Integrated Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing hospital, St Richards hospital, Royal Sussex County hospital, Crawley Hospital, Eastbourne District General, Conquest hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital, Worthing, Chichester, Brighton, Haywa
Competitive salary
17 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people, who wish to be valued for their work and empowered to improve the services we provide. Here are few reasons to join us:

Outstanding - we are the first acute hospital trust to have received the health watchdog's highest rating in all key inspection areas. CQC October 2019

Top 10 - Western Sussex Hospitals is one the best hospital trusts to work for, according to the NHS Staff Survey, and among the top ten trusts in England where staff are most likely to recommend the care their colleagues provide. (NHS Staff Survey 2018)

Leading organisation - Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Dame Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEO 2018 & 2019) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and learning.

Location - our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are on the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex has wonderful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, London and beyond.

More about us - Western Sussex is an acute trust with three hospitals; Worthing Hospital and St Richard's in Chichester provide emergency, inpatient and outpatient care; and Southlands in Shoreham-by-Sea provides outpatient care and day surgery. Since April 2017, the senior leadership team has also managed neighbouring trust Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

Patient First - in 2015 the trust's Patient First programme was launched to empower colleagues to make lasting changes that benefit patients and to ensure we continue to improve patient care with lean management best practice at every level of the trust. Improvement huddles are just one example of extensive and ongoing cultural change that makes Western Sussex an exciting place to work.

Integrated Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT)

Apprenticeships in Sussex

Are you self-motivated and enthusiastic?

Do you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills?

Do you thrive on helping people and want to support the wider healthcare team to provide excellent pharmacy services to patients in a variety of environments?

If you answered YES to these questions, then we have a job opportunity with your name on it!

An exciting opportunity for 9 Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPT's) across the whole of Sussex is now open for applications. This Sussex wide collaborative apprenticeship will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the new Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Pharmacy Technicians from February 2021 which covers the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) Initial Educational and Training Standards1 over two years, enabling successful applicants to gain a wide depth of experience across multiple pharmacy sectors to increase employability upon registration.

The pharmacy technician workforce has been recognised through various national policies and government initiatives as being professional and essential. The Pharmacy Technician workforce supports the skill mix and service transformation required to deliver the Medicines Value Programme2, NHS Long Term Plan3, Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework4 and GP Contract Five-year Framework5.

With this in mind we are delighted to be able to offer a two year job opportunity based in one of 3 localities across Sussex (West and Mid-Sussex/Brighton & Hove/East Sussex). Each locality will offer a varied and excited training experience including, but not limited to the following sectors* in geographical locations most suited to the successful candidates (3 candidates will be appointed in each locality)
  • Acute hospitals - Worthing, Chichester, Crawley and East Grinstead (West & Mid), Brighton & Haywards Heath (B & H), Eastbourne & St Leonards-on-Sea (East);
  • Mental Health Services
  • Community Health Services
  • GP practices and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's)
  • Community pharmacies

You will require the means to travel across the locality to which you are assigned for defined periods throughout the programme. Travel expenses will be refunded in accordance with the NHS Terms and Conditions Handbook6.

Please only apply for this position if you meet all of the minimum eligibility criteria as defined in the Person Specification. Applications which do not meet the minimum academic or apprenticeship funding requirements will not be shortlisted.

Due to the requirements of this demanding training experience, it is preferred that PTPTs will be employed on a full-time contract. However, part-time will be considered on a case by case basis, as long as the GPhC Initial Education and Training Standards can be met and there is no impact on educational attainment.

Our clinical and technical teams are closely integrated to provide patients across Sussex with the best care possible using innovative ideas and technology. Full educational support is provided, but you will need to be able to quickly learn new IT systems and embrace new technology to provide safe and effective care to patients in a variety of environments.

You are required to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be able to work efficiently and accurately, pay attention to detail and be able to integrate into multiple teams.

You will need to be highly committed to achieve this qualification as it requires participation and completion of a vigorous training and competency program. You will need to demonstrate excellent work/study/life balance skills and be very self-motivated.

Trainees who successfully complete the 2 year apprenticeship will be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practice as a Registered Pharmacy Technician and although every effort will be made to provide a substantive position at the end of the training period this cannot be guaranteed.

Your progress will be monitored by both the training provider via e-portfolio & assessment and by means of 3 monthly professional appraisals with the Educational Programme Director where you will be required to demonstrate your development against the GPhC Professional Standards for Trainee Pharmacy Technicians7.

Four days each week will be work based in one of the sectors (as defined in your individual training plan) gaining the vocational experience and completing competencies required to complete the Level 3 diploma. One day per week will be within a virtual classroom to learn the knowledge required to underpin this diploma. Your training will involve working with an assessor to develop a work-based portfolio, undertaking work based assessments and completing all assignments/projects relating to the GPhC IET Standards1, presenting evidence via e-portfolios for assessment within specified periods and completion of an end point assessment (EPA).

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to service delivery on a flexible working basis which may include weekends and evenings. Working hours will be defined and agreed at the beginning of each rotation as they may vary between each sector. You will remain under supervision for the duration of the training period but may earn a degree of autonomy determined by the supervisor and successful completion of assessment or competency standards to undertake specific tasks.

Fixed term is planned to run from February 2021 - February 2023

Salary Year 1 - £16,909 (NHS Agenda for change Band 4 Annex 21)

Salary Year 2 - £18,117 (subject to academic

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  • Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.
  • The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. All applicants who have a disability can opt to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme which means that providing they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, they will be offered an interview.
  • Applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcomed and will be considered alongside all other applications. It is unlikely that the Trust will be able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test where there is a suitably qualified and skilled EU/EEA candidate available for work and in these circumstances, an overseas candidate will not be offered the post. A self-assessment for the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post applied for is available on the UKBA website.


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