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Clinical Trials Pharmacist

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic pharmacist to join our Clinical Trials Pharmacy team and work closely with research teams to support the set-up and delivery of clinical trials and aseptic services at the Trust.

We have a dedicated Clinical Trials Pharmacy Department to support the delivery of over 600 clinical trials of experimental medicines. You will form an integral part of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that Christie patients have access to the very latest developments in oncology and haematology investigational medicines. The Pharmacy Department is also supporting the large-scale collaborative project alongside several research partners and have strong links with the University of Manchester. Several members of our staff have undertaken postgraduate training and secondment opportunities and we are keen to support more. If you are forward-thinking and passionate about making a positive contribution to the care of cancer patients involved in cutting-edge clinical trials, we want to hear from you.

You will need to be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Comprehensive training will be provided upon successful appointment, however, applicants with previous hospital and/or clinical trials experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

  • Act as nominated pharmacy lead to a defined group of research teams. Provide pharmaceutical advice on the conduct of CTIMP trials and assess study requirements and resolve pharmaceutical issues with the research teams.
  • Lead on the evaluation of study protocols for designated disease groups and consider implications within pharmacy (capacity, safety and resources). Provide timely feedback to Clinical Trials Resource Group.
  • To monitor, document and advise on the financial implications of designated studies to the Senior Pharmacists for Clinical Trials, R& D, finance and the Director of Pharmacy.
  • Maintain systems and processes to ensure that all trial related activity is conducted in accordance with the Research Governance Framework for Health & Community Care, ICH GCP guidelines, GMP principles, Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004 and the EU directive along with any other local legal/regulatory requirements
  • Promote regulatory compliance across all clinical research services within pharmacy.

  • About us

    The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To manage and resolve any clinical or dispensing queries with regards to patients trial prescriptions to maintain high standard of patient care, assisting technical staff with day-to-day queries where appropriate.
  • To support the provision of clinical pharmacy services within the dispensaries and the aseptic services unit. Responsible for the clinical screening/review of prescriptions, both in-patients and outpatients, and to accurately check and supply medicines to patients, including clinical trials in accordance with all departmental, Trust and national standards, procedures and policies
  • To participate in the pharmacist rota for the clinical screening of prescriptions, including clinical trial prescriptions within the dispensary and facilitate safe and effective screening /review of prescriptions for chemotherapy regimens, clinical trials and treatment strategies in use at The Christie, including full awareness of the intrathecal chemotherapy policy. Following local, Trust and National guidelines for safe medicines practice.
  • To attend meetings relevant to role where required.
  • To participate in Continuing Professional Development ensuring relevant knowledge and skills are up to date, meeting the professional requirement of the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • To participate in mandatory training in line with the trust and departmental requirements. To participate in all departmental rotas, extended hours weekend service and bank holiday working and the emergency on-call pharmacy service, as required
  • Undertake all other related duties which may be required in accordance with the changing needs and practices of the department and organization.
  • To behave in a manner at all times that is in accordance with the professional standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council

  • Person Specification



    • Masters Degree in Pharmacy
    • Completion of pre-registration training
    • Registered with GPHC
    • Evidence of continuing professional development


    • Clinical trials experience
    • Diploma in clinical pharmacy or relevant postgraduate qualification
    • Membership of Royal Pharmaceutical Society



    • Experience of providing medicines information and advice
    • Experience of service improvement/project management


    • Experience of working within a hospital environment
    • Experience within the oncology field
    • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and regulations underlying aseptic services
    • Staff supervision & training



    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
    • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
    • Self-motivating
    • Ability to work under pressure, highly organised, and working to deadlines
    • Ability to manage and implement change
    • Ability to influence and negotiate with medical, nursing and pharmacy colleagues
    • IT literate
    • Ability to recognise own limitations


    • Understanding of the skills required within aseptic services



    • NHS Cancer Plan, NICE
    • Excellent knowledge of clinical use of medicines
    • Cost-effective use of medicines and medicines management


    • Knowledge of drug use in oncology
    • Knowledge of procedures within an aseptic unit
    • GCP/GMP
    • Financial awareness
    • National Intrathecal guidelines

    Employer details

    Employer name

    The Christie NHS FT


    Pharmacy Trials - E00922


    M20 4BX

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