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Medicines Management Technician

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Full Time
The Pharmacy department are seeking to appoint a motivated and dynamic pharmacy technician to cover a maternity post.

You will need to be inspirational and determined in your approach and be able to influence healthcare professionals outside of traditional pharmacy boundaries. We can offer you the opportunity to succeed in providing the highest standards of care for patients, developing your own professional career.

You will spend most of your working week on your ward. You will actively participate in the multi-disciplinary team making pharmaceutical interventions, ensuring medicines reconciliation queries are resolved at the first opportunity, ensuring the most appropriate medicines are started in line with Trust formulary, ensuring effective antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring effective medicines safety (e.g. where appropriate, that VTE prophylaxis is in place, that therapeutic drug monitoring is occurring), ensuring transfer of care information is captured when medicines are started, stopped and changed, ordering new medicines when necessary and ensuring effective discharge planning takes place.

This vacancy is advertised on a fixed term basis for a period of 12 months as it has been established to provide cover for maternity leave.

NHS employees must secure their manager's agreement for a secondment arrangement prior to interview, as this will be a condition of any offer made.

Main duties of the job

Directly accountable to the Pharmacy Technician Team Manager you will help shape services and standards, driving improvements in medicines optimisation.

This is an extremely exciting time to join our pharmacy team. We are developing our own ward based pharmacy support to all wards. The wards have their own dedicated pharmacist / technician and assistant, to support medicines optimisation, and to deliver proactive ward-based pharmacy services by supporting effective discharge planning and patient counselling and education.

Alongside our medical, nursing and pharmacy colleagues, you must have a strong desire to help manage change in policies, procedures and associated risk management activities which lead to quality improvements on admission and discharge.

You will improve key performance indicators in patient education about medicines, time to discharge, length of stay and re-admission rates. This approach has been shown to reduce length of stay get patients home earlier in the day, reduce readmission rates, reduce drug expenditure, and improve patient and staff experience.

We have Medicine Administration technicians on various wards across the trust to support our nursing colleagues.

The role will require you to work across all areas in the Trust which includes those that are designated as positive, asymptomatic and negative COVID wards and and you will be expected to attend unless you have a health exemption.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key results from the job holder
  • To support the Pharmacy Technician Team Manager deliver ward based services to an agreed range of patients in collaboration with pharmacists, technicians and assistants
  • To provide Clinical technician support to existing Clinical Pharmacist Services
  • To administer medicines on wards.
  • To accuracy check, clinically checked out-patient prescriptions, CD tins, Discharge letters and One Stop Dispensing orders.
  • To communicate in a professional manner, factual information about availability of medicines to patients, other Trust staff and external departments.
  • To be aware of the overall medication needs of the patients on the ward. In particular:-
  • Take an effective medication history from patient or other reliable source.
  • Assessing suitability of patients own drugs for re-use on ward
  • In Liaison with Dispensary staff to organise the most appropriate supplies of medication to patients and wards and maintain relevant stock lists.
  • To ensure that urgent medication requests are fulfilled.
  • To counsel patients during their stay and prior to discharge on all aspects of their medication requirement.
  • To have an understanding of and to implement relevant departmental procedures ensuring standards are met and agreed at all times.
  • To suggest improvements to departmental procedures through line management.
  • To receive, interpret, dispense and handout prescriptions in line with departmental standard operating procedures.
  • To assist in the supply of medications to wards, departments and external agencies.
  • To review and revise stock lists for wards.
  • To issue controlled drugs to patients, wards and departments maintaining relevant registers.
  • To participate in clinical trials under direct supervision ensuring relevant details are maintained in trials documentation.

Planning and Organisational Duties
  • To recycle or destroy medicines returned from wards, departments and external agencies.
  • To assist in the ordering, issuing and receiving of medication.
  • To assist in the maintenance of the pharmacy stock system.
  • To check expiry dates and safe storage of medicines within areas of responsibility ensuring effective action is taken when necessary.
  • To assist in audit and surveys as directed by line manager.

Communications and Key Working Relationships
  • To organise own work patterns within framework provided by Line Manager.
  • To be an active member of relevant pharmacy groups, contributing to the development of high quality and consistent pharmaceutical policies, procedures and services within the Trust.
  • The post holder will be responsible for reading and complying with agreed SOPs in order to provide a consistent, efficient and effective service.
  • To be a positive role model for the Pharmacy service. To develop effective working relationships with other healthcare professionals within area of responsibility.

Responsibility for Finance
  • To handle prescription charges & issue relevant receipts.

Responsibility for Human Resources
  • To provide support for pharmacy assistants, senior pharmacy assistants, Student Pharmacy technicians, Pre-registration Pharmacists, workplace experience students and new starters within boundaries of knowledge, skill, experience and training.
  • To participate in Trust Compulsory training programme and Trust Appraisal system.
  • To participate in Continuous Professional Development in line with GPhC requirements

Responsibility for Health & Safety
  • To ensure patients and staff are advised of risks with medicines and to minimise those risks through effective medicines management.
  • To ensure known risks are brought to attention of line managers immediately.
  • To report medicines related incidents using the Datix system. In conjunction with managers to ensure appropriate systems are put in place to prevent recurrence where possible.
  • Compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching
  • Provide assessment for NVQ level 3 Pharmacy Student Technicians.
  • To organise and where needed deliver Level 2 Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Dispensing and Pharmacy Assistant Training for ATOs.

Person Specification



  • May be required to lift heavy objects from time to time
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary and without hesitation



  • Basic computer skills



  • Accurate
  • Methodical
  • Diplomatic
  • Ability to work in team or on own
  • Ability to delegate tasks



  • Previous work experience in a pharmacy or similar healthcare setting



  • BTEC / NVQ level 3 pharmacy services or equivalent
  • Registered with GPhC as pharmacy Technician
  • BTEC / In-house Accuracy Checking

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Albert Edward Infirmary

Wigan Lane



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