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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/02/2021.

Pharmacy Assistant

Job Reference: 365-A-20-142288

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Worcestershire Royal Hospital/Alexandra Hospital, Redditch
£18,005 - £19,337 per annum/ pro rata

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

We’re a large organisation, providing acute services from the Alexandra Hospital (Redditch), Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre and Worcestershire Royal Hospital (Worcester) to a population of over 575,000 people in Worcestershire, as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and further afield. We also manage a Surgery ward at Evesham Community Hospital.

Our workforce is nearly 6,000 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

It’s an exciting time to join the Trust. In partnership with staff, patients and partners, we are developing of our Clinical Services Strategy which will outline how our services will be organised effectively across our sites into the future. Our Clinical Services Strategy will build on the improvements already put in place in recent years, following the Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire review which has seen improved outcomes in a number of areas, including maternity and children’s services.

Our objectives are simple:

  • Best services for local people

  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients

  • Best use of resources

  • Best people.

If you can help us to achieve these; if your vision matches our vision; and you believe in Putting Patients First, we would love to hear from you!

In return, we commit to investing in our staff to ensure that we retain and develop the right people, with the right skills, who care about and take pride in, putting patients first.

Pharmacy Assistant

Band 2

Worcestershire Royal Hospital & Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

Vacancies are available at both sites, and there is currently no requirement to rotate between sites


We are seeking to recruit Pharmacy Assistants on a full or part-time basis to work in the busy Pharmacy Departments at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and at The Alexandra Hospital, Redditch.

Pharmacy Assistants are vital members of the Pharmacy team, the successful candidates of these posts will be given full training which will result in an NVQ level 2 equivalent qualification.

You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team working closely with Pharmacists, Technicians and other Assistants. Duties are varied and may include:

  • Picking, packing and assembling medicines
  • Assisting in the dispensing of items within the dispensary
  • Preparation of pharmacy medicines for delivery to wards and departments – including considerable manual handling
  • Working in the Pharmacy stores receiving and processing orders and resolving issues
  • Staffing the reception within the dispensary
  • Arranging supply of medicines to wards and departments by means of a top-up service
  • Duties within our sterile preparation suites, where appropriate

The range of duties that an individual will perform will depend on their aptitude and the needs of the department.

Applicants must be enthusiastic, self-motivated and show a willingness to learn and be trained.

You must be able to pay attention to detail and produce work to the required standard whilst meeting deadlines. You must be able to carry out all manual handling duties and, previous experience of stock control or working in a pharmacy is desirable but not essential, as on the job training will be provided.

Minimum entry requirements for these posts are GCSE (or equivalent) grades A-C in Maths, Science and English Language; these academic requirements are due to this post being suitable for an individual wishing to progress their career in Pharmacy.

There is potential for eventual progression to Band 3 Senior Pharmacy Assistant on satisfactory completion of appropriate Dispensary Based competency assessments and can meet job role requirements.

For further information, please contact Jayne Stenton on01905 733095.

Important information about your application

**** Please be aware that job adverts may close before the published closing date, if we have a high volume of applications, so we recommend getting your application in as quickly as possible. ****

  • You must fulfil all of the essential criteria in the person specification
  • References from current and previous employers must cover at least three years
  • Due to the large number of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
  • All correspondence will be sent through NHS Jobs, so please check NHS jobs and your email account regularly
  • If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion
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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is an equal opportunities employer and supports flexible working. We offer excellent learning and development opportunities, career progression, and are part of the NHS pension scheme. All of our sites are completely smokefree.

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