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Pharmacy Technician Clinical Services

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annumm
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (CCC) provides excellent cancer care to patients in the North West (including North Wales and the Isle of Man). We have 3 site locations the central Liverpool site and hub sites in the Wirral and Aintree. Inpatient services, including 4 wards (Solid tumour and Haematology), stem cell transplant service and the regional Teenage and Young Adult unit (supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust), are located at our Liverpool site.

It is an exciting time for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, we are looking for a band 5 clinical services technician to join our ward team of pharmacists and technicians within our large, diverse and friendly pharmacy team.

The job role will be full time Monday to Friday with rotational Saturdays and Bank holidays.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver quality care at ward level through theimplementation of an efficient medicines management system andperform a range of medicine supply functions as appropriate in order to provide seamless pharmaceutical care for patients.Ward support duties will not be directly supervised and involve taking comprehensive patient drug histories and reconciliation of medicines at admission, ordering medicines and co-ordinating issue of additional medication and counselling patients at discharge. Provide a patient-focused pharmacy service at ward level in order to improve the quality of care, reduce risk and promote cost-effective use of medicines.Implement and monitor cost containment measures in order to reduce waste and achieve savings on medicines.To line manage rotational ward technicians and student technicians when on ward placement.

About us

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment, caring for a population of 2.4 million people across Cheshire & Merseyside, North Wales, the Isle of Man and parts of Lancashire.

Our flagship specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool opened in June 2020, supported by our hospital on the Clatterbridge Health Park in Wirral providing outpatient cancer treatment and supportive care, and our radiotherapy treatment centre on the Aintree Hospital site.

Together, working across three sites and operating specialist chemotherapy clinics in four of Merseyside's district hospitals, we are able to deliver a comprehensive range of inpatient care, advanced radiotherapy, chemotherapy and other systemic anti- cancer therapies including gene therapies and immunotherapies. We also deliver a pioneering Treatment at Home and Work service are the only facility in the UK providing low-energy proton beam therapy to treat rare eye cancers and host the region's Teenage and Young Adult Unit, (supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust).

Working with leading experts from The University of Liverpool and the Cancer Research UK Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit we strive to stay at the forefront of novel treatments and techniques to deliver more effective and personalised treatments than ever before.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description

  • Responsible for checking the patients own medication against the prescription chart, discussing the medication with the patient (or carer where appropriate) to ascertain how they currently take their medication
  • To liaise with other healthcare providers to confirm patients current medication list e.g. G.P. surgeries, Nursing Homes, Hospices etc.
  • To provide complex information and advice to patients on their medication to ensure that they are fully informed and able to comply with their treatment regime when they are discharged, these patients may have barriers to understanding.
  • Effectively contend with informal/verbal complaints from ward staff or patients in the first instance before appropriate referral to line manager if necessary
  • Deal with queries and complex issues from patients and other hospital staff
  • Obtain accurate medication histories for patients on admission by liaising with the patient and/or primary care setting in order to support decisions about continued care

  • Planning and Organisational Skills
  • The post holder is required to make decisions constantly around prioritising own work load in order to provide an efficient medicines management service
  • To plan around interruptions and demands for attention from ward staff, bleeps and telephone calls.
  • Prioritise workload and analyse situations to resolve problems
  • Provide information to patients/carers and other service users on routine medicine enquiries Identify problems with the administration of medicines to patients e.g. patients with swallowing difficulties or unable to take medication orally, impaired vision and other compliance issues and act on them in the appropriate manner

  • Responsibility for Patient and Client Care
  • Implement and maintain the patients own medication scheme and self-medicating scheme as appropriate
  • Responsible for ordering further supplies of medication as per standard operating procedures (SOPs), sending the patients own medicines (POM)to PharmaC for relabelling if necessary, and sending for destruction POMs that are no longer required or are unsuitable for use (and replacing those items with a new supply)
  • Counsel patients in order to provide effective and appropriate advice to patients on medication use in order to ensure understanding of their medication including benefits of their medication and possible side-effects. These may be patients with certain barriers e.g. hearing problems, language issues etc.
  • Initiate supply of non-stock items for one-stop dispensing i.e. ordering medication labelled ready for discharge and ensuring storage and availability in each patients bedside locker

  • Responsibility for Policy and Service Development
  • Identify patient problems regarding lack of availability of medicines for individual prescriptions, seeking advice on suitable alternatives or agreed delivery timetable
  • Accurately assess Patients Own Medicines to ensure that they are of a suitable standard and quality for use

  • Responsibility for Financial and Physical Resources
  • Responsible for the appropriate re-ordering of patients medicine on the wards. Responsible for the monitoring of medicine/ward stock usage on wards
  • Providing a medicines management service that is cost effective and ensures waste to be at a minimum on the wards
  • To work closely with the specialist clinical pharmacists to promote the safe and cost-effective use of medicines in order to optimise patient care, reduce waste, promote adherence to clinical guidelines and support effective medicines management
  • To be available to witness the monthly Controlled Drug check with the ward pharmacist and aid with destruction of patients own Controlled drugs that are no longer required as per SOPs

