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Pharmacy technician

Pharmacy technicians in the NHS work mainly in one of two areas - hospital pharmacy and community pharmacy - although opportunities also exist in other areas such as GP practices and in primary care.

Pharmacy technicians are part of the pharmacy team, working on the supply of medicines and products to patients, and work under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Opportunities

There are many opportunities for experienced pharmacy technicians to take on increased responsibility and many will undertake further education and training to enable them to move into enhanced, specialist and management roles. Click on the links in the Related information section for more information on the work of hospital and community pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy assistants (who work with pharmacy technicians and pharmacists as a part of the pharmacy team).

Career prospects

In the hospital service, there are several grades for qualified pharmacy technicians. Experienced pharmacy technicians can specialise in areas such as medicines management, manufacturing, quality control, education and training, information technology, supplies procurement, clinical trials or medicines information services. A rewarding role is that of a medicines management pharmacy technician, which involves working on wards, liaising with other healthcare professionals and close contact with patients, ensuring that they have sufficient medicines are using them appropriately. A chief pharmacy technician is often responsible for managing a section of the pharmacy department.

Entry requirements, training and registration

For information about the entry requirements for pharmacy technicians, the training involved, and details about registration, please click here.

How to apply

Job vacancies appear in a range of sources. The majority of employers now advertise on the NHS Jobs website (http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/) and you could also write directly to hospital personnel/human resource departments or chief pharmacists. For community pharmacy vacancies, contact the company directly.

Further information

For further information on a career as a pharmacy technician, please contact:

The Association of Pharmacy Technicians
One Victoria Square

Birmingham

B1 1BD

Tel: 0121 632 2025
Email: website@aptuk.org
Website: http://www.aptuk.org/

or:

General Pharmaceutical Council
129 Lambeth Road
London
SE1 7BT

Tel: 020 3365 3400
Email: info@pharmacyregulation.org
Website: http://www.pharmacyregulation.org and http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacy-technician

or:

The National Pharmaceutical Association
Mallinson House
38-42 St Peters Street
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3NP

Tel: 01727 832161
Website: http://www.npa.co.uk/