Pharmacy Technician

Derwent Practice

The closing date is 01 August 2021

Job overview

Derwent Practice, on behalf of North Riding Community Health Network seek an enthusiastic, forward thinking Pharmacy Technician to work alongside our Clinical Pharmacists within our PCN.

Clinical Pharmacy is an exciting programme of transformation to develop a new model of care which integrates pharmaceutical skills into general practice, to optimise patient care.

This role will:

  • lead improvements to maximise safe, cost effective best practice in prescribing,

  • support structured medication reviews

  • improve repeat prescribing processes, including promotion of repeat dispensing and online ordering

  • minimising clinical risk and aiming to reduce wasted medicines.

  • encourage the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice teams and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments

  • assist the PCN in achieving national requirements, NICE implementation and utilisation of medicines optimisation initiatives

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be based in a local cluster of General Practices as part of North Riding Community Health Network.

They will be dedicated, reliable and person-focussed and enjoy working with a wide range of people.

They will have good written and verbal communication skills and strong organisational and time management skills.

They will be highly motivated and proactive with a flexible attitude, keen to work and learn as part of a team and committed to providing high quality care.

About us

North Riding Community Health Network is located on the edge of the North York Moors National Park and our surrounding area includes the Howardian Hills an area of outstanding national beauty, white sandy beaches of the Yorkshire Coast and picturesque views of the Wolds not forgetting the market town of Malton, Yorkshires famously renowned foodie destination.

This is a picturesque tranquil area within easy reach of York and excellent road and rail links to major cities. The area offers affordable housing and an abundance of outdoor activities.

Our PCN has a combined list size of 39,000 patients, each member practice has a CQC rating of good in all areas and 3 out of the 4 practices are dispensing practices.

If you are interested in joining the team we would love to hear from you.

For further information please contact Alice Leckenby, Assistant Practice Manager on 01653 602181 or email

Job description

Job responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:

  • Support the role of PCN Clinical Pharmacists in the delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • Perform medicines improvement work to maximise safe, cost-effective best practice in prescribing under the supervision of the GP or Clinical Pharmacist
  • Support the Clinical Pharmacists in Structured Medication Reviews (e.g. organise necessary monitoring tests before SMR)
  • Assist Clinical Pharmacists with any searches, data collection & medicine safety tasks
  • Assist with medication safety monitoring systems (e.g. high-risk drugs)
  • Undertake patient-supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use and adherence through shared decision-making.
  • Carry out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. reviewing inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews and medicines reconciliation post-discharge and other transfers of care and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings and linking with local community pharmacists.
  • Assist in the development of information and communications materials for both patients and staff.
  • Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing working alongside the CCG.
  • Provide support in the clinical aspects of shared care protocols and liaising with specialist pharmacists for more complex patients.
  • Liaise with clinicians and administrative staff to resolve medicine-related queries.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details.

Person Specification



  • Current professional registration GPhC
  • Level 3 Diploma in Principles and Practice for Pharmacy
  • Technicians or equivalent
  • Minimum 2 years post registration experience


  • Experience working in primary care
  • Enrolled in, undertaking, or qualified from the Primary Care Pharmacy Educational Pathway, Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes, or equivalent

Knowledge and evidence of:


  • Ability to recognise and manage risk
  • Working with confidential information and an understanding of service user confidentiality
  • Able to interpret and implement national and local guidance on medicines management issues
  • Understanding of pharmacy technician role in governance
  • Ability deliver successful outcomes within determined timeframes
  • Continuous CPD and identifying opportunities for self-development


  • Undertaking of clinical audits
  • Current medicines management issues
  • Understanding of EPS
  • Knowledge of ePACT
  • Working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Developing relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Understanding the implications of the national priorities for the team/service

Skills and abilites


  • IT skills, including accurate written/electronic records and documents
  • Recording and collection of data, including the use of spreadsheets and databases, to support clinical care and to inform decision making
  • Prioritise own workload and meet required timescales
  • Convey sensitive information in an empathetic manner to patients/clients/clients relatives/carers and staff
  • Effective written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate accountability for delivering professional expertise
  • Identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol


  • Identify need for service development and implementation of action plans to address
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • SystmOne Clinical software experience

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Derwent Practice


Norton Road



North Yorkshire

YO17 9RF

Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Alice Leckenby


Date posted

09 July 2021

Pay scheme



£24,907 to £28,086 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Norton Road



North Yorkshire

YO17 9RF

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