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Trainee Pharmacy Technician

Velindre Cancer Centre
Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff
Competitive salary
Closing date
3 Dec 2021

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Thank you for your interest in working for Velindre Cancer Centre (VCC), which is a committed equal opportunities employer. VCC welcomes applications from people who share our vision;

Velindre University NHS Trust will be recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a renowned organisation of excellence for patient and donor care, education and research.

our values;
  • BE Accountable
  • BE Bold
  • BE Caring
  • BE Dynamic

& who will complement our current experienced and specialist employees who are passionate about working in an organisation with the ambition to provide world class services & care to our patients.

VCC is an amazing place to work & develop your career. It is undertaking a 5 year transformation programme which will enable cancer services to meet the future needs of our patients across South East Wales. Not only will programme see VCC moving into a new purpose built cancer hospital, it will provide opportunities for patients to receive treatments closer to their homes. The infrastructure changes will offer our employees opportunities to work across a number of sites, in new and different ways, create development opportunities & increase flexible working practices.

VCC provides our employees with a favourable salary and reward / staff benefits & support package.

For more information on this vacancy please contact the recruiting manager, who will be pleased to discuss it with you.

Please check your email account regularly . Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

The Trust also reserves the right to close a vacancy early or withdraw an advertisement at any stage of the process, to enable internal staff requiring to be redeployed in suitable roles.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.


The training post provides the opportunity to gain the required experience and qualification(s) needed to register as a pharmacy technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Salary: Initially Annex 21 Band 4 - 70%, progressing to 75% after 12 months.

Pharmacy technicians develop a high level of expertise in relation to medicines and health and they work as part of healthcare teams in hospitals, manufacturing units, community pharmacies and GP practices. They focus on management and use of medicines to make sure all types of people get the best outcomes from their medicines. They lead teams delivering medicines service.

If you are accurate, methodical, caring and interested in health and wellbeing then this could be the opportunity for you.

We are looking for forward thinking, enthusiastic, organised and motivated individuals to join our dynamic and motivated Pharmacy team at Velindre Cancer Centre

We are a busy and friendly pharmacy department at Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff. Velindre Cancer Centre is a busy hospital which specialises in treating patients with solid tumour cancers across South East Wales. As a Cancer Centre, our focus is always the patient and how we can improve their care.

Over the coming years, Velindre Cancer Centre is leading the way in which cancer care will be delivered in SE Wales. The Transforming Cancer Services (TCS) project aims to deliver cancer services using a 'patient centred approach' to care. This project will also involve building a new hospital with modern facilities and a 'Centre of Excellence' which will give better opportunities for audit and research in an area of medicine that is constantly changing; pharmacy being a core component of the TCS project.

The role of the Pharmacy technician is varied and interesting and continuously developing new roles, which is why we are offering this opportunity to explore this innovative role in a rotational training programme. You will gain experience in a hospital setting dispensing for In-patients and Out-patients, Purchasing and Distribution, ward-based work and undertaking routine aseptic duties under supervision

The job description attached refers to the position that you would be working towards. Those that currently hold the Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy services, NVQ level 3 in Pharmacy services or equivalent qualification will not be considered.

To be shortlisted for an interview, candidates will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade A*- C (new grades 9 - 4) or equivalent including:

GCSE English at Grade C/Level 4 or above, Scottish National 5 or above, or equivalent English language evidence which can include Essential Skills Wales Communication Level.

GCSE Maths at Grade C/Level 4, Scottish National 5 or above, or equivalent evidence of numeracy which can include Essential Skills Wales Application of Number Level 2.

One GCSE Science at Grade C/Level 4 or above, or Scottish National 5 or equivalent.

Candidates who apply using 'equivalence' principles e.g. access to higher education courses, may need to complete Essential Skills Wales 'communication' and 'application of number'. Proof of qualifications will be required.

You will undertake a training programme approved by the GPhC for the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians. All candidates who do not already hold the qualification Essential Skills Wales 'digital literacy' at level 2 will need to complete this as part of the programme.

To complete the programme, candidates will need the ability and enthusiasm to undertake a modern apprenticeship training programme which will take two years to complete. This involves working full time (37.5 hours a week) in a pharmacy, building a portfolio of evidence, work-based assessment, on-line learning, study days and group work and following the GPhC Standards for Pharmacy Professionals. A commitment to studying outside working hours is essential as well as an ability to meet the deadlines set during your training programme.

During the two-year training you will be expected to gain experience reflecting the changing and growing roles of the Pharmacy Technician.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Susan Edwards

Senior Pharmacy Technician, Clinical Services

02920615888 x. 2206

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To work in the UK, all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship to obtain either a Health and Care visa or Skilled Worker visa, unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply should self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship by visiting Work in the UK. If you are eligible for the Health and Care visa, application costs are lower and you do not need to pay the annual Immigration Health Surcharge.

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