Medicines Information pharmacist

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A career in Medicines Information can be the gateway to great things! Many of our senior and advanced pharmacy colleagues started in MI. Do you enjoy the challenges of meeting complex pharmaceutical care needs and putting evidence-based medicine to practice? Do you want a role where you have the capacity to make changes to improve patient care? Do you want the opportunity to be involved in the teaching and development of students and junior staff? We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and self-motivated pharmacist to work within our Medicines Information service. The role involves working in collaboration with pharmacy colleagues and clinicians whilst expanding the Medicines Information service. Training and support will be given as appropriate to maximise your potential! The successful candidate will be enrolled onto the next UKMi training course (if required) and will be supported to act as a tutor for the MI Module of the Cardiff clinical diploma. This post presents an ideal opportunity to develop your practice with a busy team. We are happy to consider joint posts with our clinical teams – contact us to find out about the collaborative opportunities available. For keen band 6 pharmacists, we are happy to consider applications as a band 6 to 7 progression role, and we will support you to meet the band 7 competencies. Ask us what Medicines Information can do for you! To be an active member of the pharmacy department and specified clinical area, and to ensure continuous two-way exchange of information to maintain high standards of medicines use within the Trust. 2. To promote safe, effective & economic use of medicines within the trust by appropriate and timely provision of Medicines Information, to optimise patient care. 3. To provide education and training in Medicines Information skills to Pharmacy staff, students and trainees. 4. To participate in, develop and provide clinical pharmacy services to a clinical area. 5. To support the safe and effective use of medicines within clinical services. 6. To provide specialised professional and technical education to enable the clinical units to meet high standards of patient care and safety. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHNHSFT) is part of the acclaimed Shelford Group and is one of the largest teaching trusts in the UK. Our Pharmacy department contains around 400 multidisciplinary healthcare staff who pride themselves on delivering excellent and compassionate care, acting with integrity and respect, for the benefit of patients within the trust. Within the department there are eight consultant pharmacists across various specialities, who offer expertise and guidance to all clinical pharmacists and across the services. The close integration of clinical teams, divisions and academic institutions will allow you to develop the skills needed to become a confident, conscientious and knowledgeable pharmacist. Oxford, the “city of dreaming spires” is world renowned and contains the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It has a variety of famous monuments and buildings, cultural landmarks and historical artefacts, including the notorious Headington Shark. With close links to London and Birmingham and the picturesque Cotswolds within easy reach, Oxford offers that escape-from-the-city atmosphere without compromising on availability of the big city attractions. Medicines Information 1. To undertake the core enquiry answering service providing professional, clinical and scientific information and advice to a range of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists and patients. 2. To support and promote the Patient Medicines Helpline by providing relevant and appropriate medicines information to patients, audit of the service and encouragement of colleagues to inform patients of the service. This also includes the Discharge Medicines Service. 3. For enquiry answering, responsibilities are detailed in the job description. 4. To contribute to the quality-assurance processes within Medicines Information by validating work produced by junior staff 5. To provide medicines information support to all Pharmacy staff within the OUHNHSFT. 6. To follow up clinical enquiries received out of hours and provide constructive feedback to the pharmacy residency team including preparation of standard responses to frequently asked questions 7. To complete Yellow Card adverse drug reaction (ADR) reports as appropriate 8. To keep up-to-date with advances in Information Technology, particularly within the Medicines Information specialty. 9. To be pro-active in disseminating information within (and outside) the Pharmacy, through personal communication and, when appropriate, through bulletin production. 10. To work with the Lead Medicines Information Pharmacist to develop the service and ensure that it continues to be a highly regarded and effective. This includes participation in audit of the service, and implementation of improvements. 11. To complete incident reports and IRMIS reports to ensure errors are appropriately investigated. 12. To deputise for the Lead Medicines Information Pharmacist as appropriate, including supervision of colleagues and junior staff. 13. To be aware of the procedures for managing drug alerts and supply problems and to follow these in the absence of the Lead MI pharmacist 14. To be involved in providing information to support Formulary decisions and to encourage implementation of these decisions 15. To support the Lead MI pharmacist in their contribution to the medicines management agenda for the pharmacy department and the trust, including promotion of the Medicines Policy and involvement in audit. 16. To contribute to the relevant National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) alert and rapid response requirements including risk assessment, audit and production of clinical and technical information in collaboration with the Medicines Safety team 17. To promote publication of work and presentations at conferences 18. To contribute to maintaining the clinical contents of the Pharmacy intranet site 19. To contribute to the review and development of the internal injectable monographs. Clinical pharmacy 1. To provide a clinical pharmacy service according to Trust agreed standards. 2. To provide clinical pharmacy cover to other ward areas within the team on a reciprocal basis. 3. To ensure medicines are used appropriately, safely and cost-effectively in accordance with Trust policy, standard operating procedures and medicines legislation. 4. To monitor medicines use within the ward area. This includes recording of significant clinical interventions and risk management. 5. To use available information to influence prescribers and ensure the most cost-effective choice of therapy. 6. To participate in ward rounds, clinical meetings or out-patient clinics as appropriate in order to provide pharmaceutical advice to prescribers and other health care professional 7. To liaise with external agencies to ensure safe, timely and appropriate supply to patients eg Baxter, ADS etc, where appropriate. 8. To participate in clinical audit and the development and implementation of treatment protocols and guidelines for use of medicines within the clinical area 9. To tutor rotational clinical pharmacists undertaking the Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, following formal accreditation as a tutor by Cardiff University (or other university) and to tutor other pharmacists and pre-registration students in the clinical area. 10. To act as a role model and mentor for clinical pharmacy. 11. To develop personal practice research in accordance with the Trust and pharmacy strategy. 12. To contribute to local, national and international specialist interest groups and conferences/meetings. 13. To prescribe within a scope of practice as appropriate / determined by team objectives 14. To undergo accreditation to write discharge prescriptions for patients, where appropriate 15. To provide teaching for the pharmacy and directorate teams as required. 16. To act as knowledge base/resource for the specialist area and to keep up to date with current trends and research in the specialist area. 17. With the rest of the members of the clinical pharmacy team to support the strategic developments of the service e.g. electronic prescribing, improved discharge processes, accredited technician checking etc. 18. Actively contribute to the planning and efficient co-ordination of clinical pharmacy initiatives including discharge planning, prescribing protocols, pharmacists on consultant ward rounds etc. 19. To contribute to and implement the clinical governance plans of the clinical area and the pharmacy clinical governance plans.