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Senior Assistant Technical Officer - Preparative Services

NHS AfC: Band 3

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NHS AfC: Band 3
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Russell's Hall Hospital
£21,730 - £23,177 per annum
Salary period
27/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

A new opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, pro-active and enthusiastic Senior Assistant Technical Officer to work in our busy and friendly Aseptic Unit within the Pharmacy Department. You will work as part of a dedicated team involved in the preparation and dispensing of aseptic products. You will perform duties such as organising and supervising functions within the aseptic unit, specialist cleaning, transfer disinfection, stock control, physical and environmental monitoring as well as dispensing and preparation of sterile products. You should be eager to learn, flexible, reliable, able to work accurately, follow detailed standard operating procedures and have good attention to detail. The successful candidate may be offered the opportunity to study for a Level 3 Diploma in the Principles of Aseptic Pharmaceutical Processing once all in house competency training is completed and 12 months work experience at DGOH is achieved. The Level 3 Diploma will be completed over a 2 year period and will enable you to register as a Science Manufacturing Technician with the Science council. Hours of work will be on a rotational basis; based on 7.5hrs daily between the hours of 7.30am and 5.20pm weekdays with a requirement to participate in the rota for the weekend and Bank Holiday service provision. For an informal discussion please contact Adele Forrest, Principal Technician – Aseptic Services on Tel. 01384 244031 or email: adele.forrest@nhs.ne

Main duties of the job

As a permanent member of the aseptic team your responsibilities will include: · Aseptic manufacture and preparation processes in sterile conditions using specialist equipment. · Preparing documentation for aseptic processing · Performing stock management · Performing environmental monitoring in the aseptic unit · Dispensing TPN · Undertake specialised cleaning of the aseptic unit. · Supervision and training of other staff working in aseptic services, ensuring the highest standards of service delivery and observing good manufacturing practice. Please see full job description for the full list of duties and responsibilities

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 ethnically 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.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust recognises the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with NHS roles.

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

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • GCSE (or Equivalent) in Maths and English grade C or above
  • Knowledge and experience underpinned by appropriate training or equivalent to NVQ Level 2 in Pharmacy Services

Skills and Experience

Essential criteria
  • IT literate, use of databases, Microsoft etc.
  • Good team worker and also able to work on own initiative.
  • Previous (recent) experience working in a pharmacy
  • Able to lead and undertake responsibility
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Has good dexterity and ability to work within standard operating procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Experience as a dispenser
  • Experience of stock management and stock control systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Able to supervise and support senior members of the team.
  • Friendly, supportive and able to motivate others.
  • Able to cope with change

Interests and Motivation to the Job

Essential criteria
  • Self-motivating within the workplace.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage own time well.
  • Committed to own training.
  • Be capable of all tasks in job description including manual handling of pharmaceuticals.
  • Able to work during the normal working week, extended hours, weekends and bank holidays.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good written/oral communication skills.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Adele Forrest
Job title
Principal Pharmacy Technician
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

You can contact Adele Forrest via 01384 244031 or email, adele.forrest@nhs.net