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Parenteral Nutrition Pharmacy Technician

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£35,922 to £43,257 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting new opportunity for an accredited Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) to join the adult parenteral nutrition (PN) team within specialist services at Cardiff & Vale UHB. The role encompasses both clinical and technical pharmacy remits and as such the post requires the individual to work across two sites University Hospital of Wales (UHW) and St Mary's Pharmaceutical Unit (SMPU).

The adult PN team support the multidisciplinary home parenteral nutrition (HPN) and intestinal failure service at UHW to provide PN tailored for the needs of each individual patient. Therefore, the candidate needs to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to communicate effectively with both patients and colleagues (inside or outside the Nutrition Support Team (NST) or aseptic pharmacy team).

This is an advanced role and we need a forward thinking, proactive candidate to be responsible for, and ensure timely supply and safe provision of PN for patients whilst navigating the everyday realities/practicalities/challenges of aseptic production (GCP, GMP compliance, local audit, capacity).

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will perform the following mainstay of activities:
  • Order, schedule and co-ordinate supply of inpatient adult PN (including standard bag dispensing and checking).
  • Process PN formulation throughput using Abacus software (including stability assessment)
  • Audit and oversee PN stock control and usage.
  • Assist in designated aseptic preparation sessions (inside the unit), and also contribute to product approval/release sessions (outside the unit), for Section 10 products (chemotherapy, CIVAS and TPN).
  • Support clinical ward-based activities where possible, including basic patient review, fridge checks, blood test ordering, and patient prioritisation (e.g. for compounded PN)
  • Assist in clinical audit and service evaluation activities relating to the adult PN service (including data collection), to either implement process changes to enhance the needs of the patient, or streamline PN related activities.

The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the weekend and bank holiday rota.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Substantial experience as an aseptically trained technician in hospital or commercial sectors
  • Current post Band 5 or above
  • Good team player and sensitive to the need to optimise team performance
  • Good patient communication and interaction skills
  • NVQ L3/BTEC Pharmacy services
  • Good working knowledge of safe dispensing and aseptic practices
  • Knowledge and understanding of GMP and QA and its application to aseptic processing
  • Able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills
  • Good attention to detail and responsible attitude to quality and accuracy


  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance experience
  • Leeds Aseptic Dispensing Course or Equivalent
  • Experience relating to Abacus, the EM24000 compounder, PN provision, checking or patient review
  • Relevant post qualification Aseptic service courses e.g. APDM, ASFM



  • Broad experience of hospital pharmacy
  • Substantial post qualification experience in aseptic services
  • Sufficient experience as checking technician

Skills and Attributes


  • Good communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Aware of (and work within) own limitations
  • Manual dexterity to manipulate injections or prepare pharmaceutical products, and good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Strong organisational skills: Documentation skills & Organising skills
  • Good understanding & knowledge of: Operation of aseptic services & safe handling prescribing and use of cytotoxic drugs
  • Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Approachable and professional manner
  • Ability to remain calm in a busy environment
  • Commitment to continuing education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital Wales


CF14 4XW

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