University College London Hospitals undertakes world-class research across many specialities including cancer, neurology, stroke, rheumatology, and early phase medicine. In this role you will be a key part of facilitating this research. You will be an integral part of a team of clinical trial senior pharmacists who provide a high-quality clinical trial delivery service; thereby giving access to new, ground-breaking treatments to patients via study protocols. The postholder will acquire experience in all aspects of managing Clinical Trials of Investigative Medicinal Products, and will have the opportunity to develop leadership, oversight, finance, risk assessment, audit, and inspection skills. A GPhC-registered pharmacist with at least 2 years’ post registration experience in an NHS hospital healthcare setting would be well suited. The post holder will be well supported by the Principal Pharmacist R&D and the Principal Pharmacist for Clinical Trials.
There are many reasons to join UCLH; including staff discounts, at least 27 days holiday (excl bank holidays) and flexible working opportunities. Come and join our team if you are looking for a job where you can make a difference to patient care whilst learning about research delivery and digital health.
The post-holder will be trained to assist the Principal Pharmacist R&D and the Principal Pharmacist for medicines optimisation and clinical trials in the following:
- Plan and participate in the risk assessment of clinical trials with respect to systems, patients, and staff at UCLH
- Participate in the management and development of the pharmacy clinical trial service at UCLH
- Deputise for the Principal Pharmacist Clinical Trials when appropriate.
- Oversee the day-to-day smooth running of the operational and dispensary functions of the pharmacy clinical trials team.
- Oversee and participate in the mentoring and development of the clinical trial technical team.
- Be accountable for the preparation of financial reconciliation of activities
- Attend feasibility meetings to communicate feedback for our services for safety, capacity, and capability.
- Review clinical trials and provide continual progress data on Q-pulse
- Provide advice and make sound decisions for the wider research community when appropriate and know when to escalate to the Principal Pharmacists in clinical trials.
Pharmacy Clinical Trials
The Pharmacy Clinical Trials Unit (PCTU) sits within the Pharmacy department. PCTU consists of a team of 22 dedicated pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and assistants whose role is to deliver the timely opening of Clinical Trials of Investigational Medicines.
PCTU supports approximately 500 commercial and non-commercial studies at any given time across four sites within UCLH.
UCLH Pharmacy provides a comprehensive array of services across all clinical sites of the trust with the overall aim of ensuring safe, effective, and economical use of medicines throughout the Trust, and supporting education, training, and research. Pharmacy is closely involved in all stages of medicines use, from negotiation of contracts for purchase through to assessment of treatment outcomes in the clinical setting, and at all stages in between.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population. We provide academically led acute and specialist services, to people from the local area, from throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Our vision is to deliver top-quality patient care, excellent education, and world-class research. We provide first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites.
- Works collaboratively with senior pharmacy colleagues and appropriate staff in other disciplines (i.e., the research community) to forward the pharmacy clinical trials services agenda, in accordance with agreed objectives and practice
- Supports the development of the clinical trials service in line with local and national objectives
- Represent Pharmacy Clinical Trials for issues relating to clinical trials medicines management at feasibility and external research meetings
- Support the clinical pharmacists at the UCLH sites to ensure the safe and effective delivery of clinical trials medicines management
- Identifies risks in relation to clinical trials medicines use and supports the implementation of strategies aimed at risk reduction
- Delegates authority appropriately to junior pharmacy staff and evaluates their performance against identified criteria
- Provides dispensary cover for the various sites within UCLH which deliver clinical trials.
- Develops and maintains Clinical Trial Standard Operating procedures in liaison with the Pharmacy Clinical Trials Lead
- Demonstrates accountability to patients, service users, stakeholders, and the profession
- Follows legal, ethical, professional and employer’s codes of conduct
- Demonstrates a whole-system, patient focused approach