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Senior Pharmacy Technician: HMP Morton Hall

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Looking for something new & exciting in the NHS? Ever considered Prison healthcare?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Pharmacy Technician to join the Offender Health Directorate working at HMP Morton Hall.

HMP Morton Hall is a Category C Foreign National Offender Prison.

HMP Morton Hall can hold 352 male prisoners who have up to 3 years of a custodial sentence yet to serve It consists of 6 units across a large site . There is a dedicated healthcare suite with additional multi use rooms across the site including rooms for groups or 1-2-1's.

The service provision is seven days a week 24 hours a day although the pharmacy team operates between the hours of 7.15 and 19:15 including at times some weekend working. You will work in partnership with other providers to achieve high quality outcomes for the service user group.

To support provision of the highest quality patient care within the Offender Health directorate, through personal actions and continuous improvement.

To lead the pharmacy team ensuring delivery of a specialist high quality, safe prison pharmacy ordering, distribution and supply service which reflects National and Local Policy and Priorities, taking into account the high level of security that must be maintained at all times.

Main duties of the job

The role is significant leading on the provision of a comprehensive pharmacy service to patients in the prison, with the aim of affording patients in prisons equivalent healthcare to that in community.

This role supports safe, cost effective prescribing and continuous improvement of patient care.

This post holder will collaborate on Directorate wide initiatives within Offender Health as part of a wider clinical team

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The Offender Health Directorate is one of the largest and most successful providers of prison healthcare in the UK. The Directorate provide physical, mental health and substance misuse healthcare services in prisons across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire & Leicestershire.

The Directorate provides healthcare to 7 prisons. You are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. We also offer services within the Personality Disorder Pathway, including Therapeutic Communities (within prisons), Community and Prison Personality Disorder services and specialist Veteran Services.

We are committed to working in partnership with prison services, national probation service , Home Office and other healthcare providers to improve health and support the justice system to reduce re-offending behaviour. The Offender Health Team truly believes it can make a difference to the lives of offenders by offering consistent, high-quality care in primary, mental health and substance misuse services that are equivalent to health services delivered outside of Prison.

Act as a role model for pharmacy staff within the Trust, to ensure that all staff aspire to provide a consistent and high quality standard of service. This will also contribute to the development of a departmental culture that is in line with the values and organisational culture of the Trust.

Effectively supervise and direct the work of appropriate staff where necessary, leading on all aspects of the supply and distribution of medications, to ensure the safe, timely and accurate provision of medication to patients.

Confirm medication histories (medicines reconciliation) by appropriate means and with patient consent and liaise with the prescriber to ensure continuity of essential prescribed medicines.

Undertake accurate Risk Assessments to ascertain whether patients may hold their medications In Possession or otherwise, recording appropriately.

Respond to and process requests from patients in order to facilitate the process of drug administration and supply to patients and ensure the safe effective and timely use of medication by patients, whether Not In Possession or In Possession.

Manage prescribing pathway, including oversight of generated prescriptions to ensure accuracy and a reliable supply chain. Ensure prescriptions are legal and valid before requesting supply.

Work unsupervised in medication administration areas, and be responsible for medicines management within these areas.

Work collaboratively to manage administration of controlled drugs medication to treat substance users in an organised and timely manner with particular attention to maintaining correct records including controlled drug records in accordance with the Trust and Local Policy.

Person Specification



  • BTEC in Pharmaceutical Sciences/ NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services or equivalent
  • Current Professional registration as Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Evidence of up to date CPD portfolio


  • Competency training and experience of eg stock management



  • Evidence of supervising or leading staff
  • Experience of accurate stock control
  • Clear understanding of the role of pharmacy technicians in prescription management
  • Evidence of working in extended technician roles
  • Extensive and varied experience of working in pharmacy


  • Experience of working in secure environment eg secure hospital or prison
  • Previous experience of using SystmOne
  • Previous employment in a customer/ patient facing role



  • Pharmacy procedures and legislation and good practice relating to medicines management
  • Participation in Audit
  • Understanding of principles of Clinical Governance
  • Manual Handling
  • Health and safety considerations


  • COSHH regulations
  • PSIs and PSOs



  • Proficient IT skills
  • Good written and verbal communication with a range of individuals and groups
  • Ability to work alone and within a team
  • Strong interpersonal/ influencing skills
  • Ability to assess stock issues, resolve problems
  • Ability to work to agreed procedures
  • Excellent time management
  • Change management
  • Rota Planning



  • Previous training in core technician roles eg labelling, dispensing, accuracy checking


  • Conflict Resolution
  • Medicines Administration
  • Manual Handling
  • Breakaway

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Morton Hall




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