Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician - COVID-19 in Chelmsford

Job description

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is an award winning Trust that provides health and social care services for a population of 1.3million people in Essex, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, and Luton. CQC says we’re still GOOD and now we’re OUTSTANDING for caring!

We employ 5,000 people working across more than 200 sites.

Our services include:

Mental health services

  • We provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. This includes treatment in secure and specialised settings.

Community health services

  • Our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in people’s homes.

Learning disabilities services

  • We provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

Social care

  • We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

We are looking for individuals to join the EPUT team and be part of transforming services in our communities.

In return we can offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include flexible working opportunities, salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to one week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance. In addition to this the Trust also offers a generous relocation package where applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

Our approach to recruitment is values based and applicant's must be able to demonstrate the organisations values and behaviours.

Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician.
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Pharmacy Department, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3AG.
2 year fixed term contract (Apprenticeship).
70% of top of Band 4 in Year 1.
75 % of top of Band 4 in Year 2.
Salary: 70%/ 75% of £24,157.



This is a 2-year apprenticeship, on successful completion of which you will possess the qualifications required by the General Pharmaceutical Council for professional registration as a Pharmacy Technician.

Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines and devices in a pharmacy, and assist pharmacists with advisory services, and are responsible for carrying out both routine and specialist services, including highly complex activities requiring them to use their professional judgement. They are expected to work both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and have a positive attitude, self-discipline and show initiative. They are able to work with minimum supervision, with a high degree of autonomy, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that they have undertaken, and that of others.

As a pharmacy technician apprentice you will be trained with the knowledge and skills to optimise patients’ use of medicines:

  • In the dispensary to dispense medication, receive and validate prescriptions, communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals, manage the pharmacy stock of medicines, including controlled drugs.
  • In the ward setting: Work as part of a multi-professional team to check patient’s own drugs and supply medications for individuals, take patient drug histories, undertake medicines reconciliation, counsel patients on the use of their medicines as required under supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.

You will also be expected to develop leadership skills that reflect the regulatory requirements of the profession.

You will study for the Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice (or equivalent programme mapped to the GPhC Initial Education and Training Standards for Pharmacy Technicians) which is a blended learning programme, delivered by a training provider in the East of England, starting in January 2021. The programme will combine some or all of these elements: work-based learning, distance learning, classroom learning (face-to-face or video), residential study days, network study days, private study and completion of assignments. It will require a very strong commitment to private study in your own time.

Entry requirements are 5 GCSEs or equivalent, at Grade C/ Level 4 or above, including Mathematics, English language, and 2 sciences (covering Biology and Chemistry). Please read the Job Description and Person Specification for the full list of entry requirements for this post.

The training post is based at our pharmacy in Chelmsford, Essex, working 37.5 hours per week (may include weekend, bank holiday, early and late working rotas, as required).

You must have a valid driving license for the UK, with access to a vehicle for work purposes, as the post involves visiting a range of locations across Essex.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is one of the biggest Mental Health and Community NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, providing adult mental health services, older people’s and young people’s mental health services, substance misuse services, forensic services, learning disability services, and community health services. EPUT employs 5,000 people across 200 sites. We have many modern community based resource centres, community facilities and hospitals to provide local services to local people.

We are looking for a candidate who can start on the 31/01/2021 at the latest


If you feel you have the personal qualities required for this apprenticeship post we would like to receive your application.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;

  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work

Extra information

Type of Contract
Published at
Type of Job
Health / Medical
Full UK/EU driving license preferred
Car Preferred
Must be eligible to work in the EU
Cover Letter Required

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