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.
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).
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.
For information about the entry requirements for pharmacy technicians, the training involved, and details about registration, please click here.
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.
For further information on a career as a pharmacy technician, please contact:
The Association of Pharmacy Technicians
One Victoria Square
General Pharmaceutical Council
129 Lambeth Road
Tel: 0203 713 8000
Website: http://www.pharmacyregulation.org and http://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacy-technician
The National Pharmaceutical Association
38-42 St Peters Street
Tel: 01727 832161