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Pharmacy Technician Specialist (XR06)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a talented Pharmacy Technician with an interest in GMP, Quality Assurance (QA) or Quality Control (QC) looking to improve patient care by supporting the production of specialist medicines and infusions?

Do you enjoy working in a dynamic, collaborative, and supportive environment with a varied portfolio of work?

This is an excellent opportunity to showcase your skills, whist benefiting from access to great training and development opportunities.

This is a great time to join our department as we are part of a national programme to transform aseptic services in England, with West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) identified as one of five pathfinder sites.

The QA/QC team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT) is therefore expanding to support the build of a new Pharmacy Aseptic Hub. The new facility will manufacture medicines on behalf of the WYAAT collaborative, which sees Hospitals working together to provide the best possible care for patients in West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

The post holder will join our existing QA/QC team, part of Pharmacy Preparative Services within LTHT - one of the busiest in the UK. Their role will be primarily to perform Quality Assurance and Quality Control activities to support our Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit to produce specialist medicines and infusions.

Main duties of the job

Duties will include but are not limited to:

Plan and manage projects to support continuous improvement within LTHT Preparative Services.

Act as a Releasing Officer / QC Checker in the Dispensary Support Unit +/- Aseptic Production Unit.

Support the quality assessment of procured unlicensed medicines

Investigate and report defective medicines, as needed

Perform activities in relation to the Pharmaceutical Quality System e.g. investigating non-conformances and impact assessing change control applications.

Provide QA related support to the LTHT (Section 10) Preparative Services departments and the LTHT Medicines Supply and Distribution Service (Warehouse)

Support internal audit of the licensed and unlicensed units.

To manage the policies, procedures and equipment used within the QA/QC service and ensure regulatory compliance with GLP and GMP.

Provide support and training to other staff members within the LTHT team.

Support validation activities within MMPS.

Act as a professional secretary to one of the management review groups e.g. Warehouse.

About us

LTHT is one of the largest and busiest acute hospital trusts in the UK. The Leeds Way provides a strong foundation for the way we all work together, acting with compassion, empathy, and kindness towards our patients and each other.

The Pharmacy Department at LTHT is highly respected, forward thinking and recognised within the organisation for collaborative working. Our vision is, making it easy for people to get the most from their medicines and we are continually innovating to improve our services for patients and staff.

The QA/QC team has been instrumental in supporting the LTHT Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit in developing an industry leading service, producing ready to administer injectable medicines. The QA/QC team benefits from a supportive and innovative environment.

The department aims to support flexible working arrangements and we have car parking on site.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide support to ensure that the MMPS preparative service produces high quality products in line with all relevant standards and procedures, minimising risk to patients and healthcare professionals. To plan and manage projects to support continuous improvement within LTHT Preparative Services.

Perform activities in relation to the Pharmaceutical Quality System e.g. quality risk management, root cause analysis, investigating out of specification results, non-conformances and change management. This is to ensure that high risk parenteral medicines are compounded and delivered in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).

Act as a Releasing Officer +/- QC Checker for batches manufactured in the Pharmacy Manufacturing Unit.

Facilitate the delivery of high-quality patient care by ensuring safety and quality of all products supplied to LTHT and external NHS customers. This includes investigating and reporting defective medicines, as needed, and supporting the quality assessment of unlicensed medicines.

Provide support for the Preparative Service Leadership team by participating in audits of the licensed and unlicensed units and in the investigation and actions from errors and incidents and response to the audits.

Support validation activities within MMPS

Person Specification

Skills & behaviours


  • Excellent verbal, numeric, prioritisation and written communication skills



  • BTEC in Pharmaceutical science, NVQ level 3 in Pharmacy Services or equivalent
  • Member of or eligible to become technician registrant of General Pharmaceutical Council



  • Good dispensing, distribution, manufacturing practice
  • Extensive post qualification experience in hospital or industry at Pharmacy Technician higher level
  • Management or supervisory experience of technical and support staff


  • Managing change, developing and implementation of procedures

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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