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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 25/02/2021.

Senior Assistant Technical Officer

Job Reference: 317-2021-08-04-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Pharmacy - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 15,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “Healthcare at its best with people at our heart”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

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.

We are looking to recruit into our Pharmacy Stores team an enthusiastic and motivated individual with the ability to work as part of a large and varied team in a large complex acute Trust.

The Department is currently undergoing significant change and development and has benefited recently with the installation of robotics to ensure that the service continues to meet the changing landscape of the NHS.

The successful candidate will have experience of working in a stores/warehouse environment supervising and directing staff.

This post is based predominantly at Freeman Hospital but there will be an expectation to work trust wide when necessary.

You will have shared responsibility along with another supervisor for the delegation and supervision of daily activities within the pharmacy distribution section of the Pharmacy Stores Service. You will ensure that the distribution of medicines to wards, departments and clinics is safe and efficient through the effective deployment of staff and efficient co-ordination of the ward top up service.

You will also work with ward sisters and ward pharmacists discussing drug reviews and stock levels on wards where appropriate.

There will also be responsibility to maintain ward profiles as and when drugs change or pack sizes change to maintain the ability to keep the supply of medication ongoing or when new drugs are requested to be added to ward stock. You will ensure that medication owed to wards that is unable to be supplied first time round and placed on ‘to-follow’ is processed and supplied in a timely manner once stock becomes available, ensuring that patients continue to receive the medication they need.

Timely re-call, replenishment and re-distribution of cardiac arrest boxes will also be a shared responsibility of the successful candidate.

A high level of accuracy and attention to detail is essential as the successful candidate will be expected to accuracy check drug orders picked by others as well as self-checking their own work.

As one of the two supervisors, you will report directly to the Pharmacy Distribution Lead and will be accountable to the Pharmacy Stores & Distribution Manager.

Excellent communication skills are required and to be eligible to apply you must have an NVQ Level 2 qualification or have equivalent practical experience which demonstrates underpinning knowledge. You must also have evidence of achievement at GCSE or CSE equivalent in Maths and English.





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