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Advanced Production Specialist Education and Training (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Education & Training lead to join our dynamic, collaborative, and supportive team. We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Pharmacy Technician or Scientist with a passion for workforce development who can demonstrate high professional standards.

We encourage the development of a learning culture where both education and lifelong learning are seen as integral and positively contribute to the development of a workforce fit for purpose.

We aim to support and empower both the current and future workforce to ensure our staff are equipped with the necessary skills, values, and behaviours to deliver innovative ways of working.

This is a great time to join our department as we are part of a national programme to transform aseptic services in England, with the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) identified as one of five pathfinder sites. We plan to build a new pharmacy aseptic medicines hub which will support the WYAAT collaborative. The Pharmacy Manufacturing Department is therefore significantly expanding and at the forefront of developing this exciting new service..

The post is a full-time post, worked over 4 or 5 days per week between the hours of 7am-7pm. You will also participate in a Bank Holiday and Weekend rota (1 weekend every 8 weeks). Car parking is available.

Main duties of the job

Act as the lead for education and training, facilitating the delivery of training programmes

Lead the Pharmacy Manufacturing Units education and training team

Develop a modernised technical workforce for the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit within Pharmacy Preparative Services

Optimise skill mix

Innovate to incorporate novel roles within the team

Ensure that staff are highly trained and assessed against current procedures and competencies. This involves working closely with Quality Assurance and other Education and Training Teams.

Maintain regulatory compliance for workforce training and competence

Liaise with external educational providers

Work collaboratively with the MMPS Workforce Development Team & Pharmacy Preparative Services

Facilitate the access of funding for education provision

Develop and update role specific training programmes

Facilitate outreach to the future talent pipeline e.g. career events

Perform operational duties as required e.g. sessional oversight, weekend working leadership

About us

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country, offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services with excellent clinical outcomes for patients. We have an international reputation for excellence in specialist care, research and academic training.

The Pharmacy Department at LTHT is highly respected, forward thinking and recognised within the organisation for collaborative working. Our vision is, making it easy for people to get the most from their medicines and we are continually innovating to improve our services for patients and staff.

The Pharmacy Manufacturing team has been instrumental in developing an industry leading service, producing ready to administer injectable medicines.

Its an exciting time to join our team to deliver real change and to work within a supportive and dynamic environment.

Interviews will be held W/C 25 September or 2 October 2023

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post will be deployed within the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit (PMU), consisting of the Aseptic Production Unit (APU) and the Dispensary Support Unit (DSU) (operating under a Specials licence from the MHRA). The PMU is located near the M621, Leeds.

This post will have the following duties / areas of responsibilities:

- Responsible for developing the competency-based training programme for all grades of staff ensuring that this covers all aspects of aseptic preparative service and complies with relevant legislation, standards and Good Manufacturing Practice.

- Responsible for the establishment of a defined range of competencies for staff groups within the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit. Identifies assessment criteria and produces training schedules and coordinates the delivery of both induction and refresher training.

- Coordinates, supervises, and supports staff involved in delivering training and verifies that training is provided in a consistent manner, is documented and is to the required standards.

- Acts as assessors for students undertaking qualifications.

- Responsible for reviewing practice and procedures for cleanroom working, ensuring that these comply with current legislation and standards and the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice.

- Works with Production and QA/QC staff to review and update documentation for products made within the Production service.

- Develops systems to ensure that effective communication arrangements are in place to enable briefing of procedural change and review as it arises.

- Leads the implementation of new, education and training focused, I.T systems and procedures to the aseptic dispensaries.

- Ensures that appropriate documentation and procedures are available and implemented for the Pharmacy Production Team.

- Co-ordinates the reporting and investigation of errors and incidents within the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit, as required. Produces a monthly report for the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit Management team and ensures that action plans are documented and followed through.

- Manages Pharmacy Technicians and Production Specialists ensuring they have appropriate induction, regular appraisals, personal development plans and challenging but realistic objectives. Conducts sickness and disciplinary reviews as required.

- Ensures Trust Absence Management policy is adhered to and that staff absence is reported and return to work interviews conducted in a timely manner.

- Works with the Production Specialists & Pharmacy Technicians within PMU in the recruitment and selection of technical and support staff within preparative service.

- Ensures regular team briefings and meetings are held and that there is good communication for all staff using a variety of means, written and verbal.

- Provide operational support to the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit, including supervision and production / accuracy checking. This will usually be on a planned basis.

- Maintain high professional standards at all times and ensure compliance with statutory regulations concerning pharmaceuticals and the provision of Health and Safety at work.

- Work with the Pharmacy Manufacturing Team in developing the capacity plan.

- Key member of the Pharmacy Preparative Services Management Team (PPSMT) for the Trust, contributing to planning and development of the workforce.

- Participate in regular internal audits of the service and take action to remedy and deficiencies to continually improve the quality of the service.

- Contributes to pharmacy service developments and ensures that change is managed smoothly in relation to area of responsibility.

- Identifies and in conjunction with Pharmacy Preparative Services Management team implements risk reduction strategies.

- Develop efficient communication channels with the rest of pharmacy and key customers to ensure a good understanding of the service and the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy manufacturing staff.

- Performs a leadership role at weekends and Bank Holidays and is a named member on the Pharmacy MAJAX call out.

Person Specification



  • BTEC in pharmaceutical science or NVQ level 3 in pharmacy services or Science Manufacturing Or Degree in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences
  • Eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Institute of Biology or equivalent


  • Training / education qualification or evidence of formal management training
  • Completion of mentor, trainer, and assessor training NVQ Assessors award or equivalent

Skills & behaviours


  • Able to cope with a large and varied workload
  • Able to work accurately and under pressure
  • Ability to interpret written instructions Good IT skills (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)



  • Aseptic preparation and Good Manufacturing practice
  • Workforce development
  • Substantial post qualification experience in aseptic dispensing / processing


  • Experience as a workplace training / educational supervisor or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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