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Senior Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician - UHL

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
The pharmacy department at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust(University Hospital Lewisham & Queen Elizabeth Woolwich) have vacancies for permanent full-time Senior Medicines Management Pharmacy Technicians to join our friendly ward based teams in an exciting patient-facing role.

We are looking for forward thinking, hardworking and dedicated band 5 senior medicines management pharmacy technicians to work closely with ward pharmacists, band 4 & 5 pharmacy technicians, trainee foundation pharmacists and senior medicines management assistants, as well as other members of the multidisciplinary team. You will help to deliver a high quality patient-centred, ward based clinical pharmacy service across the Trust.

Medicines reconciliation, transcribing inpatient orders, dispensing, patient counselling, training and line management duties will be part of your daily duties.

In addition to excellent communication and organisation skills you will be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and preferably hold ACPT and medicines management qualifications.

For your commitment to us, we will ensure you receive personal development in management skills and extended clinical knowledge. Please complete your application in line with the Person Specification and Job Description as failure to do so may lead to non-progression to the short listing stage of the process.

Main duties of the job

Interviews to take place 21st March 2024.

1. To develop, maintain and manage the safe, efficient and cost-effective supply of medicines to patients on the wards at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

2. To co-ordinate the use of patient's own medication, individual patient dispensing, discharge planning and patient education on medicines in conjunction with the ward-based medicines management teams across a variety of clinical areas

3. Implementing developments to meet the needs of the patient.

4. To support the Chief and Deputy Chief Pharmacy Technician with the delivery of any service developments associated with ward-based clinical pharmacy service required to meet local and national requirements.

5. To undertake line management duties as necessary

Part time or flexible working options will be considered, so we encourage you to contact us for more information.

About us

Our people are our greatest asset. When we feel supported and happy at work, this positivity reaches those very people we are here for, the patients. Engaged employees perform at their best and our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) initiatives contribute to cultivate a culture of engagement. We have four staff networks, a corporate EDI Team and a suite of programmes and events which aim to insert the 5 aspirations:
  • Improving representation at senior levels of staff with disabilities, from black, Asian, and ethnic minorities background, identify as LGBTQ+ and women, through improved recruitment and leadership development
  • Widening access (anchor institution) and employability
  • Improving the experience of staff with disability
  • Improving the EDI literacy and confidence of trust staff through training and development
  • Making equalities mainstream

  • Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Key Result Areas & Performance:

    Communications and Relationships
  • To liaise and communicate with pharmacy staff in different sections of the department regarding medication, supply, storage, health and safety.
  • To liaise and communicate with nursing staff on relevant information regarding patient care and facilitating discharge.
  • To liaise and communicate with patients regarding medicines supply and to identify administration or adherence problems.
  • To liaise and communicate with carers, GPs, members of the public and other healthcare professionals.

  • Ward Based Medicines Management
  • To compile and verify electronically or on paper a patients drug history by communicating with the patient, carers, GPs and other health professionals.
  • To endorse electronic or paper prescription charts with relevant medicine related information following trust policies and procedures.
  • To document allergies to medicines.
  • To undertake a review of patients own drugs to accurately assess the suitability of continued use while the patient is in hospital.
  • To participate in the discharge planning of patients with ward staff and other healthcare professionals both in secondary and primary care.
  • Document consultations where appropriate in the patients records.
  • To minimise delays in discharge by ensuring that medication is available at the appropriate time.
  • To dispense prescriptions if required.
  • To assess patients to see if a compliance aid is required to help concordance.
  • To provide verbal and written medicines related advice and information for patients and/or carers regarding prescribed medication and their devices with the primary aim of improving patient outcomes through medicines optimisation.
  • To be responsible for stock control and stock management of medicines on designated wards in communication with the ward pharmacist, ward managers, medicines management pharmacy assistants and rotational pharmacy assistants/apprentices.
  • To be responsible for workload on designated wards in communication with the ward pharmacist, ward managers, Foundation Pharmacy Technicians, Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy, Technicians, medicines management pharmacy assistants and rotational pharmacy assistants/apprentices and Preregistration Pharmacists.
  • To identify and return unwanted or out of date medicines to Pharmacy for disposal or for safe return to Pharmacy stock in accordance with local procedures.
  • To arrange the supply and return of controlled drugs from the wards in an efficient manner.
  • To transcribe and order medication that are clinically screened or awaiting a clinical screen by a pharmacist in accordance with trust policy.
  • To support the implementation of self-administration by patients and/or carers where possible
  • To support the efficient transfer of medicines between wards.
  • Ensure the safe and secure handling of medicines during medicines management visits identify issues and feedback to ward/team managers.
  • To communicate with external organisations as necessary for admission and discharge processes (e.g. community pharmacies, GP surgeries).
  • To undertake and complete the relevant sections of the Medicines Optimisation Program or its equivalent.
  • Supervise and train Foundation Pharmacy Technicians, Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy, Technicians, medicines management pharmacy assistants and rotational pharmacy assistants/apprentices and Pre-registration Pharmacists as appropriate.
  • Obtains consent from patient for all appropriate actions.
  • To carry out and record daily monitoring of fridge and ambient temperatures for where medicines are stored e.g. satellite rooms.

