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Clinical Trials Pharmacy Technician

Band 5

Main area
Band 5
12 months (Fixed term 1 year)
Part time: 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Whittington Health
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum + HCA pro-rata
Salary period
03/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Come and join us at the Whittington, and help us to help local people live longer, healthier lives.

We are really excited to have created a new role within our pharmacy team to help support us develop our pharmacy clinical trials service. 

You will work with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that clinical trials are managed appropriately.  This will include supporting the pharmacy team to deal with Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs), working with trial sponsors (site visits, trial set up and GCP audits) and supporting patients to take their trial medicines.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the crucial role clinical trials play in the development of new treatments and their impact on patient care.  We are proud of the Pharmacy contribution to this and want to build on our experience with the wider MDT.

We are a forward thinking and innovative department and are always looking for ways to improve patient care and enable our staff to be the best they can be.

Main duties of the job

You will work with the multidisciplinary team to ensure that clinical trials are managed appropriately.  This will include:

- Supporting the pharmacy team in all aspects of Investigational Medicinal Products (IMPs) management, including receipt, dispensing, handing out, returns, temperature excursion reports, and any other relevant activities. 

- Working with Research team , Principal Investigators, Clinical Research Network (CRN) partners and trial sponsors (site visits, trial set up, etc)

- Supporting patients to take their trial medicines.

You will need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and have successfully completed an NVQ in Pharmaceutical Services.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


For further details about job description and main responsibilities please see Job Description attached

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Great Britain or an equivalent EU body
  • BTEC Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science, or NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services. (Or equivalent qualification)
Desirable criteria
  • Accredited for final prescription checking, or willing to undertake training for accreditation
  • GCP qualification

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Good written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate with patients and all grades of healthcare staff (verbally and in writing)
  • Able to communicate with patients and all grades of healthcare staff (verbally and in writing)
  • Prioritisation, time and the ability to plan and execute long-term projects and maintain multiple projects at once
  • Computer literate
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Confident & assertive when dealing with other professionals
  • Demonstrates ability to organise and prioritise workload including when under pressure
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills and analysis and interpretation of data
  • Ability to identify and manage risk
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of providing education and training to pharmacy staff, nursing staff and doctors

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Underpinning knowledge to standard required for NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services
  • At least two years’ experience as a qualified Pharmacy Technician
  • Experience of providing training to pharmacy staff
  • Experience of being in a Medicines Management role e.g. Assessment of Patients own medicines, drug history taking, medicines reconciliation.
  • Experience of liaising and interacting with nursing and medical staff and other healthcare professionals
  • Experience of dealing with patients and the public
Desirable criteria
  • Hospital experience as a qualified or Student Pharmacy Technician
  • Good understanding of Good Clinical Practice
  • Knowledge of JAC computer system
  • Previous experience of conducting audit / project work
  • Experience of working in a ward environment
  • Understanding of Quality Improvement principles and methodology
  • Experience of working with clinical trials

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Commitment to continuing personal development
  • Demonstrates initiative, motivation & enthusiasm for the post
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Confidence working with the wider MDT
  • Excellent communication skills
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Jonathan Flor
Job title
Med Info, Formulary and Clinical Trials Pharmacist
Email address
Telephone number
0207 288 5758
Additional information

Jonathan Flor  - Medicines Information, Formulary and Clinical Trials Pharmacist

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
0207 288 5925