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Pharmacy Technician

NHS AfC: Band 4

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NHS AfC: Band 4
37.5 hours per week (Full time 37.5 Hours Per Week)
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£21,892 - £24,157 per annum
Salary period
02/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

The Pharmacy Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary are looking for an enthusiastic, well motivated person to join the team.

You will undergo thorough training and must adhere to Unit Policies & Procedures, Good Manufacturing Practice and Trust Mandatory Training Schedules.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will be working in the Pharmacy Aseptic unit along side a fab teams of staff, preparing Chemotherapy and CIVAS, in line with scheduled appointments for patients across the organisation. 

You will help to ensure that unit workload is planned and prioritised effectively in line with Patient Requirements and in compliance with The Unit’s operating procedures




Working for our organisation

Working Pattern is 37.5 hours per week  Monday to Friday and  includes rotational Weekend and Bank Holiday work as part of the main dispensary services team.

This exciting role also provides an excellent opportunity for career development.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To apply for this position you need to hold a BTEC Level 3 in Pharmaceutical Sciences and an NVQ level 3 in Pharmacy Services or equivalent recognised dispensing qualification and you must be registered with the GPhC as a practicing Pharmacy Technician.


Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Good basic education to GCSE level or equivalent - including numeracy and literacy
  • NVQ level 3 in Pharmacy Service skills
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Btec Level 3 in Pharmaceutical sciences (or equivalent)
Desirable criteria
  • Accredited checking qualification and registration with Northwest framework (equiv to NVQ level 4)


Essential criteria
  • Previous experience in hospital Pharmacy or other Pharmacy setting
  • Experience in dispensing medications, drug receipt, record keeping and cold chain maintenance
Desirable criteria
  • JAC Trained
  • Experience of hospital pharmacy and aseptics
  • Experience in clinical trials

Skills, ability and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Working knowledge of pharmacy procedures, practices and legislation including Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft word and skills for dispensing and record keeping
  • Ability to prioritise workload with good attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to talk to / communicate with patients, carers and healthcare professionals clearly
  • Good manual, accuracy and analytical dispensing skills
  • Ability to motivate self and others
  • Good patient counselling skills
  • Ability to work accurately under pressure
Desirable criteria
  • Existing personal development portfolio
  • Good influencing and teaching skills
  • Further computing skills e.g. presentations and spreadsheets

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Professional, Honest ,Reliable and trustworthy with an ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Team player
  • Willingness to work designated shift patterns across 7 days in accordance with the needs of the service.
  • Ability to work alone
  • Enthusiasm for work
  • Ability to travel as required
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship hereWork in the UK. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found hereCriminal records checks for overseas applicants. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jane Ritchie
Job title
Lead Pharmacy Technician
Email address
Telephone number
01524 516196
Additional information

Jane Ritchie - Lead Pharmacy Technician Aseptic, Oncology and clinical Trials on 01524 516196


Zoe Lawson - Senior Pharmacy Technician on 01524 516206