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Senior Pharmacy Technician

Band 5

Main area
Community Pharmacy Technician
Band 5
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Whittington Health NHS Trust
Employer type
Haringey & Islington
Haringey & Islington
£24,907 - £30,615 per annum excl HCAs
Salary period
07/03/2021 23:59

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Job overview

Senior Pharmacy Technician – Band 5

 Help us to help local people live longer, healthier lives.

Our District Nursing Service is forward thinking, hardworking and dynamic which we pride ourselves on. We are committed to making a difference for our patients and providing good quality care. We deliver services across the diverse and exciting boroughs of Islington and Haringey – providing fantastic opportunities to develop your skills.

We are an integrated care organisation and our community and hospital services are one.

Working with a District Nursing team in a rewarding role, you can work one-to-one with patients on an ongoing basis, enabling you to develop a trusting relationship while you improve their quality of life.

The service has pioneered the role of Pharmacy Technician and has achieved improved patient outcomes, increased productivity and significantly contributed to integrated working across our organisation. 


Main duties of the job

You will need to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and have successfully completed an NVQ in Pharmaceutical Services.

An excellent communicator and team player, you will support the team with advice on medication as per guidelines, educating and ensuring the safe administration of medication within the team.

You will also have a fundamental role in giving advice support and leadership to the Band 4 pharmacy technicians within the service.

What will we do for you?

Well, we will care for you so that you can care for your patients by providing the following support and guidance:

  • A comprehensive induction programme.
  • On-going learning and development opportunities including leadership courses and clinical skills.
  • Individually tailored career development pathways.
  • Internal Transfer opportunities.
  • Access to a fleet of electric cars
  • All nurses are issued with an iPad and mobile phone
  • Working with supportive, friendly and forward thinking teams.

Working for our organisation

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff.  We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief.  The Trust believes that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • The post holder will participate in the provision of administration of medication as well as the provision of medicines management and pharmaceutical services within the District Nursing Service in Haringey or Islington.
  • The successful candidate must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and will have successfully completed an NVQ in Pharmaceutical Services.
  • The role will involve administering medication, performing medication reviews, medicine reconciliation and health promotion activities.
  • Medication administration activities will include the administration of oral medication and subcutaneous and intramuscular injections such as insulin, low molecular weight heparin, and hydroxocobalamin.
  • The successful candidate will further develop this role to include the administration of intravenous medication via a peripherally inserted central catheter, and competency assessing health care assistants undertaking medication administration.
  • The successful candidate will be involved in education and training of pharmacy technicians, registered nurses and health care assistants, CPD facilitation, and clinical audit and practice development.
  • The successful candidate will be required to work unsocial hours as required by the service (including weekend and evening working).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Services. (Or equivalent qualification, such as SNVQ)
  • Registered with the GPhC (General Pharmaceutical Council)
  • Degree level qualification or willingness and ability to work towards

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Basic office and computer skills
  • Excellent Numeracy Skills
  • Able to communicate effectively with all grades of staff throughout the Trust (Verbal and written).
  • Ability to follow written Procedures
  • Ability to demonstrate compassion in practice
  • Ability to use own initiative and as directed work unsupervised
  • Able to organise and prioritise workload, and to meet predetermined deadlines
  • Demonstrates excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability and willingness to participate in training of pharmacy technicians, registered nurses and health care assistants
  • Willingness to be trained and competency assessed to undertake clinical activities including: - Administer S/C injections - Administer IM injections - Administer oral medication - Administer medication via gastrostomy feeding tubes - Administer IV drugs via PICC lines - competency assess health care assistants - Undertake patient observations (e.g. BP, pulse etc.)
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to develop SOPs and medicines management tools

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Hospital/community experience as a qualified pharmacy technician
  • Understands the concept of equal opportunities and confidentiality
  • Underpinning knowledge to standard required for NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy services
  • Awareness of medication management issues affecting older people living at home
  • Demonstrates awareness of Lone working policy
Desirable criteria
  • Experience working in the district nursing service as a pharmacy technician

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
  • Can work using own initiative and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Commitment to continuing personal development
  • Willingness to become a continuing personal development facilitator
  • Willingness to develop skills and take on new roles within own limitations
  • Demonstrates initiative, motivation & enthusiasm for the post
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Miranda Reynolds
Job title
Business Manager
Email address
Telephone number
0203 074 2260
Additional information

If you would like to discuss the post further please contact our District Nursing recruitment line on 0203 0742260 or email whh-tr.dnrecruitment@nhs.net  

If you have problems applying, contact

Whittington Health NHS Trust
Magdala Avenue
N19 5NF
020 7288 3306