Senior Assistant Technical Officer
NHS AfC: Band 3
- NHS AfC: Band 3
- Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Roster pattern)
- Unit 7 Chiltonian Industrial Estate
- £27,948 - £29,468 per annum inclusive of HCAS
- 05/06/2023 23:59
London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.
We employ over 9,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.
In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.
By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for Senior Assistant Technical Officers (SATO) to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust. In 2021 we moved to a newly constructed medicines packing unit in Hither Green/Lewisham. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who have experience working as an assistant technical officer, have successfully completed NVQ level 2 (or equivalent relevant qualification) and wish to experience a different sector in the NHS. These are fulltime roles and post holders will work a rota pattern covering the operational hours of the service. This role will primarily be based at Hither Green and will require travel to locations across the LAS sites.
Main duties of the job
You will be assisting with training and undertake work within the medicines packing and distribution function of the LAS. Daily activities include: leading on the medicines store coordinator role, stock rotation, inventory management and systems champion, medicines packing, processing of drug usage forms. On occasion there may be a requirement to visit ambulance stations for audit work and stock checks to ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework. You will be a champion for medicines management and drive continuous improvement. All training and development will be provided for the post.
Working for our organisation
London Ambulance Service serves one of the worlds most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital every year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.
We employ over 9,000 people who work or volunteer, across London to respond to the health needs of over 8 million people who live, work and travel in the capital.
We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 STPs and NHS England for our specialist services.
As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest ambulance Trust in the UK. We are seeking someone who will fit with the Trust values of Caring, Respect and Teamwork
For further details of the job description and main responsibilities, please see attached job description.
Applicants are advised to read all the information enclosed in the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.
Priority will be given to staff at risk candidates.
We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.
Knowledge and Skills
- Experience in community, ambulance services or hospital pharmacy stock distribution and top-up services
- Experience of working in a team
- Previous experience of assisting staff induction and competency based training
- Previous work with or within an NHS Trust
- Understand issues involved in stock control and medicines distribution
- Interested in and have knowledge of the use of medicines
- Understand the importance of quality issues
- Able to accurately perform calculations
- Able to work to policies and procedures
- Ability to apply technical pharmacy knowledge and critically compare a range of options
- Understanding of COSHH regulations, Health and Safety at Work Act
- Good prioritisation/organisation skills
- Good IT skills including data entry
- Ability to influence others
- Good Communication skills (including verbal and written)
- Ability to concentrate with occasionally unpredictable workload. For example, able to concentrate for calculating quantities for supply with interruptions to provide advice to other staff
- GCSE grades A -C: English Language Maths Double Science or equivalent
- NVQ Level 2 in pharmacy services or equivalent relevant qualification such as Buttercups Medicines Management training
The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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Further details / informal visits contact
- Sarfaraj Patel
- Job title
- Production Manager
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