Specialist Pharmacist Cancer and Palliative Care

University Hospitals S
Worthing Hospital, Worthing
Competitive salary
27 Apr 2021
06 May 2021
Role Type
Start Date
About our Trust

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is a newly formed organisation following a merger between Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) on 1st April 2021. WSHFT and BSUH have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for four years leading up to the recent merger. Our vision (Excellent care, every time - "Where better never stops") is at the heart of all that that we do - we pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost. WSHFT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding in all of the CQC's key inspection areas and BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and was rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC. Moving forward together, the ambition is to continue improving and providing excellent care, every time, for patients.

The merger was a technical but important process for both WSHFT and BSUH which will ensure that the right leadership, structures, and governance are in place. Our journey has started but we have much still to learn as we work towards full merger, enabled by our Patient First ethos which shapes our values and gives structure to our improvement and performance management. Our shared sense of purpose, commitment to investing in and developing our workforce and focus on continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellent care, every time, for our patients underpins all that we do. The largest part of this journey is investing in staff and creating a vibrant and supportive organisation where successful careers flourish.

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

We have a great opportunity to join the pharmacy department at Western Sussex in a newly created role. This successful post holder will be our specialist pharmacist for cancer and palliative care within the Trust.

This amazing post will lead in the provision and development of the pharmaceutical service to the hospices under Service Level Agreements between Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), ensuring as far as possible a safe, efficient and comprehensive service. The successful pharmacist will ensure the delivery of a safe, efficient specialist clinical service provided to St Wilfrid's, St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree Hospices.

Ward round attendance, conveying specialist drug information to vulnerable, involvement in the Formulary Group and providing budgetary reports will ensure development in this challenging but rewarding role.

Integrated into the cancer pharmacist team, the role will also 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 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.

Our Aseptics team comprises of Pharmacists, technicians, assistants and apprentices providing a chemotherapy, monoclonal antibody and immunotherapy within Western Sussex. You will be able to develop your knowledge in cancer services while providing clinical support and supervision to other members of the aseptic services team. With the plan to move forward with pharmacist let clinics and the merger with Brighton in April, there is no better time to join this team as we embark on service development that will open up opportunities to flourish in this role.

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 excellent organisational, analytical and communications skills. 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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Matthew Pitt Job title Pharmacist Team Leader Cancer Services Email address matthewpitt1@nhs.net Telephone number 01903205111 ext 85766 Additional contact information

Joanna Munns Pharmacist Team Leader Clinical Service - joanne.munns1@nhs.net

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General information for applicants

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

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Further Information

For help with the application process, please contact the Recruitment Team by Email: wshnt.hrrecruitmentadmin@nhs.net

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.

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