Lead Pharmacy Assistant

Salary grade: £30,415 - £39,513 per annum

Department/ward: Pharmacy

Lead Pharmacy Assistant – Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Job title: Lead Pharmacy Assistant
Contract type: Permanent
Department: Pharmacy
Responsible to: Pharmacy Manager
Salary range: £30,415- £39,513 per annum (dependent on experience)
Incremental reviews take place on an annual basis
Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week
Location: Putney, Southwest London

Summary of position and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
The RHN is a leading national centre of excellence, providing adult person-centred services that span the entire care pathway from post-acute rehabilitation services to end of life care, for people with complex Neuro-disability and their families, underpinned by a strong research and education programme.

The Pharmacy Department provides services with the aim of ensuring the safe, evidence based and cost effective use of medicines within RHN. Main services provided include; medicines supply, prescription review, ward top-up, ward audit, development of local medicines guidelines and policies, contract negotiations, and expert medicines advice.

Qualifications & Knowledge

• NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) in Pharmacy Services or willingness to complete NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) in Pharmacy services within 12 months of starting
• Good Numeracy/literacy
• IT skills – able to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and able to learn new systems e.g. EPR, PMR
• Awareness and training in Information Governance/Data Protection
Experience & Skills

• Team player, able to work in a collaborative environment, and achieve challenging targets under pressure
• Reliable work record and punctuality
• Organised and able to plan own workload, and dispensary workflow
• Be willing and able to adapt to new and changing requirements of the department
• Training, experience and capability in manual handling of inanimate objects, may be required to lift boxes weighing up to 13kg for short periods
• Proactive and willing to take on new tasks and challenges

Interested in applying and hearing from us?
Apply now and please send a cover letter separately to recruitment@rhn.org.uk. It is not mandatory to complete a cover letter but it will significantly enhance your application and chances of being considered for an interview. Your cover letter should be no more than one page, clearly explaining how you have demonstrated the above skills and responsibilities in your current or previous role(s). Please refer to the job description and person specification or email the Recruitment team to obtain a copy. You can also email Yaser Younis ‘Lead Pharmacy Assistant’ at yaseryounis@rhn.org.uk for enquires into the role.

RHN is proud to be a diverse and inclusive employer that respects and values the differences of our people to achieve their full potential.

1. Demonstrate an awareness of RHN’s objectives and contribute to achieving them appropriately
2. Strive to improve efficiency in all areas of your work.
3. Deliver consistently high quality pharmacy support services
4. Demonstrate a patient-focused approach
5. Promote the safe and secure handling of medicines within the hospital
6. Ensure that hospital resources are used efficiently and with minimum wastage

1. Undertake duties in the dispensary ensuring that all activities are carried out safely, effectively and efficiently
2. Perform ward pharmacy services such as ward top-up, stock management, storage checks, patient medicines cupboard checks, and audits
3. Order, receive, and assess suitability of pharmaceutical products
4. Record, review, and learn from near misses and incidents
5. Produce dispensary reports from Pharmacy IT systems
6. Document and reconcile medication history
7. Deliver pharmaceutical supplies from the Pharmacy to hospital wards as necessary
8. Assist with pharmacy domestic duties as required
9. Manage queries promptly and appropriately, referring to a more senior colleague where outside of limitations or knowledge
10. Action drug alerts and recalls

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Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be expected to have received their vaccination against the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) as part of our pre-employment process before commencing employment at the RHN. Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we can arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital. Please note that if you have a medical reason as to why you are not able to have the vaccine or you have any questions on the vaccination, please feel free to contact recruitment@rhn.org.uk.