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Aseptic Services Pharmacist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Aseptic Services
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum
Salary period
26/01/2021 23:59
Interview date

We are looking for a hardworking and committed Pharmacist to join our busy Aseptic Services team in providing a high quality service to this Trust and to other local Trusts. The Aseptic Dispensing Unit holds a MHRA 'Specials' licence and also prepares products under Section 10 exemption, including cytotoxics, parenteral nutrition and CIVAS.

As well as involvement in clinical screening of aseptic unit prescriptions, supervising aseptic preparation and quality management activities, the post provides an opportunity to be involved in multidisciplinary Haematology and Nutrition team meetings. The post holder will also participate in providing a clinical ward pharmacy service, providing a high level of pharmaceutical care to patients and being involved in the education and training of junior pharmacists, pre-registration pharmacists and other healthcare professions.

The Pharmacy operates a 7 day service to the Trust, and as part of this role the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the rostered weekend shift system, rotas for late night working and Bank Holidays, and pharmacy on-call. Our Pharmacy Team is committed to continuous personal and professional growth and aims to give the necessary support to ensure that our team members’ needs can be met. Our last Investors in People Assessment recognised our pharmacy as an outstandingly good department for staff support and development.

The post is offered at band 6 if the successful applicant is working towards a Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma/MSc in Clinical or Technical Pharmacy or equivalent and at band 7 if they have completed such a qualification.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to providing an environment and services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity, we welcome applications from all sections of the communities we serve to enable us to reflect their diversity and improve the delivery of the services we provide.

Any information gathered during the application process relating to protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is gathered for statistical purposes only and is not made available to recruiting managers at any stage of the recruitment process.

As a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to have a disability and who meet the minimum selection criteria (essential) at each stage of the selection process. you can indicate your wish submit an application under the Trust's guaranteed interview scheme in the personal information section of the online application form.

If you consider yourself to be disabled or have any other long term health issues and have special support needs in applying for a job, attending for an interview or in undertaking any tests as part of a selection process, please inform us of any reasonable adjustments you require in order for us to support you in maximising your ability to gain employment with us.

Please be aware, that we may close a vacancy earlier than stated, should a sufficient number of applications be received from which a shortlist can be confirmed therefore you are advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – March 2019
  • Best in the NHS, Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment 2017 and 2018
  • The Trust achieved top marks in the country for areas including; cleanliness, food, privacy and dignity, facilities for patients living with dementia and disabilities, conditions, appearance and maintenance of the hospital buildings.
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England (NHS Staff Survey 2017,2018 and 2019)
  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2019 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Best place to receive treatment in the NHS (for 2nd year running)
  • Top Acute Trust for treating its staff fairly with regards to career progression (for 3rd year running)
  • Quality of care (best score for 5th year running)
  • Staff engagement (best score for 4th year running)
  • Staff morale (best score for 2nd year running)
  • Bullying and harassment (best score for 2nd year running)
  • Safety culture (best score for 2nd year running)

Our staff rated our Trust as the best place to work and receive treatment. The Trust has also been recognised, for the third year running, as being the top acute Trust in the entire country for staff engagement, staff motivation, and pride in the quality of care we provide to patients.​

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Neil Brighouse
Job title
Aseptic Services Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0151 676 5400
Additional information

Sophie Helsby, Advanced Aseptic Services Pharmacist

tel: 0151 290 4291