PCN Pharmacy Technician

Ruby Country Medical Group


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Job overview

We are looking for a full time Pharmacy Technician to work with the 5 practices across the network (Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, Stratton, Neetside and Bradworthy).

£24,907 - £30,615 per annum, depending on experience.

We would consider part-time/job share for the right candidate; please make sure this is clear on your application.

Interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams on 13th July 2021.

Main duties of the job

Pharmacy technicians core role responsibilities cover clinical, technical and administrative categories. The purpose of the role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care. The PCN Pharmacy Technician will support GP practices within the Primary Care Network, working within professional and clinical boundaries as part of an established multi-disciplinary team to ensure the effective and efficient use of medicines, and deliver key objectives of the Primary Care Network DES across the Network.

About us

Coast & Country Primary Care Network consists of 5 practices across North Devon and North Cornwall; Holsworthy, Hatherleigh, Stratton, Neetside and Bradworthy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Core Responsibilities - Clinical

Undertake patient facing and patient supporting roles to ensure effective medicines use, through shared-decision making conversations with patients;

Carry out medicines optimisation tasks including effective medicine administration (e.g. checking inhaler technique), supporting medication reviews, and medicines reconciliation. Where required, utilise consultation skills to work in partnership with patients to ensure they use their medicines effectively;

Support, as determined by the PCN, medication reviews and medicines reconciliation for new care home patients and synchronising medicines for patient transfers between care settings and linking with local community pharmacists.

Provide specialist expertise, where competent, to address both the public health and social care needs of patients, including lifestyle advice, service information, and help in tackling local health inequalities;

Take a central role in the clinical aspects of shared care protocols and liaising with specialist pharmacists for more complex patients;

Support initiatives for antimicrobial stewardship to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing;

Assist in the delivery of medicines optimisation and management incentive schemes and patient safety audits.

Support the implementation of national prescribing policies and guidance within GP practices, care homes and other primary care settings. This will be achieved through undertaking clinical audits (e.g. use of antibiotics), supporting quality improvement measures and contributing to the Quality and Outcomes Framework and enhanced services.

To respond to medication queries from patients and staff in a professional manner referring to the clinical pharmacist when appropriate.

Support the role of PCN Clinical Pharmacists in the delivery of clinical pharmacy services

Core Responsibilities Administrative

Work with the PCN multi-disciplinary team to ensure efficient medicines optimisation, including implementing efficient ordering and return processes, and reducing wastage;

Supervise practice reception teams in sorting and streaming general prescription requests, so as to allow GPs and clinical pharmacists to review the more clinically complex requests;

Provide leadership for medicines optimisation systems across PCNs, supporting practices with a range of services to get the best value from medicines by encouraging and implementing Electronic Prescriptions, safe repeat prescribing systems, and timely monitoring and management of high-risk medicines;

Provide training and support on the legal, safe and secure handling of medicines, including the implementation of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS); and

Develop relationships with other pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and members of the multi-disciplinary team to support integration of the pharmacy team across health and social care including primary care, community pharmacy, secondary care, and mental health.

Strategy and Leadership

Understand the pharmacy role in governance and is able to implement this appropriately within the workplace

Understands, and contributes to, the PCN strategic plan.

Able to improve quality within limitations of service.

Understands the implications of national priorities for the team and/or service

Demonstrates understanding of, and conforms to, relevant standards of practice

Demonstrates ability to identify and resolve risk management issues according to policy/protocol.


Recognises the roles of other colleagues within the organisation and their role in patient care

Demonstrates use of appropriate communication to gain the co-operation of relevant stakeholders (including patients, senior and peer colleagues, and other professionals, other NHS/private organisations e.g. CCGs)

Demonstrates ability to work as a member of a team

Is able to recognise personal limitations and refer to more appropriate colleague(s) when necessary

Liaises with other GP Practices and staff as needed for the collective benefit of patients

Professional Development

Takes responsibility for own professional development demonstrating the ability to undertake self-directed study and or formal learning opportunities in order to develop and maintain competence within the clinical area

Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC);

Meets the specific qualification and training requirements as specified by the GPhC criteria to register as a Pharmacy Technician;

Enrolled in, undertaking or qualified from, an approved training pathway. For example, the Primary Care Pharmacy Educational Pathway (PCPEP) or Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH).

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • Registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

Knowledge and Skills


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good IT skills



  • Experience of working in a pharmaceutical department.
  • Experience of administrative duties e.g. data checking and charging


  • Experience of working in primary care
  • Experience of working in a GP practice
  • Experience of dealing with a range of clinical conditions



  • GCSE grade A to C (or equivalent) in English and Maths
  • Enrolled in, undertaking or qualified from, an approved training pathway. For example, the Primary Care Pharmacy Educational Pathway (PCPEP) or Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH).
  • Meets the specific qualification and training requirements as specified by the GPhC criteria to register as a Pharmacy Technician

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

Ruby Country Medical Group


Dobles Lane



EX22 6GH

Employer's website


For help with your application, contact:

Zoe Short



Date posted

16 June 2021

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

Dobles Lane



EX22 6GH

The Square




EX22 7SY

Bridge Street




EX20 3HZ

Neetside Surgery

Methodist Church Halls



EX23 8LA

Hospital Road




EX23 9BP

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