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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/11/2020.

Band 4 Pharmacy Technician

Job Reference: 309-A-20-31802

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine Pharmacy Department 60 Great Ormond Street London

At UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) our success starts with you.

This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest and most successful Foundation Trusts in the UK with an international reputation and a tradition of innovation.

Based in the busy West End of London, we have a lively and vibrant working atmosphere, with quick and easy transport links to all our sites. Our size and resources enable us to offer a range of attractive benefits as well as unparalleled education and development opportunities for staff at all levels. This includes an extensive portfolio of academic and clinical courses and programmes ranging from ongoing personal development through to clinical excellence and leadership skills. UCLH prides itself on its investment in staff both in terms of developing career skills but also its commitment to staff health and wellbeing.

Key Results Areas

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To assist in the supervision of the day to day running of the relevant dispensary as required by the dispensary manager(s)

To assist in the supervision of Assistant Technical Officer's (ATO's) and pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians

To deputise for the senior technician(s) when required

Dispensary, Distribution and Production

To ensure that procedures relating to good dispensing practice are followed and to encourage and maintain high standards and orderly methods of working

To encourage and support compliance with the formulary and dispensary policies

To maintain labelling standards

To participate in the dispensing and checking of outpatient, inpatient, controlled drug and stock prescriptions and to support delivery of the NPD scheme

To dispense and check clinical trials as required using the CTMS programme

To participate in the HEE or local London Region checking accreditation scheme after an appropriate qualifying period

To be part of and to provide information and statistical data to the dispensary management teams for analytical and audit purposes

To support the supply of out of hours medicines to the emergency drug cupboards and the Accident and Emergency drug cupboard during relevant rotations

To participate in the provision of counselling and advice to patients on their medication

To be support senior technicians in the delivery of 'Medicines Return Policy'

To monitor the temperature of fridges in the department ensuring all deviations are reported as necessary in line with Good Clinical Practice

To participate in monitoring liquid oxygen manifold and assisting the senior technicians in maintaining or continuous supply of medical gases

To ensure that 'to follow" and post medicines are supplied on a daily basis

To participate in sterile, non-sterile, repacking and cytotoxic dispensing as appropriate

To support Patient Services staff in maintaining a continuous supply of emergency drug boxes for all wards and departments at identified sites during relevant rotations following departmental guidelines.

To ensure that procedures relating to Good Manufacturing Practice are followed and high standards are maintained

To ensure the continuity of supply of liquid oxygen and medical gas cylinders by timely ordering and regular monitoring and to train other pharmacy staff as appropriate

Education and Training

To participate in the induction and training of pharmacy assistants, pre-registration pharmacy technicians and pharmacy technicians

To participate in the assessment of pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians

To undertake CPD and to attend courses in practice areas where needs are identified

To follow competency based training manual and take part in Regional Self Development Programme

To act as a mentor for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians as required

To liaise with the Education and Training Department and participate in any training sessions requested for pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals

To participate in the assessment and performance review of the permanent, rotational and student technicians and ATO's

To supervise the ward top up service and train staff in set •procedures where necessary

Stock Management Duties

To assist the dispensary manager in maintaining the internal distribution system within the dispensary and to maintain an efficient stock control system

To assist with the daily random stock checks

To participate in the ward top up service and the direct distribution of IV fluids

Other Duties

To maintain high standards of cleanliness and tidiness in all working areas at all times

To understand and follow all departmental standard operating procedures at all times

To observe safe working practices at all times to minimise risk to self, other staff and visitors to the Trust

To participate in a system of performance review

To attend departmental meetings as required including the weekly departmental briefing

To participate in extended day shifts, weekend and Bank Holiday duties pro rata. This may involve working at sites other than potholder's usual base

To help with making deliveries from the Pharmacy department to wards and other clinical areas when necessary in a safe, secure and timely manner

To prepare emergency drug boxes, replenish used/expired boxes to wards/departments and maintain appropriate records

To participate in duties at any location within the Trust in order to meet service needs as required by the Head of Pharmacy

To file data relating to the dispensary and distribution

To ensure equipment used in the dispensary is clean and ready for everyday use

To replenish stock of medicine bottles, cartons, dispensary bags, measures and caps daily and to complete a weekly top-up from stores

To prepare the ward and department bags ready for delivery by the porter

To assist in the delivery of urgent medication to the wards on an ad-hoc basis

To undertake Continuing Professional Development


All candidates for posts at UCLH are required to complete our values assessment.

In the ‘Further Links’ section to the right of this advert, please follow the link to the UCLH Values Assessment Tool. Once you have completed the assessment and scored highly enough, you will receive a certificate number. In order to start your application, you must copy and paste (do not type) your certificate number into your application form when requested.

The certificate covers all applications you make to UCLH for 6 months - you do not need to take the test for each job application you make. After 6 months you may complete the assessment again.

If you have lost your certificate number, you can have a reminder sent to your email address by accessing the Values Assessment Certificate Number Reminder tool in the ‘Further Links’ section to the right of this advert.

Please note that if you are at present in a training position on the 2016 new junior doctor’s contract and are applying for a Trust doctor role your salary will not be pay protected.

You will be placed on the appropriate point of the Trust Doctor pay scale based on your previous experience.

This vacancy may close before the current listed closing date. You are advised not to delay submitting your completed application.

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