  • Responsibility for Human Resources
  • Provide training for new pharmacy staff regarding medicines management service on the wards this also includes training ward staff, nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals.
  • To deliver mandatory training on controlled drugs to ward staff and new starters as required by the work force department.
  • To be available to interview potential staff as required by senior management.
  • To review new starters at the end of their 6 month probationary period and submit a report to senior staff.
  • To perform PADR reviews on staff as deemed necessary by senior management
  • To perform absence management as required by senior management as per the management policy

  • Responsibility for Information Resources
  • Effectively counsel patients in order to facilitate the safe and effective use of medication using the agreed procedure
  • Liaise with the specialist clinical pharmacist/ward staff to review ward stocks in order to ensure stock levels are accurate and appropriate, amend/add stocks as necessary to ward profile using relevant documentation following SOPs
  • Technical functions on the wards include taking drug histories using a variety of sources and undertaking medicines reconciliation, within 24 hours following NICE guidelines The post holder must be able to read and interpret medical notes in order to clarify medication problems, this may involve discussions with GPs, community pharmacist, nursing and residential homes, hospices and pharmacy, nursing and medical staff at other hospitals in order to understand conflicting information
  • Access summary care records via the NHS smart card and document appropriately in the patients ward notes
  • Responsible for identifying and investigating any discrepancies and communicating findings to pharmacists and doctors , and record interventions on the trust computer system within own limitations
  • Responsible for general medicine housekeeping of the ward e.g. returning unwanted medications, keeping control of general ward stock levels and the cost effective use of medicines
  • Be a role model for technical staff and actively promote the role of the pharmacy technician
  • Effectively communicate with internal and external customers including patients/carers, pharmacy staff and healthcare
  • Carry a ward bleep whilst on duty and answer promptly dealing with any queries and questions and prioritise work accordingly

  • Responsibility for Research and Development
  • Participate in the audit of the medicines management service and clinical audit as appropriate i.e. POM scheme, discharge times and intervention data
  • To participate in and develop the pharmacy ward based service, training pharmacy and ward staff in the systems operated, sharing best practice and seeking out new developments
  • To assist with the development, maintenance and implementation of policies and procedures

  • Leadership
  • To lead, manage and train the rotational Ward Technician and Student technicians as they rotate onto the wards
  • To perform their return to work following a sickness absence and their PADRs

  • Freedom to Act
  • Follow relevant procedures for medicines management in order to deliver the service in a safe and effective manner
  • Responsible for the provision of the medicines management service to ward areas, which involves working in clinical areas unsupervised
  • To ensure that medicines in clinical areas are stored safely and securely according to hospital policy and are in date and suitable for use 44. Follow relevant procedures for medicines management in order to deliver the service in a safe and effective manner 45. Responsible for the provision of the medicines management service to ward areas, which involves working in clinical areas unsupervised

  • Physical Effort
  • All of the above duties involve adherence to departmental and trust polices and standard operating procedures. They also involve concentration, meticulous attention to detail and light physical effort for long periods in a busy environment

  • Mental Effort
  • To routinely participate in and analyse the results of audit relating to the medicines management service e.g. patients own medicines scheme, discharge times and intervention data to ensure the service is viable, cost effective and can be extended as necessary
  • Co-ordinate the discharge medication, bring together POMs and newly dispensed items in advance of patient discharge and support the planning of patient discharge with respect to medication, including the transcription of requests for dispensing

  • Emotional Effort
  • The post holder will regularly come into contact with emotional and unpleasant circumstances e.g. terminally ill patients, complaints and verbally abusive customers on the wards
  • Wards visited include patients receiving chemotherapy regimes, having cardiac arrests, respiratory failure or who have emotional and physical dependencies i.e. alcohol or drugs

  • Working conditions
  • The ordering of medication and assessment of medication are carried out at the patients bedside so if a patient is seriously ill or injured the technician will be exposed to this
  • Extremely rare exposure to deceased patients whilst visiting wards
  • Whilst performing medicines management duties daily on the ward the technician is in the vicinity of body fluids i.e. urine, faeces, sputum, vomit and blood

  • This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, but it aims to highlight the typical key responsibilities of the post. It may be reviewed from time to time to ensure that it relates to the job as then being performed, or to incorporate required changes. This process will be conducted in consultation with the post holder in line with the Trust Job Evaluation Policy and Process.

    Person Specification

    Person Specification


    • Qualifications: Dual qualification in Pharmacy Services: NVQ Level 3 /BTEC Diploma or equivalent necessary for registration with General Pharmaceutical Council.
    • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
    • Knowledge: Candidate must be able to show that CPD is up to date and has knowledge of pharmacy systems and workflow
    • Candidates should be highly motivated, works well under pressure and as part of a team be able to organise their own work.


    • Experience: Two year
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