Senior Medicines Management Pharmacist

Isle of Man (GB) (IM)
£45,480 to £54,492
22 Feb 2019
22 Mar 2019
Pharmacy sector
Primary care
Job Type

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

The Department of Health & Social Care, Isle of Man is searching for a driven and highly motivated pharmacist to develop and support a new medicines optimisation service in primary care.

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 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 contribution to 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 supporting the 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, the role will entail 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.

  • The role includes:
  • 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
  • Attendance at DHSC meetings including prescribing committee, GP liaison groups, Health Protection Committee

Please note a police check will be required for this post. A full valid driving licence and access to your own vehicle is required for this post. 

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

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

How to Apply

Please note a CV must be provided to support your application. 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. 

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