Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Paediatrics

Band 8a

Main area
Band 8a
26.25 hours per week
Job ref
MFT & University of Manchester
£40,428 - £48,514 per annum pro rata
21/03/2018 23:59

From 1st October 2017, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) has joined together to create a new Foundation Trust which has been named Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our new organisation will provide a single hospital service across the city of Manchester and in 12- 18 months will also include the services currently provided by North Manchester General Hospital.  These changes will make a real difference to the health outcomes and quality of life for the people of Manchester.  That’s why this really is an extremely exciting and challenging period in the delivery of health and social care in Greater Manchester and one that provides a wealth career opportunities for great people right across our Group. 

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic pharmacist to join our well respected clinical team providing front-line clinical services in paediatric haematology, oncology and HSCT. Royal Manchester Children's hospital is one of the leading children's hospitals in the country, hosting one of the largest Primary Treatment Centres for children’s cancer services and an expanding and innovative JACIE accredited BMT service.   Autumn 2018 will see the introduction of the national Proton Beam Therapy service in Manchester and RMCH will be working in partnership with the Christie Hospital to deliver services to children from around the country.

The Pharmacy team strives to lead on and deliver high quality specialist clinical pharmacy services to patients at the front-line of healthcare.  In addition we lead on medicines management, clinical governance, education, research and development.   

This post is suited to a pharmacist who has good paediatric clinical knowledge and who would like to develop their career in this direction.  A background in haematology/oncology is desirable. As a member of the paediatric haematology/oncology team you will be able to work as an active team member as well as on your own initiative. You will have a pivotal role in delivering a highly specialist services and will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of this specialist service in line with local and national objectives.  You will need to have excellent clinical knowledge and negotiating skills to ensure good clinical practice.  Robust written and verbal communication skills are essential, as are good problem solving and prioritisation skills. You will have an approachable personable manner in order to optimise the patient's experience during their hospital admission.

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital provides specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West, as well as nationally and internationally. Registration with the GPhC and holding a postgraduate clinical diploma are essential. You will have suitable hospital pharmacy experience across paediatrics. You will be self-motivated and confident to develop the role and also have a dynamic approach to forging good working relationships with multi-disciplinary teams. You will need good time management skills in order to cope in an exceptionally busy and pressured environment. Finally, an ability to work calmly and in an organised fashion is key to this post.

The pharmacy department is continuously seeking opportunities to further improve the pharmacy service to clinical areas, and as such has the presence of a clinical pharmacist on site over 24 hours. The department has a well-established one stop dispensing service with excellent support from ward based technicians. The department has a wealth of clinical knowledge; experiences a wide range of paediatric clinical specialities with a strong team of senior pharmacists, and the training offered in house is exceptional.

Investing in training and education of all staff is important within the department and thus regular objective setting and appraisal sessions are both stimulating and rewarding. The department has strong links in undergraduate and postgraduate training with Manchester University, and the department is gaining an excellent reputation due to the Trust's highly specialised and diverse clinical specialty mix.



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Further details / informal visits contact

Susan Kafka

Lead Pharmacist (Acting)- Paediatric Haematology/Oncology

Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford Road, Manchester

Telephone: 0161 701 5466

Bleep: 1470 (via switchboard 0161 276 1234 for external)

If you have problems applying, contact

Human Resources Recruitment Department
Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Trust Headquarters
Cobbett House
M13 9WL
0161 276 4744