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Clinical Pharmacy Technician

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated pharmacy technician to join our diverse Clinical Pharmacy team to develop and deliver an advanced, patient-centred medicines optimisation service. You will integrate into our extremely well-developed ward based multidisciplinary team assisting in medication reconciliation, TTO medicine supply, patient counselling and will facilitate discharges to ensure in-patients and day-unit patients are discharged in a timely manner with the correct medication and advice.There will be a requirement to participate in the 7-day working rota to ensure cost effective and efficient services are maintained throughout our patients stay.Applicants must, be registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council, hold a Medicine Optimisation qualification (HEE or equivalent) and be an accredited checking pharmacy technician or be working towards the ACPT qualification.

Applicants are advised that as a result of the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies, we may expire any of them prior to the advertised closing date. As a consequence you are urged to submit your application as soon as possible.

For further information, or to arrange an informal visit, please contactTiffanie Gill - Chief Technician Clinical Services on 0208 642 6011 x 4048


Rudyard Lewis - Lead Pharmacy Technician - In patient dispensary x 0207 808 2423

Main duties of the job

  • To develop, maintain and manage the safe, efficient and cost-effective supply of medicines to patients on day units and inpatient wards.
  • To deliver quality care to patients at ward level through efficient medicines optimisation by undertaking the assessment of patient's own medication, medicines reconciliation, individual patient dispensing, discharge planning and patient education on medicines
  • To support with clinical audits, data collection and implementation of developments to enhance the needs of the patient.
  • To support the Lead Pharmacy technician & Lead Pharmacists Clinical Services with the delivery of any service developments associated with medicine management pharmacy service to meet local and national requirements.
  • To participate with the dispensing, final checking and issuing of medicines to deliver a safe service.
  • To support with the daily operational management of the dispensary
  • To be the practice supervisor for trainee pharmacy staff when required.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital.

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits, learning and development opportunities and clear career pathways. There are opportunities to work flexibly across a range of areas and specialities and we welcome flexible working requests from point of hire to support employees work life balance. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

These responsibilities will be carried out under the guidance of the Head of clinical services or their deputy
  • Work with the wards pharmacists in the provision of medicines optimisation initiatives according to departmental policies
  • To be responsible for completing the medicine reconciliation process, assessing Patients Own Drugs (PODs), and ordering of medicines as an accredited medicines optimisation pharmacy technician.
  • To support the implementation of self-administration by patients and/or carers where possible.
  • To support the management of the medication supply pathway including the efficient transfer of medicines between wards.
  • Participate with patient counselling by undertaking specific accreditations in order to carry out counselling for oral chemotherapy.
  • To liaise with ward and pharmacy staff to resolve any technical queries or problems with patients, referring to ward pharmacist when required.
  • To liaise on drug related issues with primary healthcare professionals, as appropriate for patients being discharged from hospital.
  • To participate in clinical audit and data collection including medicines safe & secure or other forms of research and development in collaboration with the sister/nurse in charge.
  • To complete the wards/units quarterly Controlled Drugs (CDs) audit, including balance transfers to new CD registers and checking of CD register balance with the physical stock, reporting any discrepancies in a timely manner.
  • To participate in the retrieval of patients own medication from wards and expired or unused ward stock.
  • To be involved in the training of new clinical pharmacy ward staff, pre-registration trainees, undergraduates, and peer reviews of existing medicine MMTs.
  • To support the patient medicine pathway by working closely with the pharmacy aseptic unit staff, stores and procurement, clinical trials and all other relevant pharmacy teams and act as a link between the ward and these units, ensuring that a seamless high-quality service is provided.
  • To undergo practice supervisor training programme to provide supervision for less experienced staff and trainees.
  • To participate with all activities within the dispensary when required.
  • To work as an Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) in order to undertake final accuracy checks on dispensed medicinal products.
  • Assist in the directing, supervising, and coordinating of the daily running of the dispensary according to standard operating procedures.
  • To support the training and assessment of all pharmacy staff working in the dispensary.
  • In conjunction with the Head of Clinical Services support with the review, development and implementation of operational procedures and policies.
  • Participate in reviews of work methods and contribute to the development of new processes and systems to minimise risk, and to ensure that services are improved continuously.
  • To actively report incidents/near misses, to mitigate future risks and when appropriate to support in the investigation of incidents, identify root cause and to establish plans to mitigate future risks, in a timely manner.
  • Assist with the recruitment and selection of pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants when required.
  • To undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to ensure a high level of competency in carrying out the tasks required and when appropriate to facilitate the CPD of other pharmacy staff.
  • To commit to flexible working patterns (late evenings, weekends & bank holidays) when required to meet the needs of the patients and service.
  • To provide occasional cross cover when required.
  • To carry out any other reasonable duty as requested.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Pharmacy Technician Registered with General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) qualification
  • Medicines Optimisation qualification (HEE LaSE) or equivalent


  • Practice Supervisor Course or equivalent



  • Significant work experience (post qualification) in hospital pharmacy
  • Awareness of training competency requirements for technical staff (Level 2 & 3)
  • Experience in training and supervision of trainees


  • Experience of final checking complex prescriptions e.g., oncology, paediatrics
  • Experience of team leader or suitable management
  • Working knowledge/experience of writing SOPs
  • Oncology pharmacy experience

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Well-developed organisational, time management and planning skills ability to organise workload and work as part of a team
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills (written and verbal)
  • Quality-oriented strives for continuous improvement
  • Ability to be supportive and demonstrate empathy in appropriate situations
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Computer literate
  • Good leadership qualities: able to take responsibility and to delegate effectively.

Employer details

Employer name

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Chelsea



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