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a call centre imageMarch 7 2018

NHS England is looking to recruit pharmacists to work as part of the Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) programme, dealing with calls for urgent care. 

It is looking to fill 61 whole time equivalent positions in NHS 111 and 999 call centres, with funding from the Pharmacy Integration Fund. Jobs are being advertised on the NHS Jobs website, and working hours will be mainly out-of-hours and at weekends, and allow some flexibility.

Pharmacists will be part of a multidisciplinary team, overseen by a senior pharmacist. Workload will include handling medicines-related enquiries, undertaking clinical assessment and treatment of minor ailments and providing self-care advice and prescribing for repeat prescription requests.

“NHS 111 is being enhanced so that patients who call needing clinical input will be transferred to an IUC Clinical Assessment Service, where they will receive the advice and information they need there and then from the right clinician,” says the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

It is promoting the recruitment exercise as an opportunity for pharmacists developing a ‘portfolio career’.

Sandra Gidley, Chair of RPS England, said: “Portfolio careers for pharmacists are fast becoming a reality. This is a chance to participate in the development of a new professional role, with different models being created by different providers who have their proposals assessed and given the go-ahead. The flexible working options will be particularly attractive to some pharmacists.

“RPS has long advocated for the role of pharmacists in urgent care, especially in community and hospital settings. These new jobs are a statement of confidence in pharmacists’ clinical skills and vital contribution to creating an effective, integrated care pathway for patients.”

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