of patient’s medication to facilitate the discharge process by ward-based discharges, discharge letter transcribing and communication with healthcare colleagues in Primary care and reduce length of patient stays.
3. Work closely with the clinical site and Trust operational teams to ensure clear communications about daily patient flow issues.
4. Clinically screen prescriptions to ensure the safe, efficient, evidence-based, and rational use of medicines in line with the Trust Formulary and departmental policies so that risks to patients are minimised
5. Challenge inappropriate prescribing and escalate as appropriate.
6. Support and promote antimicrobial stewardship
7. Advise on strategies to ensure cost-effective use of resources and be involved with achieving CIP targets. In addition, feedback to prescribers.
8. Support attainment of medicines related CQUIN and other targets as appropriate
9. Ensure that an accurate medication history is obtained for each patient using the appropriate sources (GP, community pharmacist, patient/carer, clinic notes, nursing home)
10. Provide advice and information to patients/carers to ensure compliance with treatment
11. Work closely with the GPs/community pharmacists where necessary to ensure timely and seamless discharge of patients.
12. Provide professional supervision to Patients Services on a sessional basis and be the responsible pharmacist when needed
13. Record clinical Pharmacy activity in line with departmental procedures.
14. Record interventions in line with departmental procedures.
15. Record and investigate incidents in line with Trust procedures.
16. Audit and risk manage selected areas of practice to promote continuous quality improvement as required by the directorate, Pharmacy department or the Trust.
17. Maintain medicines management systems in conjunction with patients/carers, ward staff and pharmacy staff. Supervise medicines management technicians and/or other dedicated pharmacy staff
18. Contribute to the training of pharmacy undergraduates, medical students, pre-registration pharmacists, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and medical and nursing staff as appropriate. Train clinical pharmacy diploma students on aspects of rotational specialties
19. Supervise medicines management technicians and/or other dedicated pharmacy staff as required.
20. Ensure that all procedures are adhered to, reviewed regularly and that all necessary records are completed.
21. Update / prepare medication-related policies, protocols and pathways used within rotational specialties.
22. Support the Formulary team with new drug requests and shared care protocols where required.
23. Support the Pharmacoeconomics team with horizon scanning, monitoring to ensure adherence to NICE guidance, and ensuring appropriate funding is in place for high-cost medication.
24. Keep up to date with developments in Pharmacy in order to maintain a high level of professional knowledge and competence. Attend study days and courses as necessary for the development of the service and the individual. Maintain a record of Continuing Professional Development.
25. Provide accurate medicines information to nurses, doctors and patients.
26. Attend multidisciplinary meetings and specialty-specific meetings as required.
27. Participate an on call (emergency duty) out of hours service for Pharmacy, as required.
This advert closes on Thursday 13 Apr 2023