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Pharmacy Support Worker

Band 2

Main area
Band 2
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hospital
£18,005 - £19,337 per annum
Salary period
22/01/2021 23:59

We currently have vacancies in the Pharmacy Procurement & Logistics Department at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) for Pharmacy Support Workers. The main function of the role is to supply stock medicines to units and pharmacies inside the hospital and to other areas within the local area. This is a 1 year fixed term contract.


The Pharmacy Logistics Distribution team supports many wards, pharmacies and clinics within UHS and the surrounding areas by providing stock medications. This involves working in ward areas as well as in the pharmacy store. As part of a larger ever expanding pharmacy team we are constantly evolving to meet demand.

The current hours of work are 8.30 - 17.00 for 4 days a week and 10.30 - 19.00 on 1 day with an hour for lunch. Weekend hours are 09.00 – 17.00 with 30 minutes for lunch on either a Saturday or Sunday. Weekend shifts are covered on a rota basis with a commitment to working 1 in 6 weekends. You will be trained in-house gaining competencies in all aspects of pharmacy distribution work. There is provision for some team members to gain an apprenticeship position which is supported in the workplace but is not essential for the role. We are a friendly, diverse team who support each other and work together aiming to provide the best possible service to our customers.


The main tasks are

  • Stock management
  • The issue of pharmaceutical products in accordance with procedure
  • Ward-based stock – counting and replenishment
  • Maintenance of the robotic distribution system.

This is a demanding role primarily based in a store environment. Work on ward areas does not involve patient contact.  You will be supported in a training programme and there will be the opportunity to gain a recognised accredited qualification in pharmacy & supply if desired.


We are looking for friendly and reliable applicants. You’ll need to have

  • The ability to work in a team and independently
  • Good, proven standard of numeracy and literacy
  • IT skills.


As one of the largest acute teaching Trust’s in England, we can offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. We believe you deserve the best possible surroundings in which to do your job and we want to support you in doing your job to the best of your ability.                       

As a Trust, we support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. You’ll have an opportunity to discuss this at interview. Our Live Well and inspire programme offers opportunities, support and advice, including smoking cessation services, exercise and activity classes, and support for mental health.

UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata) on appointment, can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.


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. 

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and only an hour on the train from central London. The New Forest National Park and the beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than those in London, 13 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted and 13 nearby green spaces to enjoy.


Interviews will be held on, Wednesday, 03 February 2021 and  Thursday 04 February 2021

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Faye Stevens
Job title
Pharmacy Distribution Deputy Lead
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