Quality Assurance Pharmacist

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job type Temporary
Salary £16.2 - £16.52 per hour
Published about 1 month ago
Start date ASAP
Contact Orlaith Fogarty
Job ref B2QAP_1660649091

Job description

Quality Assurance Pharmacist

Band 6 Quality Assurance Pharmacist required for a large public sector organisation based through the Belfast Trust.

Salary: £16.52 p/h

Location: Royal Hospital

Hours: 37.5

Duration: ongoing


The person appointed will work as part of a team and will have delegated responsibility for designated aspects of the Regional Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Service. This service is concerned with the quality of medicinal products and other associated items used by the hospital pharmaceutical service whether obtained from commercial sources, prepared in pharmacy departments, or manufactured in pharmaceutical production units. It ensures a high standard by providing a system of tests, audits and controls. He/She will be based at the Regional Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance Service in the Plenum Building, Royal Victoria Hospital. The regional production unit, Victoria Pharmaceuticals is also housed in the Plenum Building. The post holder may have other duties that will take him/her to other sites including Victoria Pharmaceuticals at Knockbracken. The following standards and publications provide the basis on which the service is developed and maintained, in addition to pharmaceutical legislation.

  1. Rules and Guidance for Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors 2015, MHRA.

  1. Aseptic Dispensing for NHS Patients, Department of Health, 1995.

  1. Aseptic Dispensing in HPSS Hospitals HSSE (OCE)1/97.

  1. The Quality Assurance of Aseptic Preparation Services, Beaney AM (ed) 5th Edition.

  1. HPSS Medicines Management Standard (Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines), current version.

  1. A Spoonful of Sugar - Medicines Management in NHS Hospitals. Audit Commission, 2001.

  1. National Guidance on the Safe Administration of Intrathecal Chemotherapy [HSS(MD)45/2003]

  1. Pharmaceutical Isolators, edited by Midcalf, Phillips, Neiger and Coles, The Pharmaceutical Press 2004OB DESCRIPTION


  1. To assess microbiological environmental data to determine compliance of unlicensed aseptic and licensed manufacturing units with relevant standards. To implement corrective actions as necessary.
  2. To act as a releasing officer for overlabelled and pack down products by the Regional NHS Manufacturing Unit (Victoria Pharmaceuticals, Royal Hospitals).
  3. To participate in the investigation and reporting of defective pharmaceutical and medical and surgical products in accordance with relevant national, regional and local procedures.
  4. To assist in the risk assessments of unlicensed medicinal products.
  5. To assist in developing analytical methods to determine the quality and stability of finished products, dispensed medicines in various dosage forms and raw materials.
  6. To assess the analytical and microbiological tests carried out by RPQAS on raw materials, packaging components, consumables and finished products including IMPs for clinical trials to ensure their suitability for use.
  7. To assist in maintaining the PQS for all VPs MHRA licences.
  8. To assist in the integration of the Validation Master Plan for Victoria Pharmaceuticals.
  9. To assist in the response to internal audits and regulatory inspection findings/deficiencies and ensure agreed action plans are completed in a timely manner.
  10. To participate in the training of pharmacists, technical staff, pre-registration pharmacists and other healthcare staff in quality assurance and quality control issues.
  11. To act as a member of a team to set priorities and plan objectives for the service. To develop and maintain high professional standards and procedures which ensure safe systems of work.
  12. To develop the service to meet any changing need.
  13. To assist in the clinical trials production service in Victoria Pharmaceuticals (VP) as and when deemed necessary by the Regional Quality Assurance Pharmacist and the VP Production Manager, supported by clear lines of responsibility.
  14. To contribute to the maintenance and development of SOPs and departmental documentation according to current GMP standards and assist colleagues in other areas of hospital pharmacy in this respect.
  15. To act as a member of a team to set priorities and plan objectives for the service. To develop and maintain high professional standards and procedures which ensure safe systems of work.
  16. To develop the service to meet any changing need.
  17. To participate in practice research and development in the field of pharmaceutical quality assurance.
  18. To establish and maintain interpersonal relationships with other healthcare staff.
  19. To participate in the supervision of technical staff, delegation of workload and investigation of any problems encountered.

This job description is an outline of the post as it is currently perceived by the Trust. It is not meant to be definitive and may therefore be subject to change, in both emphasis and detail, to meet changing needs.


  1. M.Pharm. or equivalent.
  2. Be a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland or eligible for membership
  3. Have an understanding of legislation and guidance relevant to GMP.
  4. Ability to motivate self and others.
  5. Evidence of team working and building working relationships.
  6. Have effective communication skills, both oral and written which will meet needs of the post in full.


If you are interested and available for this position, please upload your CV to the link or contact Orlaith Fogarty.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. Please note that these roles may be filled quickly but your CV will be kept on file for future similar roles. As there are so many applications, unsuccessful candidates may not be contacted.

Successful candidates may need to apply for an Access NI Certificate with Staffline regardless if you already have a valid certificate. It will be a cost of between £18 - £33 depending on clearance level.

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