Lead Pharmacist - Clinical Trials - Oxford

Oxford, Oxfordshire
Excellent Salary Package
08 Jun 2018
08 Jul 2018
Pharmacy sector
Job Type
Specialist area
Clinical trials

Lead Pharmacist - Clinical trials - Oxford

There are two aspects to this role:

  1. To lead the set-up and running of all clinical trials with a focus on haematology/Oncology trials in conjunction with the wider multidisciplinary team
  2. To provide pharmaceutical expertise and service to the care of haematology and oncology patients receiving treatment in the centre.

The primary purpose of the role for clinical trials:

  • To review and maintain clinical trial pharmacy site files for open trials.
  • To liaise with Principal Investigators, Clinical Trial Coordinators, Nursing, other staff and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry to ensure the smooth running of all clinical trials requiring pharmaceutical services.
  • To assist in the dispensing and checking of clinical trials.
  • To implement and review updates to trial protocols and prescriptions on electronic prescribing system


The primary purpose of the role for the oncology and haematology service:

  1. Provide a comprehensive clinical pharmacy and medicine management service to oncology and haematology patients and to ensure a consistent level of service in accordance to GenesisCare policies
  2. Provide expert advice, at a highly specialist level, on pharmaceutical matters in oncology
  3. Participate in the procurement, preparation, dispensing and distribution of medicines
  4. Provide clinical checking of chemo and final release to nursing staff.


Main Duties and Responsibilities – Clinical Trials

  1. Provide pharmaceutical advice for Haematology and Oncology clinical trials, which require pharmaceutical resources and dispensing activity from initial concept to implementation.
  2. To write and update relevant pharmacy standard operating procedures for clinical trials in accordance with the clinical trial protocols, Good Clinical Practice, European Clinical Trials Directive and any other relevant legislation and guidance
  3. To liaise with clinical trial representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, clinicians, trial co-ordinators, nursing and pharmacy staff to ensure that all trials are conducted appropriately and comply with Good Clinical Practice, European Clinical Trials Directive, legal and local requirements.
  4. To work with other pharmacy staff to ensure clinical trial medicines are dispensed and checked in a timely fashion, and provide appropriate and regular clinical trial training
  5. To calculate overall pharmacy trial fees for both aseptic and non-aseptic aspects of clinical trials
  6. To attend the research committee meetings to give pharmaceutical input into proposed trials, to determine the potential impact on pharmacy workload and give appropriate timescales for trial initiation after pharmacy requirements have been completed
  7. To contribute to the future planning and development of the pharmacy clinical trials service, and attend regular centre meetings
  8. To lead on the training of staff in the reconstitution service and nursing staff on wards, with respect to the preparation and specific handling requirements of IMPs used in trials, e.g. novel pharmaceutical dosage forms, and biologicals/gene therapy.
  9. To lead the on pharmaceutical compliance and audit in preparations for MHRA & CQC inspection of the service

 Main Duties and Responsibilities – Haematology and Oncology Service

  1. Facilitate the daily running of the Pharmacy Department, providing a safe and effective medicines management service to all patients, staff, consultants and customers
  2. Clinical checking and validation of prescription on e-prescribing system
  3. Procurement and dispensing of SACT medicines in line with GenesisCare procedure
  4. Maintain stock level of medicines stock in pharmacy
  5. Ensure accurate and timely charging
  6. Ensure compliance with all appropriate regulatory, professional and best practice frameworks
  7. Involve in the development and implementation of treatment protocols
  8. Involvement with local medicine management meeting
  9. Monitor patient parameters with regards to drug therapy using appropriate electronic

systems and advise on necessary amendments to drug managements

  1. Liaise with RMO, nurses, finance team and other to ensure smooth running of service
  2. Participate in mandatory training in accordance to GenesisCare policy
  3. Provide advice on the pharmaceutical aspects of the management of drug errors and medication-related clinical incidents in cancer treatments
  4. Attend or be available for consultant outpatient clinics to offer pharmaceutical advice and encourage adherence to GenesisCare policies
  5. Help to promote a culture of customer service throughout the pharmacy department, and identify areas for improvement as appropriate

Clinical and Scientific

  1. Experience oncology and haematology.
  2. Experience in clinical investigational drug trials including aseptic
  3. Understanding of protocols and regimens development

Quality and Safety

GenesisCare strives to continuously improve the quality and safety of our services and actively involve and inform patients and their carers in the healthcare they receive. This allows us to deliver the best care for our community.

Accountabilities for this position that relate to the above strategic goal are:

  1. Manage risk and actively work towards implementing risk reduction strategies
  2. Contribute to the development of an effective management and provide appropriate patient education
  • Acknowledge responsibility for own actions and seek assistance when necessary
  1. Demonstrate knowledge/competency in performance of clinical skills relevant to level of expertise


Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Technical Skills & Expertise

  • Clinical trials experience
  • Dispensing medicines and experience of medicine management in a hospital setting
  • Screening and checking systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) prescriptions
  • Electronic prescribing
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or practice research
  • Experience of the production, promotion, implementation and Monitoring of protocols
  • Patient management
  • Counselling
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Attention to detail – ensure accurate recording of data, including patient drug history
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Able to plan and organise straight forward tasks and programmes, and ensure effective control of pharmaceutical stock
  • Able to communicate clearly with a range of people at differing levels across the hospital, deploying a range of techniques to do this effectively


  • Registered with GPHC
  • BSc Pharm or MPHARM
  • One year's preregistration training
  • Further post-grad qualification in clinical pharmacy e.g. Clinical Diploma
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Member of BOPA