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Chief Pharmacy Technician - Training and Practice Development

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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We have an exciting opportunity to join our team for 12 months to step into this key role while the current post holder is on career break andmaintain our outstanding Pharmacy Training programme across our Pharmacy departments.

We are anticipating to start the successful applicant towards September 2024.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Pharmacy Technician with excellent interpersonal skills who is a recognised Educational Supervisor or qualified Practice Supervisor with significant experience in delivering training. A Certificate in education or equivalent is also an advantage but not essential.

We know that excellent training is vital to providing excellent services and having a highly motivated and committed team. This post plays a key role in maintaining and developing our training programme to meet GPhC standards and ensure our departments continually develop to inspire our staff.

The post holder is the Pharmacy Education Director (EPD) for the training of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians and training programme within the Trust. Another key role is the development and co-ordination of training for Pharmacy Assistants and ongoing training and development of our registered Pharmacy Technicians.

You will also joint lead the Pharmacy Local Faculty Group, co-ordinate meetings and our Pharmacy E& T newsletter. The post holder is the line manager for four pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.

About us

MTW is a large acute hospital trust in the south-east of England. We provide a full range of general hospital services and some aspects of specialist and complex care to around 600,000 people living in west Kent and East Sussex. We have a team of over 8,000 full and part-time staff. We also provide specialist cancer services to around 2 million people across Kent and East Sussex via the Kent Oncology Centre.

Would you like to work flexibly?In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Once your pre-employment checks have been completed you will be contacted by Recruitment to arrange your start date which will be in line with one of our Corporate Inductions.

Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check at Enhanced Level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).

At MTW, we seek to develop a culture where everyone can reach their full potential with opportunities to grow and develop their career. We recognise and value the unique contributions that each of our staff bring, delivering the best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to being a diverse employer and strive to reflect everyone in our local communities. We welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences and celebrate the diversity of thought, viewpoints and ideas that will make our Trust the best place to work.

We support our staff with disabilities to ensure they have the adjustments they need to be the best they can be in the workplace.Collaborating with Access to Work means that our staff are assessed by experts in the workplace and we ensure that their recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. You can find out more here: Access to Work: get support if you have a disability or health condition: What Access to Work is - GOV.UK (

Interview Date: To be confirmed.

Person Specification



  • Registered Pharmacist with GPhC
  • BTec in Pharmaceutical Science and/or NVQ Pharmacy Services Level 3


  • Member of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (UK)
  • Regional train the trainers accreditation
  • Final Accuracy Checking accreditation
  • Reconciliation (formerly Medicines Management) or equivalent relevant experience
  • Practice Supervisor or Educational Supervisor accreditation
  • NVQ Internal Verifier award or equivalent
  • NVQ A1 workplace assessor award or equivalent
  • Teacher/training qualification i.e. certificate in education or equivalent



  • Significant experience in delivering pharmacy training
  • Previous experience within a senior pharmacy technician role/Management experience
  • Experience in the development and implementation of work based training/ SOPS across a variety of tasks
  • Experience of conducting staff appraisals & sickness Absence management
  • Specialist knowledge of NVQ assessment, internal verification Specialist knowledge of NVQ assessment, internal verification
  • Knowledge of the GPhC professional standards and registration requirements for PTs
  • Knowledge of post registration training opportunities and requirements
  • Knowledge and understanding of the apprenticeship programmes for pharmacy


  • Previous experience of successful audit work
  • Working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience of submitting/collating Quality Manual evidence
  • Experience of e-portfolio management
  • Trust organisational structures as regards care groups, directorates and specialities.
  • Proven knowledge of the legal framework behind implementation of PGDs



  • Proven ability of providing excellent quality training
  • Experience of providing constructive feedback and supporting trainees


  • mentoring skills for developmental opportunities



  • Experience of working in Hospital Pharmacy
  • Experience of leading teams

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

ME16 9QQ


ME16 9QQ

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