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Rotational Pharmacy Technician

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Rotational Pharmacy Technician
Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Lewisham, Waterloo, Croydon, Barking, Trust Wide
London & Deptford
£32,466 - £39,521 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

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 9,000 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

An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for Pharmacy Technicians to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust as rotational pharmacy technicians working across placements in IUC/111, 999 and the medicines packing unit. We are an inclusive and well respected team.  We will support you to develop and grow your pharmacy skills both practically and strategically. We are looking for GPhC registered pharmacy technicians who are dynamic and willing to learn in a new and developing environment


Main duties of the job

The main duties of the role include:

    • To line manage and supervise the Assistant Technical Officers
    • To support the production, training and implementation of SOPs.
    • To undertake specialist rotational placements in the Medicines Packing Unit, Medicines Governance and Integrated Urgent Care/111 (IUC/111).
    • To maintain a high standard of clinical work and pharmaceutically check and release packed drugs packs.
    • To order, receipt, dispense and check controlled drugs.
    • To work closely with the IUC lead pharmacist, Trust Medication Safety Officer, chief pharmacy technician and production manager.
    • Travel is required to other LAS Trust sites as necessary for meetings.
    • To train and assess medicines support staff
    • To work a rota which includes early/night and weekend shifts

Working for our organisation

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

The Medicines Management Team is new and growing rapidly. Our Team is tight knit and work well together.  Being new, has enabled a lot of innovation to occur and service improvement continues to blossom.  This vacancy would suit a ACT accredited pharmacy technician with a strong NHS background who is looking for a Team that can provide a high level of mentoring and support on an on-going basis.  Limited free parking is available at our current and new medicines packing units as well as good transport links

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Effectively supervise the Medicines Distribution & Logistics Medicines Store and ensuring that demand of medicines is met across the Trust and that medicines are kept in a secure manner.
  •  To use specialist knowledge, to further develop the role and understanding of medicines management within LAS.
  • To support the development and delivery medicine management training, if required and agreed for a range of individuals including clinicians and non-clinicians.
  • Support the delivery of the corporate governance and assurance requirements and any internal/external assurance processes.
  • To supervise and undertake risk management and clinical governance activities within own area of responsibility and contribute towards the delivery of the appropriate quality standards and targets outlined in the Trust’s Risk Management Strategy.

Applicants are advised to read all the information enclosed in the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Priority will be given to London Ambulance Service employees who are at risk of redundancy.

We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.

If you are considering applying for a vacancy with London Ambulance Services NHS Trust, please be aware it is a legal requirement to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, by the 1st April 2022 for all patient facing roles.  If successful, you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination or Medical exemption.

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations and Education

Essential criteria
  • Registered with the GPhC as a Pharmacy Technician
  • NVQ3, BTEC in pharmaceutical science or equivalent
  • Successful completion of short courses relevant to practice.
  • Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician qualification.


Essential criteria
  • Experience developing and writing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Experience supporting staff with training
  • Experience managing staff
  • Experience of undertaking research activities and dispensing clinical trial medicines
  • Experience of stock management
  • Experience of report writing
  • Previous work with or within an NHS Trust
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience of delivering induction and competency based training
  • Experience in financial management

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Robust knowledge of the GPhC Standards of conduct, ethics and performance
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of national guidelines and can relate to performance related issues in practice.
  • Knowledge of medicines management governance requirements within NHS Ambulance Services.
  • Ability to apply technical pharmacy knowledge and critically compare a range of options
  • Understanding of COSHH regulations and Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Good prioritisation/organisation skills
  • Highly developed accuracy skills
  • Good IT skills including data entry
  • Good Analytical skills
  • Good Communication skills
  • Good Presentation skills
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of wholesale dealer activities

Personal Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Able to work autonomously and take responsibility for decisions.
  • Able to travel to different sites across LAS
  • Able to undertake further training/development as necessary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Sarfaraj Patel
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Production Manager
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