Specialist Clinical Pharmacist (Oncology)
Job Description

Job Purpose

To provide an exemplary pharmacy service in accordance with current legislation accepted professional and ethical standards and clinical requirements.

 To be responsible for leading, managing and delivering the specialist pharmacy service of oncology.

 To provide advice and support to consultants, other clinicians and patients ensuring the safe, appropriate and cost effective use of medicines.

 To advise the hospital and its departments on the safe management of medicines, ensuring compliance with current legislation and professional standards.

 To promote a multidisciplinary, patient focused approach to the delivery of an efficient, high quality healthcare service.


  • Plan, deliver and evaluate pharmaceutical care to meet patient’s health and wellbeing needs.
  • Assess the health and well-being of patients whose needs may be complex and changing within the context of their medicines.
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate the movement of medicines.
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with various individuals and groups on complex, sensitive and occasionally contentious issues in a range of situations.
  • Lead others in the development of knowledge, ideas and work practice.
  • Modify and structure data, information, computer records and stock management documents.
  • Delegate work to others
  • Plan, monitor and quality assure the application of technology for the provision of chemotherapy treatment
  • Monitor and maintain physical and/or financial resources for a work area;
  • Develop own knowledge and skills and contribute to the development of others.
  • Contribute to the development of services.
  • Assist with research and the collection of factual data and information.
  • Promote best practice in health and safety and security.
  • Contribute to quality improvement
  • Promote people’s equality, diversity and rights.
  • Acknowledge the risk of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) and understand own responsibility as agreed with line manager in the prevention and control of HCAI.

Person Profile

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree (BSc/MSc Hons).
  • Current member of the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient requirements.
  • Worked in a pharmacy.
  • Highly specialist knowledge through a diploma in clinical pharmacy and/or acquired through training and experience, particularly in the field of oncology.
  • Supervisory/Management qualification
  • Previous experience as a pharmacist specialising in the provision of an oncology service
  • Experience of working in partnership with consultants and across clinical teams


  • Analysing clinical and management problems and coming up with viable solutions
  • Working as a practitioner in and across multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of applying clinical reasoning skills to a range of complex and varied patient oncology cases
  • Challenging consultants to influence evidence based practice
  • Share evidence based practices with colleagues to enhance service and standards
  • Experience of working in partnership with consultants and participating in creating innovative solution for the oncology service
  • Experience of clinical leadership  e.g. developing peers
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Experience of independent sector
  • Support the  commercial development of the oncology business locally
  • Effective stock and budgetary control
  • Experience of working within an independent sector hospital pharmacy department.
  • Experience of working in an independent sector hospital pharmaceutical department.
  • Experience of working with cytotoxic medicines and preparing chemotherapy.

Knowledge and Technical Ability

  • Competence across a range of skills supported by professional knowledge in oncology.
  • Supporting the commercial development of clinical oncology services locally
  • Actively creating new business opportunities to support the pharmacy department
  • Experience of working in partnership with consultants and participating in creating innovative solution for new oncology services.
  • Challenging consultants to influence evidence based practice
  • Professional assessor
  • Numeracy
  • Auditing skills across clinical standards and departments
  • Evidence of post registration continual professional development in oncology specialism
  • Stock control
  • Possess the Mandatory Training  including  Infection Control competences and health and safety
  • Root cause analysis
  • Demonstrate principles of accountable practice
  • Ability to teach others. 
  • Maintains specialist interest in oncology developments
  • English language to IELTS 7.0
  • Trained on MS Office and other relevant packages
  • Patient empowerment skills
  • Oncology business development skills
  • Professional assessment of team clinical  competences

Skills and Behaviours

  • Passion for Customers
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement
  • Communication and Influencing
  • Working Collaboratively
  • Concern for Standards
  • Business Focus
  • Willing to participate in flexible working pattern e.g. evenings/on call
  • Registration with the Health Professions Council
  • Work a variety of shift patterns
  • Willing to participate in flexible work processes
  • Able to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines if required
  • Empathy for the impact of their role on vulnerable and sick patients
  • Demonstrate your scope of practice underpins the six fundamental values of the 6 C’s (Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment) and the care they deliver to the patient at the point of contact treats them with respect and dignity.
    • Demonstrate the Spire Values:
    • Caring is our passion
    • Succeeding together
    • Driving excellence
    • Doing the right thing
    • Delivering on our promises
    • Keeping it simple

Job Requirements


Company Overview

Spire Healthcare’s mission is to bring together the best people who are dedicated to developing excellent clinical environments and delivering the highest quality patient care. We constantly invest in our people, facilities and equipment to ensure our patients receive a high standard of care.

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