We have an exciting opportunity at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS), for an enthusiastic pharmacist to join our team based in Technical Services Unit (TSU) and also work within the Children’s Clinical Pharmacy team.
This role is offered on a full time (37.5 hours per week) and a fixed term basis for 1 year. The role will be split (50/50) between the two teams.
The TSU is focused around the Centralised Intravenous Additive Service (CIVAS) and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) units supplying both TPN and individual patient doses to neonatal, paediatric and adult patients within UHS. The TSU has invested in automated compounding for TPN and is looking to introduce a state of the art IT compounding system for CIVAS and as such there is ample opportunity for project work, audit and research. This is an exciting time in the TSU and you will be expected to integrate and make a positive contribution to the team who lead the service within unit.
The Child Health Pharmacy team is well established, providing specialist pharmacy services within the paediatric multidisciplinary teams to provide high quality patient care. The team is forward thinking and supportive, working together to improve the services we offer to patients. Southampton Children’s Hospital is part of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – one of the largest teaching trusts in the country. We are a major centre for specialist paediatric services in the south of England, providing acute specialist care not only to our local population in Southampton but for a much larger area, including the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.
Working within the children’s pharmacy team your main duties will include:
Providing a specialist clinical pharmacy service to paediatric wards.
Act as a role model for junior/newly qualified pharmacists.
Providing training within paediatrics for pharmacy, medical and nursing staff.
Working within technical services your main duties will include:
Assisting in the production of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) and Centralised Intravenous Additive Service (CIVAS) by clinically assessing prescriptions and undertaking the check and final release of products.
Supervising junior pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy support workers within TSU.
In conjunction with senior pharmacists, act as the Responsible Pharmacist for the TSU in accordance with national recommendations.
Apply specialist knowledge to assess and evaluate the preparation method, formulation, and chemical stability of agents using all available and suitable reference sources.
You will have ample opportunities to develop your skills within different therapy areas and extend your roles of practice. Comprehensive clinical and technical training will be given in all relevant areas to support and develop your role. In return we expect a commitment to personal development including self-directed learning and attendance at off-site courses.
Prior experience in aseptic or oncology preparation would be an advantage but is not essential. Previous experience of providing a clinical pharmacy service to a ward or speciality is required and you will have an opportunity to help your specialist skills to evolve. We are keen to encourage you to develop as a person by offering you structured training and all the support and encouragement you’d expect from a leading teaching Trust.
You must be enthusiastic and committed to team working with good communication skills. Previous experience in both technical services and paediatric pharmacy would be desirable but not essential. We are able to provide training and staff development; experienced staff will support you in this role.
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 Live Well 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 on 12th February 2021
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.
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.
Lead Pharmacist for Division C