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Pharmacy Technician, Advanced Therapeutic Medicinal Products

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
You will work with the ATMP Consultant Pharmacist and the wider ATMP team to maintain and develop cell and gene therapies at CUH. You will deliver a clinical pharmacy service to CAR-T patients and be responsible for scheduling and planning their treatment. Gene therapies will play an increasing role in this post as they evolve.

Main duties of the job

o To act as preparative lead for aseptic preparation of novel therapies (e.g. gene therapies). To attend training specific to the products and train other technicians to prepare the products in the event of the postholder's absence

o Working with Pharmacy procurement, the CAR-T team, Cambridge Cellular Therapies Laboratory (CCTL) and CAR-T manufacturers to order, schedule and receive CAR-T products

o Provide a medicines optimisation service to haematology in-patients. To be prioritised as 1. CAR-T patients 2. HSCT patients 3. Other haematology patients

o Meet with CAR-T patients prior to admission for medicines reconciliation.

o Dispense CAR-T cell products to patients on the ward (after accreditation)

o Work with the cell therapies team to develop in-house expertise to prepare novel cellular therapies. The team may include pharmacy, medical, nursing and CCTL staff.

About us

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 12000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people - patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing 'outstanding' care to our patients and rated 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH's values - Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent - are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

This vacancy will close at midnight on 27th May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 7th June 2024

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases, alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Minimum qualification NVQ3 Pharmacy Services, BTEC Pharmaceutical Science or CGLI/Apothecaries Hall pre 1985 certificates or equivalent.
  • Registration with GPhC.
  • Checking accreditation, one or all of: ACT, MM, MR (National Framework)
  • Basic Computer Literacy (Word, Excel).
  • Post registration qualification in Pharmaceutical medicines management and/or patient consultation e


  • Evidence of CPD (mandatory on registration)
  • Member of Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APT(UK))
  • Advanced Computer Literacy (Word, Excel



  • Significant post qualification experience including hospital ward, outpatient and inpatient dispensary pharmacy.
  • Training and supervision.
  • Demonstrated supervisory skills.
  • Contributor to at least one service development.
  • Experience of medication history taking.
  • Accurate data entry of patient specific information.


  • Knowledge and experience of audit methodology.
  • Knowledge and experience of production of reports.
  • Experience of patient counselling.
  • Knowledge of dispensing high cost drugs.
  • Experience of using Epic



  • Demonstrates a sound knowledge of medicines.
  • Basic knowledge on medicines information and resources available.
  • Receptive to priorities of patients, carers and other staff groups.
  • Awareness of NICE, and involvement in implementation of relevant guidance


  • Formulary management especially high cost drugs commissioned by CCG's.
  • Policies and procedures governance.
  • Awareness and experience in the process of incident reporting, Datix.
  • Evidence of CPD to demonstrate ability to undertake CPD self-directed.
  • Current post Band 6



  • Able to work as part of a team and also as an individual, with different healthcare professionals.
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to make and maintain good relationships with others.
  • Regularly communicates with key groups/stakeholders, including those with barriers to understanding.
  • Good organisation skills.
  • Resilience and ability to cope under pressure.


  • Good communication skills (verbal and written). Regularly communicates with key groups/stakeholders, including those with barriers to understanding.
  • Proven ability to meet objectives and targets.
  • Ability to respond to change, apply and facilitate new developments without difficulty. Also supporting other stakeholders in this process.
  • Experience in using hospital/pharmacy systems (Ascribe and Epic systems).
  • Able to write reports and present data in a clear and meaningful manner.
  • Ability to work in often busy

Additional Requirements


  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of Safe, Kind, Excellent.
  • oMotivated/self-disciplined (e.g. completed NVQ/extended role accreditation(s) within timeframe - excluding unusual circumstances)

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Division B

Hills Road



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