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Senior Pharmacist - Clinical Trials-CHI Temple St

  • 23 Dec 2019 2:16 PM
    Message # 8364619
    • Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions:

    144278 Senior Pharmacist - Clinical Trials

    Full time permanent post

    • Essential:
    • ·         Must be a registered pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland or be entitled to be so registered.
    • ·         At least three years’ post qualification experience of working in a hospital setting.
    • ·         Possess the requisite clinical knowledge and ability for the duties of post.
    • ·         Experience of conducting and managing clinical trials.
    • Desirable:
    • ·         Paediatric Experience.
    • Applications will only be accepted via the online portal. Applications will not be accepted through any other method.

    Please click here for a full copy of the job description

    Closing Date: Sunday, 5th January 2020 by 23:59.

    Children’s Health Ireland at Temple Street is an equal opportunities employer

    Senior Pharmacist- Clinical Trials

    Children’s Health Ireland

    Job Specification and Terms & Conditions

    Job Title and


    Senior Pharmacist – Clinical Trials

    Campaign Reference


    Closing Date

    Sunday, 5th January 2020 by 23:59

    Duration of Post


    Location of Post

    Pharmacy Department Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) at Temple Street.

    CHI comprises of five locations in Dublin. The current children’s hospitals sites are CHI at Crumlin, CHI at Temple Street & CHI at Tallaght. The Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre, CHI at Connolly, Blanchardstown. Dublin 15.

    CHI Herberton is the corporate head office and is based at Block A, St. James’s Walk, Rialto, Dublin 8.

    Context/ Background

    Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) is leading on the clinical and operational transformation of acute paediatric healthcare and consists of hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght. The three children’s hospitals and CHI’s Corporate Office transitioned from four separate, independently governed entities into one new single organisation on 1st January 2019 to govern and operate paediatric services in Dublin.

    This new organisation operates as a single service across the existing locations of Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and the CHI Corporate Office and will transition to the new facilities at the two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals and the new children’s hospital on the campus shared with St James’s Hospital.

    The Minister for Health appointed a new Board in September 2017, initially on an administrative basis to support CHI’s Chief Executive and management team in the planning and implementation of the Children’s Hospital Programme and to prepare for the transition of services from the existing three children’s hospitals under the governance of the legally established Board, which commenced on 1st January 2019.

    Children’s Health Ireland Programme is a major programme of work led by CHI, focused on transformative service change to enhance services for children and young people, to integrate the three existing hospitals, while maintaining existing and new services, ensuring patient safety and quality until transition is complete. It will:

     Operationalise an integrated acute paediatric healthcare network

     Act as client for the government funded capital project to build the new children’s hospital and the two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres at Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals, and a separately funded research and innovation centre

     Act as client to a major ICT programme to digitize paediatric healthcare

     Commission, transition to and operate the new children’s hospitals and the two paediatric outpatient and urgent care centres.

    The new children’s hospital will be at the centre of a new model of care with two new Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centres (OPD & UCCs) central to the delivery of this new model of care. The POPD & UCC based at Connolly Hospital on the North side of Dublin opened in July 2019. The POPD &UCC based at Tallaght Hospital on the South side of Dublin is due to open 2020. The addition of the new POPD & UCCs, together with the opening of the new hospital in time, will transform how healthcare is delivered to children in Ireland.

    Reporting Arrangements

    This post will report to the Chief Pharmacist.

    Key Working Relationships

    The post holder will work closely with

     Pharmacy Department

     Research Department

     Consultant Principle Investigators of Clinical Trials involving medicinal products

     Healthcare staff providing clinical trials services

     Clinical Trial Pharmacists in the Children’s Hospital Group

    Please note that this list is not exhaustive and key working relationships will change as the project moves from service development, construction completion, commissioning & transitioning to steady state.

