Banes Enhanced Medical
Competitive salary
24 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Integrated/Cross Sector Apprentice Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

This is a new role training as an apprentice to be a registered Pharmacy Technician both in primary and secondary care - in Minerva Primary Care Network and with Royal United Hospitals Bath. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone interested in a pharmacy career to 'earn while they learn' in different NHS settings to complete a qualification and register as a Pharmacy Technician. You will be employed by BEMS GP Federation on behalf of Minerva and the RUH.

ABOUT THE TEAM - Pharmacy Technicians have a variety of roles which you will undertake during your training. You will be supported by the experienced Pharmacy Training Team at the RUH and pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in the Minerva Primary Care Network.

The Minerva Primary Care Network operates across several GP practices and care homes. They are based in Bath city and cover 5 practices. Minerva and the RUH are keen to deliver this training programme with new roles for Pharmacy Technicians developing in primary care.

WHAT YOU'LL DO - For your apprenticeship there is a programme of study days and on the job training. The training provider is Buttercups - Google buttercupstraining to find out more.

You will rotate around the various areas of pharmacy such as dispensary, aseptic services, on the wards completing medicines. You will spend 50% of the 2-year programme on placement in Minerva PCN supporting the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for example with prescription queries and medicines reconciliation for patients recently discharged from hospital. You will be required to travel for this role, usually either at the hospital all day or based in one or more GP practices each day. The variety of the training programme is something current apprentices appreciate as well as the career opportunities registration as a Pharmacy Technician brings.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR - You must have 4 GCSE passes or equivalent including Maths, English and Science, you need to be committed to learning and completing coursework to deadlines. You must be able to work accurately, communicate effectively and be confident to move between teams regularly. An interest in the Pharmacy profession is key, for example currently working in Community or Hospital Pharmacy would be beneficial but not essential.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU - You will be able to access the NHS Pension scheme, you will be part of a pilot in Bath but that has been tested elsewhere in England. We will work with the successful candidate on how the 50/50 split will work practically.

ABOUT US AND THE LOCAL AREA - The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire. The RUH provides 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services.

The RUH Pharmacy department is currently re-establishing itself with the vision of becoming recognised as an outstanding place to work, and as an organisation that works with partners. We have recognised the regional role this department can play in training and retaining pharmacy staff within the region, with cross-sector training and post-registration roles seen as a key step in this process. In time it is hoped that by building practice-based research capacity that BANES can contribute to national best practice on workforce development.

Minerva Health Group (MHG) is a newly formed Primary Care Network of five BANES surgeries covering a population of 34,000. All our member practices are dedicated to providing excellent quality and continuity of care to our patients, along with strong focus on safe prescribing within the BCAP formulary.

Our member surgeries are:
  • Combe Down Surgery Grosvenor Place Surgery
  • Newbridge Surgery Rush Hill & Weston Surgery
  • St Michael's Partnership

MHG have been working together collaboratively for the past 3 years. This provides us with the mechanism to continue aligning our work environments, clinical and administrative processes and functions as well as combining best practice.

We are developing a multi professional Primary Care Team, with the aim of achieving a more sustainable workload alongside increased resilience in the current climate of increasing demand.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - Start date March 2021.

Enrolment onto course will be subject to a screening process by the education provider.

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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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