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Healthcare Scientist

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Healthcare scientist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Senior Healthcare Scientist within the Royal Derby Hospital's Pharmacy Quality Assurance Laboratory.

We believe that every member of the Pharmacy Quality Assurance team working for us plays a key role in providing quality patient care and well-being by striving for excellence in aseptic services using unique skills.

We're looking for a experienced and committed individual who shares our values and wants to invest in continuously improving patient care.If you have experience in Pharmacy Quality Assurance and are looking for a new challenging role then we would love to hear from you.

Hours of work will be Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm

Main duties of the job

You would be responsible for the performance of technical duties associated with all testing programmes relating to Pharmacy aseptic services, Wholesale Dealing and Trust Nuclear Medicine services.

Participating in the testing services provided to Pharmacy Aseptic Services and Wholesale Dealing activities, and to Trust Nuclear Medicine facilities that dispense radiopharmaceuticals for the diagnosis or treatment of patients.
  • Ensures compliance with the principles of GMP and MHRA.
  • Assists the Pharmacy QA manager
  • Supervises QC staff
  • Ensures review and sign of laboratory documentation.
  • Coordinates laboratory workload in conjunction with the Deputy QA Manager
  • Writes and approves procedures
  • Perform final release of specials licensed batches.
  • Leads on training of staff.
  • Lead on species identification service.
  • Participates in the pharmaceutical microbiological, air quality and equipment testing.
  • Carries out sterility tests.
  • Participates with other staff in the maintenance of the laboratory, equipment and records.
  • Temperature mapping and temperature distribution checks.
  • Risk management issues within the section, such as Health and Safety, COSHH and Infection Control.
  • Management of departmental documentation.
  • Makes decisions involving the day to day running of the service and delivery of staff training.

Closing date of applications: 30 June 2024

Interview date: 12 July 2024

About us

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

In return we will offer:
  • Development opportunities, both professional and leadership development
  • On-going support from recruitment to when you join our team and beyond.
  • Staff benefits including employee assistance programme, discounted gym membership, onsite fitness classes, car schemes

Key Facts:
  • We see on average 4810 OP appointments a day.
  • We are the 4 th busiest Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients department in England - an average of 2077 per week.
  • An average of 1115 patients are seen in A& Es across our network every day - 3rd largest in the country.
  • Our hospitals admit an average of 195 emergency patients daily.
  • Last year we undertook almost 33,700 planned surgical operations in our 57 operating theatres.
  • We are one of only 7 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres.
  • We carry out more than 140 elective procedures each working day.
  • UHDB is a research active University Hospital with a large and varied portfolio of clinical trials and research opportunities for all staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • NVQ3, BTEC in Pharmaceutical Science or Equivalent.


  • Science Degree



  • Appraisal and supervisory experience
  • Microbiological expertise to degree or equivalent level through experience and training


  • Release of special licenced batches



  • Evidence of work planning
  • Evidence that demonstrates reasoning and judgement and able to manage difficult and ambiguous problems
  • Able to cope with a number of complex issues at any one time
  • Effective computer / IT knowledge and skills
  • Effective communication to ensure delivery of training and more complex information using systematic reporting processes to pharmacy staff using verbal and written skills

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Derby Hospital

Uttoxeter Road


DE22 3NE

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