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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/10/2021.

Medicines Optimisation Technician

Job Reference: 896-MAN2021-340

NHS Manchester CCG
Medicines Optimisation
Parkway Business Centre, Princess Road, Manchester
£25,655 - £31,534

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning is a single commissioner for health and social care, comprising a partnership between Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and Manchester City Council.

Manchester currently has 87 GP practices, three major hospitals, a mental health trust, citywide social care services, a range of health improvement services, and many voluntary and community organisations.

The values of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning are Positive, Fair and Collaborative. They guide how we work with our colleagues, our communities and health and social care partners to improve the health of our population.

Would you like to be part of an expanding and innovative team?

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) is one of the largest health and social care commissioning organisations in Greater Manchester, responsible for the planning and purchasing of high quality, safe and effective patient services.

The Medicines Optimisation team within MHCC has a long-standing history of delivering high quality services to support the work of General Practice across the city. The introduction of Primary Care Networks (PCNs) has presented a unique opportunity for the expansion of the practice-based Medicines Optimisation team across the city into the majority of Manchester PCNs.

We are currently looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic medicines optimisation technicians with excellent clinical and communication skills to join our forward-thinking team providing medicines knowledge and information to support the safe and effective prescribing of medicines across Manchester.

We are seeking innovative pharmacy technicians to

  • Demonstrate professionalism; promote the role of medicines optimisation in health and social care, act as a role model for junior colleagues and be able to support other health care professionals to improve outcomes for patients.
  • Work closely with or within the PCN to support practice-based pharmacists and practice staff across Primary Care Networks (PCN).
  • Develop both clinical and strategic skills.
  • Commit and contribute to the financial stability of local and wider health care systems through promotion of high quality, effective prescribing and avoiding medicines waste.
  • Be adaptive and flexible; open to leading and contributing to a variety of work streams and projects within working capacity.
  • Be able to influence and negotiate practice to improve outcomes for patients.
  • Work autonomously as well as work effectively as part of a team.

All candidates must be qualified pharmacy technicians registered to practice with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Applicants will be required to travel across the Manchester footprint.

We look forward to welcoming our successful candidates into our friendly, supportive and caring team

If you are passionate about making a difference to the people of Manchester, we would like to hear from you.

For more information or an informal discussion please contact Lynda Gilligan, Senior Technician for the Practice Based Medicines Optimisation Team.


MHCC is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community and workforce culture – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed. We support flexible working and will consider applications on a part-time or job share basis. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and we particularly welcome applications from ethnically diverse and disabled applicants who are currently under-represented within our workforce.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, facilities, and services to support a diverse range of staff. …and, if you spot unhelpful or off-putting jargon in our job descriptions – please tell us. We will make sure we put it right so that you can continue your interest in applying for the role that inspires you. We want to hire you, and we have a growth mindset – so do let us know if we can learn from you.

Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board (ICB)

In February 2021 the Government announced a number of new measures as part of a proposed Health and Care Bill, including the creation of statutory Integrated Care Systems(ICSs).

In Greater Manchester we have been working as an ICS for the last five years – with strong working partnerships between health and social care and the voluntary sector. The creation of a statutory ICB will formalise the arrangementswe have in place and mark another positive step in our journey, which started with the health and care devolution deal in 2015. The statutory ICB will include a new ICS NHS Body and Health and Care Partnership Board.

From April 2022 (subject to national legislative approval) the commissioning duties of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), including their functions and roles, will transfer to be delivered as part of the new Greater Manchester ICB NHS Body. This will mean that functions and roles may be delivered differently in the future, with place based and Greater Manchester-level teams working alongside each other.

MHCC is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive workforce culture. We support flexible working and will consider applications on a part-time or job share basis. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, and we particularly welcome applicants who are currently under represented in our workforce. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates and disabled candidates.

In line with the Equality Act 2010, we guarantee an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for the post. To find out more please ensure you read our additional information section.

Personal development is supported through extensive training and development opportunities.

We offer a range of excellent benefits including a pension scheme, 27 days Annual Leave, access to NHS discounts, Cycle to Work Scheme and Childcare Vouchers.

New entrants to the NHS will start at the bottom of the pay band.

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