Pre -registration Pharmacy Technician Level 3 apprenticeship

Oxford University Hosp
Cross-site, Oxford
Competitive salary
Closing date
4 Dec 2021

Job Details

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.

Many of our recruitment programmes use V alue Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

Are you looking for a role where you can earn while you learn? We are seeking 10 Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician Apprentices to join our friendly pharmacy team.

Pharmacy technicians are registered professionals working within the regulatory standards for pharmacy as set by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Our Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician Apprentices undertake a 2-year distance learning training programme with Bradford College with lots of support from our dedicated and experienced training team. You will attend a virtual training day once a week to study for the coursework for your BTech Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians. We also provide daily study time to ensure we help you to achieve your full potential, but we also expect you to be committed to studying outside of work time.

This is a practical course alongside a Level 3 academic qualification with a rotational programme based mainly at the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals in Oxford working 37.5hours per week Monday to Friday with a one in six weekend commitment, late duty commitment and working one Bank Holiday a year.

Once you have qualified and registered as a qualified pharmacy technician the career opportunities are varied, and career progression is actively encouraged. One of our pharmacy technicians has recently been promoted into a senior operational manager role within the trust and started as a trainee here. Many of our current pharmacy technicians trained here.

As an OUHFT employee you can access a range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata and including bank holidays), and you will be eligible for the generous NHS pension scheme.

The job description attached will give you a full picture of what you will do on a day-to-day basis, but the list below gives you a flavour of what to expect.

Main duties under supervision include:
  • Providing medications to inpatients, wards and outpatients
  • Communicating with OUH staff and patients at our reception or via the telephone
  • Using the pharmacy computer systems
  • Counselling patients on medications
  • Answering medicine queries in our medicines information department
  • Working alongside medicines management technicians on wards
  • Working in the cancer satellite pharmacy and clinical trials teams

Attached you will find the person specification document which provides more detail about the essential and desirable skills and experience needed for this role. We highly recommend that you review this document and use it when completing your application as these criteria will be used by the hiring managers as guidance during the shortlisting.

To be eligible to apply for the Pre-registration Trainee Apprentice, you will need 4 GCSE's at grade C/4 or above including Maths, English and 2 sciences (or a combined science award at C/4 or above plus another GCSE). Pharmacy experience is not essential but would be desirable but an NVQ2 in pharmacy is not an alternative to the academic requirements above. Proof of the above qualifications will be requested at interview.

We are looking for hardworking and enthusiastic people who are interested in a healthcare career which has varied rotations and gives you a grounding in all aspects of pharmacy technician roles in hospital. We expect you to commit to the 2-year training programme, including all practical and academic aspects, supported by your excellent organisational skills.

We strongly recommend getting in touch to find out more about this training role, including arranging a visit. We will be hosting specific visiting times on Saturday 20th & 27th November, these visits must be booked in advance. Interviews will be held on December 8th and will consist of both technical and values-based interviews.

If you require anymore information please email Jane Pyatt on

Closing date and time: 1 December 2021, 11:59 PM

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Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.

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