Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Specialist Cancer Pharmacist

Band 7

Main area
Oncology Pharmacy
Band 7
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Churchill Hospital
£31,696 to £41,787 per annum
29/10/2017 23:59

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use values-based interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significance difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit  http://www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values/default.aspx


An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and proactive pharmacist with excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills to join the Cancer Pharmacy Team, based in the Oxford Cancer Centre on the Churchill Hospital site.

You will be part of a specialised and very passionate team of specialist cancer pharmacists (including a number of non-medical pharmacist prescribers) and technicians as well as rotational pharmacists, technicians and students.

The Oxford Cancer Centre provides comprehensive care for patients with cancer within Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. The services within the cancer centre work closely through multi-disciplinary combined clinics and meetings. The centre comprises of: oncology, clinical haematology and bone marrow transplant unit, specialist palliative care service, private patient unit and a Cancer Research UK Cancer Research Centre, which has Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC) and Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC) status. There is also a Chemotherapy Day Unit at the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

The post holder will participate in the band 7 cancer pharmacist rotation which currently includes six monthly rotations through:
• Oncology and haematology Ward
• Day Treatment Unit (Oncology, Haematology, & Horton)
• Chemotherapy prescription clinical screening
• Early phase/Late phase research & clinical trials screening
• Brodey Chemotherapy Day Unit, Horton Hospital, Banbury
• Clinical Trials Aseptics unit
• Palliative Care
• Directorate rotation
There is an opportunity to be involved in the oral anti-cancer treatment education clinic as well and non-medical prescriber clinics.

Key roles include:
• Delivery of high quality pharmaceutical care to adult cancer in-patients, day-case, and out-patients.
• Participation in pharmacy services to the Day Treatment Unit to optimise patients’ medication and reduce medicines wastage.
• Clinical checking of chemotherapy and clinical trial prescriptions.
• Participating in multidisciplinary ward rounds
• Pharmacist non-medical prescribing in multidisciplinary clinics and day treatment unit
• Aseptics experience within Pharmacy’s Clinical Trials Aseptic Services Unit (CTASU)
• Participating in the day to day running of the CTASU and developing knowledge in quality control and quality assurance.
• Involvement in cancer phase I, II, and III clinical trials
• Active participation in Thames Valley Cancer Network groups
• Opportunity for participation in a rolling program of non-medical independent prescribing training and implementation of pharmacist prescribing within the oncology & haematology directorate
• Opportunity for undertaking cancer postgraduate qualification
• Opportunity for practice research, publications and conference attendance
• Training of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals

Successful applicants meeting the essential criteria will be offered a band 7 post. We also, however, welcome applications from candidates who are working towards the essential criteria (i.e. are yet to complete a clinical diploma). Such applicants, if successful, will be offered a band 6 post, with automatic progression to band 7 in the future on meeting the remaining essential criteria. Support will be given for training and development to enable such progression.

This exciting post promises to bring opportunities and challenges working within a purpose built Cancer Centre and Aseptic Unit (Clinical Trials). There is a possibility of working towards a higher degree after two years in post.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kristen Moorhouse (Lead Oncology Pharmacist and Deputy Team Leader)
Tel: 01865 235221 (Monday – Thursday)
Email: kristen.moorhouse@ouh.nhs.uk

If you have problems applying, contact

01865 (2)28726