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Specialist Rotational Pharmacist, Cancer services (adult & paediatric)

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 Per annum (banding based on experience)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
We welcome applications from band 7s looking to enhance or begin their careers in cancer services. Alternatively, if you are a band 6 with a minimum of 6 months hospital experience, working towards a post graduate certificate all you will need is a keen interest in oncology. In this situation we can provide the opportunity for a 6 to 7 progression post based on a competency framework with incremental enhancement.

Oncology experience is desirable but not essential. All the necessary training will be provided as you rotate through adult and paediatric oncology and technical services.

You will have the opportunity to develop clinical and managerial skills in every facet of pharmaceutical care required to deliver a clinical oncology pharmacy service.

Cancer services is a continuously growing area and we have a truly successful cancer services rotation with previous post holders being promoted to 8A Advanced Oncology Pharmacists.

Main duties of the job

Within each rotation, you will be presented with an exciting and unique opportunity to work with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team, with the ability to make a significant contribution to medicines management for patients within the oncology service as well as play an integral role in the governance frameworks for the unit ranging from procedure and guideline writing to authoring of chemotherapy prescriptions on the Chemocare prescribing system.

Within the paediatric rotation, you will play a role in managing our paediatric oncology level 3 unit, as well as having the opportunity to experience and be trained to deliver care to our tertiary neonatal unit and /or to general paediatric patients.

We have the infrastructure and support for applicants to continue with the Joint Programme Board Postgraduate Diploma in General Pharmacy Practice and you will be provided with an educational supervisor to complete this post graduate qualification. The post holder will also manage a band 6 pharmacist providing the opportunity to build on managerial skills.

You will be working alongside our highly experienced pharmacists who are well respected within the Trust with many recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise within their specialist areas. The Pharmacy department has established links with the University of Brighton, University of Sussex, Brighton & Sussex Medical School and University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia as part of the Brighton-Lusaka Health Link.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops AtUHSussexwe're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of theUK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that haveembodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives:We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put ourPatientFirst. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role atUHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives ofpatients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above andbeyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in ourwellbeing programmefor staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look afterothers we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us:As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment youstart with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosingUHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • After an initial induction period, the post holder will undertake 6-9 month rotations in the following areas: paediatric oncology, adult oncology/haematology and aseptics.
  • The postholder will be expected to help facilitate and co-ordinate the delivery of direct patient care to paediatric and adult oncology patients in the Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital (RACH) and the Royal Sussex County Hospital, respectively as well as provide support to the Lead Pharmacist for the delivery, development, evaluation and co-ordination of clinical pharmacy services to other patients of the Division in line with the objectives of the speciality.
  • The postholder will contribute to all aspects of clinical governance including clinical risk, clinical audit and education and teaching.

Person Specification

Qualification and skills


  • Registered Pharmacist


  • Have or working towards post-graduate certificate/diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Previous hospital experience
  • Previous oncology experience
  • Has experience and knowledge of the good manufacturing practice (GMP processes

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


Royal Sussex County Hospital



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