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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 27/02/2020.

Pharmacy Technician

Job Reference: 262-A-19-64499

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)
£21,089 to £23.761 pro rata

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) have merged to form North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC). Joining forces is an historic step in the journey to truly join up health and care services for a happier, healthier population in Cumbria. As a result of the two organisations working closely together with our partners we are already being regarded nationally as a leading edge integrated care system.

The Trust encourages applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and is committed to having a workforce that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities.

We have excellent opportunities for Registered Pharmacy Technicians who want to develop their careers & enjoy working in a fast paced, varied job role. You will work as an integral part of a large, patient-focused and friendly pharmacy team. You must be committed to the Vision & Values of the Trust.

Our team of 80+ staff work closely to provide a comprehensive pharmacy service for all hospital inpatients and outpatients. Our team consists of assistant technical officers, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists working across all aspects of the pharmacy service who are supported by a team of administration staff and a senior management team.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated team players who are able to demonstrate effective communication skills, strong problem solving skills and excellent attention to detail. You will be well organised, flexible to meet the demands of the service and be able to work well under pressure.

You must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have the following:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (Competence) or equivalent;
  • Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (Knowledge) or equivalent;
  • Nationally accredited/ or a recognised equivalent accredited technician checking qualification (not essential but must be willing to complete this training as part of the job role).

All applicants must clearly state their current academic & technical qualifications (competence & knowledge elements) in detail in order to be successfully shortlisted for the post.

The role will include working on a rotation where you will gain valuable experience and develop your skills in the following areas of our service:

  • Dispensary Services;
  • Medicines Management/Clinical Services;
  • Aseptics Services.

After completion of appropriate induction training you will be;

  • Participating in all aspects of the dispensing process for inpatient and oral chemotherapy prescriptions;
  • Working as part of a new pharmacy discharge team, working closely with the Medicines Management and Dispensary Teams to facilitate patient discharge from hospital;
  • Assisting the dispensary manager in the day-to-day running of the dispensary;
  • Participating in all aspects of patient counselling;
  • Participating in the training of new staff joining the pharmacy team;

After successful completion of further training through work rotations you will be;

  • Carrying out the dispensing of clinical trials prescriptions;
  • Working closely with Medicines Management and Dispensary teams to provide final accuracy checks for prescriptions dispensed for pharmacy inpatient and outpatient services;
  • Carrying out pre-process checks for chemotherapy prepared in our aseptic suite;
  • Carrying out final accuracy checking of dose banded chemotherapy for the oncology department;

As the opportunity arises we are able to offer further training to complete Medicines Management Modules 1,2, 3 (1) (in-house) to prepare for further development as part of your work rotation within Clinical Services:

    • Module 1: Determine the Suitability of a Patient’s Own Drugs (PODs) for Use
    • Module 2: Ordering medication for one-stop dispensing
    • Module 3 Part 1: Medicines Reconciliation

The pharmacy department operates a 7 day service:

Participation on a roster to work weekends (approx. 1 in 6), Bank Holidays and in a Late Dispensary Service until 18:00 weekdays (approx. 3 in 6 weeks) is an essential requirement for all post holders.

(Rosters are subject to change according to the demands of the pharmacy service)

Applications are welcomed from all Registered Pharmacy Technicians with appropriate pharmacy experience who meet all the essential criteria for the post.

We would be delighted to speak to you if you would like further information about our vacancies or if you would like to arrange an informal visit.

For further information please contact:

Julie Campbell Ext: 14557 (Pharmacy Site Operations Lead)

Donna Barnfather Ext: 12559 (Lead Technician – Pharmacy Education & Training)


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The Trust has implemented a Probationary Period Policy and Procedure and this will apply on appointment.

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We welcome your feedback via NHS jobs to how we can improve our recruitment service and we hope to see you working for us soon.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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