Senior Prison Services Technician

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£37,392 to £44,618 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
If you wish to gain experience in medicines management and administration work in a prison setting, this post could be for you. The post-holder will provide medicines management services to healthcare. They will be an integral part of the pharmacy team as well as the HMP Elmley Healthcare Team.

The post-holder will be based at healthcare departments HMP Elmley.

The post holder will be required to:
  • manage on a daily basis the Medicines Management Service at HMP Elmley
  • manage the medicines administration as well as the printing and coordination of the repeat prescription process

Oxleas Prison Services Ltd

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community trust that provides a wide and growing range of services across the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley and also services in Kent. Oxleas Prison Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and provides the pharmacy services to the prison pharmacy contracts.

The pharmacy department has a long history of innovation, with established prescribing guidelines, excellent relationships with medical staff, a strong culture of leading clinical audit and research projects and an excellent publication record. All of these attributes we wish to extend to the prison pharmacy services.

We believe in supporting our staff to develop to their full potential.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage on a daily basis the Medicines Management Service at HMP Elmley or HMP Swaleside
  • Manage the team of Pharmacy technicians and Assistants, including Healthroster
  • Administer medicines to offenders against a valid prescription on the house blocks.

  • About us

    Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

    We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • To organise and manage the day-to-day running of the pharmacy mediated Medicines Management services at Isle of Sheppey Prisons, reporting any immediate issues to the Responsible Pharmacist and any significant issues to the Lead Prison Services Pharmacist for Kent.
  • To supervise, mentor and train pharmacy technicians and assistants using specialist knowledge and experience.
  • Administer medicines to offenders against a valid prescription on the house blocks.
  • To be an accredited checking technician (ACT) providing final accuracy checks.
  • To promote and ensure high standards of work to all Medicines Management staff in the Isle of Sheppey Prisons and ensure all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are read and adhered to.
  • To assist the senior prisons pharmacist with writing, updating and monitoring the use of SOPs.
  • To ensure, on a daily basis, that all pharmacy operations are within the requirements of the GPhC
  • To ensure systems are in place to support the ordering/supply of repeat prescriptions.

  • Person Specification



    • NVQ level 3 Pharmacy Services or equivalent
    • Registration with GPhC as a pharmacy technician


    • Accredited Checking Technician Certificate
    • NVQ A1 assessors award



    • 6 years experience of working in a pharmacy


    • Minimum of 4 years prison or hospital pharmacy experience
    • 2 years mental health experience
    • Management experience



    • Knowledge and experience of checking dispensed prescriptions
    • Good knowledge of writing and working within a set of SOPs


    • Ability to use computer packages including Pharmacy Manager/ JAC and Microsoft
    • Some understanding of mental illness and substance misuse and their treatment

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Elmley

    Church Road, Eastchurch,


    ME12 4DZ

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