Specialist Oncology Pharmacist

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
February 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:£48,526 - £54,619
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Specialist Oncology Pharmacist Band 8a

Main area

Oncology Pharmacy


Band 8a




Full time - 37.5 hours per week

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Southampton General Hospital




£48,526 - £54,619 pa

Salary period



12/02/2023 23:59

Interview date

Job overview

The Southampton Oncology Centre is one of the largest in the country with medical and clinical oncology specialities as well as a large haematopoietic stem cell transplant unit.

As a tertiary referral centre we treat both common and rare tumours, making it an exciting and innovative place to work. The Centre has close links with Southampton University, there is a research facility on site and clinical trials are a huge part of our work.

This post is focussed around fulfilling the diverse pharmaceutical needs of the oncology centre to ensure that we provide an exceptional patient experience.

The Southampton Oncology Centre Pharmacy (SOCP) within Platinum House is open 8.30am-5.00pm (Mon-Fri) and 0900-1300 on a Saturday. We also open bank holidays (Monday 0900-1300). There is a move towards seven day working.

The oncology pharmacy team provides a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service to four out-patient treatment areas, six in-patient wards and a clinical research facility.

Main duties of the job

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

Working for our organisation What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. 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.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities Your Responsibilities What you'll do

We are looking to appoint experienced oncology pharmacists to complete and expand our specialist cancer pharmacy team.

This post is based in the oncology pharmacy, which serves the Southampton Oncology Centre. We are one of the largest oncology centres in the country with medical and clinical oncology specialities as well as a large haematology service, encompassing the Wessex Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMT). These posts are principally focussed around the needs of adult as well as teenage and young adult patients with solid and haematological tumours.

The pharmacy service to cancer care serves five in-patient wards, three out- patient areas, several out-reach clinics and an expanding home care service The in-patient areas include medical and clinical oncology wards, an acute oncology review and admissions service. Pharmacists, are integral members of the in-patient clinical teams contributing to patient care through attendance on consultant ward rounds, advising other members of the MDT, assisting with admission and discharges, conducting research and audits, providing education among a multitude of other activities. This role is fully supported by our medicines management technicians. There are ample opportunities to develop and run your own out-patient prescribing clinics, we have four such clinics in place with plans for more. You will be expected to act as a clinical role model for the band seven cancer pharmacists and will be given the opportunity to directly manage some of these staff, fully supported by the principal pharmacist for cancer services.

As a pharmacy department we also manage the chemotherapy electronic prescribing system that is a networked system covering six local acute Trusts including two cancer centres. You will be integral in developing and supporting the operational management of the system including writing and validating protocols.

Cancer is one of the priority clinical areas for the Trust. We moved, in July 2021, into a purpose-built oncology pharmacy, Platinum House which was designed by oncology pharmacy staff. We are now a commissioned centre for CAR-T delivery alongside our busy AT(I)MP unit. We are designing an off-site licensed aseptic unit that is due to open in 2024. This will not only extend the current capacity but will incorporate new models of working such as ambulatory care and new treatments such as gene therapy and ATIMPS. The Centre has close links with Southampton University, there is a research facility on site. Clinical trials, including phase 1, are a huge part of our work. We are one of the top ten performing Trusts in the country in terms of recruitment into trials. Southampton an exciting and innovative place to work.

Clinical training will be given in all relevant areas. In return we expect a commitment to personal development including self-directed learning and attendance at local and national courses.

What we're looking for

We are looking to appoint a pharmacist who is adaptable, enthusiastic about change, enjoys problem solving and wants to make a positive contribution to peoples' lives. We want someone who is driven by caring.

Experience of cancer pharmacy (clinical and / or aseptic) in a hospital environment would be an advantage.

We are keen to encourage personal development by offering you structured training and all the support and encouragement you'd expect from a leading teaching Trust.

Additional information

The provisional date for interview is Friday, 17th February 2023

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification Qualifications / training required Essential criteria
  • General Pharmaceutical Council Registration as a Pharmacist
  • Diploma or Masters in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Significant post registration experience with at least three years hospital pharmacy experience, one of which should be in oncology
  • Desirable criteria
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society Member
  • Leadership Qualification
  • Quality Improvement Qualification
  • Independent Prescribing Qualification or working towards
  • Previous or relevant experience necessary Essential criteria
  • Extensive post qualification Pharmacy knowledge /experience in one or more areas of pharmacy specialism
  • Competent in the accurate supply of medicines (in hospital or community pharmacy)
  • Evidence of commitment to relevant ongoing CPD and personal and professional development
  • Awareness of current professional regulations/issues
  • Experience relevant to role applied for e.g.:providing a ward-based medicines management service, Clinical Trials or research experience, Aseptic services experience
  • Desirable criteria
  • Experience of staff management/operational workload and workforce supervision
  • Recruitment and selection experience
  • Experience of leading a team
  • Dealing with and resolving customers/patients' complaints
  • Experience of JAC or similar computer stock control system
  • Experience of service development and or design and implementation of audit
  • Experience of mentoring/coaching/motivating others
  • Aptitudes and skills required Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate sometimes complex information concisely, confidently, and effectively to a diverse range of people e.g., Patients, carers, services users and other health care professionals within and outside of the organisation
  • Attention to detail and accurate in work
  • Able to use a range of information technology programmes effectively including Pharmacy Computer system and Microsoft office programmes
  • Able to use initiative, but know own limitations and professional boundaries
  • Ability to cope with unpredictable events, able to independently plan and prioritise own workload; manage own time and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrates good listening skills
  • Personal qualities Essential criteria
  • Excellent role model
  • Polite, friendly, and professional manner
  • Tactful and can show empathy
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexible and able to adapt at work to deliver and manage competing priorities
  • Ability to delegate appropriately
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Special requirements of the post Essential criteria
  • Work weekends, evenings and bank holidays as per rota
  • Able to use VDU/PC and keyboard
  • Values and behaviours Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if we receive a large number of applications. We will not accept any applications or queries via agencies, under any circumstances.

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    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.

    Documents to download
  • Job Description (PDF, 384.6KB)
  • Personal Specification (PDF, 296.6KB)
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    Further details / informal visits contact


    Nanda Basker

    Job title

    Lead Cancer Services Pharmacist

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    023 8120 6668
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