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Pharmacy Technician – Launceston Medical Centre

Hours: 37.5
Salary: Dependent on experience
Closing date: 31/05/2024


Launceston Medical Centre has a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Pharmacy Technician to become part of our amazing team. We are a busy, committed team working together in a recently extended and refurbished Practice in Launceston, close to the beautiful beaches of the north coast of Cornwall and surrounded by moorland countryside. The successful candidate will work within the support team to the GPs, already comprising of a Nurse Practitioner, Minor Illness Nurse and 3 Paramedics, in addition to our Nurses and HCAs. We have 6 Partners and 7 Salaried GPs(including remote GPs) with very experienced Management, IT, Reception, and Administration support. Additional allied professionals who work within our team are our Clinical Psychologist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapists and Social Prescriber. We are also proud to be a training practice.

The work ethic at Launceston Medical Centre is that we place people first in everything we do. We run our own Primary Care Network together with our neighbourhood Practice, Tamar Valley Health, and we use our resources for the benefit of the whole community inclusively. We recognise and accept our responsibility in playing our part in making our community healthier and happier.

The benefits of working within our team are that we value each person as an individual and respect their aspirations. We are honest, open, trustworthy, and supportive and encourage our team to improve and advance their skill base. We also benefit from living and working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country!

The post is for a minimum 37.5 hours a week, with the requirement to cover any absence of your colleagues, therefore flexibility is an essential requirement.

Rate of pay is dependent upon relevant experience.

For More information, please contact Beth Aston, HR Administrator

( / (01566) 772131)

Pharmacy Technicians play an important role, complementing clinical pharmacists and other members of the Practice multi-disciplinary team.

The purpose of this role is to lead improvements and to maximise safe, cost-effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The post holder will help patients to get the best from their medicines by switching medications to agreed and approved protocols, improving repeat prescribing processes in General Practice, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering, minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduced waste.

The post holder will also be responsible for encouraging the development of a better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The ideal candidate will support the practice in providing safe, effective and efficient systems for medicines reconciliation on transfer of care, and to support the repeat prescribing process. The post holder will support the practice pharmacist and clinical teams, including (but not limited to):

Support practice pharmacist with medicines reconciliation in accordance with practice protocols and to update patients’ medical records and prescriptions.

Carry out medication switches, dose optimisation and medicines synchronisation to ensure safe and cost-effective prescribing.

Provide advice to GPs. Staff and patients in changes to prescribing in order to support improvement of prescribing safety, quality and cost effectiveness.

Participate in medication audits and quality improvement projects.

Support practice to meet QoF indicators.

Support patient safety with high-risk drug monitoring and other safety scorecard indicators.

Respond to medication queries from patients and staff in a professional manner referring to the appropriate clinician as necessary.

Advise on the sourcing and safe management of of medicines as appropriate.

Action drug alerts.

Act as a link between practice and local community and hospital pharmacy services.

Support the prescription clerks to resolve any medicine related queries.

Person Specification:
Professional registration with GPhC

Meet the specific qualification and training requirements as specified by the GPhC criteria to register as a Pharmacy Technician. Enrolled in, undertaking, or qualified from, an approved training pathway.

Evidence of continued professional development (CPD)>
Educated to degree level or equivalent.

BTEC/NQV Level 3 or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences.

Good IT skills

Post qualification experience which evidences leadership and working effectively within a team.

Knowledge of medicines management, including relevant legislation or policies

Evidence of undertaking quality improvement / audit type work/ research.

Ability to network and establish good working relationships outside of the practice to support work.

Accurate and detail orientated.

Ability to work under own initiative and in a team.

Excellent communication skills

An excellent understanding of data protection and confidentiality issues.

Experience using Systmone

Experience of working in a pharmacy or GP setting

Understands the aims of current healthcare policy within Primary Care

Disclosure and Barring Service Check
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

To apply for this job please contact:

Beth Aston (HR Administrator)

Launceston Medical Centre

(01566) 772131