Lead Pharmacist Aseptic Services and Cancer Home Care

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Western Sussex Hospita
Worthing Hospital, Worthing
Competitive salary
19 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
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Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people, who wish to be valued for their work and empowered to improve the services we provide. Here are few reasons to join us:

Outstanding - we are the first acute hospital trust to have received the health watchdog's highest rating in all key inspection areas. CQC October 2019

Top 10 - Western Sussex Hospitals is one the best hospital trusts to work for, according to the NHS Staff Survey, and among the top ten trusts in England where staff are most likely to recommend the care their colleagues provide. (NHS Staff Survey 2018)

Leading organisation - Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEO 2018 & 2019) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and learning.

More about us - Western Sussex is an acute trust with three hospitals; Worthing Hospital and St Richard's in Chichester provide emergency, inpatient and outpatient care; and Southlands in Shoreham-by-Sea provides outpatient care and day surgery.

Patient First - in 2015 the trust's Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure we continue to improve patient care with lean management best practice at every level of the trust. Improvement huddles are just one example of extensive and ongoing cultural change that makes Western Sussex an exciting place to work.

'On 1st April 2021, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be merging with Brighton, Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust that will bring together the very best of both organisations to innovate and improve the health of our communities and deliver outstanding, compassionate care locally whilst increasing the opportunities for specialised services to flourish in Sussex

Are you enthusiastic, self-motivated pharmacist and interested in a new challenge?

We have a great opportunity for a talented pharmacist to join the pharmacy department at Western Sussex in a newly created role to lead the Aseptic Services and provide cancer care support to the Homecare team at Worthing Hospital. This successful post holder will act as the Accountable and Authorised Pharmacist for all work carried out under section 10 of the Medicines Act within the site specific Pharmacy Aseptic Unit at Worthing Hospital alongside the exciting opportunity to manage the development of cancer homecare services throughout the Trust.

The chemotherapy production units at Western Sussex provide around 2000 chemotherapy doses to patients at Worthing and St Richard's Hospitals per month. We have 2 busy units, led by a great pharmacy team who provide a safe, efficient and effective service to Cancer Services and other teams within the Trust. Managing the balance between day unit and homecare services will make a huge impact on the service providing a better service to patients while maintaining the capacity through any further surge in chemotherapy.

You will also be responsible for co-ordinating the introduction of homecare services for new medicines, including the development and implementation of local services. Utilising your skills to help promote and utilise prior approval schemes such as Blueteq to ensure patients are receiving treatments against nationally approved indications and within locally agreed pathways.

Our Aseptics team comprises of Pharmacists, technicians, assistants and apprentices providing a chemotherapy, monoclonal antibody and immunotherapy within Western Sussex. As part of this team you will be able to work with a variety of people providing an outstanding service to the Trust ensuring prompt and efficient production and supply of chemotherapy.

The successful post holder must hold a Master of Pharmacy degree or equivalent and be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). They must have recent experience supporting the running of Aseptic services and understand the complexities of delivering a pharmacy cancer service across the Trust. They will also have excellent organisational, analytical and communications skills. A good understanding of high cost drugs management is also key to this role.

Does this sound like the job for you? Further details can be found in the attached job description. We look forward to discussing this exciting opportunity with you soon.

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