  • Patient Services
  • To use Ascribe, the pharmacy labelling and dispensing system
  • To dispense medication accurately in accordance with standard policies and procedures.
  • To dispense Controlled Drugs.
  • To provide accurate record-keeping of Controlled Drugs within the Pharmacy including supplies to wards and departments, orders received into the Pharmacy and regular audits of the accuracy of computer and paper records.
  • Participates in the three-monthly Controlled Drugs audit, Drug Stock Security audits and expiry checks.
  • To undertake, and work as an the Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) in order to provide a final accuracy check on dispensed medicinal products on completion of the scheme.
  • To undertake other duties within the dispensary, to allow the smooth daily running of the department may include:
    • Take a lead role in running specific areas within the dispensary
    • Supervise Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians, assistant technical officers and Pre-registration Pharmacists as appropriate in labelling and dispensing techniques.
    • Communicate with Nurses, Doctors and other medical staff when necessary to ensure accurate interpretation of prescriptions.

    Line Management
  • To take an active role in recruitment and selection of staff.
  • To provide detailed induction to new staff members in compliance with local and Trust requirements.
  • To carry out staff appraisals and develop staff in line with their objectives.
  • To arrange undertake and document regular 1-2-1 meetings with staff.
  • To undertake return to work meetings with staff after periods of absence
  • To performance manage staff where appropriate including managing sickness absence, capability issues, conduct and resolving grievance issues in line with Trust policies
  • To undertake health and safety risk assessments for the member of staff they manage.
  • To oversee the team and organise the daily distribution of staffing and workload in the absence of either the Chief or Deputy Chief Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Clinical Services.

  • Financial & Physical Resources
  • To liaise with the dispensary regarding to-follows.
  • To meet with Ward Managers to update ward stock lists as appropriate.
  • To undertake stock control and ordering
  • To facilitate stock rotation to prevent wastage.

  • Person Specification

    Qualifications and Training


    • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.
    • Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (or willing to undertake within 12 months of commencement).
    • Professional registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
    • Evidence of CPD.


    • Medicines Optimisation Programme (MOP) Accreditation
    • Other relevant medicines management courses.
    • Specialist knowledge of pharmacy procedures and processes.

    Experience & Skills


    • Must have worked in a UK hospital pharmacy, with minimum of 1 year post qualification experience.
    • Accurate dispenser, familiar with pharmacy computerised labelling system.
    • Supervision and training of others.
    • Evidence of ability to work independently and proactively with limited supervision.


    • Experience of working as a technician in a hospital ward
    • Experience of counselling patients/carers on medications
    • Trained as Educational / Practice Supervisor
    • Previous line management experience
    • Examples of contribution to clinical audit and project work.
    • Experience of undertaking investigation of errors and/or complaints.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust


    University Hospital Lewisham

    Lewisham High Street


    SE13 6LH

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