Advanced Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services Milehouse Pharmacy

Do you want to start a career in Pharmacy? If you enjoy helping people, here is your opportunity! Complete a course in Pharmacy Service Skills, learning to dispense medicines. You will also enrol on a course to learn to sell medicines and give advice on healthy living, providing you with a broader range of Pharmacy Skills to start your career.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £140.00

    Wages explained

    The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
    Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
    The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over.
    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

  • Working week

    40 hours per week. Please see vacancy description for further details.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    20 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    15 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001297691

  • Positions

    1 available

As an apprentice you will learn

  • To provide advice to customers on common ailments and illnesses, and sell medicines to help treat them.
  • To use an EPOS till and handle cash.
  • How to promote healthy living to our customers.

You will

  • Dispense NHS and private prescriptions which will involve assembling and generating labels for prescription medication whilst monitoring and maintaining the data in patient records.
  • Be trained to dispense prescriptions for Monitored Dosage Systems.
  • Manage stock, place and accept orders and store items appropriately.
  • Learn to manage a dispensary and advise patients on a wide range of prescription medicines working closely with the Pharmacist to enhance customer care.
  • Help order customer’s repeat prescriptions, over the phone, when they come to the shop in person or via our email or website.
  • Learn to actively promote our Pharmacy services and fulfil your role in them. These include our Tracker service, Medicine Use Reviews, New Medicine Services, Smoking Cessation Service, Winter Ailment service, Needle Exchange Service, Electronic Prescription Service, Supervised Consumption Service, Prescription Delivery Service, Services to Care Homes and Services for Housebound Patients.

Training and support will be given to the successful applicant to help them achieve their apprenticeship/qualification as a Pharmacy Technician as well as a Pharmacy Medicines Counter Assistant. 

Further details on working hours:

The post is an average 40 hours per week. We have a 4 weekly working and payment cycle.  The working hours are planned in advance but within each of the four weeks will be variable and could be over any day Monday to Saturday in 4 hour shifts. The shifts are 9am - 1pm or 2pm - 6pm. On Saturdays only the early shift is worked and you will be required to work 3 Saturday's in every 4. The shop is closed on a Sunday so work on this day would be exceptional but maybe needed.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good numerical and literacy skills
  • Good communication and people skills to provide excellent customer service as you will need to explain clearly to patients the instructions about medicine use, based on advice your pharmacist gives you.
  • You will enjoy working as part of a busy team, assisting your colleagues so previous retail experience will be beneficial to your application
  • Have excellent organisational skills and as you will be customer facing have a smart and tidy appearance
  • You should be IT literate able to use Word and Excel,  but will be trained on the specific software/till systems used in the Pharmacy
  • You must be able to follow instructions and guidance working closely with the Pharmacist and your mentor.
  • You will be able to act with maturity and be sensitive to patients particularly when discussing confidential information or a customer’s illness.

Personal qualities

  • Be a confident person, able to get along with people, building positive working relationships with customers and other members of the pharmacy team.
  • Friendly, polite and helpful, being organised with your focus on the customer
  • Enthusiastic about  healthy lifestyles and the health of the local community
  • Keen to learn how to sell medicines and to seek advice and guidance when appropriate
  • Enthusiastic and motivated to learn. 
  • Able to use your own initiative and be willing to respond positively to changes needed to help you develop
  • Trustworthy and reliable

Qualifications required

5 GCSE’s A-C including Maths, English and Science or equivalent, evidence of good ICT skills and with a driving licence or intending to learn to drive. However, if you have a real interest in working with Milehouse Pharmacy, please still contact us to apply.

Future prospects

Experienced Pharmacy Technicians have the opportunity to train as accuracy training technicians.

Things to consider

The post involves standing for the majority of the working day. The post for a permanent employee requires them to hold a driving licence to be able to do deliveries and have a counter qualification so if you are intending to learn to drive that would be great. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Milehouse Pharmacy is an independent community pharmacy located in Plymouth. The pharmacy is busy with sales and giving advice on the medicine counter and in the dispensary where we dispense walk-in prescriptions, prescriptions collected from doctors’ surgeries, care homes and those downloaded using the Electronic Prescription Service. In addition our Pharmacists offer professional services and healthy living services and the staff support them in this. We are working towards becoming a Healthy Living Pharmacy.

Employer

Milehouse Pharmacy

Address

17

Wolseley Road

Plymouth

PL2 3AA

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Training provider

  • Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ)(QCF)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 2
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities Workbook.

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider

BUTTERCUPS TRAINING LIMITED

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Buttercups Training Limited

Contact

Alex Zielinska 0115 937 4936 alex.zielinska@buttercups.co.uk


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