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Trainee Pharmacy Technician

Cumbria, Northumberlan
Competitive salary
Closing date
27 Oct 2021
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Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:
  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives including a dedicated website, Thrive - which promotes our supportive and inclusive approach to staff health and wellbeing, career development and benefits.

We have achieved the Better Health at Work award and Investors in People accreditation and we are proud to be recognaized as a mindful employer.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician to join our team at St Nicholas Hospital.

A pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician apprentice is employed on a fixed term Apprenticeship Agreement with the Trust for 24 months. This fixed term apprenticeship contract is designed to give you a set of competencies, work experience and a qualification that could lead to employment within the pharmaceutical sector. A high number of pre-registration pharmacy technician apprenticeship candidates have secured employment with us post qualification/24 months.

Main duties and responsibilities

Working under the direction of registered Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians within multidisciplinary teams. Pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician apprentices will assist in the provision and preparation of medicines to meet the needs of all patients.

Through your working practices you will be required to apply respect and confidentiality, work well in a team, be courteous and professional, maintain a safe working environment and contribute to patient safety by working accurately when preparing and dispensing medicines.

Skills required

You will need to be hard working and an excellent team worker. Good communication is essential and you must be able to recognise and work within your own limitations.

This role is suited to those who are keenly interested in science and the treatment and physiology of common diseases and conditions.

You must be honest, punctual, reliable and have a professional attitude to work.

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 /C or above (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Dual Science, OR comprehensive pharmacy experience including NVQ Level 2 in Pharmacy Service Skills or equivalent.

Training provided

You will complete a 24 month training program and as part of your apprenticeship you will study a recognised pharmacy technician qualification with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHC) and will complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learning and skills in practice in accordance with the apprenticeship framework.

Successful candidates selected at interview process will be expected to undertake an assessment which be explained in the invitation to interview.

To find out more about working in our team, visit our page on the NHS Find Your Place website.

Our region offers affordable house prices and fantastic quality of life opportunities. It includes some of Britain's most beautiful scenery and coastline, national parks and ancient heritage sites. Transport links with other UK regions are excellent. To find out more about our beautiful region, please visit North East England or

For more information or to arrange a visit please contact: Rachael Hunter, Specialist Pharmacy Technician for Education and Training onmobile number07974 589 515, or 0191 245 6606

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All of our clinical posts (and certain others), are subject to DBS clearance prior to commencement.

Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK are welcome, but such candidates will not be appointed to the post if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates as the employing body will in those circumstances be unable to satisfy the Resident Market Labour Test, as required by the Border immigration Authority. Please check with the appointing manager for the post that sponsorship can be offered prior to applying.

In view of recent changes to Home Office Immigration Regulations all applicants must state their current immigration status, including expiry dates.

Please note if you are external to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust you will be subject to a six month probationary period (this does not apply to those not under Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service).

You will also be encouraged to complete your Mandatory training via E-learning before you commence into post.

After applying on NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our Third party recruitment system - Trac Jobs. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, all communication will come via By applying for this post you are agreeing that the employing Trust (CNTW) can transfer the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system, in this case Trac Jobs.

If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas .

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