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Pharmacy Assistant - Rotational

Band 2

Main area
317 Pharmacy Admin - RVI
Grade
Band 2
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (37 hours 30 minutes/week)
Job ref
317-2022-20-06-DR-A
Site
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Town
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
Salary
£18,870 - £19,918 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
29/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
26/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

The role of the successful applicant, recruited to our Trustwide Pharmacy Team, is primarily to ensure the timely assembly and secure delivery of medicines, IV fluids, dietary products and other pharmacy procured items and will cover lengthy distances  when delivering these to wards and departments of the hospital on flat bed trolleys and electric barrows.

The successful candidate will also assist in general routine duties within the Dispensary and Stores & Distribution areas under supervision.

The role requires a high degree of stamina, flexibility and adaptability to ensure timely delivery of medicines from the dispensaries and stores. The successful candidate must be able to work well within a large team of staff in a busy department and possess the ability to respond promptly to changing priorities.

  • Interview Date 26 July 2022
  • 37 hours 30 minutes/week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to work weekends, weekday late duties and bank holidays on a rotational basis to support the 7 day service.

Some experience in Pharmacy would be desirable although not essential as training will be given.

Main duties will include:

  • Delivery of medicines to wards/departments of the hospital
  • Issuing of stock using a computerised system
  • Receipt of goods into the Pharmacy Stores
  • Processing of medicines returned from wards and departments
  • Medicines top up service to wards
  • Checking stock to ensure good stock control & pharmaceutical best practice

 

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide an efficient, accurate and high quality pharmaceutical service from the Dispensary and Pharmacy Stores through the receipt, storage and distribution of medicines
  • To ensure both during and outside of department opening hours, the timely and secure delivery of medicines, including IV fluids, dietary products, prescription packages and controlled drugs from the stores and dispensary to wards and departments within the trust using manual and electric trolleys. To participate in the timely assembly of medicines in both the stores and dispensary
  • To assist in the ordering and receipt of medical and industrial gases.
  • To order and replenish stock supplies for wards and departments throughout the trust through the top-up process.
  • To carry out the replenishment of drugs in cardiac and anaphylaxis emergency drug boxes
  • To replenish, cycle count, adjust and monitor stock within Omnicell automated drug cabinets on wards and departments within the trust.
  • To monitor the automated filling of ward boxes with medicines output from the pharmacy robot.
  • To participate in late duty, bank holiday and weekend working on a rotational basis.
  • Contribute to the disposal of certain types of waste (eg. cytotoxic, cytostatic and clinical waste).
  • To assist with the locking up of the Pharmacy Stores on a rotational basis.
  • The overriding purpose of this role is to support the provision of the highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement.

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of achievement at CSE or GCSE in Mathematics and English at Grade A*-C (or New GCSE Grades 9-4) or Level 2 on the Literacy and Numeracy BKSB screening.
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ 2 in pharmacy services and the approved underpinning knowledge

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of stock control systems
  • Experience of working in a stores/warehouse environment, receiving, storing, assembling and delivering goods
  • Demonstrate good oral / written communication
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy stock control systems
  • Knowledge of hospital and Pharmacy policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of drug names and differences in formulations/pack sizes
  • Experience of monitoring and maintaining stock
  • Knowledge of automated dispensing systems
  • Experience in a similar post
  • Demonstrate an understanding of standard operating procedures and their relevance in the workplace

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to prioritise own work to meet service requirements
  • Good organisational skills with an ability to maintain a disciplined approach to work
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Be able to adapt and respond promptly to changing circumstances
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Be able to maintain a high level of accuracy in a busy environment
  • Be able to maintain high levels of concentration for lengthy periods of time
  • Basic computer skills

Values I Behavioural I Attitudes

Essential criteria
  • Must commit to undertake the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Support Staff (Apprenticeship) if not already achieved
  • Flexible to the needs of the service

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Mark Tweddle
Job title
Lead Specialist Technician - Stores & Distribution
Email address
mark.tweddle@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 282 6948