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Senior Pharmacy Technician Medicines Procurement and Homecare

NHS AfC: Band 5

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NHS AfC: Band 5
Secondment: 12 months
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (150 hours over 4 weeks, to include weekends and Bank holiday working)
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Stoke on Trent
£23,949 - £32,934 per annum
Salary period
05/10/2022 23:59

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.


Job overview

Senior Pharmacy Technician Procurement and Homecare – 12 month Maternity Secondment

Pharmacy Directorate

Band 4/5 depending on Experience

37.5 hours per week

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Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated Technician to join the Pharmacy Procurement. This position will be required to support the procurement team during maternity leave. This is an excellent opportunity to understand the procurement process and develop further skills in another area of pharmacy. On the job support and training will also be provided for the successful candidate.

All applicants that meet the required criteria will be considered based on the support that can be provided during maternity cover period.


The previous experience we are looking for as follows:

  • Co-ordinating / managing workload and staff
  • Experience of working with Pharmacy computer systems
  • Communicating to multidisciplinary team(s) and staff within a pharmacy setting
  • Evidence of problem solving and improving practices
  • Effective organisational skills

The successful candidate will support the medicines procurement functions, including liaising with suppliers, other departments and external customers.

We are looking for someone who is able to show initiative; is helpful and approachable; organised and can work accurately; good IT skills, problem solving and communication skills.

You will have previous experience in a similar environment, with a willingness to work in other areas within pharmacy when required.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust is one of the largest and most modern in the country. We serve around three million people and we’re highly regarded for our facilities, teaching and research. The Trust has around 1,450 inpatient beds across two sites in Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford. Our 11,000 strong workforce provide emergency treatment, planned operations and medical care from Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford.


We are the specialist centre for major trauma for the North Midlands and North Wales. We have put together a wide range of development packages aimed at ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Our goal is to be a world-class centre of achievement, where patients receive the highest standards of care and the best people come to learn, work and research.


Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. We offer a range of options for our staff to help maintain a good work-life balance including full time, part time hours and bank hours. We are also committed to offering flexible working wherever we can and where relevant to the role and the service, agile working. You can select your preferences upon application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information on this vacancy, please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification or contact the Hiring Manager Peter Conway.

01782 674516

Person specification

Education and qualifications

Essential criteria
  • NVQ level 3 in Pharmaceutical Services or National BTEC in Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent nationally recognised qualification plus accredited underpinning knowledge
  • Registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council
Desirable criteria
  • Member of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK
  • A1 NVQ Assessor Qualification or willing to undertake
  • National Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) qualification


Essential criteria
  • Recent experience of working within a pharmacy department as a Pharmacy Technician.
  • Commitment and evidence of professional updating and continuous professional development
  • Experience of multidisciplinary and/or collaborative working
  • Experience of working with a Pharmacy computer system e.g. JAC or EMIS (ASCRIBE)
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within medicines procurement environment.
  • Experience of leading and managing a team
  • Experience of dealing with difficult and complex situations, queries and complaints
  • Experience of negotiating with healthcare staff, suppliers and/or external organisations
  • Experience of writing / updating procedures and training documentation

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Confident approach with good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate with a wide range of people, including members of the public and all levels of healthcare professionals
  • Good analytical and evaluative skills with the ability to investigate queries solve problems and take action if appropriate.
  • Methodical with effective organisational skills in the workplace.
  • Able to prioritise own workload and that of others.
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to work on own initiative and unsupervised.
  • Able to direct, plan and organise the work of the team.
  • Able to supervise the work of others.
  • Good keyboard skills and the ability to use various computer systems, including pharmacy computer systems, Microsoft word, Microsoft Excel, email and internet.
  • Evidence of Professional updating i.e. Continual Professional Development
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Knowledge of COSHH regulations and risk assessments
  • Knowledge of Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
  • Knowledge of NHS Stores and distribution services
  • Knowledge of stocktake procedures

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • A positive attitude to work
  • Honest and trustworthy and able to maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Self-motivated and ability to motivate others
  • Flexible approach to work including changing in work schedules and environments
  • Able to participate in extended hours, weekend and bank holiday working
  • Able and willing to work at either sites.
  • Deemed medically fit and able to undertake employment duties
  • Pleasant manner and sociable behaviour

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

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

Peter Conway
Job title
Pharmacy Supply Chain Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01782 674516