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Chief Pharmacy Technician

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Luton and Bedford
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an experienced senior pharmacy technician looking to make an impact at the forefront of service development across a multi-site Acute Trust?

Are you looking for a place to work where your talents shine and where people are put at the centre of everything we do?

A unique opportunity has been created by the Pharmacy Senior Leadership team for an enthusiastic, inspirational and highly motivated leader to join the team to help shape and grow our dynamic pharmacy team. This role has a specific responsibility for being the Pharmacy Technician professional and operational lead on aspects of the pharmacy service alongside providing strategic professional leadership to the cross-site pharmacy department and off-site services

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a track record of providing vision and excellent leadership as we collectively deliver on our strategies.

Main duties of the job

  • To be part of the Senior Pharmacy Leadership Team (PSLT) with specific responsibility for being the Pharmacy Technician professional and operational lead on aspects of the pharmacy service alongside providing strategic professional leadership to the cross-site pharmacy department and off-site services
  • To support the Chief Pharmacist and site Head of Pharmacy in the strategic operational planning and delivery of the Pharmacy Medicines Supply Chain strategy and the wider Pharmacy and Trust Integration Strategy
  • To ensure that all relevant standards are met in the provision of the Pharmacy service.
  • To act as a professional lead for all members of the Pharmacy department with a specific focus on pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants
  • To provide professional advice to internal and external stakeholders on the role and contribution of pharmacy technicians as a registered profession as part of workforce development, reform and legislation changes, to enable effective skill mix and clinical/technical service development within the trust and ICB
  • To deputise for members of the Senior Pharmacy Leadership Team as appropriate
  • To actively demonstrate the Trust THRIVE values, supporting staff through a mixture of teaching, coaching and mentoring techniques for professional development and championing the Pharmacy Forum (staff voice) to promote continually improve culture and morale

  • About us

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

    You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

    We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

    Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

    All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

    Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Please see complete Job description for full breakdown of roles and responsibilities, this is included in the supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • oGPhC approved or recognised course/qualification e.g. NVQ level 3
    • oRegistration with the GPhC
    • oEvidence of accreditation for Pre- and In-Process Checking (PIPC) / clinical Medicines Management (MMT) or relevant advanced pharmacy technician competency framework
    • oLeadership or Management qualification


    • oQuality, Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) learning and development programme or equivalent experience
    • oACPT accreditation
    • oPrince 2 or Project Management qualification



    • oSignificant experience of working in a hospital pharmacy
    • oExperience of managing and delivering complex services through a team approach
    • oExperience of leading, managing and empowering staff to deliver change
    • oExperience of project management initiation and delivery at pace and within budget
    • oExperience in provision of medicine usage and expenditure reports and use of financial reports to influence business cases and clinical practice
    • oExperience of SOP development, risk management / Quality Management System approval process
    • oAbility to work accurately under pressure and to manage time effectively, working to deadlines


    • oPresentation to Trust-wide meetings (or equivalent)
    • oLeading projects across departmental boundaries
    • oExperience of working at a strategic level across the wider health community
    • oExperience of working at a strategic level with senior clinicians / managers and experience of working in an integrated directorate team



    • oDemonstrates innovation
    • oDemonstrates a whole system patient focused approach to work
    • oExperience in proposing and delivering Cost Improvement Strategies / Transformation projects
    • oExperience of leading on audits of service and implementation of action plans to resolve gaps
    • oExperience of successful management of a team of staff


    • oExperience in Business Operations
    • oExperience of Project Management
    • oExperience in performance management of staff
    • oExperience of integrating research evidence into practice
    • oActive member of pharmacy professional groups/networks

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Bedfordshire Hospitals - Cross site working

    Luton and Bedford

    LU4 0DZ

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