Pharmacy Team Manager

Isle of Man
£52,906 to £65,305 per annum
15 Aug 2018
15 Sep 2018
Pharmacy sector
Primary care
Job Type

Do you want to join a team committed to making a difference?

We are searching for a driven and highly motivated pharmacist to develop and support a new medicines optimisation service across the Isle of Man.

The Isle of Man Government’s ambition is to build a new model of health and social care that delivers truly effective health and social care strategies in a way which is innovative and responsive to community needs. This is an exciting opportunity where you can make a difference and be a part of shaping the Islands’ future health services.

About the role

Medicines Optimisation?

Initially focusing on primary care e.g. GP surgeries and care homes, you will work within a team to implement the medicines optimisation strategy for the Department of Health & Social Care. This will include providing expert advice on all aspects of prescribing and pharmaceutical matters, with the aim of improving medicines optimisation and reducing the prescribing spend for DHSC.

You will be responsible for devising and implementing cost-saving initiatives, including changes to medicines (switches) and developing risk stratification strategies such as the design, development and implementation of computer searches to identify cohorts of patients at high risk of harm from medicines.

You will also work with patients and the primary care team to minimise risks through medicines optimisation and to improve the repeat prescribing or medicines; additionally you will plan and undertake clinical medication reviews with patients with multi--morbidity and polypharmacy.

Area Prescribing Committee

A key part of the role will be the co-ordination and management (with the Chief Pharmacist) of the Area Prescribing Committee for the Isle of Man; this will include the implementation of local and national guidelines and formulary recommendations, identifying projects where cost-effectiveness and quality can be improved and co-ordinating strategies to achieve the outcomes.

Roles for the APC will include horizon scanning to identify national and local policy and guidance that affects patient safety through the use of medicines, including MHRA alerts, product withdrawals and emerging evidence form clinical trials and monitoring the implementation across DHSC.

You will also have clinical duties at chosen practice(s) which will include the management of medicines at discharge from hospital.

You will also be responsible for devising a strategy to reduce unplanned hospital admissions, this will include the implementation of practice searches to identify cohorts of patients most likely to be at risk of an unplanned admission and readmissions from medicines, and to work with case managers, multidisciplinary (health and social care) review teams, hospital colleagues and virtual ward teams to manage medicines - related risk for readmission and patient harm. Put in place changes to reduce the prescribing of these medicines to high-risk patient groups.

Care home work

As part of the wider medicines optimisation team, you will work with care home staff to improve safety of medicines ordering and administration.

You will be required to provide education and training to primary healthcare team on therapeutics and medicines optimisation and where required, provide training to visiting medical students.

Deputising for the Pharmaceutical Adviser

You will be required to deputise and support the Pharmaceutical Adviser in the following areas:

  • Provision of prescribing data on a regular basis to GP surgeries and to the DHSC, and on an ad hoc basis to senior management/political members
  • Responding to requests for information from Government Ministers and clinicians regarding pharmacy issues, including prescribing.
  • Attendance at DHSC meetings including prescribing committee, GP liaison groups, Health Protection Committee

More details of the duties of the post can be obtained from our Chief Pharmacist/Pharmaceutical Adviser on Tel No. 01624 642 647.

To hear more about living and working in the team on the Isle of Man, check our our video:

Our Values

In the Department of Health and Social Care we pride ourselves on being committed, appreciative, respectful and excellent. CARE represents what we are about, what we stand for and what we value. All our recruitment, performance management and development are based on our CARE ethos.

About the Island

The Island offers a high quality family and individual lifestyle, making it the ideal place to live and work. It combines breath-taking unspoiled scenery, superb leisure, sport and social facilities, with excellent air and sea links to the UK and Ireland.

The Island enjoys a favourable basic rate of income tax (10% min 20% max) and generous rates of personal allowance. With a buoyant economy, vibrant towns and miles of beautiful open countryside, the Isle of Man has something for everyone.

The Island’s healthcare is provided by a National Health Service based on that in the United Kingdom but is independently financed and administered within the Isle of Man.  

For more information about living and working on the Isle of Man, please visit


Interview expenses and a relocation package of up to £7,000 based on receipts is available for this role. This role also qualifies for a recruitment incentive of £3,000 which will be payable in the 1st, 13th, and 25th months of employment. 

How to Apply

Please note a CV must be provided to support your application. It is recommended that you include a cover letter with your CV which explains your motivations for applying for this position and demonstrates your suitability for the requirements of the post. 

If you have difficulties applying online please contact the Recruitment and Employment Changes Team on 01624 686300 or by email at

Applications for this post will be accepted up to midnight of the closing date specified.