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Pharmacy Technician - Ward Based

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Band 5 Pharmacy Technician to join our clinical team. You will be ward based with dispensary duties and will be required to support our 7 day pharmacy service (on a rota basis) for the Ipswich site and must be willing to work at the Colchester site should this be needed.

You should be qualified and hold a Certificate of higher education in Pharmacy Technician Practice or C& G/NVQ3/BTEC or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences/pharmacy services.

This position would be considered as a Band 4 development rolecompleting the in-house Self Led Education and Development Scheme (SLEDS) training programme and end of course assessment to achieve the Band 5.

Experience in hospital pharmacy including working on wards is essential and you must have successfully completed accredited Checking Technician, Medicines Management and Medicines Reconciliation courses (We will consider applicants who have at least started on the MR course).

Main duties of the job

Undertake pharmacy duties as dictated by management, including supporting Medicines Management and Optimisation on the wards and in the Dispensary.

End-check on prescriptions previously validated by a pharmacist (ACPT)

Support the ward based clinical pharmacy team by assessing Patients Own Drugs (PODs) for suitability of use, discussing future supply with patient/care provider and ordering required medicines from Pharmacy.

Transcribing medicine requirements from drug charts on to a ward pharmacy sheet.

Undertake Medicines Reconciliation (having completed accredited training course), checking patient medication history, comparing with prescribed medications on the in-patient prescription chart.

Counsel patients or carers (having completed in-house or accredited training) including those with complex medication regimens, medications compliance concerns and communication barriers such as disabilities, confusion or deliberate non-compliance

Complete re-validation Continuing Professional Development requirements and maintain registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council

About us

We are ESNEFT and we provide hospital and community health services to almost one million people across east Suffolk and north Essex. Our dedicated staff deliver care from acute hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, community hospitals, surgeries, community clinics and in patients' own homes.

We are the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia, employing more than 12,000 staff.

We pride ourselves on supporting our staff. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities, as well as flexible working options.

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (where applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services.

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which cause time delays for our staff and patients.

We are investing in our commitment to Time Matters with a partnership with leading electronic patient record (EPR) supplier Epic. This digital transformation will bring what's widely regarded as the world's best EPR system to ESNEFT, transforming life in hospital for staff and patients.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge, then we want to hear from you.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Hospital pharmacy and clinical ward based work
  • Experience of supervising other staff
  • Able to prioritise work
  • Working well within a team
  • Training and supporting students and staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers and a wide range of Trust staff at different levels of authority
  • Pharmaceutical dispensing and stock control.
  • Reflection and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Trust expected values and behaviours (OAK)



  • Certificate of higher education in Pharmacy Technician Practice or C& G/NVQ3/BTEC or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences/pharmacy services.
  • Registered with the GPhC as a pharmacy technician.
  • Accredited recognised Accredited Checking Technician (ACT)
  • Accredited recognised Medicines Management
  • Accredited recognised Medicines Reconciliation
  • Accredited Patient Counselling (advanced)


  • Certificate in Medicines Management for Pharmacy Technicians (CMMPT) (or working towards), or equivalent

Employer details

Employer name

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust


Ipswich Hospital

Heath Road



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