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Lead Pharmacy Technician Medicines Packing Unit

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Lead Pharmacy Technician Medicines Packing Unit
Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Trust Wide, Deptford
Trust Wide, Logistics Support Unit Deptford
£38,768 - £46,124 per annum pro rata inclusive of HCAS
Salary period
28/09/2021 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 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

An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a Lead Pharmacy Technician (working evenings and weekend shifts) to join the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.  Due to creation of a new department and expansion of the team we are looking for an experienced pharmacy technician to help manage and deliver the medicines packing and distribution function full time to cover the evening and weekend shifts. We are moving to a newly constructed, bespoke medicines packing unit in Hither Green/Lewisham in September/October 2021. This is a fantastic opportunity for those who wish to experience a different sector in the NHS. 

Main duties of the job

  • To work shifts Thursday to Monday evenings and other shifts as required.
  • To line manage and supervise the Assistant Technical Officers and pharmacy technicians.
  • To support the production, training and implementation of SOPs.
  • To lead on the day to day management of the Medicines Packing Unit.
  • 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 undertake and manage the annual Trust-wide CDAO audit
  • To work closely with the Chief Pharmacy Technician, other Lead Pharmacy Technicians and MPU staff.
  • Travel is required to other LAS Trust sites as necessary for meetings.
  • To train and assess medicines support staff.

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.  The medicines packing function currently is operational for the hours 6am to 10pm, 7 days a week (including bank holidays). 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 manage 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, as defined by the Chief pharmacist.
 To develop and deliver medicine management training, if required and agreed for a range of individuals including clinicians and non-clinicians.
 Support the Chief Pharmacist in delivering the corporate governance and assurance requirements and any internal/external assurance processes.
 To ensure the clinical governance agenda affecting all aspects of medicines governance for procurement, formulary and business services as defined by the Chief Pharmacist is implemented. 

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.

Priority will be given to staff at risk candidates.

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

Person specification

Qualifications, Accreditations, Education

Essential criteria
  • Registered with the GPhC as a Pharmacy Technician
  • NVQ3, BTEC in pharmaceutical science or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Qualification in education & training
  • Qualification in project management


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

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 IT skills including data entry
  • Good Analytical and communication skills
  • Good prioritisation/organisation skills
  • Ability to influence others
  • Highly developed accuracy 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.
  • A commitment to and evidence of Continuous Professional Development and revalidation
  • Ability to concentrate with occasionally unpredictable workload. For example, able to concentrate for calculating quantities for supply with interruptions to provide advice to other staff
  • Sitting or standing in restricted position for several short periods
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

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

Sumithra Maheswaran
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Chief Pharmacist
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