Pharmacy Technician

Culverhay Surgery


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Job summary

We are developing our clinical pharmacy service and are looking for 2 enthusiastic pharmacy technicians to join our friendly practice team, working across both practice sites in Wotton under Edge and Berkeley, Gloucestershire. These are two new and exciting positions which will play a key role in improving the quality of prescribing and patient outcomes.

Both vacancies are full time positions, but we are willing to consider applications for applicants preferring part time hours, or job share.

Main duties of the job

Core role responsibilities will cover clinical, technical and administrative categories; supporting improvements to maximize safe, cost effective prescribing and achieve the best clinical outcomes for patients. The post holders should enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team and will be involved in many aspects of medicines management. You will be fully supported and developed in this role by our Lead Clinical Pharmacist.

About us

Culverhay Surgery is based over two sites in Wotton under Edge and Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

For further information please contact Sarah Murdoch - Lead Clinical Pharmacist, or Caroline Pearmain Managing Partner

Tel: 01453 843893 (Wotton)

Tel: 01453 810228 (Berkeley)

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work alongside the practice pharmacist to maximise safe, effective and efficient systems to ensure best practice prescribing.

To help patients get the best from their medicines through:

effective medicines reconciliation after discharge and on other transfers of care,

medication use reviews,

identification of patients suitable for electronic repeat dispensing,

promotion of online ordering,

reducing waste,

providing assurance of monitoring of high risk drugs, and

handling of prescription queries within their areas of competence.

To support the training of practice medicines co-ordinators to develop effective pharmacy administration within the practice, especially with relation to repeat prescribing systems and processes.

To encourage the development of better understanding of the principles of medicines optimisation throughout the practice team and promoting good practice in line with therapeutic developments.

Person Specification



  • Professional registration with GPhC
  • BTEC/NVQ level 3 or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Enrol in, be undertaking or be qualified from an approved training pathway. For example, the Primary Care Pharmacy Educational Pathway (PCPEP) or Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes (MOCH).
  • Evidence of continued professional development (CPD)
  • Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician in primary care, community or hospital pharmacy


  • Postgraduate qualifications of a relevant nature. e.g. FdSc in Medicines Management/Pharmacy Services; BTEC Therapeutics



  • Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician


  • Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician in primary care, community or hospital pharmacy

Knowledge and Understanding


  • Relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of evidence based medicine, preferably within general practice.
  • Good clinical pharmacy knowledge including terminology.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pharmacy law and ethics and current legislation.


  • An appreciation of the NHS agenda and government targets.
  • Awareness of systems to support management of patients in a primary care setting, delivering pharmaceutical input and support in the context of pathways of care.
  • Awareness of GP budget-management and funding systems to enable GP clinical pharmacist services to assist delivery of Federation and NHS priorities and requirements for financial balance and quality.
  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, concepts of rational prescribing and strategies for the improvement of prescribing.

Skills and Competencies


  • Computer literate with an ability to use Microsoft office packages.
  • Understand the aims of current healthcare policy.
  • Able to analyse and interpret prescribing data.
  • An excellent understanding of data protection and confidentiality issues.
  • Able to effectively manage allocated resources.
  • Has a planned and organised approach with an ability to prioritise their own workload to meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to adjust communication style and content to suit the audience.
  • Influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Has attention to detail, able to work accurately, identifying errors quickly and easily.


  • Knowledge and ability to use the required GP IT clinical systems.
  • Demonstrate ability to influence and persuade partners and stakeholders of the respective merits of different options, innovations, new opportunities and challenges.

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

Culverhay Surgery


Culverhay Surgery




GL12 7LS

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For help with your application, contact:

Sarah Murdoch


Date posted

13 September 2021

Pay scheme



£25,000 to £28,000 a year



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number


Job locations

Culverhay Surgery




GL12 7LS

Marybrook Street



GL13 9BL

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