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Senior Paediatric Pharmacy Technician - Paediatric Intensive Care

Employer
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a. inc. HCA
Closing date
26 May 2024

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Profession
Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Grade
Band 5
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Senior Paediatric Pharmacy Technician - Paediatric Intensive Care and Surgical Services

We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic and highly motivated pharmacy technician looking for a new challenge to develop your career in a Paediatric NHS hospital setting pharmacy setting .

Working as part of the Paediatric Intensive Care team at the Evelina London Children's Hospital Pharmacy. You will play a role in the delivery of pharmaceutical care to this group of Paediatric patients. Working in a structured environment, alongside providing support to the wider team to meet key directorate targets.

If you are seeking to expand your clinical skills and help to improve patient satisfaction and make a difference then this is your ideal job.

The post offers a chance to contribute to the continued development of pharmacy services within the children's hospital.

Closing date: 2nd May 2024 at midnight

Interview date: 8th May 2024

If applying, please make sure you are available to attend in person for an interview on this date as alternative dates cannot usually be offered.

Main duties of the job

The post is suitable for patient-focused technician with good interpersonal skills who are sensitive to the needs of the patients and their carers. You would require excellent communication and team working skills. Able to work independently and be flexible to adapt to the changing service demands meeting any set deadlines. The role is embedded in the ward teams by supporting our nursing/medical and pharmacy teams to resolve any medicines management issues.

You will be responsible for providing a safe, efficient and accurate ward-based pharmacy service for hospital inpatients by liaising closely with pharmacists, nursing and medical staff on wards.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation

The Pharmacydepartments of Guys and St Thomas' provide safe and effective pharmaceutical ward and dispensary services to the many inpatients and outpatients of the Trust's many specialities

Our intensive care unit (known as PICU) cares for critically ill children, and provides support to their families. We're the lead centre for critically ill children for the south Thames region and provide a wide range of services and clinical expertise. We're also a busy cardiac unit, providing all types of heart surgery (except heart and lung transplants) and a cardiorespiratory centre

The post holder must demonstrate their commitment to upholding the Trust values, within which we carry out our roles:

Put patients first - consider the patient's needs and wishes in all that they do

Take pride in what they do - strive for highest standards on own work and challenge colleagues to do the same

Respect others - patients, visitors and colleagues. Actively give and receive feedback

Strive to be the best - in terms of patient care & teamwork

Act with integrity - maintain the privacy & dignity of patients, work with integrity and be trustworthy, be accountable for own work

Job description

Job responsibilities

Operational
  • Provide a pharmaceutical Medicines Management service to patients. This includes:
    • Record accurate written medication reconciliations for newly admitted and transferred patients.
    • Assessing Patients own Drugs for suitability for use in the Trust.
    • Communicating detailed information to patients/carers about drug doses, indications, side effects and efficacy.
    • Liaising widely (e.g. GP staff, patients, carers etc.) to ensure the timely availability of patients medication.
    • Reviewing and ordering patient specific medication for new and repeat items to ensure timely and cost-effective supplies using the departments MMP system.
    • Reviewing MMP medications, ordering and dispensing TTO prescriptions to ensure availability of stock to ensure timely supply for patient discharge.
    • Ensure all relevant medicines are transferred with the patient throughout their journey, to minimise wastage including aseptic products.
    • Final check of clinically screened discharge medicines against the TTO before release to the patient.
  • Participate in the dispensing and checking of controlled drugs. Ensuring appropriate storage, accuracy and record keeping is followed.
  • Participating in the three monthly CD stock checks and safe and secure storage audits.
  • Provide a safe and efficient supply of pharmaceutical products to patients. This may involve the:
    • Dispensing and final checking of drug products and compliance aids after screening by Pharmacist.
    • Working in the dispensary on a session basis, ensuring that good dispensing practices are followed. Ensure that procedures relating to good dispensing practice are followed, and encourage and maintain high standards and orderly methods of working.
  • Assist in the delivery of all aspects of storage, record keeping, stock control and stock rotation on the wards, dispensary and specified Directorate.
  • Responsible for the operational delivery of the medicine packs for the South Thames Retrieval Service (STRS).
  • Assist in project work as required.

