Lead Primary Care Network Pharmacist

James Street Group Practice

The closing date is 17 January 2022

Job summary

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you interested in leading our Medicines Hub?

The Medicines Hub is an innovative new development and we are looking for a dynamic pharmacist to lead our highly skilled team, you will be part of the team but also expected to work autonomously but never without support .You will be joining us at the beginning of our journey and will be part of developing how we work. The PCN strongly believes in empowering their team and fosters an environment that is conductive to learning. We are committed to developing our staff, if not already qualified you will be enrolled on the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway and supported in qualifying as an Independent prescriber. The achievements of the team are based on collaboration of all team members; the individual skills of each team member are recognised and embraced.


Main duties of the job

Job Summary:

To manage the Medicines Hub pharmacists and technicians and support the hub team. Support the General Practitioners, Specialist Nurses and the wider team by providing expertise, management and leadership in regard to medicines, prescribing, regulatory affairs, audit, compliance and best practice with regards to medicines and Medicines Optimisation.

To work with patients, their carers/relatives, practice staff, primary care teams and secondary care teams to ensure patients receive a service around their medicines that is of high quality, efficiency, cost effectiveness and an overall good experience for the patient. This will also include ensuring patients have the correct access to medicines that meets their needs, their medication is optimised, and they understand and are part of the decision-making process around their medication prescribing.

Through working with the Clinical Director, Practice Manager, Service Delivery Leads. CCG, CSU and colleagues in Secondary Care, to ensure services are cost effective and any targets on cost reduction are met.

To lead and be responsible for aspects of audit, compliance and inspection with regards to any relevant standards from statute, legislation, registration, CQC, MHRA, DOHSC, etc. around medicines and prescribing.


About us

We are building a team of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, practice medicine managers, prescription clerks and support staff to deliver a medicines optimisation service for Workington town PCN. Workington PCN is a single practice servicing 34,000 patients within Workington and the surrounding area.

The aims of the hub are to:-

1. Improve the quality and safety of care offered to patients

2. Improve patient access to medication queries

3. Provide a medicines management system for the PCN

4. Increase the utilisation of electronic Repeat Dispensing

5. Answer tasks and queries regarding medication from the PCN and from community pharmacy

North Cumbria Primary Care Ltd (NCPC) is an innovative not for profit social enterprise, established to create a network of great surgeries which sustains and supports the development of general practice across the local area. We enable our member general practices to continue to operate as local family practices with the benefit of a large and robust infrastructure to provide support. Primary Care in Workington is currently going through a major transformational redesign of our clinical model to develop and sustain primary care services, support new ways of working to increase efficiency and improve patient experience of the services we deliver.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The role involves:-

• regular contact with patients

• providing support and assistance to PCN Clinical Director to deliver joined up health and social care services

• identifying areas of medicines optimisation that require improvement

• supporting the implementation of change in order to promote evidence based cost-effective prescribing

• improving the quality of patient care

• improving the safety and governance of medicines in primary care

• undertaking patient medication reviews that will help patients get the best out of their medicines by identifying unmet pharmaceutical need

• managing long term conditions

• assisting in improving access and service efficiency whilst aiming to reduce waste medicines

• responsibility for encouraging the development of better medicines optimisation understanding throughout the PCN and other agencies

• promoting good practice in line with national and local guidance and formulary recommendations

• medicines reconciliation on transfer between care providers

• management of high risk drugs

• developing medicines management practices and processes

• training and education of PCN staff on therapeutics and medicines optimisation

• management of audits and implementing changes in collaboration with the wider PCN team

• implementing the directives of the PCN DES

In addition to a strong clinical knowledge, you must be have good communication, organisational and time management skills, be able to prioritise workload, build key relationships and be confident interacting with a wide range of stakeholders such as patients, GPs, practice nurses, secondary care clinicians, and CCG colleagues.


Person Specification



  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent) + Foundation year
  • Specialist knowledge gained through post graduate diploma in clinical pharmacy/therapeutics or equivalent qualification or level of knowledge
  • Registered member of General Pharmaceutical Council


  • Registered Independent Prescriber
  • Membership pf the Primary Care Pharmacy Association
  • Membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society



  • Substantial experience post registration in primary, community or secondary care pharmacy.
  • Significant post qualifying experience as a pharmacist
  • Experience and an awareness of the breadth of common acute and long term conditions that are likely to be seen in General Practice


  • Experience operating as an Independent Prescriber in a range of clinical areas

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to plan and work independently
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Accountable for own professional actions. Bound by national guidelines and medicines legislation.
  • Commitment to reducing health inequalities and proactively working to reach people from all communities
  • Able to recognise personal limitation and refer to more appropriate colleagues(s) when relevant
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to organise, plan and prioritise on own initiative, including when under pressure and meeting guidelines
  • Ability to work flexibly and enthusiastically within a team or on own initiative

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 a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

James Street Group Practice


James Street



CA14 2DL

Employer’s website

https://www.jamesstreet-workington.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)