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Pharmacy Aseptic Services
NHS AfC: Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Royal Berkshire Hospital
£23,949 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
02/04/2023 23:59

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Senior Pharmacy Technician (Aseptic Services) Development Role

NHS AfC: Band 5

Royal Berkshire Hospital are pleased to announce that following our CQC inspection we have been rated ‘Good’ with inspectors reporting that we have made significant improvements.  The Trust’s overall rating has also improved to ‘good’.  This is a great opportunity to join our clinical or non-clinical teams to create a positive and motivating environment within our trust.  Come and join our team in this exciting time of change as we pride ourselves, our staff and our services on excellence.

At the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust we put our patients at the heart of every element of health and care that we provide. The Trust works together as a community to deliver its vision which is “Working together to provide outstanding care for our community.”

We are Compassionate in our thoughts, words and actions

We are Aspirational and have a true desire to be dynamic and to innovate

We are Resourceful and responsible in the way we work and live

We are Excellent in our development, fairness and sharing best practice

Amazing things happen at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust; delivered by amazing people so why don’t you come and join us.  We offer a range of learning and development for all employees may you be clinical or non-clinical.  



Job overview

We are looking for a Registered Pharmacy Technician to join our team in the Pharmacy Aseptic Services Unit. The successful candidate will be involved in the maintenance of the cleanroom suite, aseptic manipulations and supervision of preparation for chemotherapy patients at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and satellite sites.  Responsible for the supply of outsourced ready to use chemotherapy and other tasks associated with the provision of Pharmacy Cancer Services.

We also welcome applications from Registered Pharmacy Technicians who have experience of working in an Aseptic Unit and would be interested in a Band 4 to 5 Progressive Post.


Main duties of the job

To be the successful candidate for the Aseptic Services Unit Senior Pharmacy Technician you will be a highly motivated individual who is keen to join our Cancer Services team of Pharmacists, Technicians and Assistants.  You will be able to demonstrate a significant amount of post-qualification experience of working in an Aseptic Services Unit, preferably in the preparation of chemotherapy and monoclonal antibodies, and will be prepared to work alongside our existing post-holders to supervise the running of the cleanroom suite. 

Experience of pre- and in-process checking is desirable.  You will have good communication, organisational and interpersonal skills, be enthusiastic to develop yourself and the team, and must be able to work accurately under pressure.

You will also have proven team working abilities, be able to manage your own time effectively and demonstrate a commitment to CPD.


Working for our organisation

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest District General Hospitals in the country. The hospital achieved Foundation Trust status on 1st June 2006. It was the first Foundation Trust in the South Central Strategic Health Authority. The Trust has a successful track record of delivering high quality acute medical and surgical services for 500,000 patients across West Berkshire, an area extending from Newbury in the west to Henley-on-Thames in the east, and including Wokingham and parts of Hampshire to the south and parts of Oxfordshire to the north. The Trust is Reading’s biggest employer.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To participate in the provision of a safe, efficient and cost effective Aseptic Preparation Service for the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust as part of a multidisciplinary team.

To be responsible for the daily activities within the clean room.   

To assist in the management of the service as necessary. 

Person specification

Job Role

Essential criteria
  • Up-to-date experience of working with isolator technology and aseptic preparation of chemotherapy products.
  • Methodical approach to work with accurate & precise attention to detail
  • Able to assist in the training of staff
  • Fluent in oral and written English with good verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of GCP, GMP, QA and all regulations and legislation relevant to Aseptics
Desirable criteria
  • Procedure/policy writing


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 Pharmacy services or BTEC in Pharmaceutical Sciences or SCOTVEC or equivalent and professional registration as a Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kirsty Bostock
Job title
Lead Aseptic Services Technician
Email address
Telephone number
0118 322 8645
Additional information

Amanda Wheeler  0118 322 8645

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