PCN Pharmacist Interview Questions and Resources

PCN Pharmacist Interview Questions and Resources

25 Jul . 1 min read.
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Example of some PCN Pharmacist Interview Questions that were asked

  • Where are you in your career and how have you come to applying for this role?
  • What good traits and bad traits do you have?
  • How would you manage your time across 5-6 surgeries? 
  • If Dr X asked you for something and your line manager asked you for something, how would you act?
  • If patient was being prescribed an expensive specialised item and they are currently in remission but still getting repeats, how would you manage this?
  • What do you know about the GP confederation/federation?
  • Where you see yourself in 5 years time?
  • What are the things you want to focus on most in terms of CPD development if you get the job? (What do you want to develop in the short term?
  • Do you have any GP practice experience?
  • How would you integrate into a multidisciplinary team?
  • What does clinical governance mean to you?
  • Do you have any specialist interests? 
  • What is my current job? (Consider talking about what advanced/ locally commissioned services that you do in community and what’s unique about them) And why consider Primary Care? 
  • Do you have an intention to complete independent prescribing? What are your goals? 
  • If NICE Guidelines were to release new guidance on hypertension, what actions would you take? 
  • 86 year old woman who has AF, COPD, Diabetes and Arthritis comes in for a review. How would you manage this scenario? 
  • What do you know about medicines optimisation? 
  • What is patient-centred care?
  • What is your understanding of the contractual requirements in general practices?
  • What is the PCN requirement in terms of fulfilling the DES & IIF contract as well as the QOF requirements and how can you contribute as a PCN Pharmacist?
  • Which clinical areas do you want to focus on for SMRs?
  • What are the type of medications that can cause falls in frail or elderly patients?

Websites to look at for further examples of PCN Pharmacist interviews 

1) Top 10 Tips for Pharmacists working in General Practices/PCN by TPC

 https://www.pharmacistcoop.co.uk/articles/top_10_tips_for_pharmacists_working_in_general_practices_pcns/ 

2) PCPA Interview Questions

 https://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/releasing-capacity-in-general-practice/documents/interview-questions-for-practice-pharmacists/file_popview 

Also look into the following:-

DES Contract, SMRs, QOF, IIF & the NHS Long Term Plan 

PCN DES Contract

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/network-contract-des-specification-2021-22/ 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/B0431-network-contract-des-specification-pcn-requirements-and-entitlements-21-22.pdf 

SMRs - Structured Medication Reviews

https://www.england.nhs.uk/primary-care/pharmacy/smr/ 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SMR-Spec-Guidance-2020-21-FINAL-.pdf 

QOF - Quality & Outcomes Framwork

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/update-on-quality-outcomes-framework-changes-for-2021-22/ 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/B0456-update-on-quality-outcomes-framework-changes-for-21-22-.pdf 

IIF - Investment & Impact Fund

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/investment-and-impact-fund-2021-22-implementation-guidance/ 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/B0486-network-contract-des-investment-and-impact-fund-guidance-2021-22.pdf 

NHS Long Term Plan

https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk 

https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/nhs-long-term-plan-version-1.2.pdf 

PCN Funding by BMA

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/gp-practices/primary-care-networks/primary-care-network-funding 


AUTHOR: Muhammad Siddiqur Rahman
Senior Practice Pharmacist Prescriber and Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner