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Ward Medicines Management Technician - Bank

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Countess Of Chester Hospital
£27,055 - £32,934 pa pro rata
Salary period
18/10/2022 23:59

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, staff pride themselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. To achieve this, the Trust has embarked on an exciting new strategy focused on continuous improvement.  

Our vision is to improve the lives of our community and provide excellence in healthcare, through partnership and innovation

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviors.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as Black, Asian, Minority ethnic and those with disabilities.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and exploring how new working practices that support flexible working can create a positive work-life balance. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Job overview

Working hours: Bank

  •  We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, hardworking registered Pharmacy Technician with an Accuracy Checking Qualification that is approved by the North West Framework to complement our busy team.
  • You must be versatile, motivated and enthusiastic to work in our dispensary and alongside the pharmacy team and ward staff supporting the Medicines Management service to our wards; ensuring patients receive the highest standards of care in the management of their medication
  • Duties will include assessing patients own drugs (POD’s), identifying and ordering of medications using electronic systems, recording drug histories, patient counselling and preparation of medication for discharge. A willingness to participate in medicines administration after completion of regular training in ward duties is preferred.
  • You will be able to demonstrate confidence, a reliable work history and possess mature interpersonal skills.
  • It is essential that you can work accurately and quickly under pressure and be able to prioritise your workload.
  • You must have excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to use your own initiative and have a professional, enthusiastic attitude to provide a quality service to our patients.

Main duties of the job

What this Opportunity means:

  • Developmental opportunities (skills development, ward services, medicines administration, training)
  • You will be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Band 5 applicants should have an Accuracy Checking Qualification that is approved by the North West Framework and previous hospital experience.
  • Applications are welcome from technicians without an accuracy checking qualifications that possess hospital experience. If successful you will train in areas such as controlled drugs, extemporaneous dispensing, ward supplies and patients medicines top-up services and services for external departments and customers, prior to undertaking the BTEC accuracy checking course.
  • The successful post holder will liaise with various trust staff, it is therefore essential that you are a polite confident individual.

Full or part time hours considered

Working for our organisation

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large District General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital.

The Trust provides services in all of the surgical and medical specialties common to a District General Hospital with some specialist services. The Trust serves the whole of the local population currently in excess of 250,000 residents which geographically covers populations in England and North Wales.

The Trust strives to continuously improve and sustain the quality of its services for patients, providing care to more than 445,000 patients per year, with almost 4,000 staff working together putting quality and patient safety, at the heart of everything we do. The organisation provides a wide range of services offering health care to the whole spectrum of the population from birth to the end of life. The Trust complies with its terms of authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

See Job Description for further details.

Recruitment selection processes are based on competence (see Person specification) and values.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trusts Values and Behaviours which are the 6 Cs Communication, Competence, Courage, Care, Compassion and Commitment.

Please note applicants will be required to pay for their DBS check. Costs are deducted from salary following appointment. The cost of the DBS application is £23 (standard) or £43 (enhanced), this cost will be deducted from your salary over the first three months of employment.

You are encouraged to enrol for the DBS Update Service. A small annual fee of £13 per year applies.

New entrants to the NHS will commence on the minimum of the scale stated above.

Applicants are advised to apply early as if a large number of applications are received for this post we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the advertised date.

Good luck with your application.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ Level 3 in Pharmacy Service / BTEC certificate in Pharmaceutical Science or equivalent
  • Registered Pharmacy Technician with the GPhC
  • BTEC Professional Development Certificate in Dispensing Technician Checking
Desirable criteria
  • Significant recent post qualification hospital pharmacy experience in a relevant area e.g. homecare or procurement

Knowledge and Experience

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of pharmacy purchasing and/or Homecare medicines services
  • IT experience in pharmacy purchasing systems, PC and office software
  • CPD portfolio in line with GPhC requirements

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Louise Whitley
Job title
Lead Ward Technician
Email address
Telephone number
01244 365249