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Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Band 4

Main area
Clinical Support
Band 4
Fixed term: 2 years
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southampton General Hospital
£17,050 Apprenticeship salary annex 21 starting from 17,050
Salary period
20/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Do you want to train for a professional qualification in Pharmacy and earn while you learn?
As a Pharmacy Training Team we are excited to offer 8 new posts on the Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice, L4 Apprenticeship.
Our team will support you on the job to train as a pharmacy professional whilst working in conjunction with the University of East Anglia (UEA) to achieve your distance learning qualification through study days to build upon your knowledge and skills. 
You will be fully supported through your training by our experienced and friendly training team to achieve your award and also to develop the skills and behaviours to meet the registration requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). 

Your training will take place in various areas of our versatile pharmacy department of over 300 staff, working 37.5 hours per week with one day of off the job training given. Weekends and Bank Holidays are allocated on a rota basis.

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

Main outline of rotations will include;

  • Dispensary based training at Southampton General Hospital and The Royal South Hants Hospital where you will be trained through competency based learning to dispense accurately in the first year moving on to final accuracy checking of medications in the second year.
  • Receiving prescriptions and issuing medications to patients

  • Pharmacy Stores experience – receiving and distributing of medications out to the Trust and other hospitals.

  • Experience of Audit, Pharmacy Risk and Clinical Trials

  • Ward based learning where you will spend time with patients discussing their medications they have brought into hospital and offering advice under supervision.

        -     Experience in an area of our large aseptic units learning how to produce Intravenous antibiotics, Total Parental Nutrition or Cytotoxic IV/Infusions.

Study for a L4 qualification with UEA on day release

We are looking for diligent, enthusiastic individuals committed to improving patient care and working within the pharmacy and UHS teams in all areas of pharmacy and at ward level. Commitment to the completion of the required study is essential and you will require excellent organisational skills to balance the on the job requirements and academic aspect of this post.

Our retention into registered posts is currently 100% over recent years and after qualification the career opportunities are varied and career progression is actively encouraged. One of our pharmacy technicians was promoted into an 8A leadership role and started as a trainee here. Many of our current pharmacy technicians trained here.

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C/4 or higher and they must include Maths, English Language and a Science. If short-listed proof of qualifications will need to be provided.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 5 GCSE’s grade C or above (4-9), or equivalent*, to and must include English language, Maths, Science +2 others. *If not UK qualifications then individual must prove equivalence at application (at own expense). To be eligible for the apprenticeship you must hold an English qualification from UK, Functional skills L2 is acceptable.
  • Apprenticeship entry requirements must be met which means that higher or overseas pharmacy qualifications will mean ineligibility following current government guidance. This can also include degrees or A levels where there is significant overlap with the Pharmacy L4 apprenticeship, this is decided by the provider
Desirable criteria
  • Level 2 NVQ certificate in Pharmacy service skills or other GPhC approved qualification
  • ECDL or equivalent IM&T qualification or experience


Essential criteria
  • Use of information technology (Microsoft Word/use of online systems) in the workplace or within education or the voluntary sector.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Health and Safety and Risk Management
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team.
  • Experience of working/dealing with the public including part time or voluntary work.
Desirable criteria
  • Work experience, either in hospital pharmacy and/or community pharmacy in the United Kingdom (within the last 3 years).
  • Experience of stock management
  • Experience of working in a customer orientated service or healthcare setting.
  • Experience of recent study including portfolio construction.

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Able to demonstrate accurate numeracy skills, including: simple calculations, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, percentages, decimals, fractions, ratios.
  • Understands weights and measures
  • Evidence of practical skills and ability to follow procedures accurately.
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise own work to meet study deadlines in order to meet requirements of an apprenticeship.
  • Able to undertake and complete all in-house competencies and accuracy standards in each rotation as required to complete the apprenticeship and meet UHS standards.
  • Ability to achieve and maintain high levels of competency and accuracy and sustain concentration in a busy environment. Evidence of attention to detail.
  • Understands patient confidentiality and its application in the health care setting.
  • Demonstrated initiative and is proactive.
  • Demonstrate professional and responsible behaviour – able to understand its impact in the healthcare setting
  • Ability to take responsibility for own development and know limitations
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of portfolio of self-development
  • Able to prioritise work appropriately
  • Able to show evidence of knowledge of the role of Pharmacy Technicians.
  • Evidence of effective customer service skills.
  • Keen to learn and evidence of recent achievements
  • Able to give effective answers to problems solving.
  • Demonstrate times when able to work effectively under pressure.

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Commitment to undertake Pharmacy L4 Apprenticeship and be eligible for end point assessment within agreed timescale
  • Able to travel for apprenticeship delivery if required and any additional training courses required to support development.
  • Able to work full week and able to work flexibly for extended hour’s service within late night and weekend rota.(30 hours is the minimum allowed under this apprenticeship)
  • Aware of the NHS Constitution and its implications for working in pharmacy
  • Aware of the standards of conduct of the GPhC and be willing to demonstrate them.
  • Eligibility to register as a Pharmacy Technician in accordance with GPhC requirements and standards.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of recent study and commitment to course recently taken, meeting study deadlines.
  • Ability to empathise and maintain patient dignity on the ward environment, maintaining professional attitude.
  • Recognises professional and ethical limitations and understands when to refer.

Trust Values

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.

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Gemma Thomas
Job title
Lead Pharmacy Technician
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