Pharmacy Technician Accuracy Checking Nhs Afc: Band 5

Prescot, United Kingdom

Job Description

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Permanent: participation in evening and weekend rota required
Full time - participation in evening and weekend rota required
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£25,655 - £31,534 per annum
Salary period
08/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated GPhC registered Pharmacy Technician to join our Dispensary team. You will be supporting the dispensary managers in the management, co-ordination and delivery of our dispensing services.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for the accuracy checking of inpatient, outpatient, controlled drug and discharge prescriptions, and for ensuring the timely flow of work through our busy dispensaries It is vital that applicants are adaptable and prepared to work with us to help shape the best possible service. Your contribution through suggestions, working groups, involvement in projects and audits will be encouraged. The Pharmacy department has over 130 staff operating across Whiston and St Helens Hospitals. We have established automated dispensing systems within the dispensaries at both sites, and the Trust has a long-standing reputation for being a rewarding place to work. Applicants should be qualified to NVQ Level 3 / BTEC Pharmacy Service skills or a recognised equivalent and must possess BTEC Professional Diploma in Dispensing Technician Checking or recognised equivalent. Interview Date: WC 18th October 2021

Working for our organisation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running! The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission. We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit. Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To final accuracy check dispensed prescriptions, including ‘one stop dispensing’ items in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • To dispense prescriptions accurately according to safe working practices.
  • To provide a one stop dispensing service to inpatients at ward level. This will require taking patient medication histories, counselling patients, inspection of patient own drugs for re-use and dispensing for discharge.
  • To participate in the dispensing and final accuracy checking of restricted and controlled medicines including having authorised access to patients’ blood results which need interpreting before supply can be issued e.g. Clozaril Monitoring Service
  • To participate in the dispensing process of all prescriptions accurately according to safe working practices and departmental procedures, including;
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • TTOs
  • Controlled Drugs
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cytotoxic Drugs
  • Unlicensed medicines

  • To be responsible for the ordering and stock control of medicines for the dispensaries at both St Helens and Whiston Hospitals, including the daily stock take.
  • To be responsible for the stock control of dispensed medicines on wards, departments and clinics.
  • To assist in the maintenance of the stock control of non-dispensed medicines on wards.
  • To liaise with appropriate medical staff, clinical pharmacists, ward staff, GP’s, Primary Care Trust staff, community pharmacies and other professional bodies regarding any issues with patients’ medication.
  • To order stocks and special line items to fulfil prescriptions.
  • To participate in ward pharmacy services and outside clinic visits (Willis House, Willowbrook Hospice etc) including stock control and liaison with medical and nursing staff.
  • To provide individual dose dispensing and blister packing services for patients who have difficulty with normal medicines packaging.
  • To assist in the preparation, assembly and final accuracy check of emergency resuscitation and anaphylaxis boxes.
  • To assist the Chief Technician in the recruitment of staff including participation on interview panels.
  • To participate in a rota which enables the department to provide a full 7 day service.
    To participate in Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday, late night and on-call rotas as necessary in response to the changing needs of the service.
  • To participate in and to perform individual performance review with technical staff
Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Btec NC & NVQ Level 3in Pharmacy Service skills or GPhC recognised equivalent’
  • Btec professional diploma in dispensing checking or GPhC recognised equivalent.
  • Registered as a practising Pharmacy Technician with the GPhC

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Sufficient number of months post-qualification experience working in a pharmaceutical environment
  • Experience of dispensing for discharge and medicines management

Desirable criteria
  • Experience in using the JAC pharmacy computer system


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to motivate team performance to achieve objectives
  • Good verbal communication skills both face to face and using telephones
  • Ability to talk to patients, staff and other senior health care professionals
  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time and able to work under pressure
  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently with good attention to detail
  • Well organised with good time management skills
  • Good administration skills including accurate record keeping


Essential criteria
  • Ability to participate in the department rota for 7 day working.
  • Supportive of colleagues of all grades

Desirable criteria
  • Ability to travel various Hospital locations by own car/ assisted driver

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to providing an environment and services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity, we welcome applications from all sections of the communities we serve to enable us to reflect their diversity and improve the delivery of the services we provide. Any information gathered during the application process relating to protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is gathered for statistical purposes only and is not made available to recruiting managers at any stage of the recruitment process. As a ‘Disability Confident Leader’ we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to have a disability and who meet the minimum selection criteria (essential) at each stage of the selection process. You can indicate your wish submit an application under the Trust's guaranteed interview scheme in the personal information section of the online application form. Transitional arrangements are in place for EU,EEA and Swiss Citizens following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Should you this apply to you, you are advised to familiarise yourself with these arrangements to ensure you continue to have right to work in the UK and how to evidence that right in the future. Please see the document attached to this vacancy. This requirement does not apply to Irish citizens, who can continue to freely enter, live and work in the UK. The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action. Please be aware, that we may close a vacancy earlier than stated, should a sufficient number of applications be received from which a shortlist can be confirmed therefore you are advised to apply at your earliest convenience. If you are having difficulty completing an online application, please contact

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