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Clinical Pharmacist job description
1. To assist Lead Mental Health Pharmacist in the provision of a pharmaceutical service to the Mental Health Service providing robust governance on the safe and economical use of medicines and expert advice on pharmaceutical matters.
2. To support and develop clinical pharmacy, audit and practice research within the field of mental health, together with the deployment of patient information on medicines.
3. To be a source of specialist advice and training in medicines for other healthcare professionals, service users and carers in order to optimise pharmaceutical care.
4. To provide dispensary services
5. To deputise for the Lead Mental Health Pharmacist in his/her absence
Relevant Work Experience
• Experience in a broad range of pharmacy activities, including dispensary management and clinical pharmacy activities
• Evidence of relevant continued professional development
• Experience of audit
• Validated experience in clinical specialism
Education & Qualifications
(including training required)
• Pharmacy degree (Masters level)
• MRPharmS – by post-graduate competency assessment and examination
• Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent (or currently undertaking)
• Demonstration of up to date clinical awareness in specialist area, e.g. advanced theoretical knowledge, some practical knowledge of psychiatric pharmacy
• Knowledge and understanding of medicines legislation
• Awareness of current developments in Pharmacy practice
• Understanding the need of confidentiality awareness at all times
• Enough management experience to manage service temporarily
4 To manage and provide a high quality medicines information service to medical, nursing, other healthcare professionals, patients, carers and the public, working to agreed procedures to ensure quality standards are met.
Clinical Pharmacist job description
5 To maintain and develop information on medicines, and ensure that it is available to service users, carers and staff.
6 To undertake medicine-related multidisciplinary clinical audit projects to maximise cost-effective prescribing and minimise clinical risk, in line with clinical governance principles, and with the support of the Organisation clinical audit team where appropriate.
7 To manage the Self-Administration of Medicines Scheme on designated wards, ensuring it operates both safely and effectively. To train staff and educate patients to ensure the scheme operates in line with approved policy and procedures and to contribute to ongoing review of the schemes policy and procedure.
8 To promote safe, economic and cost effective prescribing by
- provision of specialist clinical pharmacy advice
- encouraging correct use of the Organisation formulary by challenging non-formulary prescribing and suggesting alternatives across a diverse range of clinical specialities
- utilisation of clinical drug use review and critical literature appraisal skills to inform specialist practice
- encouraging evidence based prescribing and challenging unlicensed prescribing where appropriate
Main duties and responsibilities
1 To deliver a high quality dispensing and patient-centred clinical pharmacy service to wards, by providing regular drug chart reviews, ensuring compliance with UK and European medicines legislation, Organisation policies and procedures, risk management and specialist advice to medical, nursing and other healthcare professionals, thereby contributing to the safe, effective and economical use of medicines.
2 To manage seamless pharmaceutical care during admission and on discharge. This includes responsibility for leading and supporting wards in operating effective medicines reconciliation.
3 To provide pharmaceutical input at multidisciplinary team reviews and ward rounds, where necessary taking medication histories and devise pharmaceutical care plans. To keep a record of all significant clinical interventions made.
9 To monitor, in line with agreed procedures, the Consent to Treatment regulations of the Mental Health Act on designated wards.
10 To provide specialist pharmaceutical advice
- and counselling to an identified patient population. This may include prescribing activities if the appropriate qualification is held.
11 To contribute to plans for the development and improvement of pharmacy services and procedures, including skill mix reviews and developing the roles of pharmacy support staff.
12 To maintain and develop good working relationships and communication links with medical, nursing and managerial staff.
1. To lead aspects of the Service in the absence of the Lead Mental Health Pharmacist: at these times to be responsible for the clinical work.
2. To make any essential management decisions in the absence of the Lead Mental Health Pharmacist
3. To supervise the junior pharmacy staff when required
General -Clinical Pharmacist job description
1. To provide information and advice to committees as required.
2. To participate in regular pharmacy dispensing services
3. To maintain an active CPD portfolio ensuring an up to date knowledge of all aspects of medicine use within the specialism and developments in clinical pharmacy practice and encourage this in other pharmacists.
4. To encourage and participate in practice research in relation to clinical pharmacy.
1. To maintain safe systems of work in accordance with relevant Medicines legislation and Health and Safety Legislation
2. To participate fully in the individual performance review and objective setting process of the Organisation.
3. Maintain an up to date awareness of the infection control precautions relevant to your area of work and implement these in practice. As a minimum, this must include hand hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment, the use and disposal of sharps and communicating the importance to service users, their carers and staff you are working with. Details of the precautions and sources of advice and support to assess and manage infection control risks are provided through mandatory training which all staff must attend at intervals defined in the Organisation policy on mandatory training.