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Band 7 - Lead Pharmacy Technician - Operations

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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A fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and experienced pharmacy technician to lead the AWP Pharmacy Service Operations for one year on a fixed term basis has arisen.

The successful candidate will provide leadership for the two dispensaries operated by the AWP Pharmacy Service, one in Bristol, and one in Calne. They will be an integral member of the operational leadership team, overseeing quality improvement initiatives, and working closely with the digital pharmacy team to implement digital solutions in the dispensaries.

We operate a weekend and bank holiday pharmacy service from both dispensaries. This is approximately 1 in 10.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead and manage the team of pharmacy technicians and assistants based at the pharmacy hub in Calne and at Callington Road Hospital Pharmacy, in providing medicines to all wards and units in the Trust and outside organisations.
  • To maintain, develop and monitor high quality, cost effective dispensing, distribution and procurement services.
  • To manage the technical pharmacy team, including annual leave, HR issues and training and development.
  • To assist in the management, and co-ordinate the dispensing, of clinical trials, with the dispensary pharmacist and Medicines Optimisation Pharmacist.
  • To be managerially responsible for the pharmacy semi- automated machine and ensure the safe and efficient running of the machine.
  • To provide regular written reports on performance against key KPIs when required.
  • To work with the Trust transport service to ensure timely and safe deliver of all medicines.
  • To ensure that the service responds in a timely manner to service developments.

About us

The AWP pharmacy service supplies medication and provides clinical support to wards and teams across our core catchment area. We have two dispensaries: We have two dispensaries: one in Calne (Wiltshire) and one at Callington Road Hospital (Bristol). As well as managing the medicines supply chain in the trust, we support the safe and effective use of medicines throughout the organisation through our clinical work, enquiry answering, medicines governance activity and many other roles. The team are friendly, dynamic and evolving, with aspirations to improve patient care across the AWP geography.Support from other experienced mental health pharmacists and technicians is always available.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the full job description and person specification, and when you complete your application form make sure that it reflects the knowledge, skills and experience as described in the person specification.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Current General Pharmaceutical Council Registered Pharmacy Technician
  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent
  • Final Accuracy Checking qualification


  • Leadership Qualification (e.g. CPPE Leading for Change)
  • Advanced Medicines Optimisation Training Unit 3.1 (Clinical Prioritisation)

Experience and Knowledge


  • Significant demonstrable post qualification experience as a pharmacy technician
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Experience of working in a hospital pharmacy or equivalent position
  • Significant experience of line management, supervision of staff and managing teams
  • Experience of organising and managing in busy and potentially stressful environments
  • Experience of chairing meetings
  • Experience of report writing
  • Experience of conducting audits


  • Experience of working in a mental health setting
  • Experience of writing procedures and training packages
  • Experience of managing IT systems
  • Knowledge of specific requirements for mental health medicines, e.g. clozapine
  • Knowledge and training in Quality Improvement

Skills and Abilities


  • IT literate in Word, PowerPoint and Excel or equivalent programs
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Proven ability in training staff that have a varying level of ability

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Calne Pharmacy Hub

Redman Road


SN11 9PR

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