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Pharmacy Technician Hospital/Community cross site

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting new opportunity has arisen to join our friendly department as part of a Cross site Medicines Optimisation Pharmacy Technician Team. These are new roles, which would suit an experienced solution focused Medicine Management Technician who is happy to work autonomously in a patient facing role.

The post holder will rotate between Community Mental Health Services and hospital services to provide support to the Community Mental Health Teams within Staffordshire. You will work independently to provide a seamless pathway from Secondary to Primary care and participate in the Discharge planning process.

As a member of the Pharmacy Team at MPFT you will ensure the safe, effective and economical use of medicines within the Mental Health sector, to provide support with Depot clinics and Clozapine service.

If you want to join an expanding team and are keen for a new challenge then we look forward to hearing from you.

Main duties of the job


The post holder will provide expert advice and support on aspects of medicines optimisation to ensure the use of medicines is optimised and meets safety, statutory and governance requirements.

The post holder will act as first point of contact for any medicines management issues for the community mental health teams.

Work autonomously and be responsible for planning and delivering own workload and agreeing deadlines with Chief Technician.

Provide professional advice and support on the safe prescribing, handling and administration of medicines.

Rotate between hospital wards and community services.

To perform medicines reconciliation on admission to hospital and on discharge as necessary.

To provide medication counselling to promote self-management and independence with medication.

To participate in discharge planning.

To ensure a seamless pathway from in-patient to out-patient.

To support development of a comprehensive medicines optimisation service to the wards and clinics.

Support service development and be responsive to emerging problems escalating where necessary.

The post holder will work to promote safe, legal, rational and economic use of medicines by all users of the pharmacy service.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Community Services

The post holder will support the development and delivery of the clinical pharmacy service provision across the Community Mental Health Service. This will involve obtaining accurate drug histories on admission and discharge by liaising with secondary care providers, documenting and referring findings where necessary.

Responsible for implementing and monitoring the Trusts clinical pharmacy standards as well as ensuring the clinical service is of high quality and patient focused. They will identify gaps and problem areas in the service and use appropriate methods including quality improvement to improve the service.

Co-ordinate the supply of Depots from polar speed.

Co-ordinate the supply of Clozapine for community patients.

Support the maintenance of the repeat prescriptions, ensuring they are in date and all necessary monitoring has taken place. Highlighted discrepancies in a timely manner to avoid unnecessary waste or dose inaccuracies.

Review community mental health patients to ensure physical monitoring has taken place.

Review clozapine patients to ensure essential serum monitoring has taken place (according to set monitoring data)

Participate in the counselling of patients in the community setting.

The post holder will support the ESCA referrals.

The post holder will participate in patient counselling sessions in both Clozapine and Depot clinics.

Clinical Role

The post holder will provide advice and counselling to patients /carers on medicines in line with departmental standards and SOPs.

Carry out medicines reconciliation on admission and on discharge, in accordance with departmental standards and SOPs.

Clozapine Dispensing

The post holder will lead on the co-ordination of the supply of clozapine to community patients. This will involve the entering and checking of blood results on the eCPMS system according to the strict procedures stipulated by the Manufacturers Product Licence and liaising with Haematology staff as necessary.

The post holder will be expected to liaise with external suppliers regarding clozapine prescriptions and transport services to ensure delivery, and follow up outstanding monitoring /queries.

The post holder will monitor patients to ensure serum level are taken and highlight issues to the appropriate clinician.

Ward Services

The post holder will complete medicine reconciliation on admission and discharge.

Provide patient counselling at ward level as necessary.

Identify patients due for discharge and provide counselling to improve compliance/ concordance aiming for a smooth transfer back to community services.Highlight and refer patients into the community team as appropriate.

Lead on the Discharge Medicines Service (DMS).

Prescription processing

The post holder may need to supervise the dispensing of medication to inpatients/outpatients.

Organise with doctors (or their secretaries) the supply of repeat prescriptions (clozapine/depot injections) for those patients whose prescriptions have expired.

Support the nominated dispensary in the role of accuracy checking technician (ACT).

Person Specification



  • BTEC and NVQ3 (or equivalent) in Pharmaceutical Science.
  • Nationally recognised Accredited Checking Technician Certificate.
  • Registered as a Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council.


  • Ability to produce reports using a variety of systems



  • Working as a registered Pharmacy Technician in the UK.
  • Hospital experience
  • Experienced medicine management technician



  • AbilIty to work autonomously
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to know when to refer
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis and at short notice
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing e.g. good telephone manner, excellent face to face communicator.
  • Competent patient counselling skills
  • Able to prioritise own workload
  • Able to take responsibility for personal development and contribute to Service Development
  • Ability to work in a busy environment to deadlines. Able to work Monday to Friday and at weekends/bank holidays if required.


  • Familiar with Ascribe/CPMS/SCR

Personal attributes


  • Polite Calm
  • Problem solving skills
  • Reliable Treats others with respect & dignity Flexible Ability to be flexible and meet travel demands of the role across the geographical area on a regular basis

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


St Georges Hospital

Corporation st


ST16 3SR

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