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Advanced Specialist Pharmacist

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
Depending on experience band 7-£43,742-£50,056 per annum / band 8a £50,952 - £57,349
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Pharmacy Directorate

Cancer Services - Ad Specialist Pharmacist Band 7 / 8a Dependent upon experience

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated, dynamic, innovative and enthusiastic pharmacist to join an established team of Specialist Clinical Pharmacists to support cancer patients. The post is offered at band 7 level for those looking to develop within the Cancer Speciality with a comprehensive, competency-based training programme that supports progression to Band 8a. At Band 8a level you will already have experience working in Cancer services.

The Cancer Centre at the Royal Stoke site consists of a 40 bedded in-patient ward, a 27 chaired out-patient area, four linear accelerators and an Acute Oncology Service with a dedicated Emergency Admissions Bay. The County Cancer Unit has a nurse led 16 chaired, 4 bedded out-patient day unit. Electronic prescribing is well established across both Paediatric (ChemoCare) and Adult (ARIA) Cancer Services.

UHNM is a Cancer Centre including Level 3 haematology and also a Myeloma UK Centre of Excellence. The clinical trials team based on the Cancer Centre manage a broad portfolio of both commercial and non-commercial trials.

There has been significant investment in Pharmacy Cancer Services over the last four years. As part of the wider Pharmacy Cancer Team, you will provide clinical services to the out-patient clinics, in-patient wards, local hospice and clinical trials.

Main duties of the job

Deliver a comprehensive and consistently high-quality clinical pharmacy service and medicines management service to cancer patients

Band 8a level - responsible for specific disease sites, develop further specialist knowledge and forge links with specialist centres

Clinically screen SACT prescriptions according to locally agreed standards, following a period of competency-based training in line with the British Oncology Pharmacy Association SACT Passport to Level 2 or 3. Undertake further education to become a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber (PIP). To practice as a PIP, as required

Collaborate with the Cancer Team Leader and team regarding the further development of the cancer pharmacy service. Deliver pharmacy elements of cancer clinical trials.Involved in the implementation of relevant local, network and national standards. Involved in obtaining and assuring the correct funding, including the cancer drugs fund (CDF), individual funding requests (IFRs), early access to medicine schemes (EAMS).

You will work alongside Oncology, Haematology and Paediatric Cancer teams under the management of the Lead Pharmacist. There will also be opportunities to work at the County site in Stafford.

Independent prescribing is actively encouraged with two pharmacists currently having allocated prescribing clinics across both Oncology and Haematology. All specialist pharmacists are encouraged to undertake further training to become independent prescribers.

About us

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. Based across two sites, Royal Stoke in Stoke-on-Trent and County Hospital in Stafford, we are proud to serve around three million people and we're highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales.

All of our employees make a valuable contribution regardless of role here at UHNM and we are proud of our wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their true potential.

UHNM create and encourage a culture of inclusion, providing equal opportunities for career development that are fair and transparent. We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture in which all staff feel valued and respected. In return we ask all of our employees to make a commitment to the values, co-created by or staff, patients and carers, and that unite us as a Trust.

At University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust we know that investing in, supporting and developing our staff has a direct impact on the quality of care that we deliver. Our employees are as important as our patients and the population that we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further details / informal visits contact:

Isabel Roberts-Advanced Specialist Pharmacist Cancer Services

01782 672649 or 01782 672620

Person Specification

Essential Qualifications


  • Masters degree in Pharmacy (MPharm)
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Band 8a-Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma / MSc or equivalent Qualification or evidence of equivalent experience or training
  • Band 7-Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Certificate and working towards the completion of the Diploma or equivalent qualification or evidence of equivalent experience or training.


  • Independent Prescriber with appropriate annotation on GPhC register or willing to undertake appropriate training to become an active independent prescriber
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
  • Member of British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA)
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification
  • Formal management and / or leadership qualification

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience


  • Comprehensive experience as a clinical pharmacist practitioner including a solid grounding in a broad range of clinical specialties
  • Clinical pharmacy experience within chemotherapy/Cancer services and an enthusiasm to develop this
  • Commitment and evidence of professional updating and formal continuous professional development (CPD)
  • Computer literate and able to use Windows applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams and internet


  • Experience working with clinical trials and knowledge of the regulations relating to them
  • Evidence of involvement in pharmacy practice research and/or audit
  • Publication of research in a peer reviewed journal Management of Staff

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust


Royal Stoke University Hospital

Newcastle Road

Stoke on Trent


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