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Band 5 - Senior Pharmacy Technician, Patient Services

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£29,828 to £36,311 a year including High Cost Allowance
Closing date
4 Aug 2024

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Pharmacist, Pharmacy technician
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic technician who wants to work in dispensary management.

The candidate needs to demonstrate strong leadership, personal and motivational skills. They need to be able to work as part of a team to continue to meet the high quality of patient care we strive to provide.

The Dispensary can be challenging but offers a warm friendly atmosphere making it enjoyable.

The hours for this post are:

Monday to Friday 8.45am - 5.15pm 60 minutes lunch) and you will be required to participate bank holiday and weekend rotas.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work closely with the Dispensary Management team to ensure the smooth running of the Dispensary at Watford General Hospital.

The main duties are:

The day-to-day management of the dispensary

To assist with the development and implementation of dispensary services

To make clinical ward visits

To assist with the training and development of all staff what work in the dispensary

About us

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are planned as part of the New Hospital Programme. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

The trust has recently gained 'teaching hospital' status which reflects the dedicated work of many teams and individuals who have set the standard for delivering high quality training, learning and education at all levels of the workforce.

We are a flexible working employer

At West Herts we recognise the importance of a good work life balance and the ability to work flexibly. We are delighted to offer a variety of flexible working options for all staff. Please check out our web page for more information.

We encourage and welcome people with disabilities. If you need help, please ask.

We reserve the right to close this advert early due to the volume of applicants. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

If you do not hear back within 3 weeks of your application, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The purpose of this post is to:
  • To supervise the day to day management of the dispensary, including the organisation of workload and supervision of staff
  • To be involved with the development and implementation of pharmacy objectives relating to dispensary services
  • To help facilitate smooth and timely supply of medicines for discharge, inpatients and outpatients
  • To provide a safe, efficient and patient-focused pharmacy service to all users
  • To dispense and check prescriptions efficiently and safety
  • To ensure that services are provided according to all relevant and up to date procedures and standards
  • To participate in the weekend and Bank Holiday rota based at Watford and work cross site when needed

Person Specification

Education and qualifications:


  • NVQ Level 3 or equivalent in Pharmacy Service
  • BTEC or equivalent in Pharmaceutical Science (underpinning knowledge)
  • Professional registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain
  • Mandatory CPD to maintain fitness to practice
  • Accredited Checking Technician qualification


  • Member of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APTUK)
  • Medicines Management qualification
  • Educational supervisor for PTPT



  • Knowledge of all regulations and legislation relevant to Pharmacy Services
  • Knowledge of Pharmacy computer systems
  • Good working knowledge of pharmacy procedures and practice
  • Current knowledge of hospital pharmacy practice
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety including COSHH regulations
  • Basic knowledge of clinical pharmacy


  • Procedures and how to apply them consistently and effectively
  • Knowledge of Recruitment, selection and appraisals



  • Relevant post registration experience in a hospital Pharmacy Dispensary
  • Relevant experience in a supervisory capacity in a hospital pharmacy or a related area
  • Experience of training, mentoring, and assessing staff


  • Experience in writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Employer details

Employer name

West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Watford General Hospital


WD18 0HB

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