Pharmacy Technician / Senior Pharmacy Technician - ACT & MM


University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Location 

Bristol

Employment Hours 

Part Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

£25,147 - £34,581 per annum pro rata

Job Highlights
  • Are you an ACT Pharmacy Technician or MM Technician looking for greater specialty or to further develop your career? Are you a newly qualifying technician or a second year PTPT who would like to work in a children's or women's hospital?
  • We are looking for one ACT Pharmacy Technician and /or MM Technician to join the dynamic Women’s & Children’s Pharmacy Team.
  • The post is an ideal development post for newly qualifying technicians as it provides a clear route of progression from band 4 to band 5 but is also open to staff wishing to work part time.
Job Requirements/Description

As an organisation we recognise the value of a healthy work-life balance. When applying, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate flexible working, so your work life fits around your home life.

We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the Trust.

Job overview

Are you an ACT Pharmacy Technician or MM Technician looking for greater specialty or to further develop your career? Are you a newly qualifying technician or a second year PTPT who would like to work in a children's or women's hospital?  

We are looking for one ACT Pharmacy Technician and /or MM Technician to join the dynamic Women’s & Children’s Pharmacy Team. The post is an ideal development post for newly qualifying technicians as it provides a clear route of progression from band 4 to band 5 but is also open to staff wishing to work part time.

The successful candidate will work flexibly across our two BCH and STMH sites, providing support with dispensary related activities including their day to day running under direction of the band 6 lead pharmacy technician, whilst also supervising trainee staff.

A key part of the candidate’s role will also be to carry out patient-facing services in a variety of clinical specialties such as Paediatric Acute Care, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Nephrology, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

For staff looking for part time flexible working the conditions of flexibility are that staff must work a minimum of 22.5 hours a week (max 37.5hours a week) across a minimum of 3 days between Monday and Friday. Staff will be required to have a regular pattern of work agreed although there is some flex (provided the service is staffed sufficiently) for occasional change such as moving a day of work to help accommodate a family commitment.

Main duties of the job

Acting as an accredited Checking technician , checking the accuracy of dispensed items in the Children’s Pharmacy, St Michaels pharmacy or BRI (on weekends), ensuring the accuracy of dispensing and liaising with staff to rectify and record any errors in dispensing identified through this process. Training for checking competency can be provided if not already achieved.

Answering queries on common drug availability questions and using ready to hand information sources e.g. BNF for Children. Referring to a pharmacist for more complex enquiries.

Stock Management. Maintaining appropriate stock levels of medicines in the dispensaries to ensure that a suitable range & quantity are available to meet the needs of patients within the hospital.

Maintaining Accredited Checking Technician or developing Medicines Management Training qualification by undertaking the necessary levels of checking or MM activity and collecting evidence as required at the appropriate time as to ensure you always maintain your checking qualification.

Normal hours of our working day are 8.30-5pm but options exist for staff to work between 8-5.30pm. School hours or some longer / shorter days are therefore possible as is working more on one week and less the next. All technicians are required to contribute to weekend work (1 shift (Sat or Sun) every six weeks) but staff get a day off in Lieu and can request which days they take (although agreement is still subject to staffing levels).

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as Good overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stones throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure were meeting our pledge.

Person specification

Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria

  • Registered pharmacy technician with GPharmC.
  • Accredited Checking technician or qualified to do medicines management reconciliation (both required for band 5).
  • A1/d32/Acredited NVQ assessor, Propharmace educational supervisor programme or similar supervisor training or working towards one (E for a band 5).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.

Desirable criteria

  • A1/d32/Acredited NVQ assessor, Propharmace educational supervisor programme or similar supervisor training or working towards one (D for a Band 4).

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria

  • Significant UK pharmacy experience (including at least 1 in the UK).
  • Accurate dispenser.
  • Accurate pharmacy checker or medicines management experience (both for band 5).
  • Staff management / supervision experience (E for band 5).
  • Experience of teaching/training/presentation (E for band 5).
  • Supervisor qualification or A1 assessor or working towards one (for band 5 only).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Experience of audit e.g. Controlled drugs audits (E for band 5).

Desirable criteria

  • Working knowledge of UK hospital pharmacy.
  • Staff management / supervision experience (D for band 4).
  • Experience of teaching/training/presentation (D for band 4).
  • Evidence of experience undertaking medicines management in maternity/ Gynaecology.
  • Experience of audit e.g. Controlled drugs audits (D for band 4).
  • Experience working with Electronic prescribing/ critical care electronic monitoring systems.

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria

  • Evidence of commitment to continued improvement of patient experience.
  • Evidence of an interest in medicine management agenda.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills & negotiation skills.
  • Good prioritisation and time management skills.
  • Ability to mentor other members of staff (experience of mentoring and supervision required for a band 5 not just ability).
  • Ability to use and adapt to the use of IT systems within the healthcare setting particularly electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA).

We hope that you will decide to join us and become part of this exciting journey, helping us to shape our future together.

  • As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.
  • The Trust is committed to investing in and caring for all our staff. We will support you in maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing, as well as your career development through management and training support - developing exceptional people for exceptional careers.
  • UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
  • To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.
  • If you require sponsorship for a visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check to ensure you are eligible under the UKVI points based system.
  • The Trust uses electronic new starter forms on Trac to collect personal details. Information collected is securely stored and used to set up the employee record on the ESR HR system.
  • By applying for this post, you are agreeing to University Hospitals Bristol and Weston 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.
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Location 

Bristol

Employment Hours 

Part Time

Employment Type 

Permanent

Salary 

£25,147 - £34,581 per annum pro rata

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