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Lead Production Pharmacist (Accountable)

Band 8b

Main area
317 Pharmacy Production Unit - RVI
Grade
Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-22-32-DRA
Site
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Town
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
Salary
£54,820 - £63,963 PPU range 8b salary range £54820 - £63963
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59
Interview date
13/07/2022

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

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic pharmacist to lead as  accountable pharmacist across all areas of aseptic pharmacy preparation within Newcastle Specials at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Additionally you will support our licensed production activity under our 'Specials' and MIA(IMP) licences.

  • Interview date: 13 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

With excellent communication and organisational skills, you will look to further develop the service supporting service expansion in line with Trust growth and return to business as usual and NHS England Aseptic Services Review.

In terms of experience, you will have a broad range of production experience and be able to demonstrate knowledge of medicines manufacture and preparation and a sound understanding of quality management systems. You will be able to lead and develop our production pharmacists, STP students and be accountable for our wider production team, to ensure continued compliance with all regulatory requirements. You will guide for our senior pharmacists and  technician and other key lead support staff including quality systems manager, IT systems manager, validation lead, and pharmacy business manager.

As part of a dynamic Trust that is committed to investing in its services and staff to ensure we continue to be at the forefront of delivering high quality, leading edge services, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself further.

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 lead on a daily basis the MHRA licensed Pharmacy Production Unit (PPU) and to oversee the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) Cytotoxic Dispensing Unit in regard to professional pharmaceutical matters, to ensure the delivery of a safe and highly specialist pharmacy production service to service users.
  •  To undertake the role of Accountable Pharmacist for all areas of PPU (including NCCC satellite unit) ensuring continuity of all aseptic dispensing activities across RVI and NCCC sites, allocating specified time to both sites.
  •  To assist the Assistant Director Pharmacy –Production and Preparation, in the implementation of quality, financial and development initiatives.
  • To line manage PPU pharmacists, including appraisal and CPD, responsibility for workforce planning and recruitment and selection of professional staff
  • To lead training programmes for all pharmacists involved in production activity across the Trust and to assess training and delegate Authorised Pharmacist responsibilities.
  • To collaborate with the Production Quality Systems Manager in development of the Quality Management System. 

Person specification

KNOWLEDGE

Essential criteria
  • Pharmaceutical Audit. MHRA/ Aseptic Dispensing
  • Requirements for the provision of pharmacy production and / or preparation services.
  • Extensive practical and theoretical knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice (Rules & Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors) and section 10 exemption
  • Highly specialist knowledge of complex validation programmes including documentation and QA systems
  • Highly specialist knowledge of drug administration equipment & methods/aseptic technique, contamination control and environmental monitoring
  • Highly specialist working knowledge of sterilisers for pharmaceutical application/ WFI systems
  • Highly specialist knowledge of Microbiology / formulation / product design, and the chemical, pharmaceutical and clinical properties of ingredients
  • Highly specialist working knowledge of isolator and/or laminar flow technology
  • Application of health and safety and COSHH in pharmaceutical setting.
  • Requirements for training of all grades of technical and professional staff in the production setting
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical Pharmacy experience

SKILLS

Essential criteria
  • Effective staff management skills
  • Ability to lead meetings
  • Leadership /Delegation /Counselling / mentoring
  • Interviewing / appraisal
  • Competency in using pharmacy computer systems

EXPERIENCE

Essential criteria
  • Highly specialist knowledge acquired by being a Hospital pharmacist to an extensive period of time, some of which must be working in a hospital licensed production and/ or unlicensed preparation unit.
  • Audit of services by external auditing organisation i.e., MHRA and / or Regional Quality Assurance Specialist.
  • Demonstrable staff management skills at a senior level
  • Organisation of and undertaking training and appraisal of technical, professional and support staff
  • Pharmaceutical expertise Understanding of the operation, validation and maintenance of:  Vaporised Hydrogen Peroxide gas isolator systems  Large scale Water for Injection Still and loop systems  Industrial sized Air Handling Unit  Laminar flow cabinets  Safety Cabinets  Negative pressure containment devices
  • Preparation of specialised individual patient ready intravenous medicinal products i.e.  Chemotherapy  Parenteral Nutrition  Antibiotics  Opiates / palliative care  Homecare devices  Trial medication
  • Preparation of specialised manufactured products  Suppositories,  Creams & Ointments  Oral suspensions  Large volume infusions  Small volume / ampoule production  Large scale centralised intravenous additive products

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential criteria
  • Registered Pharmacist (MPharm degree or equivalent + post graduate pre-registration training)
  • Completion of recognised Aseptic Course for managers – Aseptic Dispensing for Managers, Leeds College Course
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of further education or higher qualification related to Pharmaceutical Technology and / or Quality Assurance; Management; Clinical.

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

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
YAN HUNTER-BLAIR
Job title
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PHARMACY
Email address
Y.HUNTERBLAIR@NHS.NET
Telephone number
0191 282 0389