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Senior Pharmacy Assistant Full Time

at Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust Sheffield in Sheffield (Published at 21-01-2022)

We would like to make you aware of the recent government announcement that from 1 April 2022 (subject to parliamentary approval), everyone working in the NHS (including Sheffield Children?s NHS Foundation Trust) in roles that have face-to-face contact with patients and service users, will need to provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are medically exempt. Details on the announcement can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-vaccination-a-condition-of-deployment-in-the-health-and-wider-social-care-sector

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For The role will involve working in the aseptic unit. This will include the preparation of a range of aseptic products. Cleaning of all isolators and laminar air flow cabinets is required along with general housekeeping in accordance with agreed procedures and frequency. Preparation, making up, labelling and packaging of all aseptically prepared products is a key part of the role


  • Prepare a range of aseptic products including: - Civas, TPN, Cytotoxics and ATMP's

  • Assembly of trays for manufacture

  • Process checking of trays for manufacture

  • Writing of worksheets

  • Labelling of worksheets

  • Accurate costing of all materials and consumables used

  • Participate in quality management activities

  • Support the senior technicians in the day to day running of the unit

  • Assist with the training of junior staff


Sheffield Children?s is an independent, specialist paediatric hospital, providing dedicated healthcare for children and young people across community, mental health and acute specialist settings.

We have three overarching aims that set the direction for the Trust in our vision ?to create a healthier future for children and young people.?


  • Outstanding patient care

  • Brilliant place to work

  • Leader in children?s health


Our commitment to rewarding colleagues is demonstrated through our brilliant reward and benefits offer including; generous annual leave entitlement and pension scheme and access to salary sacrifice schemes such as cycle to work and lease cars.

We are committed to supporting colleagues from different heritages and lifestyles while at work. This is supported through the offer we have in place for flexible working and the three equality network groups we have in place. Colleagues are encouraged to join these groups and request flexible working


  • To work in the aseptic suite undertaking the following tasks:

  • Works within Standard Operating Procedures as laid down in the Pharmacy Aseptic Procedure manual.

  • Follows Good Manufacturing Practice for all procedures within the aseptic facility.

  • Cleaning of the cabinets.

  • Cleaning of the floors, work surfaces and furniture in accordance with agreed procedures and frequency.

  • Labelling and packaging of aseptically prepared products.

  • Ordering of materials for the aseptic unit. Replenishing of stock items within the aseptic unit. Completes all necessary paperwork and liaises with the Senior Pharmacy Technician / Deputy Senior technician (aseptic) regarding stock discrepancies.

  • Transfer sanitisation of items into the cabinets for assembly using agreed techniques/

  • Working in all positive and negative pressure isolators, and laminar air flow cabinets within the suite to dispense, measure and manipulate sterile doses using good aseptic technique.

  • Delivering aseptic preparations to the wards and departments in line with pharmacy procedures and to maintain the cold chain.

  • Assist in environmental monitoring or testing as required.

  • Assists in audits within the aseptic unit.

  • General housekeeping duties including the removal of waste in accordance with departmental and trust policies.

  • To follow advice on working within the cabinets to avoid strain and minimise the risk of RSI injuries.

  • To work closely with other staff in the aseptic suite and department, especially other Assistants, in contributing to the smooth, safe and efficient running of the service.

  • Delivering dispensary items to the wards and departments on agreed timed rounds.

  • Acts as a Mentor for NVQ 2 students within the aseptic unit and assists with training when required.

  • To use appropriate IT technology when necessary.

  • Has a working knowledge of other Pharmacy Assistant roles.

  • Produce workload figures (IV and TPN) and ensures that these are available to senior staff on a monthly basis.

  • To maintain a safe system of work at all times, including the knowledge of and abiding by the Fire precautions, departmental and trust safety policies and procedure manuals following any Standard Operating Procedures in place.

  • Participation in training and monitoring systems to ensure the delivery of a safe and effective service.

  • Participate in the trust appraisal scheme.

  • To promote the professional image of pharmacy within the trust by ensuring that the standard of dress and behaviour reflects the professional service offered by the pharmacy department. Participates in continuing development and competency skills training.


Inclusive Recruitment & Selection

We offer encouragement and active support to applicants with additional needs, including those from ethnic minorities, with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you wish to adjust any aspect of the recruitment process or wish to find out more about our recruitment & selection processes, please get in touch with our Recruitment Manager: [email protected]

We are currently reviewing our recruitment & selection process and are looking to make our job adverts more inclusive. This will support the long-term aim of Sheffield Children?s being a champion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. If you have any ideas in how we can make our recruitment & selection process more inclusive, please get in touch with Catherine Gilbert [email protected]

Trust Values

The Trust is committed to providing great quality patient care and keep children, young people and families at the heart of what we do by following our CARE values:


  • Compassion ? leading by kindness and showing empathy, understanding and respect

  • Accountability ? striving to do the right thing and owning responsibility

  • Respect ? value differences, tackling inequality and fostering a culture of inclusion

  • Excellence ? delivering a high-quality standard of care




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