Pharmacy Technician, Medlock Medical Practice

Medlock Medical Practice is looking to recruit a Pharmacy Technician to deliver best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care.

Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice is part of an exciting programme of transformation to develop a new model of care which addresses our ambition to deliver person-centred, co-ordinated care across the district. The Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice model is supported by the direction of national policy including the Five Year Forward View and GP Forward View where there is a need to better utilise the role of pharmacy within primary care to pro-actively help patients stay safe and well and out of hospital as well as helping to reduce the demands on general practice.

The pharmacy technician will support the role of the pharmacist to deliver the Clinical Pharmacy in General Practice model of care, including supporting and assisting a cluster of GP practices. The purpose of the role is to lead improvements 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 practices, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering, minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduce wasted medicines.

In addition, the post holder will be responsible for encouraging the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments. This will involve assisting the surgery team in achieving national requirements, NICE implementation and utilisation of medicines optimisation initiatives.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the role of the Clinical Pharmacist
  • Carry out medicines switches in GP practices in line with practice protocols – reviewing patients’ records; amending records and informing patients
  • Carry out housekeeping whilst in patient records e.g. dose optimisation and medicines synchronisation
  • Improve prescribing processes in general practice
  • Promotion of electronic repeat dispensing and online ordering
  • Report on key performance indicators for CPGP to demonstrate added value for patients and general practice in accordance with NICE guidance
  • Use and maintain information systems and databases relevant to the position including incident reporting, medicines optimisation, prescribing data, cost savings and patient outcomes
  • Work closely with GP practices and the Lead Clinical Pharmacist
  • Participate in practice meetings, patient participation groups, and other meetings to improve engagement of the role of pharmacy technician within the CPGP model and to promote issues relevant to prescribing and medicines optimisation
  • Liaise with other pharmacy stakeholders e.g. CCG Medicines Optimisation team, community pharmacy, and hospital pharmacy teams.
  • Support the surgery team in the delivery of the Medicines Optimisation strategy
  • Handle function specific information, which may be sensitive, complex or confidential and appropriately recording, transferring and/or coordinating such information in accordance with the Data Protection Act; Caldicott Guidelines and the Confidentiality Code of Conduct
  • To be responsible for the organisation, planning and of own workload to meet set deadlines
  • To utilise GP practice clinical systems to conduct prescribing audits e.g. EMIS Web
  • To undertake, participate and share the outcomes of clinical audits to facilitate improvement and changes in practice
  • Ensure that all major MHRA drug alerts, where appropriate and within level of competence, are acted upon within practices over an appropriate time frame and to advise on any medication changes that occur as a result
  • To assist in the monitoring of prescribing expenditure at individual practice level and propose changes to ensure containment within identified resource
  • To undertake learning and development to ensure the required knowledge and skills for practice based work
  • To carry out other duties which are appropriate to the skills and competencies of the post holder and grade of the post as the priorities of the service change

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Fallowfield Medical Centre, 75 Ladybarn Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6YL (view map). Find out more about the practice at

Closing date: 31/01/2022Job reference: MMP/KD/2022Job type: PermanentStaff group: Additional Clinical ServicesJob location: Please selectEmployer: Medlock Medical PracticeSalary: based on experianceAfC pay band: Band 3Other pay band: Other