Pharmacy Technician Visa Sponsorship Uk

June 22, 2024
£29.5 - £39.8 / year

Job Description


Our trust has around 10,000 employees who serve 1.6 million patients. It includes Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, and the Royal Free Hospital, as well as over 30 community services. This larger-scale organisation gives us an unprecedented chance to continue our pioneering work, particularly in identifying methods to provide even better care to our patients.

Our mission is to provide world-class care and expertise in our clinical services, supported by world-class teaching and research, and we will continue to track our progress against our five governing objectives: excellent outcomes, excellent patient and staff experience, excellent value for taxpayers’ money, safety and compliance with external duties, and building a strong organisation.

Everyone is welcome at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. We are proud of our diversity, and we continue to launch new projects to improve equality for LGBT+, BME, gender equality, staff carers, and persons with disabilities, as well as to encourage good relations and understanding among our employees.

Detailed job description and primary responsibilities

1.1 Assist the Pharmacy Technician Specialist MMT in providing efficient, accurate, and adaptable near-patient service to hospital wards.

1.2 Ensure all relevant workers read and adhere to medicines management policies, procedures, and standards, whether new or revised.

1.3 Responsible for developing and managing ward top-up services, including regular stock sheet updates.

1.4 Assists chemists in implementing and monitoring the self-administration plan for patients in specific clinical areas.

1.5 Assists chemists in delivering complete patient counselling services to in-patients, especially with discharge medication.

1.6 Communicate with chemists daily to discuss actions and provide comments on clinical difficulties.

1.7 Responsibilities include managing medicines in assigned wards, including checking and assessing patients’ own drugs, taking drug histories for new patients, providing counselling services, ordering in-patient and one-stop medicines, and annotating drug charts according to SOP. These activities will be overseen, and performance will be assessed until the candidate has completed in-house training and competence.

1.8 Liaise with ward personnel and verify Cerner on the Trust computer system to oversee medicine transfers or returns after patient transfers or discharges.

1.9 Assist with data collection and analysis, including clinical audits, as requested.

1.10 Provide support for ward-based projects, including staff training.

1.11 Support satellite dispensing on wards for efficient patient discharges and near-patient dispensing.


2.1 Coordinate daily operations of the dispensary and personnel, focusing on workflow, patient wait times, and workload priorities.

2.2 Support and instruct dispensary staff to follow standard operating procedures and maintain standards.

2.3 Supervise and perform dispensary duties, including reception, answering questions, and collecting prescription costs (BH site only).

2.4 Supervise delivery bag preparation based on the porter’s schedule.

2.5 Assist in dispensing various drugs, including named patient/unlicensed, cytotoxic, and HIV medicines, while adhering to labelling regulations.

2.6 Dispense prescriptions for in-patients and out-patients at the BH location, and provide patient counselling on medication use.

2.7 Fill Medicine Compliance Aids with patient discharge drugs as needed.

2.8 Request prescriptions from additional healthcare professionals as needed, under pharmacist supervision.

2.9 Dispense, order, receive, stock, return, and destroy controlled medications following established procedures. To accurately complete all connected records and swiftly examine any discrepancies.

2.10 Conduct final dispensing accuracy checks on prescriptions previously vetted by a chemist (after achieving ACPT certification).

2.11 Ensure an effective mechanism for storing and retrieving uncollected prescriptions.

2.12 Assist in maintaining established standard operating procedures for pharmaceutical dispensing.

2.13 – Assist in completing the end-oftheday task checklist.

2.14 Deputise for the Pharmacy Technician Team Manager (Chief Pharmacy Technician) for Dispensary and/or Distribution Services during their absence.


3.1 Coordinate daily activities in the distribution store, prioritising tasks, meeting deadlines, and keeping the workload tracker up to date.

3.2 Responsible for stock control duties such as stock counts, investigations, processing, and monthly expiry checks.

3.3 Supervise and assist with stock assembly for wards and departments.

3.4 Supervise and assist with stock topping-up services for wards and departments.

3.5 Assist the Pharmacy Technician Team Manager (Chief Pharmacy Technician) in the development of the distribution service.

3.6 Assist in monitoring, reviewing, and documenting problems in distribution.

3.7 Ensure stock goods are thoroughly checked before delivery to wards/departments for non-certified staff.

3.8 Assist the Technician Team Manager in ensuring distribution staff complete the certificate of competency and adhere to protocols.

3.9 Perform additional distribution/store tasks as directed by the Technician Team manager.

3.10 Assist with ordering, receiving, issuing, and safely storing medicines in the Dispensary and Distribution areas.

3.11 Assist with quality control checks as directed.

3.12: Handle complaints and queries in accordance with protocols, and notify the Technician Team Manager as needed.

3.13 To ensure the distribution store’s security.

4.Stock Control Responsibilities

4.1 Assist with inventory management and pharmaceutical procurement for The Royal Free London Foundation Trust.

4.2 Supervise outstanding prescription supply. To ensure that ward chemists are informed and that products are ordered, dispensed and delivered to wards/patients in accordance with established processes.

4.3 Supervise and engage in frequent expiry date inspections for dispensary and satellite stock, ensuring any expired goods is removed per protocols.

4.4 Supervise and assist in frequent stock level checks of dispensary stock, investigating inconsistencies utilising pharmacy computer system.

4.5 Supervise and ensure safe processing of pharmaceuticals returned to the pharmacy department in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures.


5.1 Attend all relevant meetings.

5.2 Supervise and participate in outpatient pharmacy responsibilities, including deputising for the Lead Pharmacy Technician as needed.