    Purpose of the Role

    The position is full time with a part time commitment to the development, and delivery of a Specialised Pharmacy Service (Clinical Trials)

    As part of the Pharmacy Team, the successful candidate will be expected to provide other Pharmacy Services, including dispensary, procurement, and clinical pharmacy services.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    Professional Duties and Responsibilities:

    Clinical Trials

    Develop and maintain Policies and Guidelines for Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials that support and facilitate Good Clinical Practice (GCP).

    Act as a source of Research Expertise to advise on trial design, procurement of IMP, randomisation, blinding and documentation for in house Clinical Trials.

    Maintain communication with research staff, pharmacy and the principle investigators of Clinical Trials.

    Review Clinical Pharmaceutical Trial proposals and liaise with Specialist Clinical Teams to assess potential ethical issues, and feasibility, including Pharmacy capability and capacity to support the proposal.

    Submit all Clinical Trial Proposals to the Drugs and Therapeutics and Research and Ethics Committees.

    Ensure that all pharmacy/ Drug and Therapeutic Committee queries are resolved during the feasibility and study set up phase.

    Support the Principle Investigator of the Clinical Trial in applying for Clinical Trial Authorisation.

    Support the Principal Investigator in the maintenance of study site documentation to the standard required by the Clinical Research Organisation

    Liaise with other clinical trial centres to assure standardised practice.

    Support good clinical practice, good manufacturing practice and current national and international regulatory requirements as appropriate.

    Ensure the appropriate and timely authorisation and dispensing of IMP as required

    Provide appropriate advice to clinicians, nursing staff and patients on taking IMP as per the clinical trial protocol.

    Work with study coordinators and principal investigators to ensure all serious events and reactions are appropriately reported as per study protocol guidelines

    Facilitate the training of clinicians, nursing staff and allied health professionals on good clinical trial conduct and practice liaising with accredited education providers and CRO’s where necessary.

    Attend study site meetings as required including feasibility, set up, initiation and study close out.

    Support the provision of appropriate trial participant counselling in the use of their IMP.

    Pharmacy Department

    Support the supply of medications to wards and clinical departments in the Hospital in line with legal requirements and Hospital Policies

    Dispense or supervise the dispensing of prescriptions and extemporaneous preparations as may be required.

    Provide appropriate patient counselling.

    Participate in the dispensary pharmacist pager rota.

    Provide Medicines Information as may be requested.

    Attend Pharmacy Team meetings and the weekly pharmacy huddle.

    Support the development of medicines management Policies, Protocols and Guidelines as appropriate.

    Participate in training programmes on medication safety and medication management for Pharmacy and other Hospital employees.

    Support pharmacy staff training as appropriate.

    The above is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

    Eligibility criteria,

    qualifications and experience

    Essential Criteria:

     Must be a registered pharmacist with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland or be entitled to be so registered.

     At least three years’ post qualification experience of working in a hospital setting.

     Possess the requisite clinical knowledge and ability for the duties of post.

     Experience of conducting and managing clinical trials.

    Desirable Criteria:

     Paediatric Experience.

    Internal Applications

    Children’s Health Ireland employees, who hold a permanent contract, are eligible to apply for fixed term and specified purpose competitions across the five Children’s Health Ireland sites. Employees who take up specified purpose or fixed term posts will retain their permanent substantive grade.

    Knowledge, Skills & Competencies

    Leadership & Direction

     Develops networks and communications systems to ensure that they are fully informed in a dynamic and challenging environment.

     Is an effective leader and a positive driver for change; transforms the vision into a framework and structures for moving forward.

     Understands the challenges of leading a complex systems change.

     Balances change with continuity – continually strives to improve service delivery, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence even under increasingly complex and demanding conditions.

    Working With & Through Others - Influencing to Achieve

     Has significant experience in engaging with healthcare organisations.

     Demonstrates the ability to work independently as well as work with a wider multidisciplinary / multi-agency team in a complex and changing environment.

     Is persuasive and effectively sells the vision; commands attention and inspires confidence.

     Sets high standards for the team and puts their work and the work of the organisation into meaningful context.

     Has excellent influencing and negotiation skills.

