Senior Pharmacist – Oncology & Aseptic Services – Part time post

at Beacon Hospital (view profile)
Location Dublin, Ireland
Date Posted January 11, 2019
Category Pharmacy
Job Type Permanent


This is a part time position working 18.5 hours per week. Applications required before Friday 18th January.

Overall Purpose of Job

The provision of exceptional patient care in an environment where quality, respect, caring and compassion are at the centre of all we do.

Key Responsibilities

The supply of medicines and related items as may be required.

The purchase, storage and supply of all items consistent with quality and value for money.

The provision of clinical services, including the provision of advice to medical and nursing staff.

To participate in teaching, continuing education and research activities consistent with the goals of the Pharmacy Department and the hospital.

To liaise and co-operate with other hospital departments, wards and staff with particular reference to medical and nursing staff caring for oncology patients

To manage the timely collation and input of all concerning drug usage in the hospital in line with departmental policy.

The performance of all duties and responsibilities in line with all Pharmacy Department procedures and protocols as well as hospital wide procedures.

Identify and implement policies and operational processes to the standards of best practice including the development of pharmaceutical services.

Participate in continuing education and research activities consistent with the post.

Ensure that work schedules and programmes are created to provide for the most effective and efficient deployment of staff and other resources.

Lead changes in work, procedures, techniques or technologies having regard to developments in the field of pharmaceutical care and clinical practice.

Identify defects in supplies and equipment. Receive and record details concerning mishaps, investigate and report findings as required to the Pharmacy Manager.

Liaise closely and co-ordinate service delivery with the other team members to ensure a high level of teamwork between pharmacists and pharmaceutical technicians.

Ensure that departmental and organisational policies are enforced.

Motivate team members, through the use of agreed goals and objectives.

Lead and advise the process of developing protocols and guidelines designed to deliver optimal and economical patient care.

Ensure best practice and compliance with agreed clinical guidelines.

Ensure that the medication use process is measured, analysed and optimised by undertaking regular clinical audit.

Ensure that all departmental and hospital wide Health and Safety protocols and procedures are adhered to and all areas of non-compliance are promptly addressed.

To provide cover to the Dispensary, Clinical, Medicines Information services as instructed from time to time by the Pharmacy manager.

Knowledge of new technologies including automation.

Performance of such other duties appropriate to the post, including on call and the participation in extended opening rosters including weekend opening and other such services that may from time to time be introduced by the Director of Pharmacy Services.

To ensure that the compounding service and associated clinical services are measured, analysed and optimised by undertaking regular audit in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

To facilitate the maintenance and updating of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in line with changing practices locally, nationally and internationally.

To facilitate the provision of an Aseptic Compounding service to patients receiving appropriate chemotherapeutic regimes and relevant ancillary treatments in line with the evolving requirements of the hospital.

To be responsible for the safe and effective operation of the Aseptic Compounding Unit (ACU) in order to ensure sterility and stability of the final product in line with current Irish, EU and International standards.

To ensure all microbial and physical monitoring regimens are maintained within the ACU.

Be competent to facilitate audit and inspection of aseptic compounding and clinical trial activities, procedures and protocols with regard to statutory bodies.

Person Specification


Be registered in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists for Ireland.

Possess the requisite knowledge and ability for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

Possess a high standard of administrative and managerial ability.


Have at least 3 years post-registration hospital pharmacy experience, as appropriate.

Aseptic Compounding/ Clinical Oncology Experience

Good working knowledge of training and education issues.

Significant experience of change management and change processes.

Working or technical knowledge of new technologies including automation/ electronic prescribing is desirable.

Job Specific Competencies and Knowledge

Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities.

Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the Values of the Hospital.

Participate in the pharmaceutical service as part of a punctual, dedicated and professional team.

Create, promote and maintain open communications and healthy working relationships

Train and lead a team of skilled staff.

Maintain the principles of equity, accountability and quality in daily work.

Participate in departmental mentor/mentee and tutor/tutee programmes.

The successful candidate will be subject to direction and supervision of the Pharmacy manager and will participate in the provision of a comprehensive pharmaceutical service.

Personal Competencies

Is self-motivated and committed towards quality service provision.

Can motivate others.

Has an inherent person-centred philosophy which is respectful and assertive towards clients, staff and other contacts.

Enjoys working as part of a team.

Is honest and trustworthy.

Is accurate.

Is computer literate.

All posts in Beacon Hospital require a high level of flexibility to ensure the delivery of an effective and efficient service. Therefore, the post holder will be required to demonstrate flexibility as and when required by their manager or hospital management.

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