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Specialist Pharmacy Technician - Technical Services

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro-rata)
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
The post holder is responsible for assisting the Pharmacy Services Lead Technicians in the provision and development of the technical services within the Trafford General Hospital at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

You will contribute to the future development of the technical service in accordance with departmental strategic and business plans.

Be responsible for leading and managing the technical team within the technical service.

Be responsible for co-ordinating staffing arrangements to ensure appropriate skill mix and staff allocation throughout the technical service.

You will be responsible for delivery of agreed levels of pharmaceutical care to patients within the trust and to meet departmental objectives and requirements of the patients and staff through safe and effective dispensing systems to the legal and accepted standards of practice at ward and dispensary level.

Previous applicants need not apply

Main duties of the job

Are you self-motivated, enthusiastic, and ambitious with excellent interpersonal skills, with a focus on staff development and organisational change?

We are looking to recruit a forward thinking, dedicated and enthusiastic individual to support the development of the ward based and dispensary service at Trafford General Hospital.

The role will involve developing a medicines management service to provide high quality, efficient person centred care anddrive improvements within medicines optimisation.

A committed leader with a proven ability to develop and motivate technicians and assistants, working collaboratively in developing key working relationships within a diverse team.

An excellent communicator, with significant experience in developing a service with project management success.

You will be committed to reviewing systems of work, with excellent problem-solving skills, identifying risks, and developing Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that the service is safe and efficient.

With a strong emphasis on staff development, undertake appraisals and have demonstrable skills and knowledge with regards to training and education within your area of expertise.

You will support staff within your remit with HR issues following Trust Policy.

If you think you have what it takes please give us a call for an informal chat, we can facilitate departmental walk rounds and can give further information about this exciting why wait, get in touch today!

About us

MFT is England's largest NHS Trust with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research and innovation through the introduction of Hive our brand-new Electronic Patient Record system which we've launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our new Green Plan which will set out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Communication and Relationship Skills


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, verbal and written to communicate with pharmacy staff, pharmacy managers, nursing staff and ward managers.
  • Able to present clearly to healthcare professionals and patients.
  • IT knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrable leadership skills to inspire and motivate pharmacy staff workforce and optimise team working

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • Registered with GPHC
  • Btec/NVQ 3 in pharmaceutical science or equivalent qualification
  • Btec Diploma in pharmacy technician accuracy checking
  • Recognised qualification in Leadership and Management
  • Experience of training/supervising staff members
  • Extensive hospital pharmacy experience with significant experience at a higher level as a ward based pharmacy technician OR in a leadership & management post
  • Evidence of CPD learning and portfolio building, workforce training and development
  • Knowledge of the Medicines Act, Health and safety andCOSHH


  • Membership of other pharmacy organisations e.g. APTUK
  • Accredited computer qualification e.g. ECDL
  • Btec Diploma for Clinical Pharmacy Technicians
  • NVQ Assessor Qualification
  • Dispensing Technicians Mentor Training
  • Recognised Qualification in Leadership and Management

Analytical and Judgemental Skills


  • Ability to analyse complex data/information e.g. when interpreting ambiguous prescriptions
  • Able to articulate information to Senior Manager
  • Able to cope with complex issues when providing a ward based technical service e.g. dealing with complex patients regarding their medication needs
  • Ability to identify and resolve issues regarding staff training and performance

Planning and Organisational Skills


  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to pay attention to detail


  • Evidence of managing change

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Trafford General Hospital

Moorside Road, Davyhulme,


M41 5SL

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