5.3 Liaise with the Technician Team management for any issues, problems, faults, or complaints that exceed limitations.

5.4 Proactively assist change implementation.

5.5 Participate in teaching pharmacy technicians, support personnel, students, and ward staff.

5.6 Assist with new employee orientation.

5.7 Maintain satisfactory personal performance and professional standards, and strive to meet agreed-upon targets in the line manager’s annual staff review.

5.8 – Participate in pharmacy technician development forums and promote workforce development.

5.9 Contribute to the pharmaceutical wellbeing forum, promoting healthy lives and work-life balance.

5.10 To promote green initiatives and lower the department’s carbon footprint.

5.11 Complete the HEE-approved Practice/Educational Supervisor course (or equivalent) to enhance staff development within the department.


6.1 Answer departmental phones promptly and courteously. To direct inquiries to the appropriate departments or individuals

6.2 To help track activity and preserve audit trails.

6.3 Ensure cleanliness and tidiness in working environments at all times.

6.4 Assist in maintaining departmental security at all times.

6.5 Follow safe working procedures to protect themselves, others, patients, and visitors.

6.6 Enforce departmental procedures and ensure junior personnel follow them consistently.

6.7 To uphold clinical governance norms within the Trust.

6.8 Ensure compliance with appropriate legislation, including the Health and Safety at Work Act, COSSH, Medicines Act, and GMP.

6.9 Communicate clearly and successfully with other pharmacy workers.

6.10 – Maintain a high level of customer service by treating all personnel, patients, and family with respect, politeness, and courtesy.

6.11 Participate in pharmacy late duty, weekend, and bank holiday service on a rotating basis.

6.12 Perform any additional duties assigned by the Pharmacy Technician Specialist (Lead Pharmacy Technician) or Pharmacy Technician Team Manager (Chief Pharmacy Technician).

Person Specification

Education and Professional Qualifications

Essential criteria

  • Has an NVQ Pharmacy Service Level 3 / recognised underpinning knowledge (BTEC Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice of Pharmacy Technicians) or equivalent.
  • Registered with the GPhC as a pharmacy technician.
  • Understanding of the GPhC Standards of Conduct, Ethics, and Performance

Desirable requirements.

  • Accreditation in Training Skills (ATS) qualification, Educational Supervisor, Practice Supervisor, or working towards
  • Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) certification or working towards
  • Accreditation in Medicines Management (AIMM) qualification / Medicines Optimisation Programme (MOP), or working towards
  • Leadership credentials (Edward Jenner, Mary Seacole, CPPE Leading for Change, etc.)


Essential criteria

  • demonstrated ability to meet the Trust Values.


Essential criteria

  • Portfolio demonstrating proficiency in previous and present pharmacy practice abilities, knowledge, and continuing professional development
  • Experience with stock management

Desirable requirements.

  • Previous experience providing induction and competency-based training
  • Demonstrated ability to accurately accomplish difficult routine and non-routine duties as specified in the job description
  • Previous experience designing Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Previous experience managing drugs at the ward level.
  • Medicines Management/Optimisation in the hospital setting
  • Post-qualification experience of hospital pharmacy

Skills and Aptitudes

Essential criteria

  • Effective leadership and organisational capabilities.
  • Time management for oneself and others
  • Capable of adapting to irregular labour patterns.
  • Capable of managing their own workload.
  • Able to handle conflicts.
  • Capable of working accurately under pressure while adhering to departmental SOPs and maintaining quality standards.
  • capable of working without supervision
  • Capable of properly prioritising tasks.
  • familiar with computer systems and basic keyboard abilities.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Getting vaccinated and receiving a booster remains the strongest defence against COVID-19.
We encourage and support employees to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose as soon as they are eligible.

AT*: Apprenticeship Training. Where AT* is put next to the job title, it denotes that this is an apprenticeship position.

By applying for this position, you agree that if you are successful, your personal information may be moved from the Trust to another NHS organisation if your employment moves within the NHS.This is consistent with the streamlining strategy, which aims to save you time and improve efficiencies within the NHS when your job transitions.As a result, we need that you finish your stat and Man e-learning programmes before joining our business.

EU/EEA citizens without EU Settlement or Pre-Settled status require a visa to work in the UK.

applicants from job seekers requiring sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be reviewed alongside all other applicants. Before completing your application, please ensure that you are eligible under the UKVI points-based system.

If you are given a post with an NLPSS partner trust, your identification and permission to work papers will be checked remotely by TrustID, a recognised identity verification service provider. You will be prompted to take a photo of the appropriate documents as well as a “selfie” with your smartphone/tablet (if accessible) for facial recognition. TrustID will also undertake a digital address check using Trunarrative and Equifax, which is a soft check that has no impact on your credit score. For further information, go to

The Trust collects personal information through computerised new starter forms on Trac. The information collected is securely stored and utilised to create the employee record on the ESR HR system.

If the role involves regulated activities, the Trust will obtain a DBS check (CRB). The Trust complies with the Disclosure and Barring Service Code of Practice and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

By applying for this role, you consent to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust transmitting your information to their preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, your information will be sent to the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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People who want to work flexible hours or split a job are encouraged to apply. We are devoted to equal opportunity.

Please take note:

Due to the large amount of applications received for specific positions, we may close this vacancy before the indicated closing date. Please apply for this position as soon as possible, if you are interested and meet the requirements of the Person Specification.

Only candidates who can clearly demonstrate how they meet the person criterion will be considered for this position.

Interview arrangements will be sent via email, so please check your inbox periodically after the closing date.

Please be warned that due to extraordinarily high demand, all Royal Free lodging is at full capacity, and waiting lists are in place. The average waiting time is 12 months. Please do not rely on Trust accommodation when you start your role and look into alternate options for your arrival.