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Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Powys Teaching Health
Competitive salary
Closing date
2 Dec 2021

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Powys is cited as being a wonderful place to live and work. It is a rural health setting where you can personally and professionally grow and patients are truly at the heart of care provision. If you are an ambitious professional in search of job satisfaction that others can only dream about, prepare for a very pleasant surprise as Powys is the place to be. We are looking for staff who have energy, enthusiasm, commitment and drive and who are patient-centred. Whatever your career aspirations, we are committed to supporting and developing you.

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the population of Powys. As a rural health board we have around 133,000 people living across an area that is a quarter of the land mass of Wales. Powys is the largest county in Wales with Snowdonia to the North and the Brecon Beacons to the South, the spectacular scenery is something to behold. Working in partnership, we commission and provide award-winning hospital, community, mental health and learning disability services, so our portfolio is varied and diverse. We are proud to offer patients an unrivalled level of care, not to mention a wide range of careers for professionals who want to make a real difference. If working for Powys Teaching Health Board is something that is of interest, we may have an opportunity just for you!

Did you know - Powys Teaching Health Board accepts applications to retire and return from within the NHS in Wales. If you would like to know more, please contact the Powys Teaching Health Board Resourcing team on 01874 712580 or e-mail

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

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

Band 4 Trainee Pharmacy Technician

This post is a fixed term training contract of 24 months. 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 Powys Teaching Health Board

The role of the Pharmacy technician is varied and interesting and continuously growing which is why we are offering this opportunity to explore some of these innovative roles in a multi sector, rotational training programme. You will gain experience in a Hospital and Community Pharmacy setting. In hospital, dispensing for in-patients and discharges and ward based work . Also dispensing and dealing with customers, purchasing and distribution in a Community Pharmacy setting.

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.

Successful completion of the programme enables you to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council for registration as a pharmacy technician and to apply for jobs as a pharmacy technician.

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To find out more about working for Powys Teaching Health Board please visit our Web site 'working for us' page, where you will find staff testimonials, benefits, information about the health board and our values framework.

Where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. You are therefore advised to submit your completed application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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These processes are in line with Fair and Lawful processing in line with current Data Protection Legislation especially those in relation to your personal or sensitive personal data (sensitive personal data is defined as any declared physical or mental health conditions, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, trade union membership, political opinion, religious beliefs). As an organisation, we ensure that the legislation defining confidentiality is observed such as use of data for specific, defined purposes, and use of data that is relevant and not excessive whilst practicing data accuracy and security of all held personal identifiable information (PII).

If you are successfully appointed, by completing the application form you authorise the Health Board to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Please note that the inbox is not monitored. If you have any queries please contact the Recruitment Helpdesk on 02920 905353.

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.

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