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Pharmacy Assistant

Job Reference: 321-CSS2-PHA-B3

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Churchill Hospital, Oxford
£18,813 - £20,795 per ann

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.


Are you a qualified pharmacy assistant looking for a career in hospital pharmacy? Do you have an interest in working on in-patient wards alongside patients, nurses and pharmacy staff?

This post offers an exciting and unique opportunity for a pharmacy assistant to have a varied role on both the wards and in the hospital dispensary. The post holder will have a patient facing role in the Renal and Transplant Unit, working alongside the specialist pharmacy team. You will respond to enquiries and requests from staff, patients and carers and ensure appropriate and accurate information is readily available. You will be expected to escalate questions and problems to other members of the pharmacy team when needed. You will need to form good working relationships with staff from all the different groups within the Renal and Transplant Unit, and work together as part of a team.

A substantial part of the role is dispensary based, supporting the busy pharmacy team in supplying in-patient, outpatient and discharge medication. The Churchill Hospital sees a high turnover of patients, with a wide range of clinical specialities, so no two days are the same. You will need to be highly motivated, with a positive outlook and excellent communication skills. Attention to detail and ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team are essential.

You must have experience of working as a qualified Pharmacy Dispensing Assistant, using computer systems for dispensing and stock control, and be well organised.

This post would suit somebody with either a hospital pharmacy background, or with community pharmacy experience wishing to make a change into the hospital environment, for which appropriate training will be provided. You must have successfully achieved the relevant units of pharmacy services skills NVQ level 2 (QCF) or an equivalent GPhC accredited training programme.

The OUHFT offers flexible working hours, including condensed hours and job share opportunities.


Closing date: 23 February 2020


For further details / informal visits contact:

Ward Based Technician Manager, Katie McDonald. OUH Email:

Churchill Dispensary Operational Manager, Rachel Davies

Consultant Pharmacist – Transplantation & Renal Services, Andrea Devaney


No unsolicited recruitment agency telephone calls or emails.

Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

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