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Lead Clinical Pharmacist

Job Reference: 317-2021-40-024

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Pharmacy - FH
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 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.

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and leading organisations in the country for clinical trial activity involving medicinal products. Pharmacy has a key role in ensuring that clinical trial medications are handled safely and in line with UK legislation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and well-motivated Pharmacist to join the Pharmacy team. This new post will be an integrated one, working within the clinical team and the clinical trials team for cancer services. With the increase in advanced therapies for clinical trials and cancer services, this post will provide support and advice to both teams and enable smooth transition of these medicines from clinical trials into standard patient care.

You will manage the clinical trials team within cancer services to ensure compliance with UK legislative practices and Trust/departmental SOPs relating to clinical trials. You will be expected to contribute to audit of services both clinical and clinical trials related and act on the outcomes of these audits to change practice to improve services where appropriate. You will contribute to promoting cost-effective prescribing strategies and financially monitor drug usage within a specified area providing reports on this when necessary.

You will act as an independent prescriber within a particular tumour type and will be supported in setting up a regular outpatient clinic to fully utilise this qualification. Working within the clinical team, you will also spend some of your time providing clinical pharmacy services to our inpatient wards within the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, as well as being involved in the set up and ongoing activity associated with the numerous compassionate use schemes that we currently have open within cancer services.

As well as in-house training within the Pharmacy Clinical Trials unit, you will be required to attend an initial Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course and subsequent refreshers. You and will be based at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (Freeman Hospital). However, you may be required to work at one of the other Pharmacy Clinical Trials units within the Trust which include the main Pharmacy Department (Freeman site), The Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI),) and Campus for Ageing and Vitality (old General Hospital). You will be accountable to the Senior lead Clinical Trials Pharmacist (Trust-wide).

It is essential that you are a registered pharmacist with the GPhC and hold an independent prescriber qualification or are committed to undertaking this qualification when required to do so. You must have a high level of communication skills and hold the ability to influence and negotiate effectively.

Full time 37 hours 30 minutes/week


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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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