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Senior Pharmacy Technician Clinical Trials

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a Pharmacy Technician looking for a new challenge or with an interest in research? Are you passionate about making a real impact on the lives of cancer patients? Do you have a keen eye for detail, and a desire to be at the forefront of oncology research?

Or are you a newly qualified Pharmacy Technician? We welcome applications and would offer a band 4 to band 5 progression post until competencies and accuracy checking qualifications are complete.

If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Christie is one of the largest oncology Trusts in the UK with an international reputation for clinical excellence, research, and development. This is a unique opportunity to work with us and contribute to the challenging and rewarding specialty of oncology pharmacy.

As a member of the Clinical Trials team training will be provided for you to help manage portfolio of clinical trials. You will work closely with other members of the team to ensure that Christie patients have access the latest development of oncology/haematology investigational medicines. You will form an integral part of the clinical disease teams and work closely alongside research teams. The Pharmacy Department are also supporting the large-scale collaborative project alongside several research partners and have strong links with the University of Manchester.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be educated to NVQ level 3/ BTEC in pharmacy services and be able to fulfil a role as an accredited checking technician within our purpose-built clinical trials dispensary. If you do not have an accredited checking technician qualification but are an exceptional candidate or are working towards then please get in touch to discuss further or submit an application that can demonstrate your skill set.

We are not specifically seeking those with hospital or clinical trials experience several members of our team have joined from outside of hospital backgrounds. We are more interested in your ability to show drive, ambition, willingness to learn, manage workload, organisational and team working skills.


About us

The Christie is one of Europe's leading cancer centres, treating over 60,000 patients a year. We are based in Manchester and serve a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester & Cheshire, but as a national specialist around 15% patients are referred to us from other parts of the country. We provide radiotherapy through one of the largest radiotherapy departments in the world chemotherapy on site and through 14 other hospitals highly specialist surgery for complex and rare cancer and a wide range of support and diagnostic services. We are also an international leader in research, with world first breakthroughs for over 100 years. We run one of the largest early clinical trial units in Europe with over 300 trials every year. Cancer research in Manchester, most of which is undertaken on the Christie site, has been officially ranked the best in the UK.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Communication & Relationship skills
  • Communicate professionally with staff on all levels, both internal and external relating to trial activities, regarding information which may be confidential and sensitive in nature.
  • Communicate with sponsors for monitoring appointments and meetings verbally and in written format.
  • Liaise with other health professionals within research teams providing advice and support pertaining to clinical trial pharmacy issues.

Analytical & Judgemental skills
  • Exercise judgement when dealing with all enquires. Assess and manage query if possible, referring to the Lead clinical trials technician, senior trials technicians or pharmacists as appropriate.
  • Check pharmacy files for missing data and organise, retrieve, and record data in a timely manner.

Planning and organisational skills
  • Co-ordination of monitoring visit requests, ensuring availability of staff and workspace.
  • Ensuring clinical trial pre orders and vial allocations are turned around in a timely fashion to prevent any delay in patient treatment.
  • Support co-ordination of study set-up with the clinical trials pharmacist in a timely manner.

Physical skills
  • Work with sponsor IVRS/IWRS for ordering, acknowledging orders, dispensing update calls for Investigational Medicinal Products.
  • Supports the generation of worksheets and labels for Investigational Medicinal Products for both Aseptics and the Dispensary.

Responsibility Patient/Client Care
  • Dispensing and preparation of medicines for clinical trials in accordance with departmental and study specific SOPs
  • To act as a certified accredited checking technician, supporting the final check of clinical trial prescriptions.
  • To provide support to other pharmacy staff in the dispensing of complex clinical trials.
  • Support and advise key staff accordingly in relation to handling, labelling, and dispensing for all new products used in clinical trials.
  • Ensure all trial related reports and documentation are maintained within the timeframes defined by the sponsor.

Responsibility Policy & Service Development
  • Follow all relevant policy and legislation (e.g., EU Directive)
  • Prepare master worksheet and labels for approval by appropriate pharmacists using Sponsor supplied documents.
  • Awareness of COSHH regulations in the safe handling and storage all clinical trial materials.
  • Assists SATO, Student Technicians, and the CTA in ensuring supplies of Investigational Medicinal Product are ordered in a timely manner.

Responsibility Information Resources
  • Use computer-based data storage systems and IVRS/IWRS to record clinical trial activity.
  • Work with Microsoft office programmes, requiring standard software skills.
  • Maintain individual patient treatment records on Trust based systems, ensuring information is up to date, accurate and complies with Data Protection Act.

Responsibility Research & Development
  • Assist pharmacy team in all areas of R& I administration as required.
  • Ensure all drug accountability for all clinical trials are processed accurately and in a timely manner ensuring drug accountability is up to date at the time of a monitoring visit, audits, and Inspections.
  • Assists the ATO/CTA in maintenance of pharmacy documentation where required.
  • Support regulatory compliance across all clinical research services within pharmacy.

Freedom to Act
  • Post holder is expected to follow all relevant protocols, SOPs, and standard practice.
  • Clinical Trials Team Leader is available as point of reference for any queries and will meet regularly with staff.
  • Plan and organise own time and workload activity with prioritisation.

Physical, Mental and Emotional Effort
  • Long periods of time spent using screens and keyboard to input information
  • Prolonged concentration is regularly required e.g., when entering new products onto the computer system to produce worksheets and labels.

Working Conditions
  • The Trust operates a range of policies, e.g. Human resources, clinical practice (available on the Trust Intranet). All Trusts employees must observe and adhere to the provisions outlined in these policies.
  • Participate in the extended hours of the department, if required. To be able to participate in weekend and bank holiday working as required by the service. This may be reviewed and altered depending on the service demands.
  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours and the positive working relationship policy.

Person Specification



  • NVQ Level 3 / BTEC Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent
  • Registered as a pharmacy technician with GPhC
  • Accredited Accuracy Checking Technician or willing to work towards


  • Current certified ICH-GCP training.



  • Post qualification experience or willing to complete a progression period to gain experience post qualification


  • Clinical Trials experience.
  • Hospital Experience
  • Oncology Experience
  • Aseptic Experience



  • Good initiative, ability to work on own or as part of a team.
  • Self- motivating
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good interpersonal skills. Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and written, with a wide range of staff and external drug companies.
  • Good time management, organisational skills and ability to prioritise a busy/ unpredictable workload.
  • IT proficient able to use Microsoft office applications eg Word, teams, excel and outlook,
  • Ability to train other members of staff
  • Calm under pressure, maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Adaptable to change
  • Prepared to take responsibility and able to work without direct supervision
  • Demonstrate initiative: proactive and self-motivated
  • Able to work on both sites and to be flexible to meet the needs of the role



  • Knowledge of ICH -GCP
  • Knowledge of COSHH


  • Knowledge of oncology and palliative care
  • Knowledge of GMP



  • Ability to demonstrate the organisational values and behaviours



  • Participating in extended working hours, weekend, bank holidays if required)

Employer details

Employer name

The Christie NHS FT


Pharmacy Trials - E00922


M20 4BX

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