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Senior Pharmacy Technician -Clinical Trials

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

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Band 6 Senior Pharmacy Technician for Clinical Trials. Looking for an individual with clinical trials and aseptic experience who is passionate about making a difference and contributing to improving patient/carer experience to join our Clinical Trials team at St Mary's Pharmaceutical Unit (SMPU).

The pharmacy clinical trials team based at SMPU Pharmacy (Field Way) provides trial set up and regulatory compliance and a preparative service for commercial and non-commercial trials requiring aseptic manipulation of patient doses. This activity is increasing year on year with significant growth in the area on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATIMPs).

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

Main duties of the job

The post holder will carry out the role of Senior Pharmacy Technician - Clinical Trials and will be responsible for the following:
  • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the technical services pharmacy clinical trials services
  • Supporting the lead and specialist pharmacists in the set-up of clinical trials
  • Ensuring that all regulatory approvals are in place for clinical trials
  • Providing day-to-day training, supervision and support to staff
  • Monitoring Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for clinical trials.
  • Staff management responsibilities as required
  • Support with the Clinical Governance and Risk Management
  • Excellent attention to detail, high level of initiative, able to problem solve, able to work under pressure
  • The role entails good organisational, communication, analytical, negotiation, presentation and IT skills.
  • Preparation of clinical trials, chemotherapy and parenteral nutrition
  • Coordination of new clinical trial implementation including ATIMPs.
  • Develop new procedures and processes to manage the storage, preparation and handling of ATIMPs.
  • Validation of specialist equipment and implement a dedicated preparative service for ATIMPs.
  • coordination all clinical trial functions within aseptic services to meet the needs of the service.
  • Ensure compliance to procedures and national standards (GMP, GCP and The Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004).

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 or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • 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 GCP/GMP legislation 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
  • Experience in Clinical Trials day to day running of service, attending meetings, co-ordinating aspects related to organisation of trials GCP/GMP legislation (including preparation for inspection), clinical trial set-up and management, manufacture of IMPs and QP release, clinical trials in specialist areas


  • Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance experience
  • Leeds Aseptic Dispensing Course or Equivalent
  • Completion of The Clinical Trials short course developed by NHS TSET (the Technical Specialist Education and Training group) and facilitated by the University of Leeds.
  • Relevant post qualification Aseptic service courses e.g. APDM, ASFM



  • Broad experience of hospital pharmacy
  • Post qualification experience in aseptic services
  • Post qualification 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,
  • Good understanding & knowledge of safe handling prescribing and use of cytotoxic drugs
  • Good understanding & knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital Wales

20 Field Way


CF14 4HY

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