Healthcare Pharmacy Technician

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton keynes
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata P/T)
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes - Central & North West London NHS

Prison Health & Justice Nursing - We believe in 'Caring not Judging'

Are you an exceptional Pharmacy Technician looking for a rewarding new challenge? Would you like the opportunity to use your skills in an environment like no other to make a real difference every day?

Interested, then working in HMP Woodhill is just the place for you.

About the Job

HMP Woodhill is a Category A/B prison accommodating approximately 600 adult male prisoners who are either sentenced or on remand. CNWL provide primary care and mental health services and are an integral part of the wider prison team contributing to the rehabilitative culture within the establishment.

Work within the Primary Care Team is varied and includes liaising with the multidisciplinary team. It's this variety that keeps things interesting and stimulating. Every day will bring new challenges and new experiences but you'll have all the support you need to deliver the best care possible from both the healthcare team and the prison team.

About You

You will be a qualified Pharmacy Technician with a real passion for delivering high quality care. You will be self-motivated, flexible and work well within a team but be able to work autonomously.

You do not need to have prison experience as we will provide you with a full induction and training.

For further details / informal visits contact: Tracey Kingsley


Main duties of the job

  • Administer medication and adhere to statutory and organisational requirements and guidelines relating to this
  • Administer Controlled Medication in accordance with the local CD SOP
  • Provide advice to prisoners about their medications
  • Check medication charts and cross off out of date prescriptions and order prescription renewals from prescribers in a timely way
  • Undertake risk assessments of prisoners for 'In-Possession' medication
  • Refer problems relating to clinical the clinical management of a patient to the appropriate clinician (e.g. GP, practice nurse)
  • Respond to healthcare emergencies within the prison
  • Manage minor ailments and administer medication from the 'homely remedy' list as appropriate
  • Undertake basic observations (BP, pulse, blood glucose, temperature, SATS) as required and respond to abnormalities accordingly
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal and support individuals who have substance misuse problems.
  • Support patients who are distressed and could be at risk of harm to themselves or others or who are at risk of suicide
  • Identify shortfalls and overages in stock levels, equipment failure and liaise with appropriate staff to reconcile
  • Assist with stock control and equipment checking
  • Support the promotion of health and wellbeing of prisoners

About us

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Maintain the highest standards of care and service, taking responsibility not only for the care you personally provide, but also for your wider contribution to the aims of your team and the NHS as a whole.
  • Be aware of and follow at all times the relevant National and Local code of practice in relation to their role and function. If you are in a post that requires registration with a professional body you are required to maintain that registration with the appropriate professional body.
  • Protect the confidentiality of personal information that you hold unless to do so would put any one at risk of significant harm. Keep accurate and professional records and information about staff, patients and clinical care, using the document based and computer based systems in operation in the Trust. Work in accordance with local policies and procedures and the statutory frameworks which govern confidentiality and data protection, information-sharing and disclosure.
  • Take reasonable care of Health and Safety at work for you, your team and others ensure compliance with health and safety standards and legislation attend all relevant Health and Safety mandatory training.
  • Take responsibility for attending and participating in all mandatory & essential training to ensure the safe and efficient functioning of the trust and/or safety and wellbeing of other staff and the patients you provide services for.
  • Participate in the appraisal process on a minimum of an annual basis in accordance with the Personal Development Review Policy to explore and identify development needs to ensure that you are able to fulfill your job role and meet all objectives set through the process.
  • Be familiar with and comply with, trust policies for infection control and hand hygiene in order to reduce the spread of healthcare-associated infections. This will include a requirement to attend mandatory training in Infection Control and be compliant with all measures known to be effective in reducing healthcare-associated infections, including correct uniform and dress code policy, the use of personal protective equipment policy, safe procedures for using aseptic techniques, and safe disposal of sharps.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults by being aware of and working in accordance with statutory guidance and local policies and procedures and attending training to a level required to ensure that you are competent to fulfill your responsibilities.
  • Not discriminate against patients or staff and to adhere to equal opportunities and human rights legislation acting in ways that support equality, value diversity and respect human rights
  • Abide by locally agreed policies and procedures and ensure you familiarize themselves with such policies which can be found on the trust intranet our preferred method of communication. Staff who cannot access the intranet should contact their line manager.

Person Specification



  • NVQ Level 3 (BTEC) in Pharmacy Services or equivalent to enable registration with the GPC
  • Professional registration with the GPC


  • Evidence of personal development in previous employment



  • substantial dispensary-based work
  • Ability to work independently


  • Experience of administration of medication
  • Experience of working within a secure environment

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Understanding of quality and change in the clinical setting
  • Ability to communicate in a variety of settings with patients of varying levels of understanding
  • Good working knowledge of IT and emails
  • Display an understanding of the NHS agenda with regards to offender health.

Personal disposition


  • Can demonstrate excellent communication, organisational and time management skills
  • Able to work well within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Understands own accountability
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to use own initiative

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Woodhill

Milton keynes


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