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Medicines Management Technician

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £28,407 - £34,581 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated Pharmacy Technician with a positive outlook to join our friendly and welcoming team at the Horton hospital in Banbury (part of OUHFT), an acute admissions hospital in North Oxfordshire.Applicants must hold NVQ level 3 in Pharmacy services or equivalent recognised qualification, applicants must also be registered with the GPhC. Applications welcomed from newly qualified or community based technicians and those who already have ACT and MMT accreditation.Please note that the full band 5 salary will only apply once you are accredited in both ACT and MMT. You will receive full training if you are not already accredited. These accreditations will allow you to be part of our clinical pharmacy team supporting with medicines optimisation, medication history taking and POD checking whilst supporting the nursing teams manage medications on our busy admissions ward and our high care unit teams.

Technicians without both ACT and MMT will be appointed at band 4 and receive uplift to band 5 on completion of both the stand alone ACT and MMT accreditations. Newly qualified Technicians who have completed the Integrated Level 3 apprenticeship incorporating both ACT and MMT, will be appointed at 75% top of band 5 and receive uplift to band 5 subject to successful sign off at 6 month review

Main duties of the job

The Pharmacy Technician role is varied, and requires flexibility in your approach to work, supporting both clinical teams with a smaller proportion of your time working with the dispensary team at the Horton. You will also support the training and induction of new members of the team, pharmacy apprentices, trainee technicians and pharmacists working alongside you.Ward based tasks will include assessing of patients own drugs, medicines reconciliation and one stop ordering. Excellent customer service skills are essential in this role as you will answer the phone, dealing with queries from our service users. You will have the opportunity to be involved in supporting service development/quality improvements and audits. Electronic prescribing has been rolled out in all clinical areas in the hospital. Full training and shadowing of staff will be part of your induction.

About us

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Result AreasWard based role1. To be part of the Pharmacy team providing a near-patient medicines management service to ward areas.2. To become an accredited Medicines Management Technician, or complete reaccreditation in order totransfer skills where appropriate.3. To become accredited to assess PODs according to the Trusts criteria.4. To implement and maintain the POD scheme according to Trust policies.5. To train nursing, medical and pharmacy staff regarding the POD scheme.6. To become accredited to initiate the supply of non-stock items for one-stop/full pack dispensing.7. To become accredited to complete medicines reconciliation using a variety of available sources.8. To aid discharge planning in conjunction with the clinical pharmacist and ward staff.9. To work with the clinical pharmacist and ward staff to support medicines management at ward level.10. To become accredited to undertake patient counselling on selected patients e.g. warfarin initiation, inhalercounselling.11. To work with the clinical pharmacist to counsel patients on their discharge medication.12. To become accredited to complete controlled drug checks for selected wards within the Directorate.13. Refer interventions to the Clinical Pharmacist, and to report and investigate incidents where appropriate.14. Work with the ward team to ensure safe storage of medicines at ward level, including temperature checksand appropriate storage of controlled drugs.15. To liaise with ward staff over any relevant medicines management issues.16. To become accredited to undertake homecare prescription validation as appropriate to clinical area.17. To become accredited to undertake medicines related blood monitoring as appropriate to clinical area.18. In conjunction with the clinical pharmacist and ward staff, to support the maintenance and updating of wardstock lists for the designated clinical areas.19. To work closely with the ward pharmacy top-up assistant in maintaining a well-controlled and appropriatemedication and fluid stock holding.20. To participate in the audit of the medicines management service, as well as departmental and Trust-widemedication audits, as requested by the Clinical Pharmacist Manager or Ward Based Technician Manager21. To participate in the training of new or existing technicians or ward based assistants on the medicinesmanagement role.22. To participate in a reciprocal cover arrangement to maintain the medicines management service.23. To work closely with the Directorate Pharmacist to ensure high cost drugs for outliers are accurately issuedand returned.24. Regularly review drug use and expenditure together with the Directorate pharmacist, and report on thiswhen requested.25. To document and audit financial drug savings and returns, and to produce reports.26. To be responsible for the timely return or transfer of medicines between pharmacy and the wards.

Person Specification

Essential and desirable


  • Qualified Pharmacy technician with an NVQ3 or equivalent qualification
  • Registered with GPHC
  • Previous dispensing experience (hospital or community)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment to CPD and PDP
  • Demonstrate enthusiastic and responsible attitude
  • Team played who is considerate to the needs and feelings of others in the team and able to work to the Trust's values
  • Accredited Checking technician or willing to undertake training
  • Accredited in Medicines Reconciliation or willing to undertake training
  • Responsive to direction and constructive criticism


  • Esperience of working in hospital pharmacy
  • Experience of working on hospital wards
  • Previous medicines reconciliation experience
  • Previous accredited checking experience
  • Previous experience of training/supervision of other staff
  • Understanding and experience of extended technician roles
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • NVQ assessor or back care facilitator

Employer details

Employer name

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Horton Hospital

Oxford Road



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