Barts Health NHS Trust is one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers and the largest trust in the NHS. It was created on 1 April 2012 by bringing together three trusts: Barts and The London NHS Trust, Newham University Hospital NHS Trust and Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust. The new trust has a turnover of approximately £1.1 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.
Together our hospitals – Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, St Bartholomew’s (Barts) in the City, The Royal London in Whitechapel, The London Chest in Bethnal Green and Whipps Cross in Leytonstone – deliver high quality clinical care to the people of east London and further afield.
The hospitals offer a full portfolio of services that serve the needs of the local community, and are home to some of Britain’s leading specialist centres including cancer, cardiac, trauma and emergency care. Barts Health also has one of the UK’s busiest children’s hospitals and internationally renowned surgical facilities.
Our vision is to create a world-class health organisation that builds on strong relations with our partners and the communities we serve – one dedicated to ending the historic health inequalities in east London. We will build an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research and education. And as members of UCLPartners, the largest academic health sciences system in the world, we will ensure that our patients are some of the first in the country to benefit from the latest drugs and treatments.
We are looking for the best talent to lead our ambitious new healthcare organisation. In return, the Barts Health will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives that would mean:
• doctors and nurses in training will be able to gain experience in different hospitals along the whole patient pathway;
• there would be greater opportunity for career progression – we could retain good staff who might otherwise leave to gain promotion;
• becoming world-class will enable us to recruit some of the best doctors and researchers in the world – who can share their knowledge and experience;
• joining forces with other partners in an Academic Health Science System will mean that staff would be better able to secure funds and pool their talents to develop new technology, techniques and treatments.
Job title: Pharmacy Assistant
Clinical academic group: Clinical Support
Board/corporate function: Pharmacy
Salary band: Band 2
Responsible to: Lead Technician Distribution & Procurement
Accountable to: Chief Pharmacist
Hours per week: State total hours a week the role requires
37.5 (Including weekends and late duty)
Location: Barts Health cross site
Manages: Direct reports: 0
Indirect reports: 0
Aim of the role
The post holders will support the pharmacy distribution team in delivering a safe and efficient ward stock medication service and support the dispensary team when necessary.
The post holder will be sported to work towards gaining a NVQ QCF Level 2 in Pharmacy services and full in-house training will be provided.
Key working relationships
This post holder will be supervised and managed by the band 6 Distribution & Procurement Pharmacy Technician.
The post holder will work closely with Pharmacy Technicians, medicine management Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacists, Nursing staff and work closely with the in patients services pharmacy staff.
Key result areas
-Gain NVQ QCF level 2 in Pharmacy Services and complete in-house training manuals -Contribute to making savings within the trust by working towards the recycling of returned medicines
Main duties and responsibilities
Undertake the bulk supply of medicines to wards and departments.
This will involve:
• Visiting wards and carrying out ward top-ups for stock drugs.
• Maintaining ward stock and expiry dates.
• Filling the stock order.
• Checking that fridges are in range and reporting if problems found.
• Inputting of issues on the computer.
• Informing the Distribution Manager or Purchasing Manager of any issues regarding the wards covered
• Ensuring supply of prepared kits such as cardiac arrest boxes
• Contributing to the Trusts medication recycling & re-use initiative
• Stock maintenance including use and housekeeping of the pharmacy robot
• Working in goods receiving
Undertake the dispensing of medicines for individual patients against prescriptions.
This will involve:
• Generating a label
• Selecting the correct medication.
• Dispensing the medication.
• Be involved in accurate stock control on the wards and in the department.
• Be responsible for replenishing sundry items e.g. Bottles, bags, labels Other tasks as requested
Effort, skills and working conditions
Physical skills 1. Standard keyboard skills required. General and IT knowledge
2. Advanced sensory skills; accuracy when dispensing medicines, transcribing sheets, performing calculations
3. The post holder May be required to lift, push, pulling objects, using trolleys
4.Good literacy, numeracy and communication skills
Physical effort 1. The role does involve the post holder in a high level of physical effort.
2. The post holder may be required to travel between 3 Trust sites
3.There is frequent times they will be required to sit and/or stand and/or walk
Mental effort 1.Frequent requirement for concentration when undertaken activities for example: telephone interaction with patients/clients/staff
Dispensing and labelling medicines from prescription (paper/electronic) /Ward sheet or TTAs/ requisitions
2. The post holder requires high level of concentration at all times, as they deal with heavy demands from a variety of sources.
3. The work is often unpredictable and the post holder may have to adapt to change in short time frame and help support the team to be able to deliver outcomes.
4. The post holder will require stamina.
6.Will be frequently interrupted due to the operational nature of the
Emotional effort 1.The post holder May/will be exposed, more than once a month, to circumstances that are distressing or emotional due to working with unwell patients
2. The post holder has to be able to work successfully under pressure of time and resources.
3. They may have to deal with staff and occasionally patients and their families who are angry/upset/tearful
Working conditions 1.Frequent exposure to VDU screens
2.The post holder may be exposed to chemical,environmental and infectious factors
3. They may be exposed to verbal abuse
4. The post requires handling medication including chemotherapy drugs (COSSH).
Performance management and appraisal
All staff are expected to participate in individual performance management process and reviews.
