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Lead Pharmacist for Cancer Services

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Russells Hall Hospital
per annum
30/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

Do you have a passion for Cancer services? Would you be interested in working alongside the Haematology and Oncology teams as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and dynamic Band 8a Pharmacist to join the Pharmacy Department at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. The successful applicant will join an experienced team of specialist cancer and preparative services pharmacy staff who provide a comprehensive service to haematology and oncology patients across the Trust.

The ideal candidate needs to have knowledge and experience of clinical pharmacy service provision within the specialities of Haematology and Oncology, but we are able to accept applications from aspiring Band 8a pharmacists that are willing to undergo further training to reach the desired level as part of a Band 7 to 8a STEP programme.

Main duties of the job

You will support the Principal Pharmacist, Cancer Services, to deliver a specialist Pharmacy Service to patients receiving systemic anti-cancer treatments. 

You will be responsible for leading and developing the clinical pharmacy service for patients requiring systemic anticancer therapies within the Haematology and Oncology Division.  

You will have the opportunity to work as a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber to support the provision of systemic anticancer treatments to Haematology and Oncology patients. 

Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”.  We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace. 

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds. 

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake .

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • MPharm or equivalent academic qualification
  • Current membership of the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Postgraduate clinical specialist knowledge acquired through diploma level training i.e. Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
Desirable criteria
  • Pharmacist Independent Non-medical prescriber (or willing to work towards completion)

Knowledge and Training

Essential criteria
  • Clinical Oncology and Haematology knowledge
  • Assessment & interpretation of Systemic Anticancer Therapy prescriptions
  • Provision of out of hours pharmaceutical services if service requires this
  • Evidence of commitment to continuing education
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of all laws relating to aseptic dispensing & supply of medicines
  • Writing and maintaining SOPS, reports and performing audits


Essential criteria
  • Extensive hospital (secondary care) experience post registration
  • Experience in the provision of clinical pharmacy services to oncology and haematology patients
  • Experience in prescription verification of Systemic Anticancer Treatments
  • Able to work during the normal working week, extended hours, weekends and bank holidays.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working as a non-medical prescriber within Oncology or Haematology
  • Experience in in process checks and final check/release of Systemic Anticancer Treatments and parenteral nutrition products
  • Line management experience
  • Experience in implementing change and project management
  • Able to commute to meet the demands of the post.

Planning & Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • Self-motivating within the work place
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage time/set priorities
  • Commitment to own training and training of others
  • Able to respond under pressure to interruptions in work pattern to deal with urgent enquiries

Analytical & Judgement Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to critically appraise and evaluate information and communicate the findings clearly in simple terms
  • Positive thinker, problem solver, ability to think laterally to develop new ideas
  • Ensure clinical practice is evidence based
  • IT literate – use of databases and the internet for retrieving medicines information

Communication & Relationship Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good team worker - able to work alone and supervise others where necessary
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Good written/oral communication skills with all grades of healthcare professionals
  • Ability to mix with existing staff
  • Empathetic and patient
  • Professional, credible, accountable, responsible and confident
  • Friendly, supportive and able to motivate others
  • Motivated and a desire to enhance the service
  • Negotiation & influencing of other health care professionals

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness and prolonged concentration under pressure
  • Ability to work in a challenging and emotive environment
  • Ability to work alone and make decisions within agreed parameters and appropriate referral/escalation as necessary

Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Able to provide safe, caring, and effective services
  • Values and behaviours that reflect the Trust values of Care, Respect and Responsibility
  • Commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that is free from discrimination and where people feel they belong and their contribution is valued

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Georgia Malesi
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Principal Pharmacist for Cancer Services
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