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Level 3 Apprenticeship Pre- Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Clinical Support and Imaging

Job description

Are you looking for a challenge? Looking to develop your skills? Then look no further. We have a fantastic opportunity for you to start your career in the Pharmacy department at University Hospitals of Leicester. The main area is Clinical Support and Imaging across the various hospital sites.

You will be given the opportunity to develop your skills to your full potential whilst working towards a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians. You will be provided with in-house training in a range of departments within the pharmacy and knowledge based training at college.

You would need to be a highly motivated individual, willing to learn and develop your current skills. There will be an expectation to work across the three sites of The University hospitals of Leicester.


To develop the knowledge, skills and competencies of drug compounding, dispensing, storage, distribution and patient counselling, and to implement these in practice, meeting the requirements of current legislation, professional standards and ethics, pharmacy department performance targets, and achieving a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians


1. Participate in dispensing individual prescriptions for inpatients and outpatients, including clinical trials and controlled drugs, meeting legal and ethical requirements and department standards.

2. Develop knowledge and skills of patient counselling to meet required competencies for this activity by the end of the training period.

3. Participate in and develop the knowledge and skills of making special sterile and non-sterile products and made to order products for individual patients to achieve the required competencies for unsupervised dispensing by the end of the training period.

4. To determine and compile ward stock lists in conjunction with ward sisters and pharmacists, in order to carry out a “topping up” service to a number of wards, thus ensuring adequate stock holdings in ward areas. Check ward stocks on designated wards on a regular basis and to monitor and update the stock-lists. Generate stock orders under the “topping-up” service to clinical areas.

5. Ensure personal working practices, behaviour and use of any equipment or facilities meet professional and Trust/department Risk Management and Health and Safety policy requirements to minimise harm to patients, colleagues or self, and damage to buildings or equipment.

6. Participate in the effective planning and organisation of dispensary work, making suggestions for improvement and identifying and completing tasks which contribute to the increased effectiveness of the service.

7. Maintain a clean and tidy work environment, ensuring items used or documentation are always stored in their correct place, requests are placed for items due to run out and no work is left unfinished. To participate in checking stock levels and expiry dates in the department.

8. Make all necessary records and complete all necessary documentation to ensure requirements are met and work progresses smoothly.

9. Participate in the processes for drug receipt, storage, distribution to wards, departments and outside hospitals, learning, understanding and meeting the legal requirements and professional and departmental standards for these.

10. Assemble cardiac arrest boxes and emergency drug kits as required.

11. To attend a designated college as defined during term time, ensuring all assignments are completed and submitted on time.

12. Complete a portfolio by gathering evidence in the workplace ensuring all criteria and standards are met 1

3. Develop a working knowledge of pharmacy reference textbooks and other information sources and utilise these alongside practical skills to increase knowledge of information relevant to the job and its correct use, keeping a continuous record of achievements and evidence of skills appropriately applied within stated requirements of the training programme.

14. Develop and implement skills in effective verbal and written communication, making contributions to the team and supporting and helping other team members to achieve an increase in overall team performance and fewer work errors or duplication through poor communication.

15. To supply discharge medication in conjunction with the ward pharmacy team through involvement with medical and nursing staff identifying patients for discharge, checking the locker against the TTO and dispensing, re-labelling as necessary. .

16. To undertake patient counselling on selected patients and to work with the rest of the ward pharmacy team to ensure patients understand their discharge medication.

17. To ensure that accurate drug histories are obtained for identified patients by communication with the patient/carer and/or by liaising with external organisations including GP practices, community pharmacies and nursing/residential homes. Refer any problems identified to the Medicines Management Technician or the Clinical Pharmacist in a timely manner.

18. To assist in ensuring that medicines, which are returned to pharmacy from wards, are either returned to stock or disposed of in accordance with current procedures.

19. Develop the skills to check the accuracy of medicines dispensed by other members of staff so that the dispensary error rate is kept low and that prescriptions are dispensed within departmental time standards.

20. Participate in the provision of extended hours cover including weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a rotational basis and Bank Holidays when required.

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 09/12/2021

Possible start date: 06/01/2022

Skills required

You would need to be a highly motivated individual, willing to learn and develop your current skills.

Patient/customer awareness

Team worker/aware of responsibilities within team

Evidence of good written skills.

Good communication skills

Able and willing to follow instruction and learn new tasks

Able to work flexibly as part of a team

Willing to learn and to take responsibility

Computer literate

Qualifications required

Minimum entry requirements are 5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above or equivalent and must include Maths, English and Science

Training provided

You will need to complete the following qualifications to achieve the full standard Pharmacy Technician (Integrated) Level 3:

  • Btec Level 3 Diploma in the Principles & Practice for Pharmacy Technicians - 21 units to complete in a combination of knowledge and performance

Future progression

On completion of the apprenticeship, you will be qualified to apply Nationally for Pharmacy Technician roles. You will be part of the pharmacy team providing quality care and service to all patients. Support will be provided for you to become a registered Pharmacy Technician with the GPhC. You would be a nationally recognised professional with opportunities to work in a variety of settings including community pharmacy, GP practices and Hospital Pharmacy.

Employer information

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS Trusts in the country, serving the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - and increasingly specialist services over a much wider area. Our nationally and internationally-renowned specialist treatment and services in cardio-respiratory diseases, ECMO, cancer and renal disorders reach a further two to three million patients from the rest of the country.

Address details:

University Hospitals Of Leicester Nhs Trust
Royal Infirmary
Infirmary Square

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Reference number VAC001795655
Working week working shifts to be agreed by the employer
Monday - Sunday

(37.5 hours per week)

Expected duration 27 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Pharmacy Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £165.00 (Weekly)

Wage explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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