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Specialist Technical Services Pharmacist

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa/ pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting career opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, motivated, and forward thinking pharmacist to join the technical services team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Currently housing 11 pharmaceutical isolators with another 4 due imminently within the cutting edge ATMP/clinical trial facility being developed within Weston Park, prospective candidates have a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of technical services in a large teaching hospital environment.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the country, offering a range of both general and specialist hospital services. We provide nationally commissioned services and expertise in support of Early Phase Clinical Trials, and we are part of a leading national network for the development of cancer drugs of the future (Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre).

Please note this advertisement is for both full time and part time opportunities.

Main duties of the job

Working between Weston Park Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, you will apply all your pharmaceutical knowledge whilst gaining new skills that are easily transferable.

You will work with the Accountable Pharmacists, to support the aseptic dispensing service, maximising efficiency, and product quality.

You will support the Accountable Pharmacists in setting up the newly built ATMP facility for the preparation of innovative treatments.

To provide professional expertise, supervision, and release of products in the aseptic dispensaries.

To be responsible for standardising training and revalidation across STH aseptic dispensaries.

To provide pharmaceutical care to patients in defined clinical areas.

Please also note this vacancy is banded dependent upon applicants experience relevant to this post. The banding of the successful applicant/s will start at Band 7 unless applicants meet the necessary threshold of skills and experience required to start on Band 8a .

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

We will support your further education and development through attendance of the PTQA course at The University of Manchester.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification



  • Registered Pharmacist with GPhC
  • MSc level qualification in Pharmacy
  • Post-graduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent demonstrable experience.


  • Independent Pharmacy Prescriber (IPP) status
  • Pharmaceutical Technology & Quality Assurance (PTQA) course qualification.
  • GCP certificate
  • Band 8a - Experience in a Qualified Person (QP) role.



  • Post registration experience of sufficient quality and quantity to enable demonstration of achievement in all aspects of the GLF.
  • Experience of working in an aseptic dispensing environment.
  • Release checking responsibility for CIVAS, TPN and/or chemotherapy.
  • Documented evidence of completed project work, audit, clinical trials and practice research.
  • Experience of supervision of staff.
  • Experience in delivering training and education to staff.
  • Understanding of the principles of Good Manufacturing Practice and Quality Assurance
  • Understanding of Section 10 exemption of the Medicines Act and the requirements that this brings
  • Understanding of Good Clinical Practice and experience of handling clinical trial material (IMP) in an aseptic unit.
  • Band 8a - Extensive experience in hospital pharmacy: -Aseptic services
  • Band 8a - Sound understanding of the principles of Oncology/haematology
  • Band 8a - Evidence of delivering service improvements.
  • Band 8a - Working knowledge of current GMP and QAAPS standards and legislation.
  • Band 8a - Enhanced knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and experience of handling clinical trial material (IMP) in an aseptic unit.


  • Additional relevant QA/aseptic courses and qualifications.
  • Experience of participating in EL audits or MHRA inspections.
  • Band 8a - Experience of working in an MHRA licensed manufacturing facility
  • Band 8a - Working knowledge of Chemocare prescribing system.
  • Band 8a - Up-to-date knowledge of chemotherapy regimens: regimen production principles and validation/checking requirements.

Further Training


  • Working knowledge of environmental monitoring procedures and QA documentation relating to aseptic production & GMP.


  • Aseptic service management course attendance, such as the Aseptic Service for Managers course (Manchester University) or equivalent.
  • Leadership or management qualification.

Special Skills/Aptitudes


  • Have excellent communication skills non-verbal, verbal and written in order to communicate with a broad spectrum of people (from senior directorate managers to members of the public).
  • Demonstrate leadership skills
  • Able to articulate complex information and present clearly to healthcare staff and patients.
  • Able to influence senior and junior healthcare staff (pharmacy, medical, nursing staff and managers).
  • Able to analyse complex data/information to identify improvements to pharmacy services in the Trust
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of multidisciplinary team.
  • Self-motivating to develop services and motivate other members of the team.
  • Able to be involved in the supervision of staff and recruitment process on-going training and performance appraisal of staff in the aseptic pharmacy service.
  • Able to use research findings to develop services and patient care, managing therapeutic problems and reducing risks (often in areas where information is limited or conflicting).
  • Able to evaluate best practice and apply research findings to practice, promoting evidence based practice within the Trust.
  • Able to analyse highly complex data/information to solve clinical problems where information is lacking or conflicting.
  • Able to articulate information to justify actions taken
  • Able to prioritise
  • Able to meet deadlines and pay attention to detail
  • Able to affect and manage change
  • Able to assess and manage risk
  • Able to prepare and dispense medicines, providing safe and effective services to individual patients
  • Demonstrates skills for manipulation of pharmaceutical formulations (e.g. injections).
  • Able to ensure compliance with relevant legislation, good practice guidance and local policy and protocols.
  • Applies knowledge and specialist skills to patient care to optimise therapy and minimise risk.
  • Provides specialist advice to patients, medical and other clinical staff on all issues of drug usage
  • Demonstrates awareness and commitment to the Clinical Governance agenda
  • Understand the hazards associated with working with cytotoxic drugs and related medicines.
  • Able to work with an unpredictable work pattern and give continuous concentration for certain activities (e.g. prescription verification, calculations etc.) with frequent interruptions for advice etc.
  • Able to work in difficult surroundings when concentration difficult (shared office, open door) when writing policy documents and reports
  • Able to handle conflict and complaints
  • Ability to reassure distressed patients/carers and staff (e.g. in the event of accident, error or complaint.)
  • Provides evidence of on-going Continuing Professional Development.
  • Physically able to work in an isolator and carry out light lifting.
  • Professional Development.
  • Understands the requirements of the intrathecal chemotherapy service and training programme and participates in it.
  • Have effective computer/IT knowledge and skills to provide reports.
  • Band 8a - Have demonstrable leadership skills - be role model for pharmacists
  • Band 8a - Have expert specialist knowledge in cancer related areas
  • Band 8a - Demonstrates advanced level of clinical reasoning and is able to manage difficult and ambiguous problems eg medication for individual patients
  • Band 8a - Have effective computer/IT knowledge and skills to provide reports and manage staff who implement the computerised chemotherapy prescribing system
  • Band 8a - Able to delegate tasks to junior staff appropriately, monitoring progress and activity
  • Band 8a - Able to supervise and manage the recruitment, ongoing training and performance appraisal of staff in the aseptic pharmacy service to Weston Park Hospital.
  • Band 8a - Able to evaluate best practice and apply research findings to practice, promoting evidence based practice within the Trust
  • Band 8a - Able to analyse highly complex data/information to solve clinical problems where information is lacking or conflicting
  • Band 8a - Ability to reassure distressed patients/carers and staff (eg in the event of accident, error or complaint)
  • Band 8a - Provides evidence of ongoing Continuing Professional Development


  • Experience in service planning
  • Prior experience of managing change within an Aseptics environment.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Hallamshire Hospital


S10 2JF

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