Primary Care Pharmacist
The Pharmacists’ Defence Association (PDA) has enjoyed tremendous growth. Since its inception in 2003, more than 26,000 members have joined our organisation and we are still growing. We don’t take this for granted; we work hard to look after our member’s interests but there’s always so much more that we can do.
This passion for looking after the interests of the individual pharmacist, often in the face of powerful forces of opposition and to support colleagues who are facing difficulty is what gets us out of bed in the morning and in this role, we are looking for someone who shares that sense of fair play and has that kind of passion for helping fellow pharmacists.
Primary Care Pharmacy emerged as a new and fulfilling form of practice in the early 90’s and in the 25 years since then has grown significantly, now employing more than 3,000 pharmacists.
In 2016 between 2,000 and 3,000 new GP surgery posts for practice based pharmacists were announced by the government.
These pharmacists largely do not fall under the control of the local well established and experienced CCG teams or enjoy their governance, supervision, or leadership, often they are employed by community pharmacy interests. Neither do they benefit from the usual salary of a practice based pharmacist (the NHS England pilot being offered at a band 7 rate).
Already these pharmacists are falling back upon their Defence Association to support them with advice and guidance were some pharmacists who are coming in to primary care pharmacy for the first time are being pressed by GP’s to undertake tasks that are occasionally beyond the scope of their experience and competencies.
Embedding experienced Primary Care Pharmacist pharmacists within the PDA team will enable us to provide a new range of support services to this rapidly growing section of our membership providing support and guidance in a range of what for some of them will likely be unfamiliar and potentially risk laden situations.
These activities will enable the PDA to support both the members and the patient safety agenda. Your involvement in these areas will enable you to identify issues and any problematic themes that are emerging. You will also be using the insights that you are gaining to help develop training materials to support fellow primary care pharmacists. You will be working in the newly created PDA policy development department; Enabling you to influence our research programmes and participate in developing the national policy agenda for primary care pharmacy for the benefit of our members and the patients that they serve.
You will be a Primary Care Pharmacist with at least 5 years’ experience and you are likely to be currently working as a primary care pharmacist as part of a port-folio career. The advice and guidance you provide will be central to our stated purpose of representing our members’ interests.
Your excellent communication skills, both written and oral will ensure that you can provide accurate and consistent advice to our members in a timely manner. You will be able to deliver training to groups of primary care pharmacists when required. Your commitment to the advancement of pharmacy will ensure that you uphold the core values of the organisation and embed them within the work you do.
Your strong teamwork skills will support a culture which encourages and empowers PDA staff to deliver results for members. You will have a passion for justice and not be afraid of challenging powerful forces where necessary. You overcome obstacles by innovating and being creative but drawing on the strengths of the team around you.
Your desire to continuously improve will mean that you capture the themes that are concerning our members and proactively turn these into policy work and research programmes. There will be significant opportunities to build external relationships with relevant bodies and research institutions to contribute towards the national policy agenda for primary care pharmacy.