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Senior Pharmacy Technician - Patient Services Band 5

North Bristol NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Senior Pharmacy Technician Band 5

Are you a registered Pharmacy Technician with a passion to improve patient care? If so, join our innovative, friendly, and inclusive team committed to providing a high-quality service.

This role is suitable for registered Pharmacy technicians, with hospital experience, or Pharmacy technicians with Medicines Optimisation or Leadership qualifications.

As a senior Pharmacy Technician, primarily you will be working within the Pharmacy Patient Services team where you will support the Dispensary flow and be instrumental in delivering our services at ward level providing patient centred care at the bedside. You may be required to support other areas of the pharmacy department. For example, Clinical Trials, Quality Assurance and Supply Services.

The role is varied and offers insights into many different clinical specialities including Neurosciences, Renal, Major Trauma, Plastic Surgery, Cardiology, Respiratory, Orthopaedics and Care of the Elderly to name a few.

We are committed to supporting professional development and offer a variety of different opportunities to support career progression. For example, in-house management skills modules, clinical teaching sessions and clinical prioritisation. We have over 30 specialist or lead technician roles at band 6+, many of whom progressed into these roles from a Senior Pharmacy Technician role.
To understand more about Pharmacy at NBT - watch our video.

Main duties of the job

This post provides operational support to Pharmacy Patient Services Team (dispensary and clinical) by optimising the use of medication to promote health, wellness and disease prevention of our patients.

In this vital role, you will:
  • Participate in a rotation through all sections of the pharmacy department when needed.
  • Undertake dispensing of prescriptions in an accurate and timely manner and use professional knowledge to ensure that such duties are performed in accordance with Good Dispensing Practice. (
  • Process and check ward requisitions for controlled drugs.
  • Maintain competency as an accuracy checking technician by performing dispensary duties.
  • Support the delivery, development and implementation of all aspects of the clinical pharmacy service.
  • Maintain competency as a medicines optimisation technician by performing clinical pharmacy duties.
  • Provide supervision, support, mentorship and training to Pharmacy Assistants in both the dispensary and clinical team.
  • Act as a role model.

Carry out all duties in accordance to Trust policies and with regard to legal and safety requirements.

Applicants will have excellent communication and self-management skills with the ability to prioritise their work.

At NBT we are committed to staff development, providing opportunities for professional growth, and supporting each other to thrive in their career.

About us

North Bristol NHS Trust employs over 12,000 staff providing healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset from our award-winning hospital building at Southmead. We are the regional Major Trauma Centre, and an internationally recognised centre of excellence in a range of services and major specialities. Our vision is that by enabling our teams to be the best that they can be, we will provide exceptional healthcare, personally delivered.

We commit to treating each patient as an individual with respect and dignity, aiming to deliver excellent clinical outcomes and a first-class experience for everyone who uses our services.

North Bristol NHS Trust values all people as individuals. We aim to be an anti-discriminatory organisation and are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We welcome applicants from all underrepresented groups.

We offer a permanent contract of full or part time hours in excess of 22.5 hours per week with flexible working available.

Working hours within 08:00-19:00 Monday-Friday partaking in 1 in 6 weekend rota 09:00-17:00 plus bank holidays.

If you are interested in visiting the department for an informal visit, please contact 01174142312 or email Oliver., Patient Services Lead Technician, where we can arrange a tour of our Department, Hospital and Facilities, giving you an opportunity to meet our team.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For more information on this role, please see attached job description / person specifications.

Alternatively please feel free to contact Oliver Cummings Pharmacy Patient Services Lead or Mitchell Chilton - Pharmacy Pateint Services Lead for more details.

Person Specification



  • S/NVQ level 3 in pharmacy services plus accredited underpinning knowledge or equivalent qualification approved by the General Pharmacy Council
  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council GPhC
  • Completed Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) Dispensing Accuracy Scheme (or equivalent from elsewhere)
  • Completed Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) Accredited Checking Technician (or equivalent from elsewhere) or willing to work towards this once in post.
  • Working towards Pharmacy Leadership Programme or equivalent, or able to demonstrate ongoing competence in leadership skills
  • Pharmacy Workforce Development South (PWDS) Medicines Management / Medicines Optimisation accreditation or willing to work towards this once in post.

Work Experience


  • Working as an experienced Pharmacy technician registered with the GPhC



  • Ability to dispense accurately
  • Able to demonstrate ongoing competence in both Medicines Management / Medicines Optimisation and the accuracy checking of prescriptions (when accredited)
  • Ability to accurately input data and generate labels using the pharmacy computer system
  • Communicate effectively with pharmacy staff, hospital staff and patients/carers both written and verbal
  • Proactive approach to application of knowledge gained to pharmaceutical practice

Personal Qualities/Special Circumstances


  • Willing to work in a ward environment
  • Willing and able to be trained and instructed
  • Adaptable and flexible approach to work
  • Ability to prioritise workload and time
  • Able to work flexibly under pressure, on own initiative as an individual and as part of a team
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Confidence in dealing with others
  • Ability to identify and manage problems

Employer details

Employer name

North Bristol NHS Trust


Pharmacy Department

Southmead Hospital


BS10 5NB

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