Superintendent Pharmacist

Guilsborough Pharmacy
Guilsborough, Northampton
Dependent on experience
Closing date
13 Nov 2020

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Due to our longstanding superintendent pharmacist moving on to become a clinical pharmacist, Guilsborough Pharmacy is seeking a superintendent pharmacist. Guilsborough Pharmacy is located within Guilsborough Surgery (Saxon Spires Practice).

The post is for 20 hours per week, working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, alongside one other pharmacist who works Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. This post will suit an experienced pharmacist who enjoys hands on contact with patients, but who also enjoys the business development aspect of the role.

You join our team at a very exciting time. Despite the challenges the pandemic has thrown at us, we have worked hard to maintain and expand our services to our patients, and are seeking to attract new patients. We currently operate from a compact space, however we are in the process of planning a move to a larger space within Guilsborough Surgery, which will offer the scope to work more closely and more efficiently alongside the dispensing team at the GP practice.

The successful candidate will play a crucial role in the expansion of the pharmacy and provide the leadership and expertise for the development of a hybrid pharmacy/dispensary in 2021. You will be required to liaise with various bodies to ensure the pharmacy meets its legal, contractual and regulatory obligations.

Guilsborough Pharmacy is a body corporate (Guilsborough Medical Supplies Limited, Company Number 5873790). It is owned by the 7 GP Partners at Saxon Spires Practice. The pharmacy and the practice are separate legal entities operating under separate NHS contracts.

Guilsborough is a pleasant village 11 miles north of Northampton. It is surrounded by open countryside and there are excellent schools nearby. Our rural community is actively engaged with their healthcare and rewarding to work with.

Salary is dependent on experience. Please contact Claire Deare on for informal enquiries.

Please apply by sending CV and covering letter to Closing date for applications: 31 October 2020. (We reserve the right to close the application before this date)

Main purpose of the role:

The superintendent pharmacist will carry out day to day activities connected with the preparation and supply of medicines and will provide advice to patients on the use of medicines as well as on general health and lifestyle matters. The job holder will be responsible for the supervision and training of other pharmacy staff and will undertake activities that support the strategic objectives to maximise the profit and potential of the business.

Primary responsibilities:

  • To abide by the General Pharmaceutical Council ‘Standards of conduct, ethics and performance’, observing and applying all professional, ethical and legal obligations;
  • To implement and adopt standard operating procedures, to ensure procedures are in place for the avoidance of risk;
  • To dispense prescription medicines to patients, checking dosage and ensuring that medicines are correctly and safely labeled and supplied;
  • To supervise the safe preparation of any medicines;
  • To ensure that all dispensing errors and near misses are logged in accordance with the company’s procedures and to undertake any activity necessary to rectify or prevent errors;
  • To keep and maintain a register of controlled drugs for legal purposes;
  • To liaise with doctors about prescriptions to ensure accuracy and prevent risk;
  • To counsel and advise patients on the treatment of minor ailments and any adverse side-effects of medicines or potential interactions with other medicines/treatments to ensure safe use;
  • To prepare monitored dosage and cassette box systems for the benefit patients;
  • To provide specialist health check services, such as measuring and fitting compression hosiery, monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels, diabetes screening and pregnancy testing for the delivery of enhanced services to patients;
  • To oversee the ordering and storage of medical products to ensure safety and reduce waste;
  • To arrange the delivery of prescription medicines to patients who are unable to attend the pharmacy;
  • To keep up-to-date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and their uses for the purpose of continuing professional development;
  • To maintain computerised records in accordance with data protection principles to ensure patient confidentiality;
  • To ensure that all present and future NHS contractual obligations in respect of essential service are adhered to;
  • To ensure that all present and future NHS contractual obligations with regard to essential services are adhered to, including waste management, self-care, signposting, public health and repeat dispensing.

Business responsibilities:

  • To manage supervise and train pharmacy support staff to attain optimum performance;
  • To schedule labour effectively and communicate, direct and delegate to ensure that all employees operate as an effective team;
  • To promote and sell appropriate products, such as toiletries, cosmetics and photographic items to increase profitability;
  • To undertake budgeting and financial management activities to ensure rationalization of resources;
  • To develop enhanced and extended services to grow the professional offerings of the business;
  • To build and maintain relationships with other healthcare professionals, including GPs, GP surgery personnel, care home personnel, other NHS contractual staff etc
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