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Pharmacy QA Specialist

Band 8a

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Pharmacy - Clinical Support
Band 8a
Full Time - 37.5 hours per week
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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)
£51,383- £57,596 per annum inclusive
26/06/2019 23:59

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. This includes an extensive portfolio of academic and clinical courses and programmes ranging from ongoing personal development through to clinical excellence and leadership skills. UCLH prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

Pharmacy QA Specialist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, dynamic and enthusiastic pharmacist to join the Pharmacy QA team at UCLH, to support the delivery of the pharmacy aseptic, repack, distribution and clinical trial services, as well as the wider pharmacy services at UCLH.

You will be an experienced and dynamic pharmacist with demonstrable knowledge of both Quality Assurance and GMP, and the desire and ability to deliver high quality pharmacy services to patients at UCLH. You will have: GMP and Pharmacy Quality Assurance service experience within the NHS; working knowledge of GCP and GDP requirements; GPHC registration as a pharmacist; and experience of dealing with the MHRA and/or other external auditing agencies. Excellent team working, communication and negotiation skills; the ability to deliver and work as an integral part of the pharmacy QA team; well-developed team and lone-working skills; and an enthusiastic, flexible and professional approach are all essential.  

The principal responsibilities of the post holder are to support the maintenance of the Quality Management System, to track and monitor Quality Indicators, approve new or updated product lines used within the aseptic and repack units, and deputise for the Pharmacy QA Lead.

The UCLH Pharmacy QA service supports the aseptic production service, which holds a MHRA MS licence and includes aseptic units for chemotherapy and CIVAS/PN, the repack production service, which holds a MHRA MS and MIA(IMP) license, providing over labelled, repacks, kits and boxes to UCLH and a large range of external NHS Trusts, and the Brewery Road Wholesale Distributer, which holds a MHRA WDA(H) license and provides services to UCLH and the a number of other external NHS Trusts and private services. In addition the service provides support to a wide range of other pharmacy services including support for the pharmacy clinical trial unit, unlicensed medicine approvals, management of pharmacy recalls, provision of temperature monitoring systems, and advice on a range of medicine or patient safety issues.

UCLH is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population from the local area and throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. The Trust mission is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education and world-class research across seven hospitals.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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 (Exceptions Order) 1975 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

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact:

Dr Christopher Holt, Pharmacy QA Lead (0203 44 77697; Christopher.Holt1@nhs.net)


Closing date:          Two weeks after advertisement


Interview date:      One week after closing date

We offer our permanent staff an interest free ticket loan, a subsidised social club including gym and swimming facilities, a library for staff to use, free independent and confidential support for all staff and large retail discounts.

Our Vision and Values

The Trust is committed to delivering top quality patient care, excellent education and world-class research. We deliver our vision through values to describe how we serve patients, their families and how we are with colleagues in the Trust and beyond.

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