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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 28/11/2021.

Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Apprentice

Job Reference: 843-CCG-5667LS

NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board
843 709716 Pharmacists
£17,417 to £18,662 pa

We have a new and exciting opportunity to train as a pharmacy technician through a 2 year apprenticeship programme. Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians will increasingly play an important role supporting patients with their medicines, complementing clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and other members of the primary care multi-disciplinary team such as GPs and nurses. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings and undertake a wide range of duties including dispensing and accuracy checking of prescribed items, providing information to patients and other healthcare professionals, procurement and issue of medicines. This is a fantastic opportunity to undertake a formal professional qualification whilst learning on the job.

Successful candidates will undertake an innovative two-year apprenticeship with 12-week rotational placements in GP Practices, Community Pharmacy, Hospital pharmacy and 12 weeks tailored to individual needs. There are three full-time positions available employed by Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group across Gloucestershire.

There is also one full-time position available employed by Tewkesbury Primary Care Network, where the successful candidate will be working across GP Practices and Community Pharmacy.

All four posts (three CCG vacancies, one Tewkesbury vacancy) will be interviewed on the same day, at the same location.

Each post-holder will work with partnership organisations including a combination of; a community pharmacy, a GP surgery and hospital pharmacy. This collaborative apprenticeship will provide all the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the new, accredited Level 4 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Pharmacy Technicians at the University of East Anglia. Training will be carried out via an equivalent day of ‘Off the Job’ learning that includes reading, evidence collections, forums and online learning with a small number of face-to-face study days. Trainees who successfully complete the 2 year apprenticeship will be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practice as a Registered Pharmacy Technician and although every effort will be made to provide a substantive position at the end of the training period this cannot be guaranteed, although new opportunities continue to emerge as local health systems develop.

You are required to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be able to work efficiently and accurately, pay attention to detail and be able to integrate into multiple teams. You will need to be highly committed to achieve this qualification as it requires participation and completion of a vigorous training and competency program. You will need to demonstrate excellent work/study/life balance skills and be very self-motivated.

Entry requirements for this post are a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above (or equivalent) to include English, Maths and Science subjects. Due to the rotational nature of placements candidates must be willing and able to travel between sites. Full time salary for the role will be £17,417 increasing to £18,662 in the 2nd year.

Please only apply for this position if you meet all of the minimum eligibility criteria as defined in the Person Specification. Applications which do not meet the minimum academic or apprenticeship funding requirements will not be shortlisted. Due to the requirements of this demanding training experience, it is preferred that successful candidates will be employed on a full-time contract. However, part-time will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Please note: this vacancy will close once a suitable number of applications have been submitted.

We make every effort to contact all candidates to let them know the outcome of their application. However, if you haven't heard back from us within 2 weeks after the closing date, please assume that your application has not been successful.

We are committed to ensuring that disabled people are afforded equality of opportunity in all stages of the recruitment process and we guarantee an interview to candidates who declare they have a disability and meet the minimum criteria of the post. Gloucestershire ICB is Disability Confident Committed and this commitment includes - inclusive and accessible recruitment, communicating vacancies, offering an interview to disabled people, providing reasonable adjustments and supporting existing employees.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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