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Primary Care Pharmacy Technician - HMP High Down

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton, Surrey
£32,720 to £39,769 per annum inc. Outer HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust is a Top Employer Award Winner and works in partnership to provide responsive and dependable primary care, mental health, intellectual disability and substance misuse services to the diverse and culturally rich communities we serve.

In our quest to deliver patient-focused quality care we are looking to recruit a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Primary Care Pharmacy Technicians to join our forward thinking, friendly and expanding Health & Justice team at HMP High Down. By joining our Prisons Health Care Team, you will not only look after the healthcare needs of our patients residing in secure environments, but who also have the opportunity to have a real impact on promoting health and well-being.

Our motto is Caring NOT Judging so by working in partnership with the criminal justice system and other agencies, we provide responsive, dependable and high-quality primary care and mental health services to those who may have offended and those at risk of offending in the communities we serve, to improve their health status and to encourage social inclusion.

Why not see what our staff say about working within our award winning teams:

Main duties of the job

To provide a dispensing service, medicines management and an administration service for medicines to the prisoners residing in our care:
  • Work as an active member of the Pharmaceutical team to assist in ensuring the delivery of a legal, safe, high quality specialist prison pharmaceutical service which reflects National and local policy and priorities, taking into account the high level of security that must be maintained at all times
  • Assist in providing a timely and efficient pharmaceutical service
  • Contribute to the development of and support implementation of medicine management strategy and associated services and projects across the Prisons

About us

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust offers its staff ongoing career progression through:
  • Monthly supervision
  • Annual personal development plans/appraisals
  • Access to exciting internal and external training opportunities.

Excellent progression through various career pathway opportunities such as but not limited to:
  • Preceptorship Programme
  • Support and guidance with Revalidation
  • Hidden Gem and annual award ceremonies

Excellent staff benefits, our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include:
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Season ticket loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Relocation package

The trust alsovalues its staff and you are entitled to become a member of MyTrustBenefits. MyTrustBenefits is an online portal for all CNWL staff, as well as their family and friends. It offers over 1400 discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. Save money on your weekly food shops, toiletries, cosmetics, cinema, meals out, holidays, travel and entertainment. You can also access free online courses on a variety of topics, professional and personal, ranging from business management, languages, law and teaching.

All of our sites in Surrey offer free use of the onsite leisure facilities and free parking for staff.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the full job description and personal specification for the full list of responsibilities':
  • Participate in the efficient day to day running of the dispensary
  • To provide medicine management
  • Assist in maintaining correct Controlled Drug records in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • Maintain an up to date knowledge of developments in local/national guidance in order to maintain/deliver high quality services to the Prison.
  • Under the supervision of a senior technician, to provide a timely and efficient stock topping up service to the wings with responsibility for ensuring stock levels are appropriately maintained in accordance with an agreed stock list
  • Responsible for ensuring medicines are supplied and replenished to the emergency cupboards, giving medicine related advice, where necessary, to other healthcare professionals
  • Check emergency bags and maintain records for audit.
  • Once qualified for a suitable length of time to work towards completing the accredited checking technicians course undertaking periodic re-assessment (every 2 years) as appropriate

Person Specification



  • BTEC or NVQ level 3 in pharmaceutical sciences or equivalent
  • Registered with the GPhC



  • The post holder must have the ability to understand and implement the equal opportunities policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • Ability to promote anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practices



  • Demonstrate initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with clinicians, health care professionals and patients
  • Fluent written/spoken English
  • Ability to manage own workload and meet objectives and targets
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Ability to perform in a challenging environment and cope with potentially aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to respond in a calm manner in a crisis

Experience & Knowledge


  • Knowledge of legislation and good practice in relation to medicines
  • Knowledge of government publication 'A pharmacy service to prisoners'
  • Experience of stock control
  • Computer literate
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team


  • Experience with using Pharmacy Manager/Systmone and/or JAC computer software
  • Understanding the principles of clinical governance
  • Pharmacy hospital experience

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP High Down

High Down Lane

Sutton, Surrey


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