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Senior Prison Services Technician

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£37,392 to £44,618 a year pa inc
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
If you wish to gain experience in medicines management and administration work in a prison setting, this post could be for you. The post-holder will provide medicines management services to healthcare. They will be an integral part of the pharmacy team as well as the HMP Elmley Healthcare Team.

The post-holder will be based at healthcare departments HMP Elmley.

The post holder will be required to:
  • manage on a daily basis the Medicines Management Service at HMP Elmley
  • manage the medicines administration as well as the printing and coordination of the repeat prescription process.

Oxleas Prison Services Ltd

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community trust that provides a wide and growing range of services across the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley and also services in Kent. Oxleas Prison Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and provides the pharmacy services to the prison pharmacy contracts.

The pharmacy department has a long history of innovation, with established prescribing guidelines, excellent relationships with medical staff, a strong culture of leading clinical audit and research projects and an excellent publication record. All of these attributes we wish to extend to the prison pharmacy services.

We believe in supporting our staff to develop to their full potential.

**Please note: previous applicants need not apply**

Main duties of the job


(1) manage on a daily basis the Medicines Management Service at HMP Elmley,

(2) manage the medicines administration as well as the printing and coordination of the repeat prescription process.

(3) Administer medicines to offenders against a valid prescription on the house blocks.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities


All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

You will need to provide:

Proof of right to work documentation

Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographicID

Proof of address documentation

Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

Address History:

5 years address history will be needed.

Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited .

In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (

Key Task and Responsibilities
  • To organise and manage the day-to-day running of the pharmacy mediated Medicines Management services at HMP Standford Hill, reporting any immediate issues to the GP Pharmacist Sheppey and any significant issues to the Lead Prison Services Pharmacist for Kent.
  • To ensure safe supply and administer medication to the patients at HMP Elmley.
  • To promote and ensure high standards of work to all Medicines Management staff in HMP Elmley and ensure all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are read and adhered to.
  • To assist the GP Sheppey Pharmacist with writing, updating and monitoring the use of SOPs.
  • To ensure, on a daily basis, that all pharmacy operations are within the requirements of the GPhC
  • To ensure systems are in place and to carry out the ordering/supply of repeat prescriptions.

  • Management responsibilities
  • To manage the entire medicines management process at HMP Elmley.
  • To manage and coordinate repeat prescriptions.
  • To monitor the performance of the medicines optimisation technicians when placed at HMP Elmley and implement remedial action should an issue arise

  • Person Specification



    • NVQ level 3 Pharmacy Services or equivalent
    • Accredited Checking Technician Certificate
    • Registration with GPhC as a pharmacy technician


    • NVQ A1 assessors award
    • ACT Facilitator



    • 6 years experience of working in a pharmacy


    • Minimum of 4 years prison or hospital pharmacy experience
    • 2 years mental health experience
    • Management experience



    • Knowledge and experience of checking dispensed prescriptions
    • Good knowledge of writing and working within a set of SOPs


    • Ability to use computer packages including Pharmacy Manager/ JAC and Microsoft
    • Some understanding of mental illness and substance misuse and their treatment

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Elmley

    Church Rd, Eastchurch,


    ME12 4DZ

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