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Senior Rotational Pharmacy Technician

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year Agenda For Change Pay Band 5
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are looking for registered Pharmacy Technicians with proven hospital or community experience as a qualified pharmacy technican to join our motivated, friendly and forward thinking team. Our Technicians help to support medicines supply throughout the Trust in Dispensary, Aseptics and medicines management within our ward based teams.

Our Aseptic unit may form part of rotational responsibilities but will be confirmed upon appointment of successful candidates.

You will be an excellent communicator, caring and passionate about patients, and be able to adapt to working with other colleagues of all levels.

We will support your professional development and equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to provide quality clinical and technical service to our patients.

We want you to be committed to maintain excellent patient care, whilst improving the quality of the service. You will need to be enthusiastic flexible, and able to organize your workload, whilst having the capability to change priorities at short notice to meet the needs of the service.

You will help us to train and supervise new staff and students, in all areas, and will be a valuable and important member of the technical team. You will be required to participate in the weekend and Bank Holiday rotas.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

To accurately, safely and promptly label, assemble and issue prescriptions for both in-patients, on discharge and outpatients to acute trust patients.

To undertake the final accuracy check on dispensed medicines prior to issue to patients.

Complete relevant sections of the in-house training and accreditation programme in technical ward-based services to support the advanced level and Lead Specialist Technicians in the delivery of near-patient pharmacy services

Counsel patients on their medicines to assist patients in obtaining the most from their medicines.

If required participate in the sterile preparation of medicines in the aseptic unit and the non-sterile preparation of medicines in the non-sterile production area.

Professionally screen requisitions for medicines from ward or clinical areas, confirming discrepancies and liaising with ward staff to ensure medicines are dispensed accurately and promptly according to ward need.

Participate in the delivery of near patient pharmacy services to designated ward area - including interviewing patients on admission undertaking a comprehensive medication history and adding admission medicines onto Bluespier.

To undertake in-house training, development and accreditation to be able to fulfil the technical duties required of the post holder and to participate in a coaching and development programme to enable the post holder to gain the further skills and experience required of an advanced technician.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:

Undertake a mutually agreed range of technical duties in the department, on rotation where required, meeting required departmental standards at all times. It is expected that the post holder will complete any in-house training and internal and/or external accreditation required prior to undertaking these duties. This training will be appropriate to both the competency required to deliver the role and the level of skill and experience demonstrated by the post holder.

Be personally responsible for keeping up-to-date with all relevant SOPs, policies and communiqués within the department and, where appropriate, the Trust as a whole

Follow departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at all times, and provide comment and feedback where appropriate, commenting on elements of SOPs relevant to own duties and communicating any arising queries, concerns or issues to the appropriate Lead Specialist Technician or the Chief Technician as appropriate.

Maintain patient confidentiality at all times according to Trust policy.

To participate in the training of Pre-registration Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, Pre-registration Pharmacists according to departmental standards and requirements. Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Assistant training will require an understanding of NVQ (or equivalent) training requirements.

Participation in the induction and training of all new staff as appropriate.

Act in a professional, caring and responsible manner at all times to ensure that the needs of patients and other customers of the Pharmacy Service are met.

Work weekends and participate in the operational Bank Holiday rotas.

Dispensing Services:

Participate in Dispensary coordination activities where appropriate

Undertake dispensary reception duties when necessary

Interpret prescription stationary and accurately and clearly label and dispense prescriptions, ensuring that patients receive comprehensive directions on how to take and get the most from their prescribed medicines.

Accurately and safely dispense prescriptions for both in-patients and out-patients in a timely and prompt manner. This will include the dispensing of unlicensed medicines, clinical trial material and specialist products, completing paper records of the patient and the drugs supplied, according to departmental procedure. Immediate reporting of out of stock issues to either the patient or an appropriate member of dispensary staff.

Provide the final pharmacy check on dispensed medication (accuracy check) for both in-patient, discharge medicines, out-patient prescriptions and stock supplies of controlled drugs, ensuring that the prescription has been labelled and assembled correctly by other members of pharmacy staff. This does not include any form of clinical check on the prescription content. Errors or omissions made during the dispensing process should be highlighted to dispensing staff in a constructive manner and the corrective action required should be explained and supervised. Where concerns or doubts of the accuracy of another member of staff are identified by the post holder, these must be communicated promptly and appropriately to either the Dispensary Manager, Chief Technician or Chief Pharmacist

Handout dispensed prescriptions to patients and carers ensuring that, where delegated, appropriate counselling on prescribed medicines is given to patients, in line with departmental standards, to improve compliance and knowledge of their therapy including dosage, frequency and other directions. This may require the counselling of patients and carers with sight or hearingproblemsand may involve occasional contact with patients with terminal illness or palliative care needs, to ensure that patients are able to get the most from their medicines.

