Specialist Oncology Pharmacist

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

View more

Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to offer the opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Pharmacist to join the specialist clinical pharmacy team in the St Luke's Cancer Centre.

The St Luke's Cancer Centre servesa catchment of 1.3 million peopleacross Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, with systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) and radiotherapy services for all adult cancers. The cancer centre is also proud to include a Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) unit.

The cancer centre works in alliance with Ashford & St Peter's Hospitals, Frimley Park Hospital and Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. This includes an outreach SACT service for breast and lung cancers at both Ashford Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital.

The St Luke's Cancer Alliance SACT protocols provide the basis for off-trial treatment.

There is also a strong portfolio of clinical research with currently 85 oncology / haemato-oncology trials with pharmacy involvement.

The successful applicant would join an experienced team of specialist clinical pharmacy staff who provide a comprehensive service to oncology, haemato-oncology and surgical oncology patients.

Main duties of the job

This is a clinical role with key responsibilities including:
  • Clinical screening of SACT prescriptions for outpatients, day-case patients and inpatients
  • Provision of a clinical pharmacy service to oncology/haemato-oncology wards
  • Support to the St Luke's cancer centre dispensary team
  • Final checking of oral clinical trial medications
  • Support to the provision of the Trust Wide Research strategy by supporting the Pharmacy Clinical Trials team and taking an active role in the set up and delivery of oncology clinical trials
  • Writing and validating new regimens on the ARIA Med Onc electronic prescribing system
  • Support to the content of St Luke's Cancer Alliance SACT and supportive care protocols
  • Support to the SACT service at outreach sites
  • Initiating and supporting service improvement initiatives
  • Audit

The base for much of the work will be the St Luke's Cancer Centre. You would liaise with the team in the licensed Aseptic Unit but this role does not include any direct responsibility in this area.

Previous experience in haematology/oncology is desirable but not essential. We would endeavour to support any relevant personal/career development training when in post.

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than �45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

A video about the Royal Surrey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HsiGn9joTQ

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specialist practitioner delivering a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service to oncology, haematology and palliative care patients on the ward, day unit and outpatients at St Lukes Cancer Centre (SLCC) and the outreach chemotherapy sites in accordance with objectives set by the senior pharmacist.

Support the provision of the Trust Wide Research strategy by supporting the Pharmacy Clinical Trials team and taking an active role in the set up and delivery of oncology clinical trials.

Provision of clinical and professional input to the day-to-day operation of the pharmacy service to SLCC.

Active member of the oncology pharmacy team.

Support the provision of a Trust Wide Medicines Management service.

Provide out of hours emergency pharmacy services if required.

Member of the oncology pharmacy team, providing a specialist clinical pharmacy service to patients treated at SLCC. As a Cancer Centre, SLCC serves a population of 1.2 Million patients, of all tumour sites, from across the St Lukes Cancer Alliance.

Provision of a specialist clinical pharmacy service at the outreach chemotherapy sites (Frimley Health NHS FT, Ashford and St Peters NHS FT). This will be on a sessional basis according to the needs of the service. Will include working as a lone practitioner with only remote supervision.

Provide support to the Pharmacy Clinical Trials team in all aspects of the set up and delivery of oncology clinical trials as required.

As part of the clinical pharmacy team, may be required to provide a clinical pharmacy service to oncology inpatients (including surgical oncology) taking responsibility for a minimum of 30 patients on an average ward.

Supervise the work of technical staff, pre-registration pharmacists and band 6 pharmacists.

Work with the Deputy Chief Pharmacist (Cancer, Aseptic and Research Services) to provide pharmaceutical input into the management of oncology drugs.

Contribute to the implementation of protocol guidelines, specifying drug doses and clinical details required for the safe administration of chemotherapy drugs for all tumour sites treated at SLCC, i.e. breast, colorectal & and gastro-intestinal, lung, gynaecological tumours, urological tumours, brain, head & neck tumours and haematological malignancies.

The post holder is guided by medicines legislation, Good Clinical Practice (GCP), departmental and hospital policies and the code of ethics of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS)

Person Specification



  • Master's degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Registered Pharmacist with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent experience

Knowledge and Experience


  • Professional knowledge acquired through vocational Master's degree in Pharmacy (4 years) plus one year's pre-registration experience
  • Understanding of the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice, Quality Assurance and Good Clinical Practice
  • Good core therapeutic knowledge
  • Knowledge of current developments in Pharmacy and Oncology Practice
  • General hospital pharmacist experience to include clinical and technical roles in a range of specialties
  • Experience of working in an aseptic dispensing environment
  • Experience involving training & supervising of staff
  • Documented evidence of completed project work, audit, clinical trials and practice research
  • Delivery of care to a defined group of patients, including cancer patients

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Surrey County Hospital



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert