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Cancer Clinical Trials - Ad Specialist Pharmacist

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Pharmacy Directorate

Advanced Specialist Pharmacist - Cancer Clinical Trials Band 8a

At UHNM Research and Innovation is integral to patient care and Pharmacy provides a key role in that vision. We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Pharmacist to join our highly regarded Pharmacy Clinical Trials Team working across the two sites of UHNM.

The cancer clinical trials team manage a broad portfolio of both commercial and non-commercial trials across oncology and haematology. UHNM has an ambitious 5 Year Strategy for Research and Innovation across all specialities and Pharmacy has an integral role in this strategy.

You will liaise with the R& I team, the wider multi-disciplinary teams, trial sponsors and pharmacy to ensure safe and efficient delivery of clinical trials in accordance with regulations.

Location: Work base Cancer Centre Pharmacy, Royal Stoke University Hospital with cross site working at County Hospital

The Cancer Centre at the Royal Stoke site consists of a 40 bedded in-patient ward and a dedicated four bedded Emergency Admissions Bay for clinical assessment of toxicities. There is a 27 chaired out-patient area and four linear accelerators. The County Cancer Unit has a nurse led 16 chaired, four bedded out-patient day unit.

Main duties of the job

  • Lead and manage the pharmaceutical aspects of cancer clinical trials within UHNM.
  • Work closely with UHMN Research and Innovation and other stakeholders to ensure the safe, effective delivery of Cancer Clinical trials across the Integrated Care Board (ICB)
  • Co-ordinate delivery of cancer clinical trials across UHNM in accordance with current UK Clinical Trials Regulations and all updates, Good Clinical practice (GCP), guidelines and departmental procedures, ensuring provision of a high-quality service.
  • Manage the cancer clinical trials team and ensure all relevant staff are trained in the delivery of clinical trials.
  • Work with the non-cancer clinical trials team to ensure standardisation of processes.
  • Provide a clinical pharmacy service to Cancer Centre Clinics and Wards across UHNM sites.
  • Ensure that all relevant information relating to cancer clinical trials are incorporated into electronic prescribing and medicine administration (EPMA) systems in place across UHNM.
  • Support the management of Compassionate use, Early Access Medicines Schemes, Project Orbis, Free of Charge schemes and specialist medicines within cancer services where appropriate.

You will be supported by the wider team and actively encouraged to undertake further training and studies including, non-medical prescribing. You will also be expected to forge links with specialist centres and train other members of staff as you will already have cancer experience.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Pharmacy team is enthusiastic, forward thinking and vibrant. We have a proven track record in re-engineering our services to improve the delivery of high quality, patient focused pharmaceutical care and medicine optimisation. We actively encourage practice based research and undertaking of further training including independent prescribing.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Nicky Stringer

Principal Pharmacist Technical Services, Cancer and Research

01782 674508

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications


  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) or equivalent
  • Registered with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma / MSc or equivalent Qualification
  • Independent Prescriber with appropriate annotation on GPhC register or willing to undertake where there is an identified clinical need
  • Commitment and evidence of professional updating and formal continuous professional development (CPD


  • Member of the RPS
  • Member of British Oncology Pharmacy Association
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification
  • Formal management and / or leadership qualification

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience


  • Comprehensive experience as a clinical pharmacist practitioner including a solid grounding in a broad range of clinical specialties.
  • Clinical pharmacy experience within chemotherapy/Cancer services and an enthusiasm to develop this
  • Experience working with clinical trials and knowledge of the regulations relating to them
  • Computer literate and able to use Windows applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams and internet
  • Evidence of involvement in pharmacy practice research and/or audit
  • Experience of managing a team Management experience and / or experience of undertaking appraisals


  • Experience of directorate pharmacy services and / or writing drug usage reports
  • Evidence of involvement in writing of Guidelines and SOPs

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Royal Stoke University Hospital

Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


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