Senior Pharmacy Assistant - Aseptic Services

Dorset County Hospital
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorchester
Competitive salary
21 Jul 2021
31 Jul 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

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Senior Pharmacy Assistant - Aseptic Services (Band 3)

Are you an enthusiastic and motivated individual, looking for an opportunity to join our established Aseptic Team within the Pharmacy Department? We have an exciting opportunity for someone to be part of our dynamic and innovative pharmacy team, join us as a Senior Pharmacy Assistant .

Under the supervision of a Pharmacist or Principal Technician you will be involved in a broad range of activities in the Pharmacy department. You will participate in the preparation of worksheets and cytotoxic drugs in the Pharmacy Aseptic Unit and will assist the Principal Technician in coordinating work and cleaning in the Suite to ensure an efficient and safe supply of medicines to service users.

There will be a requirement to visit wards to order stock items using work stations on wheels (WOWs) and assemble these stock items for distribution.

You will have received a good standard of general education and have attained a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English (or equivalent). You must be qualified to NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy Services or be willing to undertake a Science Manufacturing Technician apprenticeship or equivalent qualification within an agreed timescale, which will include doing a proportion of work in your own time in order to achieve this.

You will possess excellent communication skills, be self-motivated, have a flexible approach to work and be open to changing practices. You will need to be able to work well under pressure, have excellent attention to detail. You must be able to work as part of a team but also able demonstrate initiative and work in a professional and timely manner. Computer literacy is required although appropriate training on pharmacy systems will be provided.

The purpose-built Pharmacy provides a clinical pharmacy service to Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Dorset University Foundation Trust (DHUFT). The dispensary has been recently refurbished and is now a state of the art pharmacy with the benefits of a new ARX robot installation, a Prescription Tracking System (PTS) with full electronic prescribing and medicines administration throughout the hospital. We are currently developing links between Primary and Secondary care to streamline continuity of care between service providers ensuring better patient care.

Dorset County Hospital isn't just a great place to work, but a great place to live. Situated within easy walking distance of the historic town of Dorchester, which is eight miles from the spectacular Jurassic Coast ideal for sports and outdoor activities. It is also within easy reach of areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the New Forest, the natural harbour of Poole, and one of Britain's best beaches at Bournemouth.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in groups which are under-represented in our organisation. We are an innovative forward thinking department entering an exciting new phase. If you have the drive and enthusiasm and are committed to providing a positive difference to the care of our patients then we look forward to hearing from you.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Bekah Gale, Principal Technician for Aseptic Services Email address: Telephone number: 01305 254542

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