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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/11/2019.

Rotational Pharmacy Technician - Band 4/5 - Pharmacy

Job Reference: 179-423-19-C

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£21,089 - £23,761 pa pr OR £24,214 - £30,112 pa pr

About the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

At the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, we want to tell your story. We want to help develop your career. With us, the opportunities are endless.

We strive to deliver the highest quality and safest care for more than a quarter of a million people. We aim to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time – whether in the hospital or community settings across west Suffolk.

We deliver high-quality services in a variety of settings including people’s own homes, care homes, day centres, schools, GP surgeries and health centres, as well as the Newmarket Community Hospital inpatient unit and clinics, and our main site, the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

Join us – what will you #BeKnown for?

Key achievements

  • For the last two years the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) have rated us as the top hospital in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for meeting best practice criteria for patients treated for a hip fracture.

  • We’re among the top 10 hospitals in the country for hip, knee and joint replacement outcomes.

  • Our stroke services regularly achieve high ratings in the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) scores.

  • We consistently achieve high early detection of cancer, and cancer survival rates in the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group area are the best in the east of England.

Rotational Pharmacy Technician - Band 4/5 (Depending on Experience) - Pharmacy - Up to 37.5hpw - Permanent - Two Vacancies Available (Job Share Considered)

Could you help West Suffolk Hospital to deliver the best quality and safest care to our local community?

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has significantly invested in its pharmacy department to further improve the service we provide our patients. We are expanding our team of pharmacists to help provide the best quality and safest care to our local community.

  • The successful candidate could be a pre-registration pharmacy technician who registered in the summer of 2019.

  • The successful candidate should have relevant registered pharmacy technician experience.

  • The successful candidate should be an established pharmacy technician with additional competencies who wants to use their skills to deliver high quality pharmaceutical care using an electronic prescribing and record system in a hospital team.

  • The successful candidate should want to work in a supportive educational environment.

We are proud of our commitment to staff development.The successful candidate will support the delivery of ward, dispensary and aseptic chemotherapy services through a structured rotational programme tailored to the post holders' individual development and career progression needs to ensure that the successful candidate has the necessary skills and competencies.

The pharmacy department:

  • Is well respected within the Trust

  • Is a friendly team, with over 100 staff in both clinical and non-clinical roles

  • Is located centrally at the West Suffolk Hospital

  • Includes a chemotherapy production unit and a robotic dispensary

  • Has well developed ward based clinical services with technician lead production and dispensary functions

  • Actively promotes professional development – the department’s training and education team delivers training related to CPD/revalidation, pre-registration and post-registration.

The Trust has implemented an extended hours seven day, pharmacy service which has improved patient experience, safety and clinical efficiency. Candidates will be expected to be available to work their agreed contracted hours between 7.00am and 10.00pm over the seven day period, through a variety of flexible working patterns. The majority of full time pharmacy staff work a 7.5 hour working day. The start and finish times will be dependent on the rostered shifts. The pharmacy department core working hours are between 8.30am and 5.00pm with all staff contributing to the extended hour’s periods on a rostered basis. NHS Agenda for Change pay enhancements will apply to weekend, bank holiday and unsocial hours worked.

For an informal chat and to find out more about the role please contact Ange Austin (dispensary manager), Amelia Raby (Pharmacy Ward Services manager) or Jo Seymour (Senior Technician – Education and Training) on 01284 712928.

*Contractual terms will apply – employees leaving the Trust within the first or second year of employment will be required to repay a percentage of this payment on a sliding scale.

As a thank you for joining the West Suffolk Hospital, we are offering all new* Band 4&5 Pharmacists a welcome payment of £500 on appointment** and a further £500 if you remain with the Trust after a year of employment.

*Previous West Suffolk Hospital employees must have a gap of over 6 months since their last employment with the Trust to be eligible for this payment.

**The payment will be made to you on your second payday with the Trust.

Contractual terms will apply – employee’s leaving the Trust within the first or second year of employment will be required to repay a percentage of this payment on a sliding scale.

**In order to improve efficiency, all correspondence relating to this vacancy, including invitations to interview will be by email only, via NHS Jobs. Would you therefore please ensure you check your emails on a regular basis**

In submitting an application form, you authorise West Suffolk NHS FT to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process, should you be appointed to the post.

CAR PARKING - This post does entitle you to apply to park on the Hospital site.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification for this position, please click on the Job Description link (below). You should use the Additional Information section of your application to state how you meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

The successful candidate for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure at Enhanced level.

For Band 1 and Band 2 posts, the cost of the DBS Disclosure will be met by the Trust. However, any employees at Band 1 and Band 2 who leave the Trust within six months of commencing their post will have a £10 administration fee deducted from their final salary. For posts at Band 3 and above, the cost of the Disclosure will be met by the appointed employee and deducted in instalments from their salary over a period of three months. If the employee leaves the Trust within three months of commencing their post, any outstanding payments will be deducted from their final pay.

All applicants should click on the link entitled “How will my application be processed?” prior to submitting their application form.

The closing date for this vacancy may change if we receive a strong response. Please ensure that you apply for any post you are interested in as soon as possible.

**Recommend a friend or family member and earn cash!

Do you have a friend or family member you would recommend to join us? Or do you know someone who wants to return to practice in the NHS? If you recommend a Pharmacist (Band 4 or 5) you could receive a £1000 thank you.

If the person you refer is appointed into a permanent position you will receive £500 when they commence and a further £500 after their first 12 month anniversary.

Please contact the recruitment teamfor further info!


We will endeavour to notify you on the progress of your application. Please note that this could be via email or post; therefore you should ensure you regularly check your email account for new messages.

We are an equal opportunities employer, with a range of flexible working options.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS clearance (Disclosure and Barring Service - Police checks) will be required for relevant posts.

Final Salary Pension Scheme and Life Cover.

Key Worker Living Housing Initiative available to applicable staff groups.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces community.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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