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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/12/2020.

Senior Pharmacist – Clinical Effectiveness (Clinical Trials and Audit

Job Reference: 412-DCSS-00008

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Senior Pharmacist - Clinical Trials and Audit
Leighton Hosptial, Crewe
£47,544 - £53,459 pro rata

An opportunity has become available for an innovative pharmacist to join our Pharmacy team. In conjunction with the Trust Research teams the Clinical Effectiveness team manage the clinical trials and audit aspects of the pharmacy service. This team is continuously looking for new innovative ways of working and uses their close links with Research and audit to help develop these. Recently this has included harmonising working to ensure best practice, streamlining audit practice within the department and across the Trust, aid in national inspections and data collection for national targets, and utilisation and promotion of electronic methods of data collection / analysis and report generation.

This role is integral to the development and management of research, clinical trials and audit at MCHFT. The post holder will be involved with all types of clinical trials with pharmacy requirement. Workload will concentrate around dispensary based clinical trials but involvement, setup and contribution to aseptic based clinical trials will be required.

Duties reflect clinical trials and audit practices which include;

  • The support of a clinical effectiveness technician
  • Good Clinical Practice training
  • Excellent links with a forward thinking research and development department
  • Established clinical audit program
  • Involvement in the North West CLRN
  • Multidisciplinary approach to research, audit and clinical trials
  • An established high profile in research and audit within the Trust
  • Ensuring compliance with the local, national and international research regulations

The post holder will be expected to support the wider pharmacy team. This will involve dispensary and clinical ward based activities along with on-call, late night, weekend and bank holiday rotas.

Our pharmacy department is welcoming, motivated and progressive.

Our attributes include:

  • An established thorough ward based clinical service supported by clinical technicians.
  • A central automated dispensary managed by accredited checking technicians.
  • Active promotion of the pharmacy department within the Trust
  • Active promotion and education of medicines management
  • An excellent record of staff development, including independent prescribing and regular clinical in-house education sessions
  • Strong links academic to Keele University
  • An in-house Medicines Information service

The right candidate for this dynamic position will be an enthusiastic, forward thinking pharmacist who wants to develop themselves as well as clinical research. You will have excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills; you must be able to manage your own workload, motivate and manage others, work as part of a team, and engage at a high level with key stakeholders within the Trust. Knowledge of clinical trials is beneficial but not essential. Experience of audit, clinical working and aseptics (technical services) would be useful.

You will have a Clinical Diploma and at least two years post-qualification experience in hospital pharmacy.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameAndy RitchingsJob titleDeputy Chief PharmacistEmail addressandrew.ritchings@mcht.nhs.ukTelephone number01270 273689Additional contact information

Additional contact:

Taya Jones - Chief Pharmacy Technician - Clinical Effectiveness

01270 273224

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Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford. We are the Lead Employer for Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) which aims to transform, develop and deliver health care services in the community.

The Trust has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the recent inspection of its services and leadership and Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust has been named a Top40 hospital at CHKS Top Hospital Awards 2019.

Our clinical facilities are excellent, as are our people who foster a culture of compassion, support and excellence.

All employees are encouraged to look after their health and wellbeing, and this includes not smoking. Smoking cessation advice and support can be accessed by all our staff right from the start of their employment with us. If you would like further information please ask our recruitment team.


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  • Appointments are subject to a 6 month probationary period
  • You will be required to pay for a DBS disclosure where the post requires one
  • MCHFT does not reimburse travel to interview expenses
  • Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process, please contact or tel. 01270 273937 to discuss

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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