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Senior Assistant Technical Officer (SATO) - Pharmacy

NHS AfC : Band 3

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NHS AfC : Band 3
12 months (Fixed term)
Part time: 25 hours per week
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£19,737 - £21,142 £18,813 - £20,795 per annum
Salary period
02/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Working within the Pharmacy Aseptic Unit,  the main duties of this post will involve aseptic preparation of Chemotherapy drugs and CIVAS for patients across the organisation. You must be able to work as a team member and on an individual basis.

Main duties of the job

The Pharmacy Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary is looking for an enthusiastic, well-motivated person to join the team.

Working Pattern is 25 hours per week Monday to Friday

Working for our organisation

Anyone newly appointed to the trust will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probationary period (this includes bank staff). This will give the new staff member an opportunity to become familiar with the role and working environment.

If you think you have what it takes to become an active and flexible member of our team or require more information, please see the contact details below.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Previous Pharmacy experience and experience in an aseptic unit  is essential and an NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy services, or other recognised dispensing qualification is desirable, together with competent IT skills and good basic education including English and Maths to GCSE level.

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • English and Maths GCSE grade C or above
  • NVQ and Btec level 2 in Pharmacy Services
Desirable criteria
  • Completion of a recognised OTC sales course


Essential criteria
  • Experience in hospital pharmacy or other Pharmacy Setting
  • Experience in dispensing medications, drugs receipt, record keeping and cold chain maintenance
Desirable criteria
  • JAC trained
  • Experience with clinical trials
  • Experience with Aseptic preparation

Skills Ability and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy working procedures and current drugs legislation
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety regulations including Control of substances Hazoardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Good communication skills, written and oral.
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload with good attention to detail and accuracy
  • Good manual, accuracy and analytical dispensing skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
Desirable criteria
  • Existing personal development portfolio

Personal qualities

Essential criteria
  • Team Player
  • Ability to work alone
  • Reliable, honest, trustworthy and able to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to work a designated shift pattern inline with the Trusts 7 day working policy
  • Ability to travel as required
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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jane Ritchie
Job title
Lead Pharmacy Technician
Email address
Telephone number
01524 516194
Additional information

Jane Ritchie Lead Pharmacy Technician Aseptic, Oncology and Clinical Trials  -01524 516194


Zoe Lawson -  Senior Pharmacy Technician on  01524 516206