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Accountable Pharmacist – Technical Services Team

Band 8a

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£45,753 - £51,668 pa
Salary period
19/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

At  the Unviersity Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), we have an exciting opportunity for a pharmacist to join the Technical Serices team  (TSU) as the Accountable  Pharmacist. This key role has overall responsibility for the maintenance of the quality assurance systems used with the unit and works closely with the TSU manager to provide supervision and leadership for the team of 25 pharmacy staff.


The TSU service is well establised at Southampton General Hopsital providing a range of aseptic products ( including total parenteral nutrition and intravenous antibiotics) for complex patients (e.g. ITU , Neonatal and intestinal failure) . The TSU is continually developing with new IT systems and facilities in the pipeline; you will play a key role in shaping the future of the unit to fit the needs of UHS patients.  

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


As the accountable pharmacist in TSU your key roles and responsibilities are:

  • Following national guidance you will be responsible for the quality assurance systems including approval of systems of work, procedures and documentation used in the service.

  • Providing the TSU staff with clinical expertise and guidance on all aspects of aseptic preparation within the unit.

  • Providing highly specialist advice and education on the range of products produced in TSU and aseptic preparation to medical and nursing colleagues.

  • Working closely with the TSU manager on new developments including IT systems and working practices

  • Contributing to the development of a new offsite TSU for UHS.


You will need to be a registered pharmacist with significant aseptic experience and a further qualification in clinical pharmacy or PTQA diploma with a willingness to learn and develop. Previous experience as an accountable pharmacist or equivalent is desirable but not essential as we would be keen to help you develop with formal courses and in house training. As part of the role there will be the opportunity to continue or develop your clinical pharmacy skills by providing a specialist clinical pharmacy service to a ward/area with UHS depending on your previous experience and skills.

Person specification

Qualifications / training required

Essential criteria
  • Masters Degree in Pharmacy or equivalent
  • GPhC registration
  • Postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy or pharmaceutical technology & quality assurance (or equivalent experience )
  • Demonstrates competency at KSF band 7 second gateway or equivalent experience
  • Post registration experience in hospital pharmacy or similar environment, including experience within pharmacy technical services
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification and registration as pharmacist prescriber
  • RPS membership
  • Foundation Management

Previous or relevant experience necessary

Essential criteria
  • Experience of supervising others
  • Knowledge of principles of aseptic preparation of medicines and quality assurance, and associated guidance and law
Desirable criteria
  • Previous accountable pharmacist experience
  • Training in Medicines Information
  • Relevant publications and work at National Level
  • Experience of clinical trials

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Preparation of prescribing guidelines
  • Audit and evaluative work
  • Teaching, tutoring and mentoring
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Good organisational and problem solving skills
  • Team player, but also able to work autonomously

Special requirements of the post

Essential criteria
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the demands of the job
  • Commitment to CPD, lifelong learning and practice research
  • Sufficient to provide opportunities for relaxation

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Amy Hill
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