Receive, issue and maintain register entries and any appropriate associated documentation for controlled drugs according to legal and departmental standards, reporting any discrepancies to the Dispensary Manager or Chief Technician

Identify and refer any formulary related computer issues to the attention of the duty pharmacist to assist in the implementation and enforcement of the Trust Formulary.

Promptly bring problems relating to the dispensing of prescriptions, including owing items, to the attention of an appropriate member of staff.

Deputise for the Dispensary Manager within the dispensary when required.

Comply with the Trust policy on the use of patients own medicines (PODs) and any associated cost containment policies in relation to appropriate quantities of medicines for discharge. This will include assessing PODs for suitability of re-use on discharge, in conjunction with the discharge prescription, and relabelling if appropriate.

Ensuring that prescription stationary is fully endorsed with the origin of the medicines supplied, the quantity supplied and where appropriate, the strength of the dispensed medicines, according to departmental policy.

Weigh, measure, compound and prepare medicines for patients where accuracy is of the utmost importance.

Provision of Stock Distribution Services:

Accurately supply requisitioned stock medicines ordered by all wards, clinics, outside hospitals and external customers in a timely and appropriate way. This will require continual prioritisation by the post holder to ensure that deadlines for supply are met and urgently required items are processed as a priority.

Meet set transport and portering times to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of medicines across the County.

Promptly bring any issues, delays or problems with medicines supply in distribution to the attention of the supervising technician. Where resolution is not immediate, swiftly communicate these issues to an appropriate member of ward/clinical department staff, having referred to an appropriate member of pharmacy staff for advice or a possible alternative solution.

Organise the replenishment of the Out of Hours drug cupboard (EDC) as required.

Interpret and organise daily intravenous fluid orders from wards and clinical areas.

Provision of Aseptic Services:

Work within aseptic unit SOPs, policies and procedures at all times.

Reconstitute or prepare cytotoxic and monoclonal antibody medicines according to the unit rota, calculating quantities of raw materials required according to worksheets.

Participate in the cleaning rota for the aseptic suite sterile and non-sterile areas - according to departmental policy and procedure.

Undertake monitoring and validation of the Unit in line with departmental policy according to the rota.

Ensure stock levels of required drugs are maintained, ordering extra supplies according to agreed stock levels, when necessary

Co-ordinate and manage stock list reviews on a defined regular basis to ensure that the ward area has a comprehensive, rational and appropriate stock of medicines that reflects ward usage and need. Changes should be negotiated with the lead pharmacists and ward managers for the post-holders area.

Stock Control Duties:

Ensure that stock is rotated according to departmental procedure and that adequate stocks are maintained to meet normal service demands

Check stocks on a regular basis (including Annual Stock Takes) Cross-reference stock on shelves against computer stock records to ensure that computer records are accurate.Use computer facilities to obtain reports, and refer any unexplained discrepancies to the relevant Lead Specialist Pharmacy Technician or pharmacist as delegated.

Check return items for suitability to credit and re-issue, booking them back into departmental stock when approval to do so given, according to departmental procedure.

Provision of Ward-based Technical Services:

Complete the relevant sections of the in-house training and accreditation programme in technical ward-based services to support the advanced level and Lead Specialist Technicians in the delivery of near-patient pharmacy services. This may include:

Interviewing patients on admission, obtaining consent to use their own medicines (PODs), assessing these for suitability for use and referring any identified problems to the Lead Specialist Technician or Senior Pharmacist

Adding pre Admission medicines to bluespier system.

Analysing prescription stationery for all patients allocated, to identify any other medicines they will require during their stay and to label and dispense these medicines in a form ready for discharge (one stop dispensing)

Regularly reviewing the contents of patients bedside medicine lockers, as required by the Lead Specialist Technician, to ensure that all prescribed medicines are available at the correct time for administration by nursing staff.

To assist the Lead Specialist Technician in the accurate and timely completion of patients discharge medicines from the ward, according to agreed discharge times and Trust bed pressure

Undertaking DMS referrals.

Person Specification



  • Significant relevant experience as a qualified pharmacy technician in either hospital or community.
  • Current relevant experience of supervising technical staff or students.


  • Current experience of delivering ward based technical medicines management services as a qualified pharmacy technician.
  • Current experience of undertaking medication histories utilising SCR and other approved sources as a qualified pharmacy technician.
  • Current experience of aseptic services.

Knowledge and skills


  • Standard keyboard skills including pharmacy computer systems, and MS office.
  • Proven ability to accurately dispense medications.


  • Patient counselling skills.
  • Knowledge of automated Medicine cabinets ( Omnicell)
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