Personal development and training
Barts Health NHS Trust actively encourage development within the workforce and employees are required to comply with trust mandatory training.
Barts Health’s education academy aims to support high quality training to NHS staff through various services. The trust is committed to offering learning and development opportunities for all full-time and part-time employees.
No matter where you start within the NHS, you will have access to extra training and be given every chance to progress within the organisation. You will receive an annual personal review and development plan to support your career progression and you will be encouraged to develop your skills and experience.
Health and safety at work
The postholder has a duty of care and personal obligation to act to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). They must attend mandatory training in infection prevention and control (IP&C) and be compliant with all measures required by the trust to reduce HCAIs. All post holders must comply with trust infection screening and immunisation policies as well as be familiar with the trust’s IP&C policies, including those that apply to their duties, such as hand decontamination, personal protective equipment, aseptic techniques and safe disposal of sharps.
All staff must challenge noncompliance with infection, prevention and control policies immediately and feedback through the appropriate line managers if required.
Confidentiality and data protection
All employees are expected to comply with all trust policies and procedures related to confidentiality and data protection and to work in accordance of the Data Protection Act 1998. For those posts where there is management or supervision of other staff it is the responsibility of that employee to ensure that their staff receive appropriate training (e.g. HISS induction, organising refresher sessions for staff when necessary).
Conflict of interest
The trust is responsible for ensuring that the service provided for patients in its care meets the highest standard. Equally it is responsible for ensuring that staff do not abuse their official position for personal gain or to benefit their family or friends. The trust’s standing orders require any officer to declare any interest, direct or indirect with contracts involving the trust. Staff are not allowed to further their private interests in the course of their NHS duties.
Equality and diversity
The trust values equality and diversity in employment and in the services we provide. It is committed to promoting equality and diversity in employment and will keep under review our policies and procedures to ensure that the job related needs of all staff working in the Trust are recognised. The Trust will aim to ensure that all job applicants, employees or clients are treated fairly and valued equally regardless of sex, marital status, domestic circumstances, age, race, colour, disablement, ethnic or national origin, social background or employment status, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs, HIV status, gender reassignment, political affiliation or trade union membership. Selection for training and development and promotion will be on the basis of the individual’s ability to meet the requirements for the job.
You are responsible for ensuring that the trust’s policies, procedures and obligation in respect of promoting equality and diversity are adhered to in relation to both staff and services.
NHS managers’ code of conduct
As an NHS manager, you are expected to follow the code of conduct for NHS managers (October 2002). www.nmc-uk.org/
If you have responsibility for a budget you are expected to operate within this and under the trust’s standing financial instructions (available in the intranet’s policies section ) at all times.
Barts Health values based leadership
Our leaders ensure a focus on health where patients are at the centre of all we do. They work to create a culture where innovation is promoted and encouraged. They lead by example and demonstrate value based decision making as being integral to the ways of working within the Trust.
Barts Health leaders are role models who demonstrate those attitudes and behaviours which will make us unique. Our leaders are passionate about delivering high quality patient care, take pride in the work that they do to and are committed to the delivering the Barts Health NHS Trust 10 pledges of:
1. Patients will be at the heart of all we do.
2. We will provide consistently high quality health care.
3. We will continuously improve patient safety standards.
4. We will sustain and develop excellence in research, development and innovation.
5. We will sustain and develop excellence in education and training.
6. We will promote human rights and equalities.
7. We will work with health partners to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
8. We will work with social care partners to provide care for those who are most vulnerable.
9. We will make the best use of public resources.
10. We will provide and support the leadership to achieve these pledges.
Our leaders are visible leaders who believe in spending time listening and talking our staff, patients and partners about the things that are important to them and the changes they would like to make to continuously improve patient care.
Barts Health leaders work with their teams to develop organisational values, embed them in our ways of working and create the cultural changes required to ensure that we consistently provide an excellent patient experience, regardless of the point of delivery, in an environment where people want to work, regardless of where they work or what they do.
Post Pharmacy Apprenticeship Assistant
Essential defines the minimum criteria needed to carry out the job and the job cannot be done without these.
Desirable refers to criteria which are not essential and which successful applicants would be expected to acquire during their time in post. The desirable requirements are not taken into consideration in a job evaluation panel.
Essential = E
Desirable = D E or D Application form Interview
Qualifications and knowledge GCSE Maths and English or equivalent
NVQ QCF Level 2 in pharmacy services
Experience Experience or working in a team
Understanding of relevant legislation
-Health and Safety
-Equality and Diversity D
Skills Shows evidence of problem solving
Able to follow Department Procedures
Quick accurate worker E
Personal and people development Experience in managing your own time and meeting set objectives and deadlines E I
Communication Able to communicate to all levels of staff and patients both verbally and in written format E I
Sufficient to perform the duties of the post with any aids and adaptations
Shows enthusiasm and commitment towards learning new skills and self development
Friendly and approachable
Able to work in a busy environment
Able to meet deadline
Able to be flexible and participate in late duty and weekend working E
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