Stock Control
  • Supervise stock and consumable management in the pharmacy on wheels (POWs)/pharmacy satellite areas, including stock checks, stock rotation, expiry date checks and relevant documentation.
  • Assist with the review of ward stock lists to reduce risk and wastage. Including periodic review of the South Thames Retrieval Service medicine pack contents.
  • Participate in the problem solving of incorrect stock levels, generated by stock checks and adhoc queries.
  • Responsible for the management of medicine waste and medication returns. Ensuring recycling and destruction procedures are adhered to.
  • Participate in the investigation and required actions of drug alerts/recalls and out of stocks.

Management and Supervision
  • Assist in the supervision of pharmacy assistants, pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians, qualified technicians, trainee pharmacists and junior pharmacists, to ensure that work is conducted to a high standard and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

Management and Supervision
  • Supervise Rotational Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, Pre-registration Technicians and Pre-registration Pharmacists to ensure that work is conducted to a high standard and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

Quality Management and Clinical Governance
  • Ensures that the Trust and departmental Health and Safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff working in the team.
  • Assist in the collection and preparation of workload quality and financial indicators.

Training
  • Participate in the education and training of multidisciplinary staff (e.g. doctors/nurses) as required.
  • Undertake CPD and to attend courses in practice areas where needs are identified.
  • Participate in the department performance review scheme by attending regular review sessions with the principal paediatric pharmacy technician - ward service.
  • Participate in the induction and training of volunteers, pharmacy assistants, pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians, qualified technicians, trainee pharmacist and junior pharmacists.
  • Participate in the assessments and appraisals of the pharmacy assistants, pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians and qualified technicians.

Research and Development
  • Routinely gathers data for the audit of services and assists with analysis.

Other Duties
  • Participate in the departmental performance review scheme by attending regular review sessions with the Principal Paediatric Pharmacy Technician Ward Services.
  • Participate in the Evelina London pharmacy and paediatric intensive care pharmacy meetings and training sessions.
  • Participate in the various departmental rotas, including weekend, bank holiday and late night rotas.
  • Participate in any other duties requested by the pharmacy operations manager and principal paediatric pharmacy technicians.
  • Work in line with trust policies and procedures.


Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Registered as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • NVQ Pharmacy services Level 3 plus an accredited underpinning knowledge
  • Completion of or working towards a recognised Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) qualification


Desirable

  • Practice/Educational Supervisor qualification
  • Medicine Management accreditation
  • Supervisory/leadership or management qualification


Experience

Essential

  • Working in a busy hospital dispensary
  • Medicines management experience at ward based
  • Supervising and mentoring pharmacy staff
  • Checking of medicines in a hospital pharmacy environment


Desirable

  • Working in a children's hospital dispensary
  • Supervising the day to day running of a dispensary
  • Stock level management and maintenance


Skills

Essential

  • Dispense accurately to set standards
  • Counsel and give advice to patients/their carers on their/child's medications
  • Final check of clinically screened prescriptions
  • Accurately record patient medicine reconciliation
  • Accurately assess suitability of patient's own medication
  • Work independently and accurately under pressure
  • Prioritise and organise routine daily tasks using own initiative
  • Plan, organise and deliver, training and assessment
  • Motivate self and others
  • Communicate routine, more complex and sensitive information effectively using clear written and spoken English and overcome barriers to understanding, to a diverse group of staff patients and carers
  • Clearly and accurately complete complex routine and non-routine documentation
  • Work to set procedures
  • Pharmacy computer and IT skills
  • Effective customer service skills


Desirable

  • Write standard operating procedures
  • Using Wellsky (JAC) pharmacy computer system and electronic prescribing and medicine administrations (ePMA) records eg Medchart/EPR/e-noting/EPIC
  • Delivering induction and training
  • Undertake recruitment and selection of pharmacy staff
  • Conduct appraisals /performance development reviews
  • Working in multi-disciplinary teams


Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Evelina London Children's Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road

London

SE1 7EH

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