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Specialist Pharmacist - Aseptic Services

Band 7

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Band 7
37.5 hours per week
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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
£31,966 to £41,787 pa
02/11/2017 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, and offers a full range of district hospital services and community health services to a population of 1.6 million in Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology services across the wider region.

We employ more than 6,500 staff, with a turnover in excess of £370m in 2014/2015 and have approximately 900 beds.

Our main activities are

  • Cardiovascular care at our Cardiac Centre.
  • Accident and Emergency at Blackpool Teaching Hospital
  • Community Midwifery and Women and Childrens Services.
  • Clinical research with an 80-strong team of nurses and doctors
  • Community nursing ans school nursing
  • Recovery and rehabilitation for a variety of conditions including brain injury, stroke and elderly care.
  • Sexual health and family planning services
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle including mental health services, heart health campaigns, and smoking cessation services.
  • End of life and palliative care.

Between April 1 2014 and March 31 2015 we treated 100,662 day cases and inpatients (elective and non-elective), 329,257 outpatients and had 83,303 A & E attendances. The total number of community contacts was 1,228,494.

The Trust houses a state of the art Simulation & Skills Facility that provides training for all grades of staff to improve the safety and quality of the service that we offer our patients.

We run a portfolio of in-house courses that can be accessed by all staff to enhance their professional development needs. The training is supported by the use of modern equipment including part task trainers for such skills as venupuncture and full body manikins for the practice of emergency drills.


An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated pharmacist to join the Pharmacy Aseptic Unit team. The Pharmacy Aseptic Unit is responsible for the preparation of aseptically prepared medicines for patients across the Trust. This includes provision of chemotherapy for patients from across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Network suffering from solid tumours, acute leukaemia and other haematological malignancies and also patients requiring peripheral blood stem cell autografts. Other aseptically prepared items include a small range of antibiotics, ophthalmic injections and parenteral nutrition for both adults and neonates.

As the Specialist Pharmacist – Aseptic Services you will work closely with the Aseptic and Technical Services Manager in the supervision and management of the Pharmacy Aseptic Unit. Your duties will include acting as the Supervising Pharmacist within the Aseptic Unit, carrying out the final check and release of a range of chemotherapy and other aseptically prepared items. You will play a vital role in maintaining the Aseptic Unit quality system with duties including preparation and approval of controlled documentation, training of various grades of staff, participation in EL(97)52 audits and management of environmental monitoring systems.

You will be the pharmacy representative to the Nutrition Support Team, attending weekly multidisciplinary ward rounds and regular Nutrition Steering Groups providing advice on pharmaceutical issues relating to total parenteral nutrition and other forms of nutrition support. Providing a clinical pharmacy service to your nominated ward will further enable you to maintain your clinical skills.

Experience in aseptic services and nutrition is desirable but further training will be provided as necessary. In addition to well-developed communication skills you will have previous experience of working within a hospital pharmacy environment. Evidence of multi-disciplinary teamwork would be advantageous.

Training and support will be given. A commitment to continuing professional development is essential.

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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

Anne Magee, Principal Pharmacist – Aseptic and Technical Services Manager on 01253 953789 or via email

If you have problems applying, contact

01253 957944