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Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician (Band 2)

Job Reference: 317-2019-06-017-J

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 Pharmacy Trainees - Corporate
317 Trustwide
£17,652 - £19,020 per annum

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to undertake a two-year training programme to develop the skills, and knowledge to become a Pharmacy Technician at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

Pharmacy technicians are vital members of today’s healthcare team and contribute greatly in the supply of medicines to patients, and also ensuring that patients achieve the maximum benefit from their medicines.

Career opportunities following qualification and registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (the regulatory body for Pharmacy) include medicines management roles, aseptic preparation, staff training, clinical trials, procurement, and many more. Further training is available to help develop your career in some of these areas.

Although employed by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust candidates will receive their work-based training at James Cook University Hospital.

The two year programme involves on-the-job training (Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF)) and a day release college course (Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF) at Tyne Coast College, North Tyneside. Candidates will also be enrolled onto the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Pharmacy Services).

Please note that the salary on offer is at the bottom point of AfC band 2.

Entry Criteria

As a minimum you should have passed 4 GCSE's at Grade C or above (or another qualification at the equivalent or higher level) in the following subject areas:

    • Maths
    • English or English Language (English Literature, or English Speaking and Listening will not be acceptable)
    • Biology* or Human Biology
    • Chemistry*(*or Dual Award Science covering the above two science subject areas. NB Applied Science qualifications at Level 2 e.g. GCSE, BTEC will not be acceptable).

It is essential that you meet the criteria and grade for the qualifications as detailed above. If Dual Award Science was achieved state “Dual Award Science” and not just “Science” as your application may be rejected).

Your application will be rejected if you do not list in the ‘Qualifications’ section the qualifications and grades obtained that clearly identify the level of Maths, English, Chemistry & Biology achieved.

The NHS aims to ensure that all students and staff entering the NHS not only have the right skills, but the right values to care for patients. We will be looking for applicants who can demonstrate values in line with the NHS Constitution (England) at all stages of the recruitment process. Further information can be found in the attached Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Handbook.

If you are invited for interview you will be expected to complete a short aptitude test that is designed to test your numeracy and written communication skills.

Further information about the training is provided in the attached documents. After reading the additional information if you still have a query contact: Helen Fawcett, PHARMACY Specialist EDUCATION LEAD or Helen Brown, Pharmacy Technician AND SUPPORT STAFF SPECIALTY TRAINING LEAD (North East and North Cumbria), Tel 0191 2231390, or via email to








Important note on completion of reference section of Application Form

All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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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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