    Managing & Delivering Results

     Places strong emphasis on achieving high standards of excellence.

     Commits a high degree of energy to well directed activities and looks for and seizes opportunities that is beneficial to achieving organisation goals.

     Perseveres and sees tasks through.

     Champions measurement on delivery of results and is willing to take personal responsibility to initiate activities and drive objectives through to a conclusion.

    Critical Analysis & Decision Making

     Has the ability to rapidly assimilate and analyse complex information; considers the impact of decisions before taking action; anticipates problems.

     Recognises when to involve other parties at the appropriate time and level.

     Is willing to take calculated risks in the interests of furthering the reform agenda.

     Makes timely decisions and stands by those decisions as required.

    Building Relationships / Communication

     Possesses the ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and actively liaise with individuals and groups internally and externally.

     Is committed to building a professional network to remain up-to-date with and influence internal and external politics.

     Is committed to working co-operatively with and influencing senior management colleagues to drive forward the reform agenda.

     Has strong results focus and ability to achieve results through collaborative working.

    Personal Commitment and Motivation

     Is personally committed and motivated for this complex role.

     Demonstrates a strong willingness and ability to operate in the flexible manner that is essential for the effective delivery of the role.

     Demonstrates a commitment to further education in health services management.

    Quality, Risk &

    Safety Responsibilities

    It is the responsibility of all staff to:

     Participate and cooperate with legislative and regulatory requirements with regard to Quality, Risk and Safety.

     Participate and cooperate with Children’s Health Ireland Quality and Risk and Safety initiatives as required.

     Participate and cooperate with internal and external evaluations of hospital structures, services and processes as required, including but not limited to:

     National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare

     National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections

     HSE Standards and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Records Management

     HSE Standards and Recommended practices for Decontamination of Reusable Invasive Medical Devices (RIMD)

     Safety audits and other audits specified by the HSE or other regulatory authorities.

     To initiate, support and implement quality improvement initiatives in their area which are in keeping with the hospitals continuous quality improvement programme.

    It is the responsibility of all managers to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements for Quality, Safety and Risk within their area/department

    Health & Safety

    These duties must be performed in accordance with the hospital health and safety policy. In carrying out these duties the employee must ensure that effective safety procedures are in place to comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act. Staff must carry out their duties in a safe and responsible manner in line with the Hospital Policy as set out in the appropriate department’s safety statement, which must be read and understood.

    Specific Responsibility for Best Practice in


    Hygiene in healthcare is defined as “the practice that serves to keep people and the environment clean and prevent infection. It involves preserving one’s health, preventing the spread of disease and recognizing, evaluating and controlling health hazards.”

    It is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with hospital hygiene standards, guidelines and practices.

    Department heads/ managers have overall responsibility for best practice in hygiene in their area.

    It is mandatory to attend hand hygiene and sharps awareness workshops yearly.

    Competition Specific Selection Process

    How to Apply & Informal Enquiries

    Applicants will be shortlisted based on information supplied in the CV and covering letter submitted. Applications for this post must be accompanied by a covering letter, setting out relevant experience that illustrates how the essential criteria listed above is met. The criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and/or the knowledge, skills and competencies section of this job specification.

    The closing date for submissions of CV’s and letter of application is Sunday, 5th January 2020 by 23:59. Applications will only be accepted via the online portal. Applications will not be accepted through any other method.

    For informal enquiries, please contact,

    Ms. Reena Patel

    Chief Pharmacist

    CHI at Temple Street

    Email: Reena.patel@cuh.ie


    A panel may be created from which permanent, fixed term and specified purpose vacancies of a full or part time duration may be filled across the five Children’s Health Ireland locations. The tenure of these panels will be indicated at offer stage.

    Information on “Non-European Economic Area Applicants” is available from https://dbei.gov.ie/en/

    The programme outlined for Children’s Health Ireland may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.

    Children’s Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

    Terms and Conditions of Employment

    Senior Pharmacist – Clinical Trials

    Duration of post

    This is a permanent role.


    Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health: Current salary scale with effect from 1st September 2019: [Pharmacist Senior, Code: 3239]. Rising in increments annually from point 1: €62,720 to €72,590.

    Annual Leave

    Annual Leave entitlement is 30 days per annum

    Working Week

    The hours allocated to this post are 37 hours as a standard working week. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Department Head and in accordance with the needs of the service.

    HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day / Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016).


    All employees will be subject to a probationary period as per the probation policy. This policy applies to all employees irrespective of the type of contract under which they have been employed. A period of 6 months’ probation will be served:

    • On commencement of employment

    • Fixed term to permanent contract

    • Permanent employees commencing in promotional posts will also undertake a probationary period relating to their new post.


    Employees of Children’s Health Ireland are required to be members of the Hospitals Superannuation Scheme. Deductions at the appropriate rate will be made from your salary payment.

    If you are being rehired after drawing down a public service pension your attention is drawn to Section 52 of the Public Services Pension (Single and Other Provisions) Act 2012. The 2012 Act extends the principle of abatement to retired public servants in receipt of a public service pension who secure another public service appointment in any public service body.

    Place of work/location

    Your place of work will be at CHI at Temple Street, Dublin 1. Due to the plan for one National Children’s Hospital Service and the Satellite Centres, you may be required to transfer with the current hospital/service to a different location in the future. You will be kept informed and advised of the proposed relocation


    Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

    Maternity Leave

    Maternity leave is granted in accordance with the terms of the Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2001.

    Payment of sick leave

    Children’s Health Ireland operates a Sickness Absence Management policy in line with the new Public Service Sick Leave Scheme as introduced in 31st March 2014.

    Pre-Employment Health Assessment

    Prior to commencing in this role a person will be required to complete a form declaring their health status which is reviewed by the hospital’s Occupational Health Service and if required undergo a medical assessment with this department. Any person employed by Children’s Health Ireland must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

    Validation of Qualifications & Experience Any credit given to a candidate at interview, in respect of claims to qualifications, training and experience is provisional and is subject to verification. The recommendation of the interview board is liable to revision if the claimed qualification, training or experience is not proven.


    Children’s Health Ireland will seek up to three written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisations with which the candidate has been associated. The hospital also reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

    Garda Vetting

    Children’s Health Ireland will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the hospital until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the hospital is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to clients, service users and employees.

    Ethics in Public

    Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of the Grade VIII salary scale (€68,310 as at 01.09.2019) are designated positions under Section 18 of the Ethics in

    Office 1995 and 2001

    Positions remunerated at or above the minimum point of the Grade VIII salary scale (€68,310 as of 01.09.2019)

    Public Office Act 1995. Any person appointed to a designated position must comply with the requirements of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 as outlined below;

    A) In accordance with Section 18 of the Ethics in Public Office Act 1995, a person holding such a post is required to prepare and furnish an annual statement of any interests which could materially influence the performance of the official functions of the post. This annual statement of interest should be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer not later than 31st January in the following year.

    B) In addition to the annual statement, a person holding such a post is required, whenever they are performing a function as an employee of the HSE and have actual knowledge, or a connected person, has a material interest in a matter to which the function relates, provide at the time a statement of the facts of that interest. A person holding such a post should provide such statement to the Chief Executive Officer. The function in question cannot be performed unless there are compelling reasons to do so and, if this is the case, those compelling reasons must be stated in writing and must be provided to the Chief Executive Officer.

    C) A person holding such a post is required under the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 to act in accordance with any guidelines or advice published or given by the Standards in Public Office Commission. Guidelines for public servants on compliance with the provisions of the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001 are available on the Standards Commission’s website http://www.sipo.gov.ie/

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Mission Statement

The Hospital Pharmacists Association of Ireland exists to:

  • further the development of hospital pharmacy practices.
  • assist in the provision of continuing pharmaceutical education.
  • represent the views of the hospital pharmacist on issues of relevance to hospital pharmacy.
  • advance the professional welfare of our members



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