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Medicines Optimisation Pharmacy Technician

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (4/5 depending on experience)
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a highly motivated Registered Pharmacy technician to join our ward based clinical team.

We welcome applications from experienced and newly registered Pharmacy Technicians who have the qualities to fulfil the requirements of this role.

We are looking for somebody with a friendly demeanour, and excellent interpersonal skills which enable you to work well with other healthcare professionals.

Confidence to use your own initiative is required, as well as problem solving skills and the enjoyment from working as part of a team.

Post is Band 4/5 depending on experience

Main duties of the job

  • As part of the Medicines Optimisation team you will provide an effective, integrated ward-based pharmacy service.
  • Undertake medicines reconciliation reviews on all newly admitted inpatients
  • Liaise with ward teams to ensure patient safety
  • Manage an effective system to ensure efficient and economic provision of stock
  • Support the dispensary and other areas of pharmacy to ensure timely provision of medicines for patients
  • Undertake mandatory audits and data collection
  • Assist in the training and development of pre-registration technicians and other pharmacy staff.
  • As an Accredited Checking Technician you will participate in the rota for final accuracy check of dispensed items for both inpatients and outpatients.

About us

You will be joining our friendly and supportive pharmacy team on the main hospital site on the outskirts of Torquay.

Please visit the trust website for more information.

Why work with us- Torbay Hospital provides acute care for the local community and has several community hospitals, and is a hot-spot for those who are considering living by the sea or within half an hour of Dartmoor National Park and an hour to Exmoor National Park. Meanwhile, Plymouth and Exeter are also both within a short drive to enjoy the culture, maritime history and shopping experiences.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Advise nursing and other ward / department staff on supply and storage of medicines, stock control and any other relevant information to ensure compliance with local policies and procedures
  • Co-ordinate the provision of medicines on discharge, dispensing simple prescriptions on the ward
  • Prioritise workload for the ward, oversee the process through the dispensary and ensure timely delivery.
  • Ensure that additional medicines are not dispensed unnecessarily on discharge e.g. by ascertaining if the patient has more supplies at home
  • Manage an effective system to ensure the efficient and economic provision of stock medicines, avoiding unnecessary supply and, where possible, recycling any medicines that are no longer needed.
  • Where appropriate, provide a ward top-up service for controlled drugs and maintain associated records, in accordance with procedures
  • Provide patients and patients representatives with basic information and advice needed to use their medicines effectively, referring to a pharmacist where appropriate
  • The post-holder will supervise some aspects of the work of PharmacyAssistants, in the Pharmacy Department and at ward level
  • Where appropriate, and where agreed as a requirement for furtherdevelopment of the service to the relevant team, undertake advanced training programmes
  • Contribute to the training and development of new staff to ensure thecontinuation of best practice
  • Participate in reviews of work methods and contribute to the development of new processes and systems to minimise risk and to ensure that services are improved continuously
  • Achieve objectives agreed at Achievement Review in order to contribute effectively to the provision of pharmacy services that are continuously improved, and to ensure continuous personal and professional development.
  • Effectively, efficiently and actively liaise with all relevant staff to ensure objectives in all key result areas are achieve

Please see full job description

Person Specification

Essential Criteria


  • Professional registration with GPhC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians / NVQ Level 3 & BTEC in Pharmacy Services (OR EQUIVALANT)


  • Accreditation as a Medicines Optimisation (formally Medicines Management) Technician
  • Accreditation as a Checking Technician (ACT)
  • Pharmacy / hospital pharmacy experience

Employer details

Employer name

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust


Torbay Hospital

Lowes Bridge



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