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Deputy Chief Technician - Technical Services

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Deputy Chief Technician, Aseptic Services Band 6 - Chelsea based

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dynamic and self-motivated professional to join our aseptic team at the Chelsea site of the Royal Marsden.

You will be part of a team consisting of Pharmacists, Technicians and Assistants, who are always striving for excellence in all aspects of our work. We are working collaboratively as part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team to ensure we always deliver outstanding care to our patients.

Main duties of the job

The Job Description outlines the roles of the Deputy Chief technician, Aseptic Services. You will work closely with the Chief Technician in the day to day running of the Technical Services aseptic suite, providing a quality, GMP compliant service, supplying aseptically prepared medicines including clinical trials, in a timely manner to all service users.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.
  • To provide a safe and effective aseptic service to all service users in line with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), GMP and QA standards. This will include doses of cytotoxic chemotherapy, clinical trials, gene therapy and other biological agents.
  • To co-ordinate the day to day running of the Aseptic service, being responsible for completing all staff rotas.
  • To support the scheduling of aseptic work, from order receipt to product release, organising resources in the most efficient way.
  • To be responsible for stock management for the Aseptic Unit, ensuring cycle counts are completed, reporting any issues promptly and assisting in their correction.
  • To ensure the maintenance of adequate stock levels of all medicinal components and consumables required for the aseptic preparation of medicinal products.
  • To ensure the appropriate environmental monitoring is carried out in the unit in order for regulatory requirements to be met, ensuring prompt escalation and appropriate corrective action is taken.
  • To ensure that staff comply with the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act and COSHH
  • To write, develop, maintain and assure implementation of policies and standard operating procedures.
  • To manage the bought in product work stream in a safe and effective manner. These doses may be bought in from 3rd party suppliers.

Person Specification



  • Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent.
  • BTEC in Pharmaceutical Sciences or NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services or equivalent Technical Modules or equivalent experience.


  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Post qualification course on aseptic preparation and dispensing of medicines/ GMP/QA or similar
  • Higher qualifications to A-Level or above



  • Significant technical services experience in NHS licensed and/or unlicensed unit or equivalent pharmaceutical industry experience.
  • Good understanding of aseptic services production role
  • Staff supervisory experience as a senior technician
  • Experience of working in a hospital pharmacy department
  • Experience of aseptically preparing cytotoxic chemotherapy
  • Knowledge of chemotherapy and safe handling requirements of cytotoxic drugs
  • Knowledge of chemotherapy and safe handling requirements of cytotoxic drugs


  • Experience of managing staff, including sickness, performance, conduct and appraisal process
  • Experience of change management
  • Experience in writing Standard Operating Procedures for new processes
  • Experience of maintaining a Quality Management System, including investigation of errors, incidents and managing risk

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Effective interpersonal skills with ability to communication with staff in clear English at all levels from a wide range of discipline.
  • Evidence of working well in a team with all staff levels and act as a role model
  • Demonstrate initiative, proactive and ability to demonstrate self-motivation and to motivate others.
  • Ability to make decisions, organise, meet deadlines, manage time effectively and prioritise for self and others
  • Good leadership qualities: able to take responsibility and to delegate effectively
  • Proven ability to train/coach other members of staff
  • Able to work effectively, accurately and attention to detail following written procedures under pressure
  • Computer Literate (e.g.: Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Ability to deal with conflict/difficult situations
  • Ability to concentrate and work accurately for prolonged periods of time with frequent and unpredictable interruptions


  • Use of pharmacy computer system
  • Knowledge of EPIC
  • Knowledge of EPIC

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Chelsea



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