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Pharmacy Technician ACT

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£30,407 to £36,581 a year pa inc
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide a medicines management service to allocated prisons work in the dispensary at HMP Rochester Pharmacy and provide final accuracy checks on dispensed medicines as an accredited checking technician (ACT).

Main duties of the job

Key Task and Responsibilities
  • To provide a medicines management service to allocated prisons on a weekly basis with the professional support of a prison services pharmacist.
  • To oversee the ordering/supply of repeat prescriptions.
  • To supervise assistants, when in the dispensary in providing dispensing services for all the prisons.
  • To be an accredited checking technician (ACT) providing final accuracy checks.
  • To ensure high standards of work in the dispensary and when out on prison visits and to ensure all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are read and adhered to.
  • To assist the senior prisons technician with writing, updating and monitoring the use of medicines management SOPs.

  • 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:
    • We're Kind
    • We're Fair
    • We Listen
    • We Care

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Management Responsibilities
    • To supervise the pharmacy assistants when working within the dispensary at HMP Rochester Pharmacy.
    • To manage own workload when providing medicines management services.

    • To provide weekly clinical visits to the allocated prisons, under the professional supervision of a pharmacist. On these visits you will:
    • Undertake a stock top-up service for all areas medicines are stored within the prison.
    • Review the expiry dates and storage facilities for all such medicines and report any deficiencies to the prison service pharmacist for that prison.
    • Assist the prison service pharmacist to provide advice to prisoners and staff about the appropriate use of medicines.
    • Undertake 3 monthly controlled drugs stock checks and report any issues to the Prison Service Pharmacist for that prison.
    • Promote healthy lifestyles for offenders in line with local and national guidelines or promotions.
    • To demonstrate on-going continual professional development (CPD) and be responsible for self-development and learning within the field of pharmacy or other specialty where appropriate.

    • To participate in clinical and departmental audits as required.

    • To appreciate thesecure environment you are working in and to adhere to all prison procedures as necessary.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE READ: 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 photographic ID 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 (

    Person Specification



    • 4 years experience of working in a pharmacy


    • Previous prison or mental health pharmacy experience



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



    • Knowledge and experience of checking dispensed prescriptions
    • Good knowledge of working within a set of SOPs
    • Ability to use (or learn to use) computer packages including JAC and Microsoft


    • Some understanding of mental illness and substance misuse and their treatment

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


    HMP Rochester Pharmacy

    1 Fort Road


    ME1 3QS

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