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Advanced Technician, Medicines Management - Peterborough

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Our Pharmacy Services is offering an excellent opportunity to an ambitious and self-motivated Pharmacy Technician with good communication and interpersonal skills to become an integral part of the medicines management pharmacy team. You will be base at Peterborough City Hospital, however travel between North West Anglia NHS Trust hospital sites may be required.

You will provide an efficient and high-quality medicines management service on a rotational basis across the wards. In conjunction with the clinical pharmacists, you will provide safe and effective care for our patients.

You will be either qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Pharmaceutical Services, or equivalent. You should be able to work as an Accuracy Checking Technician (ACT) and willing to undertake Medicine Management Skills Module 1 & 2, or equivalent.

We will facilitate and support you with in-house training programmes as outlined by management and the education and training department.

We support and encourage agile working. You will be part of the on call/weekend rota attending all the Trust hospital sites as required.

*We will reward you with a �1,000 welcome bonus for choosing to join #teamNWAnglia which you will receive with your first or second month payment. This is applicable to all substantive roles.*

Main duties of the job

You will provide comprehensive pharmaceutical care and medicines management services to all areas of North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust and areas supplied under Service Level Agreements, ensuring compliance with current medicines legislation.

Your will participate medicines reconciliation, assessment of patient's own medications both on admission and on discharge, one stop dispensing, discharge transcribing, near patient dispensing and patient counselling.

You will support the core dispensary service via the accurate dispensing of prescriptions and utilising the Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician Course (ACPT).

You will have joint along with other pharmacy staff for the safety and security of pharmaceuticals, including controlled drugs.

For more information on the role or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Helen Allport at or by telephone (01733) 678694.

About us

We are committed to ensure a work-life balance to all our staff by offering full time and part time roles, flexible working hours on a shift pattern to fit around your family life.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates form our local communities.

Benefits to you
  • 27 days annual leave for new starters, rising to 29 days after five years of service and 33 days after 10 years of service, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro-rata for part time staff);
  • NHS Pension Scheme:
  • Flexible working opportunities;
  • Increased hourly rates for unsociable hours e.g. night shifts, weekends, bank holidays;
  • Career development and training;
  • Wellbeing support and activities;
  • In-house physiotherapy Service;
  • On-site canteens with subsidised meals;
  • Subsidised staff parking (currently free).
  • Free Stagecoach Bus Travel to and from work within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Attend allocated wards each day and ensure Medicines reconciliations are completed within 24 hours of admittance in line with Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ensure patients own drugs are suitable for use in line with departmental and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To facilitate the supply of medicines where applicable.
  • Ensure appropriate availability of prescribed medicines in POD locker and in line with Trust One Stop Dispensing policy and discharge planning.
  • Liaise with dispensary and support services to ensure medications are promptly ordered and received.
  • Liaise with ward staff to ensure optimum patient care, discussing any supply problems and offering alternatives if appropriate.
  • To prioritise workflow and escalate pharmaceutical issues in a timely manner.
  • Ensure stock lists are regularly reviewed with ward staff and the specialist pharmacist.
  • Build on patient partnerships to ensure medicines are taken as prescribed and to counsel patients and carers on the safe and effective use of medicines.
  • Act as an accredited checking technician, including the final check of patients medication, in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Participate in the dispensing and supply of medicines, including cytotoxic drugs, to patients in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensure dispensing and prescribing is undertaken in line with the Trust formulary, challenging where appropriate, and ensuring adequate documentation is provided to Primary Care, if agreed to proceed with supply.
  • Be actively involved in the discharge process, including the transcription of discharge medications.
  • Take an active role in contributing towards the service development and improvement both within pharmacy and the Trust as a whole.
  • To participate in any relevant audit or survey being undertaken by the department.
  • Undertake other reasonable duties commensurate with the framework of the post as required by the Chief/Deputy Chief Pharmacist.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services with recognised underpinning knowledge course, or equivalent, recognised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for registration as a Pharmacy Technician
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (or eligible for registration) with registration maintained during employment
  • Commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Accredited checking technician (ACT)
  • Willing to undertake Medicines Management Skills Modules Level 1 & 2 and Medicines Reconciliation Level 3



  • Proven track record in Pharmacy
  • Experience of dispensing


  • Experience of staff supervision
  • Previous experience of working in a hospital pharmacy



  • Computer literate (Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of current medicines legislation


  • Knowledge of Ascribe/JAC Pharmacy System



  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to organise & prioritise own workload effectively
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Good customer care and listening skills
  • Awareness of importance of risk management
  • Demonstrates initiative
  • Ability to identify problems and recommend solutions

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