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Specialist Pharmacy or Science Manufacturing Technician

Northampton General Hospital
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To be an integral part of the Pharmacy Team developing Aseptic Services for the patients and staff of this Trust and other local healthcare providers.

To participate in the provision of aseptically prepared intravenous medicines using technical skills, including final check and release of aseptically prepared products.

To lead on economical and statistical analysis.

Main duties of the job

To assist in the provision of aseptically prepared pharmaceuticals (batches and patient specific).

To lead on Cost Improvement Projects in aseptic services.

To lead on charging from ASU to external customers.

To collate and report statistics related to the aseptic unit.

To perform other tasks necessary to ensure that ASU operates in an appropriate and efficient manner

About us

Northampton General Hospital is one of the largest employers in the area and we are on an exciting journey. All of our divisions are committed to doing things better, with more efficiency as we update, modernise, and advance. We have also entered into a Group Model with neighbouring Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and become University Hospitals of Northamptonshire.

Our Excellence Values






We want to recruit the best people to deliver our services across the University Hospitals of Northamptonshire and help to unleash everyone's full potential. As an organisation, we value how we communicate and promote our vacancies to all communities.

We are a Defence positive trust, supporting our reservists, veterans, spouses and partners.

The Hospital Group encourages applications from people who identify from all protected groups, especially those from BAME, Disabled and LGBTQ+ backgrounds as these are underrepresented in our hospitals.

We understand that we need to work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and make sure the environment they work in is inclusive and collaborative.

We have active Networks that promote and support colleagues from all backgrounds.This ensures everyone feels supported and has a sense of belonging working for Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To assist in the provision of aseptically prepared pharmaceuticals (batches and patient specific). This will include the following tasks, all performed accurately and following SOPs

To co-ordinate the day to day workload, ensuring items are manufactured in a timely manner and colleagues are supported.

To follow good manufacturing practice (GMP) at all times.

To generate worksheets and labels, ensuring medicines are charged correctly using the pharmacy computer system.

To in process check worksheets and labels, ensuring medicines are charged correctly.

To assemble drugs, diluents and consumables prior to aseptic dispensing.

To participate in in-process checks of drugs, diluents and consumables prior to aseptic dispensing.

To assist with decontamination of products from the support room & cleanroom prior to preparation (spraying and wiping).

To check /prepare the isolators are ready for use before each session.

To aseptically dispense injections and infusions within the appropriate work zone.

To in-process volume check injections and infusions.

To final pack and label prepared items and pass them to the final checking stage.

To dispense batched products, including product selection, labelling and packaging, including parental nutrition.

To order and dispense outsourced patient specific items, including parental nutrition.

To be registered as a named person on the Intrathecal Chemotherapy register, in order to complete the above tasks for Intrathecal drugs.

To final check and release dispensed patient specific aseptic items.

To final check dispensed parental nutrition or other aseptic items manufactured by external suppliers.

To final check batched aseptic items & take these to QA for release.

To only complete the above tasks if validations and competencies have been completed and authorised, and to keep all validations and competencies for the above tasks in date.

To seek advice from senior colleagues where needed.

To lead on Cost Improvement Projects in aseptic services. This will include the following tasks:

To identify opportunities for cost improvements within aseptic services.

To work closely with the sustainability technician in ASU to reduce all wastage.

To identify and review items which can be batch produced to save money or time.

The postholder will be expected to undertake training, including mandatory and role specific training, relevant to their role and ensure it is renewed as required

Person Specification

Key Competencies/Personal Qualities and Attributes


  • Able to undertake aseptic manipulations in isolators
  • Accurate
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure

Educations, Training and Qualifications


  • Qualified Pharmacy Technician NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services, or equivalent qualification as a Pharmacy Technician OR Qualified Science Manufacturing Technician Full Science Manufacturing Technician Level 3 Standard
  • Registered Pharmacy Technician or Registered Science Manufacturing Technician


  • Aseptic Preparation and Dispensing of Medicines



  • Good communication skills
  • Computer skills (dispensing, stock control)
  • Use of Microsoft office applications, e.g. excel, word

Knowledge and Experience


  • In depth understanding of GMP.
  • Knowledge of practice in hospital Aseptic Services
  • Experience of final checking


  • Experience of GCP / setting up clinical trials within an aseptic unit
  • Experience of creating debtor forms, dealing with invoice queries.
  • Experience of conducting risk assessments and COSHH assessments
  • Experience of implementing CAPA

Employer details

Employer name

Northampton General Hospital


Northampton General Hospital

Cliftonville , Billing Road



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