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Pharmacy Operations Manager

Job Reference: 339-ALS0029-A

North Bristol NHS Trust
Brunel, Bristol
£49,242 - £59,964 per ann

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Operations Manager – Pharmacy , NHS, Bristol, £49,242 - £59,964 per annum + excellent NHS benefits




A key leadership role has arisen within one of the UK’s largest NHS Hospital Trusts. Based at Southmead Hospital with a salary of £49,242 - £59,964 per annum + excellent NHS benefits.




The Primary role of this role is to be Managerially responsible for multiple Pharmacy services:- Dispensary, Medicine Distribution, Medicine Procurement, Pharmacy Stores and Homecare.


You will also be responsible for the delivery of the major incident and business continuity plans, the security of the department and the safe storage of medicines.




The Pharmacy Department is committed to providing a high quality clinical service and improving patient safety through standard and innovative practices that supports our working patterns in the new hospital and our Trust’s objectives.




WHY APPLY? This post is ideally suited to someone who:


    • Is motivated by well-managed change across traditional professional boundaries and wants to extend their experience at a senior management level in a progressive environment.


    • Has a clear understanding of the modernisation agenda, the opportunities for redesigning services and the tool techniques for assessing the impact of change in service provision including process mapping


    • State of the art facilities including the largest pharmacy automation robot in Europe


Note –a background in pharmacy/pharmaceuticals is desirable, but not essential




THE ROLE: As Job Title, your responsibilities will include:


    • Providing strategic and operational leadership for the development of pharmacy services within the acute care setting.


    • Through collaborative leadership they will be expected to develop and deliver a vision for excellence in pharmaceutical care taking account of the challenging landscape across all care settings, providing and maintaining best practice in pharmacy services.


    • Direct operational management and organisation of a large and complex clinical service, effectively managing all human, financial and other resources.




YOU: The successful Operations Manager will have:


    • Significant experience in leading service development and successfully managing change projects is essential.


    • Minimum 5 years’ experience of Operational Management in a large organisation, including accountability for a significant budget.


    • Experience of compiling annual Service Delivery Plans, to include capacity planning and Business Case development.


    • Experience of managing and actively participating in programmes of continuous improvement and change management in complex environments.


    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire multi-professional teams will be essential.


North Bristol Trust is a major Teaching Trust with services provided from our state-of-the-art pharmacy department based in the hospital at Southmead. Our Trust is the largest in the South West and has a number of specialties including, Renal Medicine and Transplantation, HIV, Haematology, Urology, Neonatology, Respiratory, Major Trauma, Neurology and Neurosurgery



For further details / informal visits contact:

Jane Coleborn, Director of Pharmacy, tel 0117 41 42276, email


Ian Fielding, Chief Technician, tel 0117 41 42277 email

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

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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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