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Pharmacy Technician

Band 4

Main area
Clinical Support
Grade
Band 4
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
188-OTH2033
Site
Southampton General Hospital
Town
Southampton
Salary
£21,892 - £24,157 pa
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
18/04/2021 23:59
Interview date
11/05/2021

Job overview

Are you newly-qualified, completing your training towards registration or wanting a career move as a Pharmacy Technician?
At University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) we have a variety of posts on offer due to promotion or role-expansion and are jointly recruiting to enable the right candidate to be matched with the job for them.

Our Pharmacy team with well over 100 Pharmacy Techncians offer a range of career opportunities and we currently have vacancies on the rotation (excellent for newly-qualified or moving from community pharmacy), medicines management, oncology pharmacy and our Pharmacy IT team. The Pharmacy Department has over 300 staff and so you would be working with a diverse team of people to ensure medicines are safely and effectively delivered to patients. Many of our Pharmacy Technicians trained here and we also have a successful track record of supporting people moving into hospital from other areas of pharmacy practice.

Main duties of the job

You can read an overview of the main duties of the role in the section below: Job Description and Main Responsibilities.

To understand the role in more detail please read the full job description and person specification documents attached.

Working for our organisation

As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The duties for each area are slightly different but the rotational job description gives an overview of all the areas.

Weekend duties (one weekend day every 4-6 weeks) and late night cover are part of the expectation but do not hesitate to discuss individual circumstances if part-time hours are required. Many of our department have flexible or part-time working patterns depending on their job role and the needs of the service.

All areas have local competencies to complete prior to being expected to undertake roles independently and full training and support will be given. The Pharmacy Training Team supports each team and individuals to achieve.

When you are ready, training for additional qualifications such as ACPT, medicines reconciliation and PIPC is supported.

The duties for each area are slightly different but the rotational job description gives an overview of all the areas.

Weekend duties (one weekend day every 4-6 weeks) and late night cover are part of the expectation but do not hesitate to discuss individual circumstances if part-time hours are required. Many of our department have flexible or part-time working patterns depending on their job role and the needs of the service.

All areas have local competencies to complete prior to be expected to undertake roles independently and full training and support will be given. The Pharmacy Training Team supports each team and individuals to achieve. 

  • Keen, enthusiastic pharmacy technicians who want to make a positive difference to patient care.

  • You should either be registered as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC or be applying to register in the next few months.

  • You should be an effective communicator with both patients and colleagues.

  • You should be someone able to demonstrate understanding of good pharmacy practice and transferable skills from your current post or training

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered pharmacy technician in UK by GPhC or working towards qualifications suitable for registration as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC within the next six months.
  • Numerate and literate e.g. GCSE in Maths and English A* to C or equivalent or IELTS test score 7 as required by GPhC if overseas candidate
Desirable criteria
  • Additional pharmacy qualifications e.g. - Completed APTUK Foundation Framework - Management training - Practice supervisor or TAQA - Medicines Management qualification - PIPC - ACPT

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Accurate dispensing of medicines (in hospital or community pharmacy or aseptics)
  • Dealing with customers and / or patients
  • Maintaining continuous professional development requirements or training portfolio
Desirable criteria
  • Hospital pharmacy experience
  • Stock control / ordering experience
  • Providing a ward-based medicines management service
  • Aseptic pharmacy experience
  • Clinical trials or research experience
  • Experience of using JAC or similar pharmacy based computer systems

Aptitudes and skills required

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates clarity and breadth in use of verbal and written communications in relation to our patient group
  • Attention to detail and accurate in work e.g. dispensing, calculations
  • Able to use a range information technology programmes effectively
  • Demonstrate times when able to work effectively under pressure
  • Able to use initiative, but know their own limitations and professional boundaries
  • Tactful and show empathy
  • Demonstrates being able to organise their and others workload and prioritise effectively
  • Effectively work as part of a team
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of supervision of staff or trainees
  • Participation in team meetings

Values and behaviours

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Always Improving
  • Working Together
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Julie Martin
Job title
Sister
Email address
Julie.Martin3@uhs.nhs.uk
Telephone number
02381206196

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