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Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship

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  • Employer:
    Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Brompton)
  • Working Week:
    Monday to Friday, shifts tbc
  • Total Hours Per Week:
  • Apprenticeship Duration:
    27 Months
  • Possible Start Date:
  • Date Posted:
  • Positions:
    2 available

Apprenticeship Summary

Do you have a minimum of FOUR GCSEs (grade C or above) including English, Maths and a science subject?

To achieve Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma Principles and Practice for Pharmacy you will receive 20% off the job Training that will either be delivered virtually or attendance at college one day each week will be required. The other four days working in the Pharmacy department. Your programme will be structured to ensure that your training covers all aspects of the Pharmacy Service and will involve working in different sections of pharmacy.

The successful candidates will have good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work to a high standard within the team or on their own initiative.


  • The post holder will participate in a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician rotational training programme.
  • The rotation will include working in the dispensary, in distribution, stores and purchasing.
  • A qualified pharmacy technician or pharmacist will supervise duties.
  • The student must take responsibility for self-development and timely completion of Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians within the required deadlines set.
  • To ensure that infection prevention and control (IPC) is an integral part of service delivery.

Apprentice is working towards the following job description and should not be expected to perform the full duties of the role until competencies are signed off:


Patient/customer care (both direct and indirect)

  • To counsel patients on their medication, where sometimes the patients may have difficulty in understanding, or English may not be their first language.
  • To undertake dispensing of prescriptions for inpatients and outpatients, including controlled drugs and clinical trials.
  • To assist with the maintenance of the Emergency drug cupboard
  • To assist in the replenishing of Emergency boxes.
  • To check stock levels in accordance with departmental procedures.
  • To participate in ward and department topping up, including maintaining records and checking expiry dates of medicines.
  • To maintain adequate stock levels of dispensing sundries
  • To ensure that IPC requirements are identified in all service developments and clinical policies and procedures with appropriate involvement of the IPC team.

Policy development

  • To work following S.O.P.’s at all times and to inform the line managers of any concerns about procedures.

Service development

  • To assist colleagues with the development of the service.

People management

  • Responsible for self-development.
  • To attend study days and courses, as part of the training programme.
  • To assist in the training of new staff as appropriate.


  • To work as part of a team
  • To participate in the dispensary late duty, and weekend and bank holiday duties as required.
  • To participate in departmental meetings.
  • To refer any complex problems to the appropriate member of staff.
  • To deal with stock queries from hospital staff, when appropriate
  • To deal with delivery queries from suppliers when on rotation in stores, when appropriate
  • To deal with queries from patients, when appropriate
  • To deal with queries about medicine when on rotation in the Medical information section, when appropriate

Resource management

  • To be responsible for the secure storage and distribution of stock to wards and departments

Information management

  • To maintain accurate data on the computer system
  • To use the computer system to produce labels in the dispensary, to assist with an efficient stock control, to assist in the purchase, receipt and issue of medicines, to deal with stock returns and to assist with prescription pricing.
  • To abide by the Trust’s core behaviours for staff and all other Trust policies including standing financial instructions, research governance, clinical governance, patient and public involvement, codes and practices, and health and safety policies

Other duties

  • To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as requested

All staff are expected to take responsibility for their own continual personal development

Requirements and Prospects


  • 4 GCSE’s Grade C or above / 4 or above, including English, Mathematics and a Science subject


  • NVQ 2 - Pharmacy services
  • 3 A levels
  • EU Badge
  • Apprenticeships Logo
  • Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • QAA Reviewed
  • Stonewall Diversity Champion
  • Disability Confident
  • Mindful Education
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