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Specialist Aseptic Pharmacist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery and development of a high quality, patient-centred aseptic service, including participation in, and preparation, for internal and external audits and the delivery of service improvement plans. With the Senior Aseptic Team you will assist in the supervision and ensuring adherence to the quality management system, supporting the further development of your management and leadership skills.

Qualities and skills required include:
  • Organisation and prioritisation
  • excellent team player
  • effective communicator
  • ability to effectively manage change
  • a commitment to the continuous improvement of the service
  • ability to maximise the contributions of the whole team.

The post holder will be a registrant of the General Pharmaceutical Council, and have a post graduate Diploma/MSC in a relevant field or demonstrate evidence of professional practice knowledge, training and experience equivalent to that level . Applications are welcomed from band 6 pharmacists working towards the completion of a diploma/MSC, in this case applicants would remain on a band 6 scale until diploma/MSC completion. Once diploma is obtained the successful candidate will move to Band 7.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include professional duties as required for an Specialist Aseptic pharmacist including providing check and final release of aseptic products ensuring compliance with Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services: Standards, Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors, Aseptic Dispensing for NHS Patients, Maintaining Asepsis During the Preparation of Pharmaceutical Products, and any other current legal, national, regional or local guidelines pertaining to unlicensed activities, thus ensuring the highest levels of professional and technical standards are achieved

Management and administration duties by contributing to the effective management of all available resources relating to aseptic dispensing i.e. staff, equipment and facilities.

Contributes to the supervision and training of staff and students from all disciplines in the speciality, acting as a role model.

Ensure that the organisation of services supports the delivery of the highest standards of patient care in the pursuance of the Trust's objectives. The Aseptic team is responsible for ensuring that effective systems of work are in place to ensure the safe delivery of aseptically prepared medication.

The centralised section 10 aseptic unit is responsible for preparing and dispensing 20,000 items per year with a range of products for inpatients and outpatients within the Trust. This includes chemotherapy products and monoclonal antibodies

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:
  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

Unlock Tel: 01634 247350, email or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • MPharm or equivalent.
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council.


  • Post graduate diploma or masters
  • Member of Professional Body (e.g. Royal Pharmaceutical Society or PSAG)



  • relevant post registration employment
  • Initiating audit work, including analysis of results.
  • Evidence of undertaking audit and service improvement methodology to progress pharmaceutical care
  • Presenting data in a variety of formats and to a wide range of groups.
  • Experience of clinical verification of prescriptions


  • Recent experience of working in a GMP environment
  • Having worked in an Aseptic Services unit or licensed unit



  • A working knowledge of clinical information systems and pharmacy computer systems
  • Continuing professional development with portfolio.
  • Broad clinical and pharmaceutical knowledge.
  • Current issues within pharmacy and Aseptic Services.


  • Specialist knowledge of preparation under Section 10 and in-depth knowledge of GMP
  • Project management and service improvement experience



  • Ability to work calmly and accurately under pressure to meet required deadlines.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make judgements based on incomplete or conflicting data using critical appraisal skills.
  • Ability to manage time, people and resources.
  • Able to motivate others.
  • Able to organise and prioritise workload.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to form working relationships with a wide variety of people and to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to identify and implement best practice.
  • Ability to identify and manage risk.


  • Coaching skills
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Leadership skills

Personal circumstances


  • Commitment to continuing professional development.
  • Flexibility with working hours/base to meet the needs of the service and patients.

Other requirements


  • Able to travel independently of public transport between sites.
  • Weekend and out of hours cover on rota

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust


Cumberland Infirmary

Newtown road



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