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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/07/2021.

Production Pharmacist/Specialist Production Pharmacist

Job Reference: 317-2021-28-15-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Pharmacy Production Unit - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£31,525 - £44,600 per annum - PPU Range 6/7

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 1.72 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and has been twice rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

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 for an enthusiastic, motivated and forward thinking Pharmacist to join our dedicated Production Team within Newcastle Specials which continues to grow and build on its success. Based at our £10m Pharmacy Production Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, you will provide professional support to unlicensed and licensed production activities.

You will be able to demonstrate an interest in aseptic manufacturing and technical services, and may bring previous experience upon which to build although the most important factor is a desire to learn and develop.

Applications are welcomed from newly qualified pharmacists joining the register this summer.

Upon entry to the Department, the post holder will begin at a range and salary level in line with their current knowledge and experience, and will be supported to progress from PPU Range 6 to PPU Range 7 dependent on achieving a number of key learning objectives, as follows, which must be achieved within 2 years of appointment:

•Signed off to perform technical / professional checks in at least 4 out of 5 production zones and have spent sufficient time in these areas to be able to oversee the unit unaided.

•Able to provide evidence of ten instances where they intervened in a situation to improve safety or compliance with GMP, or assisted the section lead in dealing with a difficult situation.

•Be able to demonstrate ability to train and support new staff (Evidence of acting as a mentor to Student Tech / pre-reg or similar)

•Delivered a training presentation to a range of staff grades on an aspect of GMP.

•Completed training in functional aspects of the PQS to include Change control, Adverse event reporting, Microbiological non-conformance and be competent in signing off reports (AER to level of minor classification)

•Evidence of either implementing or having a key supporting role in implementation of a service improvement project.

You will be given the opportunity to develop your production knowledge of our diverse product range, meeting exacting quality standards, fulfilling the expanding needs of our internal and external customer base. Our unit provides products to a range of regional specialties, including cancer services, paediatrics, dermatology and ophthalmology.

We continue to support research through increasing demand for preparation/ manufacture of investigational medicinal products .You will consolidate your experience across aseptic manufacture /dispensing, through terminal sterilisation and non-sterile production areas, gaining a robust background in gassing isolator technology and automated compounding and filling systems.

Additionally you will assist in product development and rationalisation to meet national strategies to provide safer medicines for NHS patients. Good organisational and communication skills with an eye for detail will be essential.

The post holder will be based principally at the RVI but will also work at the Freeman site to meet requirements of the role.

Newcastle Specials operates outside of standard NHS Agenda for Change payscales and as a result staff will have the opportunity to benefit from annual salary progression, accelerated progression through the pay band and a bonus (Dependent on performance and annual appraisal) Current Salary for Range 6 staff = £31,525 – £37,900 and for Range 7 = £38,940 – £44,600 (Pending review)

Full Time 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week


Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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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.

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