Specialist Domiciliary Pharmacy Technician
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Permanent (Full time)
CPFT has a very exciting opportunity to join our Medicines Domiciliary Service. We are looking for an experienced Pharmacy Technician to join our friendly pharmacy team based at Fulbourn hospital. This post exists to assist patients in the Community to optimise the use of medication, help reduce medication related problems, reducing avoidable hospital admissions whilst reducing medicines costs and waste. This position has become available following the retirement of the previous post holder.
The purpose of this post is to provide a patient-centred service to support medicines optimisation.
The aim is to improve patient outcomes by optimising the use of medicines by patients in the community. This will improve patient care, reduce medication related problems and avoidable hospital admissions and can also reduce drug costs and waste.
It will require a collaborative approach together with the patient and their family and social network, as well as colleagues in health and social care.
Reaching concordance will involve visiting patients in their own homes, and it will also involve multidisciplinary working.
The post-holder will contribute to the strategic development of support for medicines management in the domiciliary setting in the context of the relationships between the service, the Trust, and other stakeholders.
The responsibilities of this post require significant autonomy and lone working as well as travel across the county. There is also a requirement to be able to handle sensitive and potentially difficult patient issues.
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.
Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.
To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.
Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
This role involves communicating with patients and carers either remotely or face to face (home visits) to assess patients medication needs, concordance and compliance to implement solutions to assist the patient. Please see the attached job description for full detailed job description.
Nature of work
- Provide specialist advice and practical support to patients regarding their medicines, to family members and carers as appropriate, and to community matrons and other heath and social services staff as necessary.
- Explore reasons for non-compliance, both intentional and unintentional, and develop strategies and methods to reach concordance, tailored to the individual.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate skilled medicines management interventions for patients across the community/primary care interface, in co-operation with other members of the integrated health and social care teams.
- Complete documentation to record clinical data, recommendations and outcomes.
- Report pharmaceutical errors/ incidents and issues as appropriate using the Trust incident reporting scheme.
- Contribute to the investigation of incidents, including attending safeguarding reviews etc.
- Contribute to overall patient health and social care through identification of nonmedication related issues. Refer to the appropriate agencies as required.
- Educate and support the members of the multi-disciplinary teams with regard to medicines management issues.
- Devise and conduct training for others, including healthcare professionals, care staff, managers, members of the workforce development team as necessary, in aspects of domiciliary medicines management relevant to them.
- Contribute to the development and direction of the service.
- Promote the service to health and social care staff, patients and carers as appropriate. This may involve some work outside normal working hours to attend community-based initiatives such as health fairs etc.
- Evaluate the service through audit, surveys and other appropriate means.
- Be aware of the risks of lone working and take steps to manage these appropriate to the individual situation.
- Be able to respond to situations encountered in the home, including knowing who to call for help if necessary.
- Work with local, regional and national bodies and contribute to the development of medicines management training courses ensuring that they include both primary and secondary care aspects of medicines management.
- Plan and organise own day to day work, according to clinical need.
- Plan and develop improvements to the service, whilst being mindful of the broader context.
- Contribute to the strategic development of support for medicines management in the domiciliary setting in the context of the interactions between the service, the Trust, the County Council, Care Agencies and other stakeholders.
- Contribute to planning for admission and discharge from hospital, care home or on other transfer of care, to avoid problems associated with medicines upon transfer.
- Maintain an awareness of initiatives undertaken by health and social care colleagues which may have an impact on, or require input from, the service.
- Ensure that arrangements are made when away or on annual leave, so that service users are aware and are re-directed appropriately.
- Visit identified patients in their own homes for the purpose of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating medicines management interventions which may be required.
- Develop medicines management care plans for patients, in consideration of a holistic view of the patient, their family and social situation, health and social support networks. This will require the permission and willingness of patients and family members, and may involve delicate conversations and the development of trusting
relationships, based on a sound knowledge base and patient-centred approach.
- Contribute to and inform the development of the Trust policy for the management of medicines in the domiciliary setting, and associated documents.
- Contribute to the development of standard operating procedures, processes, and training for Trust and other staff in relation to the safe use of medicines as necessary and relevant.
This advert closes on Tuesday 23 Nov 2021