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B5/6 Senior Support/Specialist Pharmacy Technician (Development)

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
29 May 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting development opportunity has presented for a motivated and committed individual to develop their leadership skills in this management role. We are looking for an astute Pharmacy Technician to join our diverse team and lead dispensary services at Heartlands Hospital.

This developmental post gives an existing band 5 Pharmacy Technician the opportunity to develop into a band 6 Specialist Pharmacy Technician within dispensary services.

The post holder will support the pharmacy operations and performance management team with ensuring the dispensary meets its quality, activity, and financial targets whilst developing and optimising new and existing processes.

Along with another Senior Support Pharmacy Technician the post holder will manage the dispensary workload and supervise staff on a day-to-day basis, support with the training and development of Pharmacy Assistants and Technicians and organise cover for any unexpected staff absences to ensure a safe, effective, and timely service in accordance with current legislation and guidance.

With the support of the Heartlands Pharmacy leadership team, as a Specialist Pharmacy Technician -- Dispensary Services the post holder will be responsible for the line management of dispensary staff. Training will be provided to support line manager development.

We strive to develop the knowledge and skills of our workforce to enable them to advance personally and professionally and this is that ideal career development prospect.

Main duties of the job

With a patient focussed approach, you will:

Provide overall leadership and service development for dispensary with the provision of complete pharmaceutical care to patients.

Lead, motivate and supervise a team of registered and support staff, ensuring regular and effective communication.

Plan and coordinate the dispensary work, including prioritising activities to respond to changing circumstances, allocating and providing sufficient resources and support.

Support the management of patient services in coordinating daily, late night, weekend, and Bank Holiday rosters.

Monitor the service against agreed plans and to take prompt corrective action when improvements are identified.

Ensure training needs of dispensary staff are met by co-coordinating suitable training of the standard required.

Oversee HR management of staff including absence, leave, appraisals, and performance.

Key Person Specification Requirements:

Registered Pharmacy Technician with significant post-qualification experience in a hospital setting.

Accredited Checker Technician

The ability to lead and motivate a team.

A flexible approach to accommodate the needs of the service.

Excellent influencing and communication skills.

This post offers in-service development training and the opportunity to gain valuable skills in a senior role. A requirement to participate in evenings, weekends, and bank holidays on a rotational basis will be necessary.

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

University Hospitals Birmingham is a Smoke-Free premises hospital.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • *NVQ3 or BTEC in pharmaceutical science or equivalent plus additional training for checking dispensed prescriptions, supervising a technical area within the pharmacy to degree or equivalent level
  • or
  • *Knowledge of medicines management, including relevant legislation and policies acquired through NVQ3 or BTEC equivalent level qualification plus specialist training and experience to degree or equivalent level
  • *Dispensing Accuracy Accreditation, West Midland's scheme or equivalent
  • *Evidence of Continued Professional Development
  • *Professional Registration with the GPhC
  • *Accredited Checking Technician (National Framework)



  • *Currently practicing as a band 4 pharmacy technician / equivalent or above with post-qualification experience within an acute setting.
  • *The ability to demonstrate the equivalent level of knowledge and the relevant practical experience for the post.
  • *Significant experience within a pharmacy setting.
  • *Experience of the specialist function for area of responsibility.
  • *Experience of organising other grades of staff and their workload.
  • *Experienced in working to policies and procedures.
  • *Significant experience within a hospital pharmacy setting.
  • *Deputising for senior personnel, co-ordinating daily workflow including situational staff management.
  • *Understanding of Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • *Health and Safety at Work and COSHH
  • *Understanding of stock control and supply processes
  • *Knowledge of Code of Practice / Customer Care
  • *Knowledge of medicines, side effects and where to find further information.
  • *Knowledge of practices, policies and procedures associated with the job.
  • *Understands the need for delivering a cost-effective service and the required work practices to reduce waste.
  • *Understanding of Pharmacy dispensing/stock control IT systems


  • *Experience in setting up new working practices or procedures.
  • *Participation in training of staff
  • *Experience of managing other grades of staff
  • *Participation in student technician training in a mentor relationship
  • *Understanding of ward environment

Additional Criteria


  • *Ability to travel to other Trust sites.
  • *Flexible to work in accordance with service needs.
  • *Committed to abide by the Trust vision and values.

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust


Heartlands Hospital

Bordesley Green E


West Midlands

B9 5SS

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