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Prison Pharmacist

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Role description

As a prison pharmacist, you will be responsible for the medication and medicines reviews for prison residents, many of whom will be considered high-risk patients. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team, advising and supporting colleagues, in line with local and national guidance, to promote high-quality, safe and cost-effective care for patients.

Key responsibilities

  • Handling, ordering, safe storage and monitoring of cost-effective prescriptions medicines with minimum wastage.
  • Ensure accurate and timely recording of medicines, activities and patient data and document pharmaceutical queries from prescribers, pharmacists, care home staff and members of the public.
  • Review clinical medication and processes for care home residents and other high-risk patients to ensure high-quality, evidence-based prescribing.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team promoting high-quality, safe and cost-effective prescribing within national and local guidelines.
  • Provide training, education, and support of care home colleagues, to ensure the safer use of medicines.
  • Liaise with other health professionals in community pharmacies, secondary care and local authorities regarding medicines management issues and transfer of care.
  • Contribute to the management of dementia eg with low dose antipsychotics, bone protection for those at risk of falls, and prevention of acute kidney injury.
  • To support the development of pathways and guidelines related to care homes.


  • Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • At least 2 years post-registration experience.
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience of care home SMRs
  • Knowledge of care home prescribing and issues in care homes
  • Understanding of CQC regulation with regards to care homes and prescribing

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