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Assistant Technical Officer - Preparative Services

NHS AfC: Band 2

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NHS AfC: Band 2
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Russell's Hall Hospital
£20,270 - £21,318 per annum
Salary period
27/03/2023 23:59

Job overview

An exciting opportunity for a Pharmacy Assistant Technical Officer post has become available in the Pharmacy Department at Russells Hall Hospital working within Pharmacy Aseptic Services.

The Pharmacy Aseptic Unit is a sterile unit that prepares sterile medication for patients in the hospital.

Training is available to provide the post holder with skills to perform duties of extensive, specialist cleaning, transfer disinfection, stock control, order completion, unpacking goods, receiving goods, record keeping, monitoring the environment and general housekeeping duties

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be trained to perform aseptic dispensing. This will require the individual to possess good dexterity and ability to work within standard operating procedures. Although training will be given to the post holder, previous experience of working in a pharmacy aseptic unit or clean room environment and knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice is desirable.

The post will also include working rotational weekend duties in the Aseptic Unit and on the pharmacy reception desk.   

You should be eager to learn, flexible, reliable and able to work accurately.   The successful candidate must have GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C or above in English and Maths.  Individuals with NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy Services would be welcome. Relevant certificates must be produced at interview

The post is currently based on a 37.5 hour week.

Core hours will be between 8.20am to 5.20pm. On ad hoc occasions you may be required to work between the hours of 7.30am to 4pm. Weekend/Bank Holiday duties will be included on a rota basis.

For an informal discussion please contact Adele Forrest, Principal Technician – Aseptic Services on Tel. 01384 244031 or email: adele.forrest@nhs.net

Working for our organisation

At the Dudley Group our patients and staff are at the heart of all that we do and that is to provide a world class service that aligns with our vision of “excellent health care, improved health for all”.  We are seeking to recruit staff who share our vision and values of making Dudley Group an incredible workplace.

We are committed to becoming a diverse and an inclusive employer and where people feel sense of belonging. Seeking to expand diversity within our teams, we positively encourage applications from under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse, disabled and LGBTQ+ groups. We are also under-represented in-terms of gender within nursing roles and we would welcome applications from people from male and non-binary backgrounds.

The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust recognises the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with NHS roles.

We are committed to home life balance through flexible working and making reasonable adjustments where possible.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main duties and responsibilities that the post holder is required to undertake. 

Person specification

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • GCSE (or Equivalent) in Maths and English grade C or above
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ Level 2 Pharmacy Services or Unit accreditation within specialised area, and/or equivalent experience, e.g. validated training as a Pharmacy Assistant.

Skills and Experience

Essential criteria
  • IT literate, use of databases, Microsoft etc.
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Has good dexterity and ability to work within standard operating procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Previous (recent) experience working in a pharmacy (e.g. Saturday/vacation work)
  • Experience of stock management and stock control systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of Good Manufacturing Practice

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent organisational skills, to be a good team player and able to work alone.

Interests and Motivation to the Job

Essential criteria
  • Self-motivating within the workplace.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage time/set priorities.
  • Committed to own training.
  • Be capable of all tasks in job description including manual handling of pharmaceuticals.
  • Able to work during the normal working week, extended hours, weekends and bank holidays.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good written/oral communication skills

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident leaderArmed Forces Covenant Bronze AwardENEI TIDE Gold 2021Care Leaver CovenantNHS Pastoral Care

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

Adele Forrest
Job title
Pharmacy Technician
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Additional information

You can contact Adele Forrest on 01384 244031, or via email, adele.forrest@nhs.net