Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust

The closing date is 27 June 2022

Job summary

We have an exciting new role and opportunity at CQC rated 'Outstanding' Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). Our staff collectively see thousands of people every day in community hospitals, health clinics, schools, children's centres and in patients' own homes.

Looking for the right candidate to join LCHS NHS Trust as a Pharmacy Technician Apprentice. The candidate will need to demonstrate that they are highly motivated, problem solvers, demonstrate good time management, and a willingness to succeed using the LCHS NHS Trust values and behaviours. The apprenticeship is both academic study and implementing skills into your primary role.

A Pharmacy Technician Apprentice, you will be based as a paid employee within LCHS in one of departments responsible for Medicine's Management on standard AFC Terms and conditions. You will develop within this post commencing on B4 AFC until completion of the Apprenticeship where you will move to B5 AFC.

The academic element of the apprenticeship will be provided by Buttercups Training over 2 years. It consists of a blended approach to study with a minimum of one day per week protected apprenticeship study time and opportunity to put into practice the skills attained into your primary role.

Interviews will take place via MS Teams w/c 18th July

Further details of the Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship can be found at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/pharmacy-technician-integrated-v1-0

Main duties of the job

Typical examples of main apprentice responsibilities are below however, all duties can be accessed via the job specification.

Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines and devices in a pharmacy and assist pharmacists with advisory services. The actual work setting will determine the specific areas of activity that the Pharmacy Technician undertakes, but typically their role will include the following

  • providing safe and effective pharmacy services
  • supply medicines and devices to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter
  • achieving the best outcomes through a patient's medicines
  • assemble medicines for prescriptions
  • provide information to patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • manage areas of medicines supply such as dispensaries
  • supervise other pharmacy staff
  • answering customers questions face to face or by phone
  • pre-packing, assembling and labelling medicines
  • referring problems or queries to the pharmacist

A Pharmacy Technician is responsible for carrying out both routine and specialist services, including highly complex activities requiring them to use their professional judgement. They are expected to work both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They can work with minimum supervision, with a high degree of autonomy, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that they have undertaken and that of others.

About us

We have an exciting new role and opportunity at CQC rated 'Outstanding' Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). Our staff collectively see thousands of people every day in community hospitals, health clinics, schools, children's centres and in patients' own homes.

LCHS is an evolving and diverse NHS community trust. We are a vibrant and creative organisation which provides a varied range of clinical services across Lincolnshire. We pride ourselves in putting Patients First and are seeking an enthusiastic individual who shares these values to join our team.

We are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission 2018 for being a well led and responsive NHS trust and are playing an integral part in shaping the future of health service provision countywide alongside our partner health and social care organisations. The workforce is committed to being adaptable and flexible to cover the needs of the community service to provide first class patient care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Specific requirements of apprenticeship

During the initial phase of the apprenticeship, all work activities will be under direct guidance and supervision of a registered Pharmacy Technician or Pharmacist. As the apprenticeship progresses, and following discussion and agreement with supervisors, supervision and guidance will be both direct and indirect.

The apprentice will act in such a way that always safeguards the health and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. The apprentice will be familiar with and adhere to LCHS Trust safeguarding policies.

The apprentice will be complete a blended approach to learning. The Formal education will be delivered in partnership with the training provider accredited to provide the apprenticeship degree programme. Ongoing learning and application of skills will take place in the workplace. This will be assessed through ongoing supervision feedback and through annual appraisal.

There will be opportunities to gain insight days with other organisations outside of LCHS that will enable knowledge elements and skills to be practiced arranged by LCHS NHS Trust.

The apprentice must complete and pass all course modules, learning outcomes and medicine management competencies within the contract period as part the apprenticeship agreement.

Person Specification

Skills

Essential

  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritise
  • To provide and receive verbally, electronically and in writing which may include, contentious or sensitive information.

Desirable

  • Report writing skills
  • Ability to manage potentially stressful situations

Qualifications

Essential

  • GCSE in Maths and English grades A-C/4-9 of Functional skills numeracy and literacy at level 2
  • A minimum of a Level 2 or equivalent Pharmacy related qualification or significant equivalent proven experience.

Desirable

  • Basic level of ICT

Knowledge

Essential

  • Knowledge of Safe and Secure Handling of medicines and Controlled Drug regulations.
  • Knowledge of administrative processes related to the provision of the medicine's management service.

Desirable

  • Understanding of Confidentiality & Data Protection Act
  • Knowledge of the audit process

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working in medicine-related services e.g., community pharmacy, hospital dispensary or medicines management service.
  • Experience of collecting, manipulating, and presenting data in appropriate format using Microsoft Office Word and Excel

Desirable

  • Experience of SystmOne clinical IT systems or similar electronic systems
  • Experience of working with ePACT data and the ePACT.net system or similar systems.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust

Address

Various locations across LCHS NHS Trust

Lincolnshire

LN5 7JH


Employer's website

https://www.lincolnshirecommunityhealthservices.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Lee Gifford

lee.gifford1@nhs.net

07818403219

Date posted

13 June 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 4

Salary

£22,549 to £31,534 a year pa pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

818-TW038

Job locations

Various locations across LCHS NHS Trust

Lincolnshire

LN5 7JH


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