Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician

University Hospitals S
Royal Sussex County Hospital & Princess Royal Hospital, Brighton and Haywards Heath
Competitive salary
Closing date
5 Dec 2021

Job Details

About our Trust

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is a newly formed organisation following a merger between Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust (BSUH) on 1st April 2021. WSHFT and BSUH have been working in partnership with a shared leadership team for four years leading up to the recent merger. Our vision (Excellent care, every time - "Where better never stops") is at the heart of all that that we do - we pride ourselves in putting the compassionate care of patients first and foremost. WSHFT became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust to be awarded Outstanding in all of the CQC's key inspection areas and BSUH became the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and was rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the CQC. Moving forward together, the ambition is to continue improving and providing excellent care, every time, for patients.

The merger was a technical but important process for both WSHFT and BSUH which will ensure that the right leadership, structures, and governance are in place. Our journey has started but we have much still to learn as we work towards full merger, enabled by our Patient First ethos which shapes our values and gives structure to our improvement and performance management. Our shared sense of purpose, commitment to investing in and developing our workforce and focus on continuous improvement in the pursuit of excellent care, every time, for our patients underpins all that we do. The largest part of this journey is investing in staff and creating a vibrant and supportive organisation where successful careers flourish.


Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT) Apprenticeship

Are you self-motivated and enthusiastic?

Do you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills?

Do you thrive on helping people and want to support the wider healthcare team to provide excellent pharmacy services to patients in a variety of environments?

If you answered YES to these questions, then we have a job opportunity with your name on it!

An exciting opportunity for 3 Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPT's) is now open for applications. This apprenticeship will provide you with all the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Pharmacy Technicians from February 2022 which covers the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) Initial Educational and Training Standards1 over two years.

The posts are a 2-year fixed term contract for the duration of the training and are rotational across all Trust Pharmacy departments with a base hospital allocated; either Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton or Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. You will have the opportunity to rotate through dispensaries, the aseptic department, medicines information, medicine optimisation on the wards and an external rotation to our outpatient community pharmacy.

Supervised duties will include:
  • Labelling, dispensing and accuracy checking a variety of prescriptions
  • Learning how different medicines work and what they are used to treat
  • Providing excellent customer care and maintaining confidentiality while dealing with patients, staff and the public
  • Counselling patients on how to use their medicines safely
  • Working with patients on wards to ensure safe medicines use

For each rotation you will be assigned a practice supervisor and your development will be supported using our internal appraisal system with your designated educational supervisor.

You are required to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be able to work efficiently and accurately, pay attention to detail and be able to integrate into multiple teams.

You will need to be highly committed to achieve this qualification as it requires participation and completion of a vigorous training and competency program. You will need to demonstrate excellent work/study/life balance skills and be very self-motivated. Trainees who successfully complete the 2 year apprenticeship will be eligible to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practice as a Registered Pharmacy Technician and although every effort will be made to provide a substantive position at the end of the training period this cannot be guaranteed.

Your progress will be monitored by both the training provider via e-portfolio & assessment and by means of 3 monthly professional appraisals with the Educational Programme Director where you will be required to demonstrate your development against the GPhC Professional Standards for Trainee Pharmacy Technicians2.

Four days each week will be work based (as defined in your individual training plan) gaining the vocational experience and completing competencies required to complete the Level 3 diploma. One day per week will be within a virtual classroom to learn the knowledge required to underpin this diploma. Your training will involve working with an assessor to develop a work-based portfolio, undertaking work based assessments and completing all assignments/projects relating to the GPhC IET Standards1, presenting evidence via e-portfolios for assessment within specified periods and completion of an end point assessment (EPA).

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to service delivery on a flexible working basis which may include weekends and evenings. Working hours will be defined and agreed at the beginning of each rotation. You will remain under supervision for the duration of the training period but may earn a degree of autonomy determined by the supervisor and successful completion of assessment or competency standards to undertake specific tasks.

Applications which do not meet the minimum academic or apprenticeship funding requirements will not be shortlisted.

Due to the requirements of this demanding training experience, it is preferred that PTPTs will be employed on a full-time contract. However, part-time will be considered on a case by case basis, as long as the GPhC Initial Education and Training Standards can be met and there is no impact on educational attainment.

Fixed term is planned to run from February 2022 - February 2024

Salary Year 1 - £16,909 (NHS Agenda for change Band 4 Annex 21)

Salary Year 2 - £18,117 (subject to academic progress & performance)

Interviews will be completed virtually and applicants must be able to start at the beginning of February 2022. Proof of academic (GCSE) certificates will be required prior to interview.

Any questions please contact us.

Marie Clarke

Chief Pharmacy Technician

The Princess Royal Hospital


Telephone 01444 441881 Ext: 68144

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Diversity and inclusion at University Hospitals Sussex

At University Hospitals Sussex we nurture an inclusive culture that values diversity and empowers everyone to be their authentic self at work.

Our values of respect and inclusion are at our core and guide us in our day to day interactions with each other and our patients. We treat people as individuals - celebrating their differences and always taking the time to listen, and learn, from their experiences and perspectives.

We have active professional and social networking groups across our hospitals as well as wearing our accreditations and awards with pride. We are an accredited Disability Confident employer, welcome employees from the Armed Forces through the national 'Veteran Aware' scheme, and are proud to be both a Stonewall Diversity Champion employer and a NHS LGBTQI+ Rainbow Badges pilot Trust.

General information for applicants

Whilst we celebrate these achievements, we remain true to our 'where better never stops' ethos and to our commitment to champion inclusion and to remove barriers to equality so everyone can feel free to be their authentic self.

As part of our commitment to a safe working environment, we undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check on all new employees where the role is eligible for a criminal record check . We make offers in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1975.

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