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Pharmacy Assistant Technical Officer (ATO) - 12 Months Fixed-Term

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Fixed-Term Contract for 12 months
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Pharmacy Stanmore (280) L5
Stanmore, Middlesex
£21,374 to £22,742 per annum inc.
25/09/2019 23:59

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust (RNOH) is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK, and is regarded as a leader in the field of orthopaedics both in the UK and world-wide.

The RNOH provides a comprehensive range of neuro-musculoskeletal health care, ranging from the most acute spinal injury or complex bone tumour to orthopaedic medicine and specialist rehabilitation for chronic back pain sufferers. This broad range of services is unique within the NHS.

As a national centre of excellence, the RNOH treats patients from across the country, many of whom have been referred by other hospital consultants for second opinions or for treatment of complex or rare conditions. 

Patients benefit from a team of highly specialised consultants, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognised for their expertise and experience. Consultants are supported in their work by nurses, therapists and other specialist clinical staff who are trained and are experts in their particular fields of orthopaedic care. 

The RNOH plays a major role in teaching, 20% of all UK orthopaedic surgeons receive training here. Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and our academic links with University College, London. Research departments at Stanmore include the Institute of Orthopaedics, the Centre for Disability Research and Innovation, the Institute of Human Performance and the Centre for Biomedical Engineering.

The RNOH works closely with other hospitals and trusts, with whom we have joint appointments to ensure maximum availability of specialist skills for patients. Our patients benefit from access to Aspire Leisure Centre which is located on site and hosts first-class facilities for able-bodied and disabled people.


The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHT Trust (RNOH) is a national centre of excellence with an international reputation for diagnosis, assessment and treatment of a range of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. The RNOH is a unique hospital site situated in acres of greenery and has recently opened up a new ward block which is state of the art facility that reflects and enhances the medical excellence the RNOH is renowned for.

A challenging and rewarding opportunity has arisen to join the pharmacy team at the RNOH. We are seeking a forward thinking and highly motivated pharmacy assistant to deliver a high quality, safe and effective pharmacy service. There is huge scope for the successful applicant to develop on both a personal and professional level through exposure to all departmental activities.

The Pharmacy Department has a strong focus on medicines optimisation and innovative pharmaceutical practice. This offers exciting opportunities for professional development at the cutting edge for both Pharmacists and Technicians. .

All applicants must have evidence to verify knowledge, skills and training undertaken in their role as a senior pharmacy assistant. The post holder will possess excellent communication skills, good interpersonal and IT skills, and ability to work independently as well as in a team in a dynamic Pharmacy department.

The post holder will be:

  • Responsible for the procurement of pharmaceuticals for RNOH
  • Dealing with stock shortages and reporting as necessary
  • Work with the finance and commissioning team in ensuring processing invoices
  • Ensuring appropriate claims are made in time
  • Work with other ATO’s and pharmacy technicians providing dispensary support services
  • Assist in dispensing inpatient, outpatient, TTA’s and Controlled Drugs
  • Managing accurate stock levels in Dispensary
  • Participate in ward “top ups” and other distribution services to the wards
  • Liaise with clinicians to ensure Homecare prescriptions are provided on a timely basis
  • Work with other ATO’s to order IV fluids and medical gases for the Hospital

Through provision of an effective Pharmacy service, this post will;

  • Challenge your problem solving skills
  • Strengthen your organisational skills by co-ordination and prioritisation of work.
  • Improve communication skills

Experience of working in an NHS hospital pharmacy is essential. The post holder should hold NVQ2 in Pharmacy Services Certificate or equivalent.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Vishakha Patani or Sejal Rajani on 020 8909 5832.