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Pharmacy Assistant Apprenticeship

Wye Valley NHS Trust
Competitive salary
Closing date
8 Aug 2021
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Wye Valley NHS Trust is a member of an NHS Foundation Group with South Warwickshire NHS FT and the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

Located on the border with Wales in the shadow of the Black Mountains, we provide acute and community services across Herefordshire and into parts of Powys and run Hereford County Hospital and the community hospitals in Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye.

We are a progressive and forward looking trust with ambitious plans to improve quality and integrate patient pathways through close collaborative working with our partners to deliver the quality of care we'd want for our family and friends.

More than 3,000 people work for the Trust - they tell us it's a great place to work, blending the busyness of a DGH with the benefits of working in a beautiful rural and unspoilt county like Herefordshire.

The fact that we're rural hasn't hampered our ambitious plans to be the best we can. We're a "fast follower" in the NHS Digital Clinical IT Exemplar programme, we've just signed a multi-million pound deal with Philips to ensure we have the latest radiology equipment and we're in the process of having three new wards built.

We can offer a great work-life balance and have a fine tradition of working with staff to help them achieve their full potential.

Russell Hardy, Trust Chairman: "The strength of the Trust is its amazing staff; a great place to work, a great place to develop your career and a great place to reach your potential."

Our values - Care, Accountability, Respect and Excellence - are at the heart of all we do. We believe in providing the right care in the right place at the right time...all the time.

To keep up to date on our latest recruitment activity follow us on twitter @wvtrecruitment Facebook@wyevalleyNHS

Are you looking for a great opportunity to earn whilst you learn amongst a forward thinking team that will allow you to pursue an exciting career? This could be the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for two apprentices to join our busy Pharmacy Department on a 15 month fixed term training contract. The post holder will spend the time divided between our Dispensary and Provision and Procurement service working under the guidance of the Lead Pharmacy Technician for each of these services.

Both roles are challenging and rewarding and you will need the following skills:
  • a professional approach and be proactive in your own job role
  • you should be able to work within a team
  • you must have good attention to detail, working accurately and to a high standard
  • know limitations of your job role and when to refer to an experienced or senior member of staff

The time based in Dispensary will include:
  • Dispensing and labelling of medicines,
  • Working on reception and dealing with other NHS staff and patients face to face and on the phone,
  • Receiving and validating all types of prescriptions
  • Prescription tracking and monitoring work flow.

The time based in Provision and Procurement will include:
  • Receiving and verifying deliveries,
  • Be responsible for stock management by ordering, checking and replenishing stock levels, also ensuring expiry dates are suitable.
  • Checking medicine stock levels and ordering accurate supplies,
  • Issuing stock to wards and departments,
  • Completion of all electronic and paper records.

You will need to meet the safe moving and handling requirements of the post with any aids or adaptions that may be required.Both of these roles will require repetitive lifting and maintaining periods of physical activity.

You will need the following qualifications:

Four GCSE'S at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications):
  • Maths,
  • English,
  • a Science subject
  • & one other subject.

Please state clearly on your application each individual GCSE subject and the grade or equivalent. Candidates that do not will not be short-listed.

Details of the Apprenticeship:

The apprenticeship will include:
  • Working towards and obtaining Level 2 Pharmacy Service assistance apprenticeship provider to be confirmed.
  • On the job training
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking skills

Hours of work

This is a full time post working 37.5 hours a week (Monday to Friday - between 08:30 - 18:00) with allowance for study time.

All staff are required to wear the Pharmacy uniform. (Tunic provided, own black trousers/skirt required)

We have been recruiting to the Apprentice programme since January 2016; nearly all of the candidates who have been recruited have successfully gained further employment with us. As a department we actively support the development and training of all our staff, to achieve and succeed.

(Please note that Graduates are NOT eligible for funding for these posts.)

For further details please contact Amy Like, Lead Pharmacy Technician for education and training or Dan Fearn, Lead Pharmacy Technician for Dispensary Services or Martin Johnson, Lead Pharmacy Technician for Medicines Procurement, Provision and Homecare .

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Adverts that display a closing date should be treated as a guide. We reserve the right to close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.

Please ensure when completing your application form that your references cover the last 3 years and that they are provided by appropriate referees for example not work colleagues but from someone in a position of authority where you have previously worked.

Wye Valley NHS Trust operates a strict No-Smoking policy on-site.

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