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PCN Pharmacy Technician

NG12 3UQ
Starting at £25,000 per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Jun 2021

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Job Details

Are you looking for a new challenge with the opportunity to apply your existing knowledge and skills whilst also developing a new skillset?

Do you want to be at the forefront of a new role in a pharmacy sector with immense job satisfaction, while making a difference to patient care in a more meaningful way?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

We are seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised pharmacy technicians to join our well-established, friendly team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at Rushcliffe PCN.

We appreciate that PCNs are a new development in the NHS, so applying for this role may feel a little outside your comfort zone, but do consider joining us  because we can offer you:

  • A welcoming, friendly and supportive environment where you will be highly valued
  • Training in any aspects of the Primary Care Technician role you need
  • On-going mentoring and support from our existing PCN pharmacy team of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • The flexibility to develop your role according to your skills and experience, the needs of our patients, the needs of our practices and in support of the wider NHS
  • The possibility of flexible working, including some working from home


Job responsibilities

Responsible to: Senior Clinical Pharmacist

Accountable to: Clinical Director for Rushcliffe PCN

Salary: £25,000 per annum

Job Summary

The pharmacy technician will work with the pharmacist to help GP practices pro-actively keep patients safe, well and out of hospital, as well as helping to reduce the demands on general practice.

The purpose of the role is to lead improvements to maximise safe, cost effective best practice in prescribing to improve the quality of patient care.

  • minimising clinical risk
  • aiming to reduce wasted medicines.

Main duties of the job

This is an evolving role which but your duties will include the following:

  • Medicines Reconciliation, especially after hospital discharge
  • Completing concordance / compliance medication reviews
  • Counselling patients to support them in using their medicines effectively
  • Counselling patients on new or high-risk medication
  • Medication switching using agreed and approved protocols
  • Responding to the MHRA recalls
  • Liaise with patients, clinicians, administrative staff and hospital teams to resolve medicine-related queries
  • Support delivery of QoF (Quality & Outcomes Framework)
  • Identifying areas of good practice and share learning across the PCN
  • Developing policies and protocols to ensure good practice across the PCN
  • Promotion and implementation of robust systems around medicines
  • Monitor practice prescribing and adherence to local and national prescribing policies
  • Improve service, quality and safety through clinical audit and searches



Person Specification



  • Professional registration with GPhC
  • BTEC/NVQ level 3 or equivalent in pharmaceutical sciences
  • Evidence of continued professional development (CPD)
  • Experience of working as a qualified, registered pharmacy technician in primary care, community or hospital pharmacy
  • Willingness to complete 18 month CPPE training pathway for pharmacy technicians.


  • Postgraduate qualifications of a relevant nature. e.g. FdSc in Medicines Management/Pharmacy Services; BTEC Therapeutics



  • An appreciation of the NHS agenda and government targets, especially in relation to general practice
  • Awareness of systems to support management of patients in a primary care setting
  • Good clinical pharmacy knowledge including terminology
  • An appreciation of the nature of primary care prescribing, such as rational prescribing and strategies for improving prescribing
  • Knowledge and understanding of pharmacy law and ethics and current legislation


  • A working knowledge of primary care and GP clinical systems, such as SystmOne or EMIS

Skills, Competencies & Attributes


  • Computer literate with an ability to use the required GP clinical systems and Microsoft office
  • Understand the aims of current healthcare policy
  • Able to analyse and interpret prescribing data
  • Has attention to detail, able to work accurately, identifying errors quickly and easily
  • Able to effectively manage allocated resources
  • Has a planned and organised approach
  • Able to think analytically; anticipating obstacles and thinking ahead to draw logical solutions to problems
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written, with the ability to adjust style to suit the audience
  • Influencing and negotiating skills
  • An excellent understanding of data protection and confidentiality issues
  • Works effectively independently and as a member of a team
  • Flexible approach to meet service needs and ensure a stakeholder focused response
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Continued commitment to improve skills and ability in new areas of work
  • Independently mobile to be able to work across several sites and travel to meet with stakeholders
  • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to cope with uncertainty and change
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a busy environment;
  • Excellent time keeping and prioritisation skills

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. 


PartnersHealth recognise that we are stronger together and represent Rushcliffe general practice.  We have as Rushcliffe PCN a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping and transforming the local healthcare system.

Our strategic objectives are that:

  • We will care for the individual, treating patients as partners, and serve our community by doing what is right

  • We will balance the benefits of small and local organisations with the opportunities of scale and capacity that collaboration afford us to improve quality and deliver a wider range of services

  • We will work in effective partnership with other organisations to develop new models of care that improve resilience and outcomes

  • We have developed a sustainable platform for general practice in Rushcliffe

  • We deliver a high quality NHS healthcare for the Rushcliffe population which has enhanced patient outcomes

  • Working with colleagues to develop healthcare in Rushcliffe as part of the Primary Care Network (Rushcliffe PCN)

Find Us
0115 8837901
Cotgrave Surgery
The Cotgrave Hub
NG12 3UQ
United Kingdom
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