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Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician - Apprenticeship

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£17,319 a year Yr1-70% top band 4 & Yr2-75% top band 4 (+ outer London HCAS)
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship

Please note Salary will be as follows:

Year 1: 70% of the top of Band 4 + Outer London HCAS

Year 2: 75% of the top of Band 4 + Outer London HCAS

We are looking for a TWO enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals to join our progressive pharmacy team at West Middlesex University Hospital part of Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.

This is an excellent opportunity to train for a career as a Registered Pharmacy Technician. You will study for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians whilst you work on an Apprenticeship program, gaining experience in various areas of pharmacy within the Hospital.

This is a two year fixed term appointment to commence in September 2024.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicants will be expected to work in our Inpatients Dispensary, Outpatients Dispensary, Distribution, Goods Receipt & Purchasing, Technical Services, Clinical Trials, Medicines Management, Medicines Information and Clinical Governance sections on a rotational basis.

The rota will run across both West Middlesex and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital sites.

Full practical training will be provided in-house, with a competency-based programme and you will be expected to undertake underpinning knowledge courses working towards becoming a registered Pharmacy Technician.

The successful candidates will work in an environment that will support patients with their medications, managing the supply of medicines and assisting Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, as well as manufacturing sterile products.

The appointed candidates will need to demonstrate that they are patient focused, have good interpersonal and communication skills, be a quick learner, keen to get involved and are committed to the training programme. Good ability to cope with the discipline of studying whilst working as part of a team throughout this busy department is essential therefore, a professional approach is key.

Candidates must be willing and able to follow an academic and practical training course and commit up to 10 hours per week of your own time for private study.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Justyna Papior,

Reena Aggarwal, Reena.

About us

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provide services from two main hospitals, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East.

We have nearly 7,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people.

Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff says they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an

'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing significant Capital year on year in our estate.

We have recently completed a �30m expansion of our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and are planning an ambitious �60m development of an Ambulatory Diagnostics Centre at West Middlesex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job description and person specifications located under the supporting documents heading.

Person Specification

Essential and desirable


  • 4 GCSEs Grade 4/C or above including Maths, Science and English or BTEC Certificate in Science or equivalent
  • Pharmacy experience
  • Proven work or study record
  • Able to demonstrate completion of assigned tasks e.g. Studies undertaken resulted in qualification
  • Able to work to standard operating procedure and policies
  • Good oral & written communication skills
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations in relation to work
  • Ability to organise & prioritise workload
  • Word processing, e-mail, accurate date entry skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work under supervision
  • Ability to supervise and participate in the training of others
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Enthusiasm for position
  • Methodical with attention to detail
  • Friendly, empathetic and reliable team worker able to relate to all grades of staff
  • Ability to cope well within a busy environment
  • Good initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good ability to work independantly
  • Good ability to organise own work
  • Good time management
  • Satisfactory manual dexterity required of all activities
  • Capable of moderate physical activity - sometimes for heavy loads
  • Hard working and conscientious
  • Good team player and demonstrates reliability
  • Punctual
  • Demonstrates awareness of self-development
  • Demonstrates evidence of being able and willing to understand our Trust PROUD values


  • Prior knowledge/achievement of NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy Service Skills
  • Patient counselling and customer care
  • Dispensing experience
  • Pharmacy labelling and stock control systems
  • Hospital pharmacy experience
  • Ability to use JAC stock control system
  • Non-sterile manufacturing
  • Understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice
  • Sterile manufacturing
  • Interpret & dispense prescriptions accurately
  • Effectively provide advice to patients regarding medicines

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex University Hospital

Twickenham Rd



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