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Senior Assistant Technical Officer

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Senior Assistant Technical Officer
Band 3
18 months (Fixed term/Secondment)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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MED Pharmacy Team
£24,938 - £26,385 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
30/06/2022 23:59
Interview date

London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.


We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.


In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.


By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.

Job overview

A new exciting opportunity has arisen for Senior Assistant Technical Officers (SATO) to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  In 2021 we moved to a newly constructed medicines packing unit in Hither Green/Lewisham. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who have experience working as an assistant technical officer, have successfully completed NVQ level 2 (or equivalent relevant qualification) and wish to experience a different sector in the NHS. These are fulltime roles and post holders will work a rota pattern covering the operational hours of the service.

Main duties of the job

You will be assisting with training and undertake work within the medicines packing and distribution function of the LAS.  Daily activities include:  leading on the medicines store coordinator role, stock rotation, inventory management and systems champion, medicines packing, processing of drug usage forms.  On occasion there may be a requirement to visit ambulance stations for audit work and stock checks to ensure compliance with our clinical governance framework.  You will be a champion for medicines management and drive continuous improvement.  All training and development will be provided for the post. 

Working for our organisation

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the busiest ambulance Trust in the UK. We are seeking someone who will fit with the Trust values of being respectful, professional, innovative and collaborative.


The team works widely across the Trust at all levels up to Board and with a variety of other partners such as external NHS Trusts, commercial organisations, Heathrow Airport, Stadia, London's Air Ambulance and Healthcare UK and Department for International Trade.


You will, therefore, have the opportunity to join the team at an exciting time of growth and to gain experience of being involved in a varied portfolio.


Annual leave starts at 27 days rising to 33 days, plus bank holidays, in line with agenda for change (NHS terms and conditions).

Employees can access Blue Light (emergency services) discounts as well as NHS discount schemes.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Further details about this opportunity can be found on PDF file attached under the name of Job Discerption and Person Specification

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • GCSE grades A -C - English Language - Maths - Double Science or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 2 in pharmacy services or equivalent relevant qualification such as Buttercups Medicines Management training


Essential criteria
  • Experience in community, ambulance services or hospital pharmacy stock distribution and top-up services
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Previous experience of assisting staff induction and competency based training
  • Previous work with or within an NHS Trust

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Understand issues involved in stock control and medicines distribution
  • Interested in and have knowledge of the use of medicines
  • Understand the importance of quality issues
  • Able to accurately perform calculations
  • Able to work to policies and procedures
  • Ability to apply technical pharmacy knowledge and critically compare a range of options
  • Understanding of COSHH regulations, Health and Safety at Work Act
  • Good prioritisation/organisation skills
  • Ability to influence others
  • Good IT skills including data entry
  • Good Analytical skills
  • Good Communication skills (including verbal and written)

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sumithra Maheswaran
Job title
Chief Pharmacist
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