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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/10/2021.

Senior Production Operative

Job Reference: 317-2021-40-46-DR

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Pharmacy Production Unit - RVI
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£20,344 - £21,780 PPU range per annum

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.

We are looking for a reliable, conscientious and practical individuals to work within our team based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital.

Newcastle Specials and Pharmacy Production Unit is housed in the purpose built Production and Quality Control facility on the Royal Victoria Infirmary site with a Cytotoxic Dispensing Unit based on NCCC, Freeman Hospital.

A core team of twelve pharmacists and seventy technical staff provide the Pharmacy Production Service across the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Hospital sites. Services provided comprise a range of activities from non-sterile manufacture to the aseptic dispensing of chemotherapy.

You will join our large team of staff working in busy department providing an efficient pharmaceutical service to patients. The Senior Production Operative post involves the aseptic preparation of CIVAS, parenteral nutrition, cytotoxics, and monoclonal antibodies throughout the Pharmacy Production Unit. The post holder will also be involved in environmental monitoring, cleaning of facilities and stock management.

Applicant must hold GCSE’s (minimum Grade 4 or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics or have Pharmacy Production Unit experience. All applicants must have experience of working in a clean room environment and have knowledge of manufacturing, aseptic processing or pharmaceutical preparation. They must have good verbal and written communication skills and be able to demonstrate good practical skills.

A GPhC approved level 2 qualification is desirable for the post, or the successful candidate must commence study within 6 months of appointment.

Development opportunities for successful applicants include the potential opportunity to undertake Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician training.

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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