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Senior Pharmacy Technician Medicines Management

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 Per Annum
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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SENIOR PHARMACY TECHNICIAN - Medicines Management (Band 5)

Full-Time (37.5 hours per week) Permanent (Maternity Cover)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Pharmacy Technician registered with the GPhC to join our award-winning Pharmacy team. This role involves ward-based activities providing face to face patient contact, completing Medicines reconciliation, and Discharge support to specialist ward areas. Alongside these duties you will also be expected to support our dispensary and decentralised Hubs providing final checking duties and dispensing medicines.

Main duties of the job

The candidate should hold a nationally recognised Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician qualification and a Medicines Reconciliation qualification. The candidate must have current/recent experience in a ward-based role.

Successful candidates will have experience in prioritising patients within ward areas reducing missed doses by ensuring critical medications and complex patients are prioritised, whilst ensuring patients have Medicines Reconciliation completed within the 48 hours target times and providing discharge facilitation to patients highlighted for discharge. Experience managing clinical queries and having an ability to delegate to the appropriate member of the multi-disciplinary team is essential to supporting the ward clinical team.

About us

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a multi-award winning hospital which officially opened in May 1998 and is situated within easy walking distance of the historic town centre of Dorchester. It employs around 3,000 members of staff, who provide acute hospital services to a population of around 250,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. We also provide renal services for patients throughout Dorset and South Somerset. Dorchester itself is an intriguing mix of historic and the modern, with the new Brewery Square development offering a vibrant and sophisticated leisure and shopping complex. Take a look at Visit Dorset to see what the area has to offer.

The purpose-built Pharmacy provides a clinical pharmacy service to Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The dispensary benefits from a new BD robot installation and a Prescription Tracking System, and an Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration is in use throughout the majority of the hospital.

We are an innovative forward-thinking department that has just undergone anexciting renovation. A series of in-house developments are still underway, giving the opportunity for successful candidates to be involved in dynamic projects which offer professional progression. Our staff are our most precious resource, and so the growth and development of those that work within this dynamic department is prioritised.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In order to manage the conflicting priorities, you will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and you must be able to manage your own workload whilst motivating and managing others. You will support the training and development and overall performance of the clinical team as well as individual specialist teams.Computer literacy, and experience working both as part of a team and independently are essential.

You will be expected to work weekends, Bank Holidays & late duties on a rotational basis.

Person Specification

Education, Qual, Training


  • BTEC National Certificate in Pharmacy and/or NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services or equivalent
  • GPhC Registration



  • Minimum 6 months post-qualification/ Foundation Technician experience
  • Nationally recognised Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician accreditation
  • Recent practical experience in a busy dispensing/ward based environment
  • Experience of training and developing staff

Skills, Abilities & Knowledge


  • Demonstrated ability to check prescriptions whilst working independently
  • Knowledge of the legal aspects of technician checking and the law relating to prescriptions
  • Good and broad understanding of pharmacy practice in order to support and advise other staff
  • Demonstrated ability to work methodically and accurately
  • Able to analyse and interpret prescriptions, identify problems and decide upon an appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work on own initiative, able to plan and organise straightforward activities, adjusting plans and priorities as necessary depending upon circumstances.
  • Good communication skills both oral & written
  • Good knowledge of the legal requirements (Law and Ethics) for dispensing and supplying medicines, including controlled drugs
  • Able to work flexibly within a team whilst having the ability to supervise, motivate and direct a team
  • Able to work flexibly and participate in weekend working, Bank Holiday rotas and other rotas as operational duties require
  • Committed to continuing professional development (CPD)


  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Computer literacy & keyboard skills

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dorchester County Hospital

Williams Avenue



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