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Job Title: Distribution Chargehand

Location: Southampton

Type: Permanent

Salary: £19,737 – £21,142

Start Date: (TBD)

Description: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term Distribution Operative to join our hard working and friendly team within the Supply Chain Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


Wessex NHS Procurement Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The company provides end to end Procurement and Supply Chain services to hospitals in Basingstoke, Winchester and Southampton

The Distribution team form part of the wider WPL Procurement & Supply Chain. This role is to be part of the supply chain team in a busy trauma hospital ensuring the timely delivery of items from Pharmacy / Goods-In to the relevant wards/department. This role is physically demanding involving a lot of walking and handling heavy items (tools such as pump trucks are available to assist with this).

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria are used by hiring managers as guidance during shortlisting.


For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the ‘Job Description and Main Responsibilities’ section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

What we can offer you

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care.

All non-clinical roles may involve a mixture of on site and remote working, Specific details and flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Your Responsibilities What you’ll do

This role is to oversee the small distribution team working on the later distribution shift to deliver an efficient distribution service ensuring all tasks and activities are completed within agreed timescales.

The successful candidate will also be part of a team responsible for ensuring the safe delivery of pharmacy items, receiving signatures where appropriate [i.e. controlled drugs, refrigerated items].

The role includes:


Delivering loaded pharmacy boxes and fluids to ward / department areas.

Leading the Distribution staff to ensure all services are covered are completed to the expected standards.

Assisting and supporting the Receipts and Distribution Co-ordinator in all day to day areas of Distribution.

Assisting in ensuring the timely delivery and collection of goods and services to the correct location.

Supporting the extended Pharmacy opening hours and act as a liaison to Pharmacy to ensure optimal service delivery


What we’re looking for


Team player – we have a diverse and upbeat team

Enthusiastic – Passion to drive results and provide great service


Good organisational skills, including ability to prioritise workload.

Good Customer Care skills

Ability to use initiative


Additional information

Interviews will be held on Friday, 13 August 2021

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Steve Hooper Job title Distribution Co-ordinator Email address Steven.hooper@uhs.nhs.uk Telephone number 02381 204010