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Senior Oncology Pharmacist

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 Per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Part Time
These exciting new roles have been created to support the introduction of pharmacist-led clinics for oncology patients at Wexham Park Hospital. You will be joining a respected team of pharmacists and technicians delivering services to our patients at Wexham Park Hospital.

You will be establishing clinics for SACT prescribing,confirming treatments, managing side effects andcounsellingpatients to transform our service to oncology patients. This will include writing the defined outpatient clinic protocols for NMP's to support activity within the tumour group.

You will also spend time training your colleagues to ensure there is shared learning, screening SACT prescriptions and providing directorate support. You will work closely with the team of oncologists and clinical nurse specialists.

The post holder should have completed the clinical diploma or equivalent, and preferably Independent Prescribing.

Full-time and part-time applicants will be considered.

For more information please contact Ruk Parkar on, 07467 356924 or Nicola Hughes on, 07768 553747 to arrange an informal visit.

Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance have funded this service development for 2 years to establish the clinics and improve our patients' experience of SACT.

Main duties of the job

  • To work with other senior pharmacists to develop the clinical pharmacy service to patients within the specialist areas being covered.
  • The provision of a clinical pharmacy service to patients within the specialist areas.
  • To support the training and development of pharmacist independent prescribers.
  • To act as a role model in the field of clinical pharmacy practice and provide a consistently high standard of clinical service in line with the pharmacy objectives.
  • The recruitment, management, and development of staff under the postholder.

Oncology roles:
  • To partake in Oncology clinical pharmacy duties ensuring core clinical pharmacy activities are undertaken.
  • To manage a caseload of patients as part of the Oncology Clinical Team within a defined specialist area.
  • To develop the provision of Oncology advanced clinical practice - promoting safe and evidenced-based practice and contributing to improved clinical outcomes and services to patients.
  • To provide leadership, management and directorate/service support roles to Oncology.

Please read theLead Speciality Pharmacist job description for further details, along with the Addendum which provides additional information about the Haematology/Oncology roles.

About us

There's never been a more exciting time to build your career at Frimley Health, one of the country's largest and most respected trusts

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement. We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

We continue to invest in our services and facilities, including a �10 million upgrade to the hospital maternity unit as well as �49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site. The opening of a brand new �100m state of the art hospital which replaced the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood and are planning to invest further in diagnostics and inpatient capacity at Frimley Park.

We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and we will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. Our new EPR - Epic - went live in June and we are already beginning to reap the benefits of this ambitious investment.

Our threecore values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other.

If you have a passion for clinical excellence, patient care and your own career development, you'll feel at home at Frimley Health.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To partake in Oncology/Haematology clinical pharmacy duties ensuring core clinical pharmacy activities are undertaken:1.1. To lead and develop the pharmacy service to the Oncology/Haematology Department, in liaison with other Specialist Clinical Pharmacists.1.2. To provide clinical input (at specialist level) to the Oncology/Haematology Department, with specific higher level clinical responsibilities for one or more defined sub-specialties.1.3. To work alongside the medical and Advanced Clinical Practitioner team in prescribing for people being cared for in the Oncology/Haematology Department (once suitably trained and authorised).1.4. Provide highly complex advice and guidance requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of options on all issues relating to prescribing and therapeutics within Oncology/Haematology, where possible in line with national and local guidelines.1.5. Maintain a working knowledge relating to prescribing and therapeutics for all services in the Cancer cluster.1.6. To form a key component of the multidisciplinary team in the Oncology/HaematologyDepartment.1.7. To safely undertake clinical screening of prescriptions for intravenous, subcutaneous and oral cancer treatments.1.8. Counsel and advise patients and/or their relatives with regard to their medication, including use of drugs, appropriate administration of oral chemotherapy and appropriate management of SACT-associated side effects e.g. nausea and vomiting.

