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Senior Assistant Technical Officer - Clinical Trials

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Responsible for the monitoring, ordering and maintenance of appropriate stock levels of commercial medicines, investigational medicinal products (IMP) and consumables for clinical trial use.

Receive and record deliveries of commercial medicines and IMP, ensuring stock rotation where appropriate and use of electronic stock management systems.

To plan, organise and manage the daily workload of the pharmacy clinical trials service in conjunction with the clinical trials technicians and pharmacists.

Responsible for dispensing clinical trial prescriptions following the principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP), trial specific dispensing guides, SOPs and trust policies.

To process returns of patient medicines and arrange disposal or return to sponsor according to trial specific dispensing guides, SOPs, Trust Medicines Management and Waste Management Policies.

To communicate with pharmacy staff, research nurses, R&D personnel and Clinical Research Associates (CRAs) on a range of matters, sometimes complex. Provides support to research teams delivering and/or collecting completed prescriptions, documentation etc.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

This post provides a unique opportunity to join the Pharmacy Clinical Trials team at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and support all aspects of clinical trial setup, delivery and closeout.

The Royal Devon was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

As a key member of the Trust, you’ll be joining an exceptional team at a time of innovation and service development.

We are looking for an individual with previous experience of working in a Hospital or Community Pharmacy setting who holds an NVQ level 2 qualification in dispensing (or recognised equivalent dispensing qualification).

This is an exciting role that will allow you to develop your knowledge and working relationships with the wider Pharmacy team as well as with colleagues in the Research and Development team.

You should have good communication and organisation skills and ability to work flexibly and adapt to changing priorities and demands.

You should be methodical and accurate with good attention to detail. You must be able to work as in part of a team and have good problem-solving abilities.

Knowledge of computerised dispensing systems and clinical trials would be an advantage but not essential.

If you believe you have the skills and experience necessary to fulfill this role we look forward to hearing from you.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week participating in flexible working arrangements including late duties, weekend and bank holidays. Part time hours also available on fixed term contract basis (18 months)

Interview Date: Tuesday 24th October 2023.

For further information and to arrange an informal visit to meet the team, please contact: Julia Weston, Senior Pharmacy Technician Clinical Trials on / 01392 402444 or Ceri Davies, Chief Technician Clinical Trials on / 01392 402444.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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