Integrated Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) Appren

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Conquest Hospital or Eastbourne DGH, St Leonards-on-Sea or Eastbourne
Competitive salary
17 Nov 2020
23 Nov 2020
Role Type
Start Date
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Uckfield and Rye and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people's homes.

The trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff.

A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include:Staff development, Pension scheme, Auto-enrolment to our Temporary Workforce Service ( staff bank) On-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), Staff lottery.

Please download and read the Recruitment Information Leaflet, attached as a document to this advert, as it will help you in the completion of your application

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 Programme, NHS Long Term Plan, Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework and GP Contract Five-year Framework.

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 Handbook.

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 Technicians.

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 Standards, 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 progress & performance)

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Patients come first at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

We work in partnership with commissioners, other providers, our staff and volunteers as part of a locally focused and integrated network of health and social care in the county.

Our vision is to be:
  • The healthcare provider of first choice for the people of East Sussex.

Our mission is to:
  • Deliver better health outcomes and an excellent experience for everyone we provide with healthcare services.

Our strategic objectives are to:
  • Improve quality and clinical outcomes by ensuring that safe patient care is our highest priority.
  • Play a leading role in local partnerships to meet the needs of our local population and improve and enhance patients' experiences.
  • Use our resources efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our patients and their care to ensure our services are clinically, operationally and financially sustainable.

Our aims are that all services delivered by the Trust are:
  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Caring
  • Responsive and
  • Well led

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