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Bank Pharmacy Technician

NHS AfC: Band 4

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NHS AfC: Band 4
Part time - Bank
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Royal Lancaster Infirmary
£22,549 - £24,882 per annum pro rata
Salary period
02/12/2021 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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated, qualified Pharmacy Technician, individual to work within the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Pharmacy Team. We are forward thinking and focused on the highest quality of services for our patients.

This post is based in the historic City of Lancaster with good rail connections and close to the M6 motorway link.

If you are a qualified Pharmacy Technician with a passion for Hospital Pharmacy then this is the role for you.

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.

Submit your application today!

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role will be:

*Working as part of the pharmacy ward services team ensuring patients have all the medication they need for their stay. 

*Supporting the dispensing of TTOs, inpatient items and CD dispensing

*Supporting a 7 day service with rotational weekend working

You would also carry out the training to complete medicines reconciliation as part of the role.  

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.



Working for our organisation

We operate from three main hospitals - Furness General Hospital (FGH) in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), and Westmorland General Hospital (WGH) in Kendal, as well as a number of community health care premises including Millom Hospital and GP Practice, Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, and Ulverston Community Health Centre.

FGH and the RLI have a range of General Hospital services, with full Emergency Departments, Critical/Coronary Care units and various Consultant-led services.

WGH provides a range of General Hospital services, together with an Urgent Treatment Centre, that can help with a range of non-life threatening conditions such as broken bones and minor illnesses.

All three main hospitals provide a range of planned care including outpatients, diagnostics, therapies, day case and inpatient surgery. In addition, a range of local outreach services and diagnostics are provided from community facilities across Morecambe Bay.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/


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 here. 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 here. 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 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Vickie Rose
Job title
Chief Pharmacy Technician
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