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Specialist Mental Health Pharmacy Technician (Medicines Management)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a qualified and experienced registered pharmacy technician looking for an exciting new challenge as part of a forward thinking and dynamic pharmacy team?

We are looking for 2 enthusiastic technicians to join the team as a medicines management pharmacy technician to provide support with medicines optimisation for our Adult Mental Health inpatients in Chelmsford. These new and innovative posts would suit ambitious and forward thinking registered pharmacy technicians who would join the Inpatients Mental Health Team as integral members of the Essex Partnership University Trust (EPUT) Pharmacy Service in providing clinical pharmacy services and enhancing the medicines-related care of patients.

If you are looking for a unique opportunity in a responsible and challenging post, this could be the role for you. You will work independently at times as well as operating closely with specialist pharmacists. The post includes participation in the weekly ACPT, weekend and bank holiday dispensary rota, and there may be opportunity to work additional hours elsewhere within the pharmacy team, as part of our staff bank.

We are seeking self-motivated and adaptable pharmacy technicians with excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills to take on this exciting new post.

Main duties of the job

You will provide clinical pharmacy services, enhancing the medicines-related care of patients, supporting the provision and development of medicines management services and participating in training, education, and audit as required. The department provides support to services including adult and older adult, secure and learning disability services at a wide range of locations. You will be based in Chelmsford, but will be required to support either Basildon and Rochford (one post) or Harlow and Epping (the other post).

Your primary role will be to provide clinical services to a dedicated area, and to develop skills and knowledge to enable you to contribute to multi-disciplinary team meetings and ward rounds, and provide medicines education to patients, carers and staff. You will be supported by both junior and senior pharmacists and within the team. You should be able to work on your own initiative as well as within a larger team.

You should be currently registered as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council. We welcome applicants from any background, including community pharmacy, with the passion to manage clinical services in a hospital setting. Experience in psychiatry would be an advantage but is not essential to fulfil this role, as you would be supported to identify and meet your learning needs, for example to undertake further postgraduate training in psychiatric pharmacy.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist medicines management support in a specific area of clinical and/or operational practice, to support the medicines-related care of patients, support the provision of medicines management services and to participate in training and education as required.

See the Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Person Specification



  • BTEC/NVQ level 3 in pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent
  • Accredited checking qualification
  • Current registration with GPhC
  • Medicines management/Medicines Reconciliation qualification or willingness to work towards
  • CPPE consultation skills qualification or equivalent


  • NVQ A1 workplace assessor or willingness to work towards

Personal qualities


  • Shares trusts beliefs and models this in attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures trust values are demonstrated
  • Driving licence / access to a vehicle for work



  • Good time management, organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to use initiative and solve problems
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work alone and motivate staff
  • Ability to demonstarte effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Knowledge of psychotropic drug therapy



  • Relevant post registration pharmacy experience, including mental health
  • Experience as working as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Literate in IT skills


  • Experience of developing SOPs
  • Experience of supervising staff

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Linden and Crystal Centres

Woodlands Way



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