Claire Jones

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 Ms Claire Jones

Claire Jones

Biologics Pharmacist

Wye Valley NHS Trust

Claire qualified as a pharmacist in 2010 and has undertaken various general hospital pharmacist roles to start her career. She commenced an innovative new role as a biologics pharmacist in rheumatology at Wye Valley NHS Trust in 2015, following a gainshare agreement with the CCG. She works within the rheumatology department which has approximately 650 patients on biologics, apremilast and JAK inhibitors, over a large geographic area.

She has gained clinical and strategical responsibilities including:

·         Biologic, apremilast and JAK inhibitor initiation clinics, both face-to-face and via telephone. In these clinics patients are counselled extensively before starting treatment and it is ensured that all pre-treatment checks and investigations are undertaken.

·         Prescribing biologics, apremilast and JAK inhibitors.

·         Medication funding and formulary working group applications.

·         Development of a commissioning statement in partnership with the CCG.

·         Participation in MDT and biologics meetings.

·         Liaison with CCGs, the pharmacy department and other outside groups.

·         Managing biosimilar switch projects.

·         Development of a biologic dose tapering protocol.

·         Ensuring the cost effective use of rheumatology medication.

·         Writing and updating departmental medication guidelines and protocols.

·         Medicines information enquiries.

Claire has also completed various educational courses to enhance her role in rheumatology and has presented service evaluation posters at both BSR and EULAR conferences.


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