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Band 7 Radiopharmaceutical Scientist

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
28 Feb 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Radiopharmacy team at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The licenced Radiopharmacy unit supplies key radiopharmaceuticals to the large Nuclear Medicine department in the Trust for both diagnostic and therapeutic use as well as other local hospitals. The service has a well-established blood cell labelling service and produces Gallium-68 radiopharmaceuticals (PSMA and dota-peptide) for imaging on site.

The post-holder will be responsible for providing scientific support and will share in the daily operational management of the unit with other senior staff. You will participate in the preparation and production of radiopharmaceuticals and blood cell labelling in line with GMP requirements adhering to the quality system of the unit. You will registered with GPhC or HCPC or eligible to do so following completion of relevant training. You should be familiar with GMP/GDP, Medicines Act and licensing requirements and have a thorough knowledge of both the IRR 2017 and IR(ME)R 2018 legislation and their application. The post holder will, lead in maintaining and developing the quality system for gallium, therapy and blood labelling operations. You will be actively involved in the training, supervision and development of staff/students and will be involved in developing the departments research profile and exploring future clinical trials opportunities.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will assist the Radiopharmacy Specialist Leads with the daily delivery of the service and will share in the operational management of the QEHB Radiopharmacy unit.

You should have considerable experience in a Radiopharmacy setting and be familiar with the operation of a comprehensive service. The role will require work to be undertaken unsupervised and will require excellent communication skills with staff groups and other stakeholders. Excellent knowledge of GMP and radiation protection legislation is essential as you will be responsible for managing the Quality Management System for gallium, therapy and blood cell labelling activities.

You will be a team player with enthusiasm and drive to develop a service, implement change and ensure compliance with all internal and external standards. The post holder must have a strong awareness of the latest radiopharmaceutical developments and be willing to share departmental work with the wider Radiopharmacy / Nuclear Medicine community.

You will be required able to demonstrate the ability to be flexible, organised and remain calm under pressure, directing staff where required.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • * MPharm, MRPS, or science degree with advanced qualification in Radiopharmacy/Nuclear Medicine
  • *Specialist higher Diploma (Masters) in technical services (e.g. National course in Pharmaceutical Technology & Quality Assurance, or Scientific Training Programme) or working towards.
  • *Registration with an appropriate professional body e.g. HCPC.


  • *Current Radiation Protection Supervisors Certificate of training



  • *Minimum of 3 years' experience working in Radiopharmacy (e.g. during STP training)
  • *Experience of working in a licensed aseptic unit
  • *Previous assessable experience of providing pharmaceutical care to a nuclear medicine department
  • *Experience in handling radiopharmaceuticals other than PET radiopharmaceuticals
  • *Research and development experience
  • *Previous experience in process and equipment validation
  • *Previous assessable experience of training and teaching and formal presentations
  • *Demonstrated practical knowledge of GMP, GCP, QA, and all current relevant regulations
  • *Demonstrated ability to monitor and take action on out of specification results and process deviations within the context of an aseptic quality system
  • *Demonstrated proficiency in analytical techniques (e.g. HPLC, TLC)
  • *Demonstrated knowledge of the validation requirements for pharmaceutical facilities, equipment, and products
  • *Demonstrated good understanding of key NHS objectives and publications
  • *Demonstrated basic understanding of the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of radiopharmaceuticals
  • *Demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the Clinical Governance agenda


  • *24 months post registration experience and 6 months full time work in an aseptic unit.
  • *Demonstrated evidence of being able to devise and monitor capacity plans within aseptic services
  • *Demonstrated ability to undertake the formulation of patient specific medicines to meet their clinical needs.
  • *Demonstrated expert knowledge of radiopharmacy
  • *Thorough knowledge of radiation protection issues
  • *Demonstrated evidence of being able to initiate change within an aseptic service
  • *Knowledge of research techniques and statistical analysis
  • *Previous assessable experience of managing the introduction, operation and audit of clinical trials according to GMP and GCP.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Mindelsohn Way


West Midlands

B15 2TH

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