2. To manage a caseload of patients as part of the Oncology/Haematology Clinical Team within a defined specialist area:2.1. To support the development of defined outpatient clinic protocols for NMPs2.2. To review those patients in an outpatient clinic setting.2.3. To initiate and continue pharmacological treatment for cancer and supportive treatments as appropriate.2.4. Initiate, evaluate and modify a range of interventions, including prescribing of medicines.

3. To develop the provision of Oncology/Haematology advanced clinical practice promoting safe and evidenced-based practice and contributing to improved clinical outcomes and services to patients:3.1. Attending and actively participating in Oncology/Haematology ward rounds, clinics and multidisciplinary team meetings, as appropriate.3.2. Providing specialist advice and guidance on all issues relating to prescribing and therapeutics of medicines and SACT for the specialty ensuring they are in line with national and local guidelines.3.3. Critically evaluate published literature and a variety of medicines related information, including clinical trials data, medicines usage and expenditure reports, national policy, and clinical intervention reports, to inform practice and patient care decisions.3.4. To provide opinion and advice and be a source of referral for SACT issues for members of the multidisciplinary team within Trust and externally.3.5. To act as an independent prescriber in a specialist practice area, as appropriate for the service.3.6. Practice as an independent prescriber, provide dose adjustment, advice and prescriptions for SACT medication with a narrow therapeutic range requiring therapeutic effect monitoring, including recording relevant biochemistry results in relevant patient medical records. Recording action plans and adjusting doses to account for renal or liver dysfunction or other toxicities.3.7. Provide training in the specialist practice area so that other independent prescribers and pharmacy staff are able to provide robust SACT delivery service cover.3.8. Maintain contact with and actively participate in local, regional and national specialty groups, advising these groups as appropriate, and in also identifying best practice and incorporating it into FHFT practice.

4. To provide leadership, management and directorate/service support roles to Oncology/Haematology:4.1. Develop tumour site specific pharmacist-led clinics within the Oncology/Haematologyspecialty to meet patients needs and service changes.4.2. Monitor drug usage, prescribing patterns and expenditure in order to support the service in achieving a balanced drugs budget and planning for new drug developments.4.3. To liaise with the principal haematology/ oncology pharmacist and participate in clinal audit and service improvement projects within the division.4.4. To horizon scan for new prescribing practices within oncology that may impact on the Oncology & Haematology Directorate drugs budget, and lead on the appropriate management of them.4.5. To take the lead in investigations for errors and incidents and to produce action plans which may affect other departments and their processes in order to improve patient safety.4.6. To ensure that procedures relating to cancer services are updated in accordance with practice and legislation.4.7. To provide technical and professional guidance on all matters relating to aseptic preparation of pharmaceutical products within the Trust, including appropriate outsourcing of aseptic products purchased from external providers as appropriate.

5. Additional duties:5.1. To be accredited in the appropriate aspects of handling intrathecal chemotherapy e.g. screening, issuing etc. within the recommendations of current legislation and trust policies.5.2. To act as a deputy pharmacist for the paediatric oncology services, supporting the senior haematology pharmacist (Frimley site) with providing the oncology services to the paediatric wards and outpatient clinics

Person Specification



  • Pharmacy degree
  • GPhC registered
  • Postgraduate clinical diploma
  • Independent Prescribing qualification


  • UKCPA membership
  • Management qualification



  • Excellent written communication


  • Excellent IT skills

Specialist Experience


  • Evidence of producing guidelines and drug appraisals
  • Experience of managing staff
  • Minimum 4 years post-qualification experience as clinical pharmacist


  • Clinical audit experience
  • Teaching/tutoring experience
  • Minimum 2 years oncology experience
  • Active BOPA member
  • Aseptic experience



  • Good influencing and negotiating skills
  • Relevant clinical knowledge
  • SACT verification passport


  • Interest in research



  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to adapt and cope with challenges
  • Ability to work alone and make decisions
  • Ability to work on multiple sites

Employer details

Employer name

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust


Wexham Park Hospital



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