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Pharmacy Technicians



What are you recruiting for?

We are recruiting for an Apprentice Pharmacy Technician to work within Pharmacy Prescribing and Support - a Board wide service.

Where will I be working?

One post will be based with the Pharmacy Service at the Royal Hospital for Children with a requirement for some rotations across other NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Sites.

What does the Pharmacy Prescribing and Support Team do?

In line with national guidance and local priorities, the aims of the PPSU are to provide leadership to:

  •  Ensure that patients derive maximum benefit and minimum harm from their medicines
  • Provide a single system approach to pharmacy and prescribing policy issues, including integration of systems within pharmacy and prescribing support functions
  • Support clinicians in their provision of high quality, effective and efficient patient centred pharmaceutical care for patients at whatever their point of need in their healthcare journey
  • Provide prescribers and managers with high quality, timeous information, analysis and advice to assist them to deliver effective prescribing management
  •  Ensure that medicines are procured, securely stored, dispensed, prescribed and administered safely and cost effectively

What qualifications do I need?

At the point of submitting your application you must already hold a National 5 at Grade A to C in Chemistry and three National 4 Qualifications in Maths, English and a Science subject (in addition to chemistry) or equivalent SCQF Level.

As well as meeting the academic criteria you must also demonstrate in your application that you possess good written and verbal communication skills, the ability to develop computer skills specifically word processing, database operation, presentations and are accurate and pay attention to detail

You will need strong inter-personal and organisational skills, the ability to develop Good negotiating and demonstrate self motivation and self reliance
You should be keen to help out and be flexible in your approach to insure the best outcome is achieved for our patients. You must be able to handle situations where there are time pressures and quick responses required.

You will find further guidance on how to complete this section of the application form and suggested examples of cross transferable skills from education/extra curricular activities in the in the Candidate  Information pack.

Is there an age limit?

These apprenticeship are only open to applicants aged 16-24 years (or 29 years for candidates with a disability)  in line with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Youth Employment Plan and in support of our workforce demographics and projections.  

What departments will I be working in?

You will work exclusively for the Pharmacy Prescribing and Support Team. 

Who will I be working with?

You will work directly with established teams of Higher Level Technician and locality Pharmacists

What will I do?

As a key member of the Prescribing Team you will have an important role in promoting and implementing cost effective and evidence based prescribing within the Central Prescribing Team, specific GP practices and Care Homes across NHS GGC. 

A comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities is given in the full job description.

What qualifications and training will I receive?

This apprenticeship is completed over two years. During this time you will work towards the Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship Framework covering the following areas:

• NC in Pharmacy Services
• SVQ 3 in Pharmacy Services

You will find more detail on the training and education components of this apprenticeship in the Candidate Information Pack

How long will the Apprenticeship last?

This apprenticeship will last for two Years.

When will this Apprenticeship start?

We anticipate that successful candidates will commence employment (subject to the length of time it takes to complete individual pre employment checks) by July 2017.

Successful candidates will begin their College studies in August 2017.

What happens a the end of the Apprenticeship?

All candidates who successfully complete all elements of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Modern Apprenticeship Programme are guaranteed permanent employment.

How much will I be paid and how many hours a week will I work?

This Modern Apprenticeship will pay you a minimum of £16, 086 or £8.25 per hour.

You will work a 37.5 hour week.

As an employee of Greater Glasgow and Clyde you will also be entitled to all the benefits that our staff receive including a minimum of 27 days paid annual leave, an additional 8 days paid public holidays and enrolment in the NHS Scotland Pension Scheme.




Last Updated: 12 March 2018