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Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Working Part Time: 32.5 Hours Per Week

Participate in the provision and development of the primary care medicines optimisation service to GP practices across the Cheshire West Place footprint.
  • To support, promote and implement high quality, cost-effective, evidence based and safe use of medicines. This includes assisting practices to achieve prescribing targets, supporting the implementation of national and local guidance in order to improve patient care, and medication reviews.
  • To support practices to implement the Medicines Optimisation plan.
  • To undertake projects in GP practices and care homes.

Main duties of the job

  • To build excellent working relationships and engage with practices to implement and maintain agreed prescribing changes with guidance from the MO pharmacists and practice pharmacists in line with the Medicines Optimisation plan as efficiently as possible, with minimum disruption to the practice and patient care.
  • To make amendments to practice and patient records as appropriate to ensure agreed changes to therapy are actioned in a precise and systematic fashion.
  • To respond efficiently to the unpredictable demands of the general practice environment regarding requests for assistance from practice staff and patients to respond to verbal, telephone and email queries.
  • To assist the lead pharmacist, MO pharmacists and practice pharmacists in the review of repeat prescribing systems and produce recommendations for improvement.
  • To assist with training to residential and nursing home staff (where applicable) to ensure safe administration and efficient management of medicines.
  • To support the Medicines Optimisation team in development of medicines related initiatives.
  • To work on individual projects relating to prescribing as required.
  • To support the dissemination of prescribing information, formulary updates, prescribing and Medicines Optimisation polices across all stakeholders.
  • To contribute to the production of prescribing and Medicines Optimisation newsletters, QIPP work sheets and fact sheets.

  • About us

    The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services to West Cheshire and to Welsh patients covered by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. The Trust works collaboratively within the wider Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership. Its services are provided from three locations:
    • The Countess of Chester Hospital: providing 438 general and acute beds
    • Ellesmere Port Hospital: providing 56 beds as a rehabilitation, intermediate and outpatient facility
    • Tarporley War Memorial Hospital: a base for community services which serve the local rural population.

    The Trust employs over 6258 staff (headcount) which includes temporary bank staff and provides acute emergency and elective services, primary care direct access services and obstetric services to a population of approximately 407,000. This includes 357,000 residents in Chester and West Cheshire which includes Ellesmere Port and Neston as well as the Deeside area of Flintshire which has a population of approximately 50,000.

    The Trust is a busy district general hospital and in 2022/2023, there were more than 503,342 patient attendances (inpatient, outpatient and diagnostic) ranging from a simple outpatient appointment to major cancer surgery. This is an increase of nearly 10,000 compared to the previous year when there were 494,387 patient attendances.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    See Job Description for further details.

    Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

    Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is �23 (standard) or �43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

    You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of �13 per year applies.

    New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

    Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

    Good luck with your application.

    Person Specification



    • oNVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services with appropriate underpinning knowledge (BTEC in Pharmaceutical Science or equivalent)
    • oRegistered with the GPhC
    • oCPD portfolio in line with GPhC requirements


    • oBTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Dispensing Accuracy Checking or equivalent eligible for inclusion on the regional register.
    • oClinical Qualification (diploma/Foundation Degree)
    • oCompleted medication history taking competency-based training.

    Job related knowledge and/or experience


    • oPost qualification experience in primary care, community, or hospital pharmacy services
    • oGood clinical knowledge of drugs and basic clinical therapeutics
    • oGood understanding of primary care and general practice
    • oExperience of undertaking audits
    • oExperience of evidence-based medicines and up to date resources
    • oSignificant work experience that requires understanding and adherence to set standard Operating work policies and procedures.


    • oExperience of working in primary care.

    Skills and aptitudes


    • oAbility to pay attention to detail and work to a high specification of accuracy.
    • oAbility to work on own initiative and part of a team
    • oExcellent time management: ability to prioritise work and to work to tight and changing deadlines
    • oAble to deal with enquiries and problem solve
    • oIT skills - PC office software, web searching, databases
    • oExcellent verbal & written communication.
    • oAbility to analyse and interpret prescribing data


    • oAbility to use GP IT systems, e.g., EMIS
    • oExperience in managing prescribing data, e.g., ePACT, OpenPrescribing
    • oAbility to compile comprehensive draft reports, data and letters

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


    Countess of Chester Hospital

    Liverpool Road


    CH2 1UL

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