Job descriptionWe are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to become part of the pharmacy workforce at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. The Pharmacy departments across Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust have vacancies for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians. This is an excellent opportunity to take the first step to becoming a registered pharmacy technician. We would like you to join us now to start gaining experience and providing essential pharmacy services, this is a fixed term post for 2 years, starting the qualification in February 2024. On successful completion of the qualification you will qualify as a Pharmacy Technician and be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) paving the way for a fulfilling and rewarding career. The post holders will be required to participate in a rotational training programme. These rotations include in-patient dispensary services, outpatient pharmacy placements, ward-based medicines management and stores/procurement. The appointed candidates will need to demonstrate that they are patient focused, have good interpersonal and communication skills, be a quick learner, keen to get involved and be committed to the training programme. The ability to cope with the discipline of studying whilst working as part of a team throughout this busy department is essential; therefore, a professional approach is key. Applicants require a minimum of 4 GCSEs including Maths and English at grade 4 or C or above and 1 in Science subjects at grade 4 or C. As the training course is from the government funded apprenticeship scheme, please note that somequalifications you currently hold may render you ineligible to apply for this post, as funding is dependent on previousqualifications. If you do not hold the required qualifications or already hold a Degree in a closely related subject for thepost that you have applied for, unfortunately you will not be eligible for this apprenticeship and you will not beshortlisted. We expect applicants to have a clear understanding of the role of a Hospital Pharmacy Technician. Our Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Apprentices undertake a 2-year learning training programme to study towards the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians. This is done under the supervision and support of our established pharmacy training team and you will be supervised by other specialist members of the pharmacy team throughout. The qualification will be a mixture of studying and showing competence within the workplace. One day a week is dedicated towards the study component of the course but there must be a commitment to study in your own time. Job title: Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Hours: 37.5 hours per week Grade: Annex 21 of Band 4 (Year 1: 70% of top pay point, Year 2: 75% of top pay point) Responsible to: Lead Pharmacy Technician – Education and Training Accountable to: Chief Pharmacist JOB PURPOSE 1. To train as a pharmacy technician to undertake technical work under supervision. 1. To participate in rotation as a full team-member providing services according to current procedures in dispensary, distribution, and wards. 1. This is a fixed term post of 2 years for the period of training only. There is no guarantee that candidates who fail either year will be employed to repeat the year or that successful candidates will be offered employment as a qualified technician. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Training To undertake the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians qualification, which will be a mixture of studying and showing competence within the workplace. This may require working additional hours occasionally and some study will be required outside of working hours for completion of assignments competency paperwork. To learn and practice good teamwork, good communication techniques and customer care. To participate fully in the development of own learning and proactively seek learning opportunities, meeting deadlines as agreed. Dispensary To accurately dispense prescriptions for both in and outpatients. Prescription types will include outpatients; inpatients; discharges; controlled drugs and clinical trials. This will involve inputting of patients details into the Pharmacy computer system and subsequently produce dispensing labels. The label, prescription and product are collected together and assembled. Any additional items such as spoons, bags etc are also added. The prepared items are checked for accuracy and passed to the pharmacist/accredited technician for final checking. To receive drug charts and prescriptions from the inpatient hatch and record details in the dispensary logs. To answer queries, both in the telephone and in person, with medical, nursing staff and patients and seek help from a pharmacist when necessary. To help investigate stock level discrepancies within the dispensary in line with current procedures. To perform the stock check of the emergency cupboard ensuring correct temperature and medicine expiry dates. To issue completed prescriptions and controlled drug supplies to ward staff. To undertake training to be able to accurately check the final dispensing of others. Medicines Management To undertake the in house medicines management training for ward based pharmacy technicians To work on designated wards and perform a range of pharmacy related duties in accordance with set procedures. To assist the Pharmacists and Medicines Management Technicians at ward level in providing a medicines management service to the wards. To reduce wastage of medicines by assisting with medication transfer within the trust. To be a point of contact for healthcare professionals and pharmacy staff on ward related issues. To participate in the dispensing of pharmaceuticals for in-patients and support ward dispensing initiatives. To ensure that clinical areas are adequately stocked with pharmaceuticals and according to departmental standards. To complete all necessary training to meet the standards required for working at ward level. To identify new patients and complete medicines reconciliations on admission, along with the clinical pharmacist, highlighting any discrepancies/missed items Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with members of the healthcare team and pharmacy team to support a seamless medicines management process Stock management To visit wards and departments to replenish stock drugs to a pre-set level, ensuring stock is correctly stored and expiry date checked. To accurately use the computer system to issue stock items to replenish stocks on wards, departments and community clinics. This includes creating picking tickets and delivery notes for the required items. To accurately select items on picking tickets ready for checking. To accurately check items previously picked by another staff member and pack appropriately ready for delivery to required areas. To accurately check picking tickets created by other staff members to ensure correct issues. To accurately check community clinic orders, record details and complete time sheets for courier To be responsible for processing the return of excess ward stock into the pharmacy stores, checking remaining appropriate shelf life and confirming quantities. To understand the current procedures for the placing of authorised orders with suppliers. Stores To accept and sign receipt for deliveries of pharmaceutical products from suppliers, checking that delivery is for pharmacy department. To unpack goods received and: - Check items and quantities received match delivery notes - Check are in good condition - Check have adequate shelf life -Check prices match those on delivery note -Sign delivery note to accept goods into the pharmacy. To accurately use the computer system to receive goods into the pharmacy store. To accurately put received goods into their correct location within the pharmacy, ensuring stock rotation. To accurately use the computer system to issue stock items list to replenish stocks on wards, departments and community clinics. This includes creating picking tickets and delivery notes for the required items.
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