Pharmacy Technician - SW PCN, Herefordshire

Taurus Healthcare Limited


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Job summary

Salary:£24,907 - £27,608 depending on experience

Are you a Pharmacy Technician proud of your role in supporting individuals to better manage their health? Are you looking for a challenge and the rewards of dynamic teamwork?

Join us in general practice and be part of exciting new developments to support excellent patient care driven by local need.

We are looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated Pharmacy Technicians with experience in either a hospital/community pharmacy or CCG environment to join our Primary Care Network (PCN) in SW Herefordshire.

Main duties of the job

Pharmacy Technicians play an important role in complementing our existing Clinical Pharmacists, Medicines Optimisation teams and PCN multi-disciplinary team. This is an evolving job role with huge scope for development as we expand our PCN team. There is a supportive framework in place for supervision and professional development. Contact Andrea McConkey, PCN Lead Pharmacy Technician for more information about the role.

Main responsibilities include:

Supporting the PCN Clinical Pharmacist in the delivery of clinical pharmacy services

Liaising with clinicians and administrative staff to resolve medicines-related queries

Monitoring practice prescribing and adherence to local and national prescribing policies

Improving service and quality through mechanisms such as audit.

About us

SW Primary Care Network includes 6 GP Practices, and this role will support some, but not all of these. As a rural network in a beautiful part of the country we are committed to providing excellent patient care through a shared understanding of the needs of our patient population and by implementing new ways of working collaboratively within our whole PCN.

We currently have PCN Clinical Pharmacists who can support the work of Pharmacy Technicians alongside a PCN Lead Pharmacy Technician working across all PCNs in Herefordshire to support your professional development and induction. We offer the Primary Care Pharmacy Education pathway as part of this support.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To support the practice to ensure the delivery of safe, effective and efficient systems for repeat prescribing, medicines optimisation, reducing medicines waste and maximising patient outcomes working with the clinical supervision of a pharmacist.

Main Responsibilities

Queries: To respond to patient queries from patients and staff in a professional manner referring to the appropriate healthcare professional in accordance with practice protocols.

Processing Repeat Prescriptions: To participate in the daily preparation of repeat prescriptions in order to ensure high quality, safe and timely repeat prescribing.

Co-ordinating Repeat Prescribing Systems: To proactively contribute to the review and development of repeat prescribing protocols / Standard Operating Procedures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of repeat prescribing systems.

Medicines Reconciliation: To support the practice pharmacist with medicines reconciliation in accordance with practice protocols and to update patients medical records / prescribing accordingly liaising with community pharmacy to ensure the correct medicines are continued following transfer of care.

Medication review: To support the practice pharmacist to complete medication reviews prioritising patients with polypharmacy, strong opioids, high risk medicines and patients with unplanned hospital admissions.

Patient information: To source suitable patient information leaflets and resources to aid patient education and awareness as recommended by specialist healthcare teams to issue when completing reviews e.g. females on Sodium valproate and ensuring they have recent advice and information on Pregnancy Prevention Programmes and medical review.

Care Home Patients: To support the Care Home Pharmacist with medication reviews in Care Homes and updating patients medical records / prescribing accordingly (including weight records).

Domiciliary Medication Review: To retrieve medication histories and clinical information and support medication reviews to patients via domiciliary visits and to deliver pharmaceutical care plans that maximise cost-effective prescribing and improve the quality of patient care and ensure adherence.

Leading and supporting on cost effective prescribing initiatives: To implement medication changes in line with CCG guidelines in agreement with the practice.

To review medicines prescribed as specials or unlicensed medicines and liaise with practice pharmacist/ designated GP to justify use.

To reduce the prescribing of medicines available over the counter, low value and low priority treatments and self-care items: To raise awareness of medicines that should be purchased and lead on projects to inform patients and reduce prescribing in line with NHS England guidelines.

This list of duties is not intended to be exhaustive but indicates the main areas of work and may be subject to change after consultation with the post-holder to meet the changing needs of the service.

Person Specification



  • BTEC Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences / NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services.
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as a Pharmacy Technician.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and revalidation.



  • Good level of computer literacy, with the ability to learn the use of new programmes and applications.
  • General clinical knowledge of drugs and disease states in line with qualification.
  • An understanding of medicines optimisation in general practice.
  • Ability to prioritise and time-manage own workload without supervision.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as an effective team member
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of NHS confidentiality issues.
  • Knowledge and experience of completing Audits including gathering data, extracting and presenting key messages.


  • Familiar with or competent to use EMIS Clinical systems, ScriptSwitch / Optimise Rx, Open Prescribing, Prescqipp, Drug Tariff, ePACT2.
  • Understanding of Medicines Reconciliation.



  • Demonstrable and significant post qualification experience as a Pharmacy Technician in either a hospital/community pharmacy or CCG environment.
  • Experience of clinical pharmacy with knowledge of terminology.
  • Considerable experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.


  • Previous work in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Mentoring and training staff.

Employer details

Employer name

Taurus Healthcare Limited


Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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Date posted

17 September 2021

Pay scheme



Negotiable £24,907 - £27,608 depending on experience



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

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Job locations

Suite 1, Berrows Business Centre

Bath Street




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