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Senior Pharmacy Technician - Medicines Management (Acute Medicine)

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£32,466 to £39,521 a year p.a. inclusive of HCA
Closing date
25 Jun 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an existing vacancy for an enthusiastic and highly motivated pharmacy technician looking for a new challenge to develop your career in a hospital pharmacy setting. If you are seeking to expand your clinical skills, help to improve patient satisfaction and make a difference within Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust, then this is your ideal job.

The post offers a chance to contribute to the continued development of pharmacy services within the Acute and General Medicine Team.

The post is suitable for a patient-focused and team player technician who is sensitive to the needs of the patients and carers. You would require excellent communication and interpersonal skills. The role is embedded in the ward teams by supporting our nurses and pharmacists to resolve any medicines management issues.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a safe, efficient and accurate ward-based pharmacy service for hospital inpatients by liaising closely with the pharmacy team, nurses and medical colleagues. This role will help you to develop medicines optimisation, patient counselling skills and ensuring safety and efficiency during the patient's discharge process.

You will also be required to support the Inpatients Pharmacy as an ACPT two hours a week. Therefore, a systematic and flexible approach to working is an essential requirement.

About us

Guy's & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

We are among the UK's busiest, most successful foundation trusts. We provide specialist care for patients including heart and lung, cancer and renal services as well as a full range of local hospital and community services for people in Lambeth and Southwark.

We have a long tradition of clinical and scientific achievement and - as part of King's Health Partners - we are one of England's eight academic health sciences centres, bringing together world-class clinical services, teaching and research. We have one of the National Institute for Health Research's biomedical research centres, established with King's College London in 2007, as well as dedicated clinical research facilities.

We have around 23,500 staff, making us one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and one of the biggest employers locally. We aim to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and continue to develop new and existing partnerships with local people, patients, neighbouring NHS organisations, local authorities and charitable bodies and GPs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a pharmaceutical Medicines Management service to patients. This includes:

Communicating detailed information to patients & carers about drug doses, indications, side effects and efficacy.

Liaising widely (e.g. GP staff, Nursing homes, patients, carers etc) to ensure the timely availability of patients medication.

Assessing Patients Own Drugs for suitability for use in the Trust.

Record accurate written medication reconciliations for newly admitted and transferred patients.

The dispensing and final checking of clinically screened discharge medicines against the TTO before release to the patient.

Provide a safe and efficient supply of pharmaceutical products to patients. This may involve the:

Dispensing and final checking of drug products and compliance aids after screening by Pharmacist.

Working in the dispensary on a session basis, ensuring that good dispensing practices are followed and that all staff are working within the appropriate Standard Operating Procedures.

Liaise with clinical pharmacists to highlight and refer clinical problems, ensure that requests are processed safely and prioritised to match clinical urgency.

Participate and provide an Omnicell service and cycle counts as per Directorate.

Supervise Rotational Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, Pre-registration Pharmacy Technicians and Pre-registration Pharmacists to ensure that work is conducted to a high standard and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures.

Participates and deliver Medicines Management education, training, and assessment of staff within the Directorate.

Undertake the assessments and appraisals of rotational pharmacy technicians.

Participate in the education and training of non-pharmacy staff (e.g. nurses) as required.

Routinely gather data for the audit of services and assists with analysis.

Person Specification



  • BTEC Pharmaceutical Science/NVQ Level 3 or GPhC accredited equivalent
  • Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) qualification
  • LPET Technician Self Development Programme- Stage 2, AIMS, MOP from HEE LaSE or equivalent Medicine Management qualification
  • Registration as a Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Mandatory professional CPD as defined by General Pharmaceutical Council.


  • A1 workplace Assessor or working towards Practice Supervisor, Train the trainer or equivalent qualification



  • Have worked in a hospital pharmacy dispensary
  • Medicines management experience in a ward based setting, e.g. medication history taking, POD assessment etc.
  • Patient consultation experience
  • Experience of pharmacy stock distribution and top-up services
  • Previous experience of supervising staff and workload on a day-to-day basis
  • Previous experience of delivering induction and competency based training


  • Experience of education and training of pharmacy staff
  • Experience of education and training of MDT staff
  • Recruitment and selection experience
  • Demonstrated experience of appraising staff and setting performance objectives
  • Previous evaluated experience of participation in project and audit work



  • Demonstrated ability to counsel and give advice to patients on their medications.
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately record patient medicine reconciliation.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise and organise routine daily tasks using own initiative
  • Demonstrate ability to work to set procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to work under pressure accurately.
  • Demonstrate ability to motivate self and others
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems including communicating complex and sensitive information effectively.
  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of the context of hospital pharmacy and the NHS


  • Demonstrate ability to plan, deliver, and organise competency-based training assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to write or contribute to writing SOP's
  • Demonstrated ability to manage performance
  • Familiar in using the following computer systems: MedChart, JAC Pharmacy Computer System, EPIC

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


St Thomas Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road



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