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Lead Technician – Parenteral Nutrition

Band 6

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Band 6
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£31,365 - £37,890 per annum
Salary period
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At Southampton we have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Pharmacy Technician to join our service and manage the team within the Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) section of the unit.

With your previous experience in aseptic preparation and background in pharmacy your role will be to lead the TPN  team working with the Technical Services Unit (TSU) manager and Lead Technician for Central Intravenous Additive Drugs (CIVA’s) to develop the service to meet changing customer needs, to ensure the highest possible standards of care are provided to patients. As part of your role you will be involved in a number of key projects within the unit, including continued aseptic facilities review, developing the current TPN IT system, automation and developing the PN service in line with legislation and approved guidance. The post holder would be fully supported working closely with the pharmacy quality assurance (QA) team.


The post holder will be the lead technician (Band 6) for the TPN unit, which provides specialist TPN needs for surgery, ITU, paediatric and neonatal patients.  The facilities use Laminar Flow Cabinets with automated compounders for the preparation of parenteral nutrition within the clean room suite. The TSU service also prepares Central Intravenous Additive Drugs (CIVAS), a growing and extensive number of injectable clinical trials treatments, and provides small-scale non-sterile extemps and a range of specialist emergency drugs kits.


The post holder will be responsible for managing and training technical and support staff in the TPN section of the Pharmacy Technical Services Unit (TSU). Responsible for implementing changes within the TPN section under the direction of the Pharmacy Technical Services Manager.

Key aspects of this role will be to:-

  • Lead and manage TSU TPN section’s technical and support staff, and day-to-day delivery of TPN services, under the direction of the Pharmacy Technical Services Manager.
  • Ensure that an adequate skill mix of technical and support staff within the TPN section is maintained, to provide a safe and efficient service within TSU.
  • Responsible for the preparation and maintenance of up to date TPN documentation.
  • Act as a TSU specialist for the TPN compounding unit and equipment, providing specialist, technical information regarding the products prepared to users of the services and hospitals outside of the trust when necessary.


  • We are looking for a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Someone who has significant post qualification experience in a hospital aseptic dispensing service including TPN
  • Good Managerial/supervisory experience
  • Good organisation and problem solving
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our LiveWell and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held WC 1st Feb 2021.

As part of the interview there will be a short assessment in the form of a presentation. Details to following after shortlisting for interview.


If you’re interested in applying for this role, we’d encourage you to get in touch using the contact information at the bottom of this advert with any questions or if you would like to arrange an informal visit. Alternatively, if you’re ready to apply, please follow the link below to complete an application.

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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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Nikki McMahon
Job title
Service Manager – Technical Service Pharmacy
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