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Apprentice Pre-Registration Student Pharmacy Technician

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

A two-year fixed-term rotational apprenticeship to learn and put into practice the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a registered Pharmacy Technician with the General Pharmaceutical Council. You will undertake a wide variety of duties to provide a comprehensive, quality pharmaceutical service in the following departments: Dispensary, Aseptic services, Stores, Distribution, and Procurement. You will also undertake Ward based duties, including Medicines Management and Optimisation as well as final accuracy checking of prescriptions, and providing excellent patient/customer care. The competency and knowledge-based qualification will be provided by Bradford College via remote access. (Level 3 Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians.)

The post holder will need to be committed to completing the two-year training programme within the time-frames specified

About the Role

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we'll help you get there.

Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you're starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You'll benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You'll have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we'd love to hear from you.

About Us

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role

Based in the Pharmacy Department at the North Devon District Hospital, this is an excellent opportunity to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to become a fully qualified Pharmacy Technician.

Pre-registration pharmacy technicians are essential to the continuing development of the pharmacy team, and applications are invited from enthusiastic, hardworking, self-motivated people with good written and verbal communication skills. Previous pharmacy or customer service experience would be an advantage, but not essential as full training will be provided. This is a two-year fixed term apprenticeship which includes working in the hospital Pharmacy and day release (online remote learning) with Bradford College leading to a Level 3 qualification. (Diploma in the Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians). This is a nationally recognised qualification, which on successful completion will allow you to register as a Pharmacy Technician with The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Successful candidates will rotate through the pharmacy department, learning the various roles carried out by Pharmacy Technicians including:

  • Labelling, dispensing and final accuracy checking of prescriptions
  • Receiving and Issuing prescriptions
  • Aseptic services
  • Providing excellent customer care and maintaining confidentiality while dealing with patients and staff
  • Ward based duties, including Medicines Management and Optimisation to ensure safe medicine use

Paid annex 21 (Band 4) - 60% of top of band in year one, 65% of top band in year two, 70% of top of band in year three & 75% of top of band in year 4

Working Pattern: 8.30-5 or 9-5.30 mon-fri + rota weekend working

Interview Date: TBA

For further information please contact Jennifer Wilson Lead pharmacist Education and Training on 01271 311770

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.


Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

It’s never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you'll help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.

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