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Pharmacy Technician Medicines Management

Band 5

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Band 5
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday 9 - 5.30 with rostered weekends and bank holidays)
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Royal Derby Hospital
£25,655 - £31,534 pa
Salary period
Today at 23:59
Interview date

As a trusted organisation at the heart of our communities, we recognise the important role we can play in supporting the public, patients, our own people and local partners in achieving the best of health for the local population and the communities in which they live by providing Exceptional Care Together.

Our fundamental Values of Compassion, Openness and Excellence underpin how we intend to work as a Trust and the associated behaviours are becoming embedded in all aspects of how we work.

With over 13,000 members of staff you can expect huge variety and new opportunities every day! Our staff go above and beyond and take pride in caring for our patients.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

As a Trust we promote an inclusive environment and welcome applications from a diverse pool of talent and backgrounds.  All individuals are valued and given every opportunity to succeed based on merit.

The Trust actively encourages applications from members of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust is fully committed to promoting inclusion, equality, diversity and human rights in employment and delivery of its services.  The Trust is committed to providing an environment where all employees, patients, carers and visitors experience equality of opportunity by means of understanding and appreciating the value of diversity.

Join us and help make a real difference to our Trust.

Here’s more about the role and what we’re looking for; 

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered and experienced Pharmacy Technician to join our hardworking  Medicine Management Team at the Royal Derby Hospital.  Rotating though specialities including Oncology, Medicine, T&O, Surgery Rehab and admissions.

Hours of work will be Monday to Friday initially 9am to 5.30pm with rostered weekends, evenings and Bank Holidays.

Main duties of the job

Our well established, friendly team of Medicines Management Technicians (MMT’s) form an important and valued part of our clinical services and work closely with other professionals to provide a ward based Medicine Management and Optimisation Service, including medicine reconciliation, patient counseling and ensuring the quality, safety and timely supply of discharge prescriptions.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Complete medicine reconciliation and highlight any medications that have been stopped pre-operatively to the ward Pharmacist or Doctor
  • Liaise with the ward Pharmacist, Doctors and Nursing staff to ensure medications are prescribed accurately
  • Counselling for patients and their carers
  • Supervision and training of new and pre-registration staff

Working for our organisation

Key facts about our Trust:

  • Every day our hospitals see more than 4,000 outpatients
  • We see more Trauma & Orthopaedic outpatients than any other Trust – over 3,300 per week
  • An average 860 patients are seen in A&E every day – the 6th largest in the country
  • Our hospitals admit more than 220 emergency patients every day
  • We carry out more planned surgical operations than any other Trust in England with almost 50,000 operations taking place in our 52 operating theatres
  • We are one of only 5 Trusts nationally with more than 50 operating theatres
  • We carry out more than 300 elective procedures each working day
  • We employ 12,000 staff across our 5 hospital sites
  • We have a Director of Allied Health Professionals who is committed to provide leadership, progression and direction to AHPs

Closing date of applications: 28 October 2021

 Interview date: 11 November 2021

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Provides a pharmaceutical Medicines Management service to patients. This includes:

Obtaining detailed and accurate medication histories from multiple sources and reconciling with the inpatient prescription and communicating any discrepancies

Communicating detailed information to patients & carers about drug doses, indications, side effects and efficacy.

Liaising widely (e.g. CCG or GP staff, patients, carers etc} to ensure the timely availability of patient medication.

Reviewing inpatient and discharge prescriptions to ensure appropriate prescribing and availability of medicines.

Assessing Patients own Drugs for suitability for use in the Trust

The final checking of discharge medicines against the TTO before release to the patient

Checking stock levels and register entries of controlled drugs in line with trust policy and transporting controlled drugs between departments.

Assists with the review of ward stock lists to reduce risk and wastage

Provides a safe and efficient supply of pharmaceutical products to patients. This may involve dispensing and final checking of drug products and compliance aids.

Is able to take in prescriptions including verifying the patients identity and the validity of the prescription, clarifying details about the prescription, advising on medicines cheaper to buy over the counter, advising on and validating claims for exemption (to reduce NHS fraud), using the till and handling cash and cheques.

Dispenses medicines correctly, including some hazardous substances, special storage and heavy or bulky items, according to written or printed prescriptions. Maintains complete and accurate records of dispensing.

Dispenses specialised items eg: clinical trial material, controlled drugs, unlicensed medicines, compliance aids, according to procedures and policies adhering to the additional restrictions and documentation required.

Counsels patients to ensure that they understand when and how to take their medicines and any additional information related to their prescription which they may require.

Sells over the counter products according to written procedures, under the supervision of the responsible pharmacist. Advises customers as to the suitability of the over the counter medication we sell and refers to a pharmacist as appropriate. (Site specific to QHB)

Deals with queries, requests and complaints from patients.

On completion of a National Checking Technician course or acceptable equivalent and received qualification of an accredited checking technician, final accuracy check prescriptions dispensed by student technicians, pharmacy assistants, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists.

Liaises with clinical pharmacists to highlight and refer on clinical problems and ensures that requests are processed safely and prioritised to match clinical urgency.

Assists in the delivery of all aspects of storage, record keeping, stock control and stock rotation on the wards and the pharmacy areas.

Be conversant with and monitor the use of the pharmacy stock control computer system and other computer systems (e.g. the technician discharge database).

Deputises for the Chief Technician as necessary.

Although this role is primarily base at a single site, it may be necessary for the post holder to work at any of the UHDB sites on occasion.

Works with medical, nursing and pharmacy staff to ensure the safe.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3
Desirable criteria
  • Accuracy checking technician


Desirable criteria
  • Similar acute setting experience
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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

Jane Betts
Job title
Chief Pharmacy Technician
Email address
Telephone number
01332 787793
Additional information

Seonaidh Packwood-  Chief Pharmacy Technician 

Tel: 01332 789443


If you have problems applying, contact

Recruitment Team, Workforce Management
Training Centre
Rehab Block, Level 3
Royal Derby Hospital
DE22 3NE
01332 783342 / 07385 367225