Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist

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£55,903 – £61,996 a year
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Band 8a (1 WTE) – 1 Year Fixed Term (Maternity Cover) as a part time or full time role and/or as a secondment. Are you looking for a change within the pharmacy world? Perhaps a move from secondary care but still wanting to work as a Clinical Pharmacist and help patients’ with their medicines, as well as utilising transferable skills in a new sector where you can make a difference to the patient? We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 8a Pharmacist to join our experienced Medicines Management team at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. We are looking for a dynamic, motivated and innovative Pharmacist to join our expanding team in London. Our Community Hospitals cover a range of Inpatient Bedded Services including Stroke, Neurology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Units, Step Up (Admission Avoidance) and Step Down (Facilitated Discharge), Interim Care Beds, Discharge to Assess and Palliative Care patients. You will have the opportunity to develop new skills in a patient-centred environment including service transformation, as well as further developing leadership and management skills. This role will lead on development and ongoing delivery of the Antimicrobial Stewardship programme in conjunction with the Trust’s Consultant Microbiologists and Infection Prevention and Control Team to ensure appropriate use of antimicrobials throughout the trust. You will need to provide education to a wide range of healthcare professionals around appropriate antimicrobial use. You will be involved in all aspects of antimicrobial stewardship including the development and review of clinical guidelines, monitoring antimicrobial prescribing and usage. You should be flexible, plan and organise own workload as well as developing and supporting the junior staff. The Community Services sector is central to plans for the future of the health and social care system and is an area where we can really make a difference. If you are looking for a new challenge and want the opportunity to make real, sustainable contributions that benefit the patient long term, this could be the role for you. The post will require travelling between CLCH sites so please check the geographical coverage of the organisation before applying. Flexibility will be required as the organisation continues to grow. A car would be useful for travelling in outer London or outside of London but is not essential. Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) is one of the largest community healthcare organisations in London and Hertfordshire, providing our services to diverse communities/boroughs in 11 London Boroughs – Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Merton, Richmond, Wandsworth, Westminster – and Hertfordshire.
  • Develop and establish a programme of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) in line with national agenda, to ensure the prudent use of antimicrobials throughout the Trust.
  • Lead the promotion and implementation of appropriate antimicrobial prescribing and awareness of good antimicrobial stewardship across the Trust in partnership with the Consultant Microbiologists
  • To lead and support the Trust’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Group and provide formal updates to relevant groups or committees e.g. Clinical Effectiveness Group, Infection Prevention and Control Group, Sepsis Group meeting. Produce and manage group’s action plan including follow-up of actions with relevant members.
  • Lead the regular review of the Trust Antimicrobial Prescribing guidelines and Antimicrobial Patient Group Directions.
  • Support Medicines Management team colleagues and clinical services in developing evidence-based prescribing practice and act as a point of contact for antimicrobial prescribing advice e.g. Community Hospitals, Sexual Health, Walk-in-Centres, Dental, Community Nursing.
  • In conjunction with Consultant Microbiologists and Infection Prevention and Control team, explore options for antimicrobial stewardship ward rounds
  • Develop and maintain a system of collecting, analysing and monitoring antimicrobial use, including consumption/expenditure data and prescribing trends for medical and non-medical prescribers with the aim of optimising prescribing practice and feedback to teams on antimicrobial usage.
  • In conjunction with the Consultant Microbiologists, provide reports on antibiotic resistance trend to aid empiric antibiotic prescribing.
  • To support services in devising and delivering action plans to achieve antimicrobial stewardship goals.
  • Collaborate in the development of guidelines for risk assessment, treatment, and monitoring of patients and staff who have been in contact with persons with a transmissible infectious disease.
  • Wherever required, submit data to external agencies (e.g. ESPAUR, AHRAI, PHE etc.).
  • Collaborative working with external stakeholders to optimise practice, through sharing of information and attendance at relevant meetings e.g. with Acute Trusts, CCGs.
  • To devise, undertake and evaluate audit within different care and clinic settings.
  • Conduct and present projects and audits to review anti-infective use and prescribing in key areas within the Trust and to assist with the facilitation of any changes in practice required after audit.
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