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Pharmacy Technician Vacancy

Role: Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines in a community pharmacy and assist pharmacists with advisory services. In hospitals, they can undertake more specialised work such as manufacturing or preparing complex medicines, as well as enforcing medicines management.

Pharmacy technicians are part of the pharmacy team, preparing and dispensing medicines.


  Taking in and handing out prescriptions

  Dispensing prescriptions

  Using computer systems to generate stock lists and labels

  Ordering items

  Receiving, loading, unloading deliveries

  Delivering medicines to other parts of a hospital or health centre

  Selling over-the-counter medicines

  Answering customers questions face to face or by phone

  Pre-packing, assembling and labelling medicines

  Managing other staff members and the dispensary

  Preparing medicines

  Referring problems or queries to the pharmacist

  Training to become a pharmacy technician usually takes two years.

  Pharmacy technicians work as part of healthcare teams in hospitals or community pharmacies.

Entry requirements:

To practice as a pharmacy technician, you have to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). To register, you need to study for an accredited qualification such as:

  BTEC National Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science

  NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services

  National Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science

To apply for a course, you need to be working in a pharmacy. Employers offer jobs for trainee pharmacy technicians (or dispensing assistants).

Employers usually ask for at least 4 GCSEs (A-C), including English, maths and science or equivalent qualifications. It will help your application if you can show that you have an understanding of pharmacy and how it benefits patients.


Pharmacy Technicians need to be:

  Accurate and methodical


  Able to pay attention to detail

  Ready to refer to the pharmacist when necessary

  Able to understand law and guidelines on medicines

  Able to read and carry out instructions

  Interested in people’s health

  Willing to work with all types of people

  Able to explain clearly to members of the public

  Communication skills including listening

  Good customer skills

  Science skills

  Good manual (hand) skills

  IT skills

  Organisation skills


Training and development

Training to become a pharmacy technician usually takes two years. It combines practical work experience with study, either at college or by distance learning. Courses cover:

  Human physiology

  Disease management

  Actions and uses of medicine pharmacy manufacturing

  Pharmacy law

In order to practise in Great Britain, pharmacy technicians must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have satisfied the Council that it meets its detailed requirements. Registered pharmacy technicians have to keep their skills and knowledge up to date with annual continuing professional development (CPD).

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