Assistant Technical Officers (ATOs) carry out a wide variety of duties within the department including ward topping up, ward stock assembly, receipt of goods, dispensing all types of medication including controlled drugs and medication for discharge, dispensing specialist medication i.e. cystic fibrosis and immunology prescriptions, reception duties and procurement and invoicing. Our ATOs are encouraged to progress to the role of student pharmacy technician and many of our current qualified pharmacy technicians started in the role of ATO.
Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician
The department regularly supports student pharmacy technicians and has a team of education and training technicians who are committed to guiding the students through their underpinning knowledge qualification and the work based NVQ. During the 2-year course, students rotate through various sections of the department including clinical trials, aseptic dispensing, medicines information, procurement, dispensary and stores.
Rotational Pharmacy Technician
A structured rotation is in place for all band 4 technicians that ensures development in all aspects of pharmacy. Rotational areas include clinical trials, procurement, immunology, dispensary, aseptic dispensing and pharmacy clinical chemotherapy, pre-packing, outside units (varies on each site). The rotation covers a 2 year period. If you are newly qualified then 12 months post qualification subject to meeting the entry criteria the department will support you in gaining your Accredited Checking Technician (ACT) qualification. The rotation plus the ACT qualification will ensure you have all the necessary essential criteria for applying for band 5 roles as and when they become available.
Band 5 Senior Pharmacy Technicians
The role of the senior pharmacy technician is an important and valuable role in supporting and mentoring junior staff as well as supporting and deputising for the Chief Technicians. There are a number of band 5 roles within the department some static within certain areas of responsibility i.e. aseptic dispensing, outsourcing, governance but there are also a number of rotational roles within ward based medicines management, clinical trials and, aseptics, pharmacy clinical cancer services.
Band 6 Chief Pharmacy Technicians
Band 6 Chief Pharmacy Technicians are experts in their area of responsibility and usually have line management responsibility for a team of staff. They are key individuals in ensuring the smooth day to day running of their areas including solving complex problems and being instrumental in proposing and facilitating new developments within the department. They support the pharmacy operations managers and the senior pharmacy management team in the strategic developments of pharmacy. There are a variety of band 6 chief technicians roles including dispensary/stores; clinical trials; education & training; quality assurance; electronic prescribing, aseptic dispensing unit pharmacy clinical chemotherapy and procurement.
Band 7 Pharmacy Technicians
There are a number of band 7 technicians within Pharmacy who fulfil different roles including, Cancer/Aseptic Services, Procurement/Outsourcing Manager and Pharmacy Computer Services/Electronic Prescribing Manager. They are part of the extended management team and are responsible for ensuring a number of projects from the Pharmacy modernisation agenda are realised and are implemented smoothly, efficiently and on time. They are instrumental in contributing to and auditing Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the department. They are part of a number of committees including Health & Safety, regional procurement, cancer networks and provide regular feedback to all staff in the department via regular monthly meetings.
Band 8a Pharmacy Technicians
Each of our sites has a designated Operational Site Lead and are members of the senior management team. They lead on all daily operational Pharmacy site services; liaising with colleagues across the Trust to ensure patient-focused, safe, efficient and cost-effective services are delivered.
They are responsible for strategic plans for the site in response to individual site needs and services working with the Principal Pharmacists who have a responsibility for clinical services on all sites.
They are responsible to manage the budgets for staffing and non-pay, manage and negotiate service levels/developments and external partnership working.