Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist - Lincolnshire, UK
February 14, 2018
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Here at Optum, part of United Health Group we'll put you in the driver's seat on vital projects that have strategic importance to our mission of helping people lead healthier lives. Yes, we share a mission that inspires. We need your organizational talents and business discipline to help fuel ours. It's the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm) Primary Responsibilities:Provide a single point of contact for a CCG / group of GP practices for medicines optimisation To be highly visible, accessible and responsive, building strong relationships, especially with GPs, and becoming a familiar and trusted resource Deliver strategic plans and input technical pharmaceutical expertise as well as ensuring implementation of MMO QIPP plans, practice based support and education and training Work in GP practices, working closely with GPs, other practice staff and members of the primary healthcare team in supporting the development and application of high quality, safe, cost effective, rational and evidence based prescribing To conduct appropriate medication review for identified patients, communicating directly with patients as required Provide pharmaceutical advice on a day to day basis in all aspects of prescribing and medicines management to GPs, nurses, other practice staff, and patients as appropriate. This will include answering queries / acting as an information resource Provide advice to practices on matters that influence prescribing e.g. managing pharmaceutical company representation, reviewing promotional literature, providing evidence-based and impartial assessments of claims made in support of products Carry out prescribing based audit in line with Medicines Optimisation Team priorities Advise practice staff on audits relating to prescribing where appropriate. The data collection and reviewing of patient records will be in accordance with the latest information governance, Data protection and Caldicott guidelines. The post holder will work in Lincolnshire CCG GP practices through local, embedded arrangements for providing specialist support on their primary care prescribing Present information in a non-confrontational manner in one to one situations, small groups and large audience, which on occasion be in adversarial conditions and articulating outcomes Liaise with local community pharmacists, community nurses, community matrons, care home staff, hospital pharmacists and other secondary care providers as necessary to ensure accurate exchange of information / clarification of queries regarding medicines. This may also include speaking to consultants/ward staff concerning discharge medication Review practice prescribing patterns and discuss recommendations with prescribers Negotiate change in prescribing practice with GPs and non-medical prescribers Assist the GPs and practice team in implementing national and local policies and guidance relating to prescribing, and in development of practice based policies, procedures and guidelines relating to prescribing Support the implementation of the local joint prescribing formulary Analyse, interpret and monitor practice prescribing and cost data (EPACT data) (with data from the PPD direct or from the Optum MMO team as appropriate) and make appropriate recommendations, including in relation to areas of prescribing where the practice is an outlier within the CCG Carry out medication reviews, discuss options and make recommendations to prescribers as appropriate. This may include patients in nursing and residential homes Review patient medication from GP clinical records, analysing both drug and patient information and advising GPs on suitable drugs / action and drug monitoring where appropriate Analyse / audit the repeat prescribing systems within designated Practices and develop, as necessary, improvements in the management of repeat prescribing Review repeat prescriptions for rational, safe, and cost effective prescribing Discuss with the doctor and recommend changes as appropriate Assist in managing the introduction of new drugs and drugs that are discontinued Assist the Medicines Optimisation Team in the identification and monitoring of prescribing- related indicators and targets to demonstrate adherence to formularies, prescribing trends etc. Assist the practice in ensuring that systems and procedures relating to prescribing and the management of medicines comply with legal and best practice standards, making recommendation where appropriate Advise on storage of pharmaceuticals within the surgery Support the implementation in practices of national medicines management initiatives such as the Repeat Dispensing Scheme, Medicines Use Reviews and New Medicines Service To identify initiatives and support the practices in attempts to minimise waste of medicines Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Medicines Optimisation Support the delivery of relevant training and development relating to medicines use, including organising and delivery of training and education Undertake any other reasonable duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Head of Medicines Optimisation
Required Qualifications:MPharm in pharmacy or equivalentRegistered with the General Pharmaceutical CouncilEvidence of Continuous Professional Development (CPD)Strong post registration relevant experienceExtensive experience in clinical pharmacy and drug utilisation reviewExperience of inter-disciplinary workingA record of achievement in delivering objectives within required timescalesFull driving licence and access to transportWillingness to travel within Lincolnshire, and neighbouring areas if requiredExperience of working in GP practices and primary healthcare teamsIn depth therapeutic and clinical knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence based healthcareA sound understanding of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for the improvement of medicines optimisation overallUnderstand the concepts of evidence based medicine, needs assessment, effectiveness and prioritisationUnderstanding of commissioning processesUnderstanding principles of clinical governance and how these apply to the broader agendaAble to demonstrate excellent organisational skills, and an ability to prioritise and work to deadlinesAble to communicate clearly and conciselyExcellent verbal and written skillsHighly numerateCompetent in use of standard IT and relevant software Frequent requirement for concentration when checking documentsAble to demonstrate commitment to team workingAble to demonstrate an ability to manage projectsAble to work on own initiative and use personal judgmentExcellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop effective working relationships with clinician, other healthcare professionals, managers, patients and care professionalsExcellent influencing and negotiation skills within and across Ability to challenge, influence and deal with conflictExcellent up-to-date clinical skillsTake responsibility and recognise clinical and legal consequences of professional judgment and advice provided Preferred Qualifications:Experience in developing and delivering education and trainingAccredited post-graduate clinical pharmacy diploma or MSc or equivalent postgraduate qualificationExperience of working in both primary and secondary care settingsKnowledge of medicines optimisation issues relating to care homesPharmacist Independent PrescriberExperience of issues relating to dispensing doctors Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm) Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Job keywords: pharmacist, operations, optimisation, Lincolnshire, UK
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Our mission is to help people live healthier lives and to help make the health system work better for everyone.- We seek to enhance the performance of the health system and improve the overall health and well-being of the people we serve and their communities. - We work with health care professionals and other key partners to expand access to quality health care so people get the care they need at an affordable price. - We support the physician/patient relationship and empower people with the information, guidance and tools they need to make personal health choices and decisions.