Apprentice Pharmacy Assistant Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

You will be a pharmacy assistant support to all pharmacy areas in a hospital pharmacy environment. Carrying planned work under guidance of a registered pharmacy professional, and supported by the provision of clear standard operating procedures and policy

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5, mon-fri, 8.30-5.00

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    28 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    23 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

**Interview date is Thursday 31st August 2017, please ensure you are available to attend before applying**

About the Job Role

  • To ensure that verbal and telephone queries in all areas are attended to promptly in a friendly manner and referred on appropriately
  • To receive prescriptions according to current protocols, including the receipt of prescription charges
  • To dispense or sell medicines in accordance with local procedures under supervision ensuring that stock levels are correctly maintained
  • To undertake routine checks of stock levels in the Pharmacy using the Pharmacy computer system as appropriate; checking expiry dates and ensuring that stock is rotated according to procedures
  • To assist in the purchasing of pharmaceuticals from wholesalers, drug companies and manufacturers in a timely manner according to pharmacy needs
  • To follow up all outstanding orders, referring any long term or manufacturers problems
  • To participate in the receipt and unpacking of goods, checking of expiry dates and listing batch numbers against orders and delivery notes, storage etc. of goods inwards according to local procedure. Reporting any problems / discrepancies and dealing with anomalies as instructed
  • To assist in the delivery of medicines to wards, outside units and customers as necessary including via post, taxi, other transport or in person
  • To maintain a clean, safe and professional working environment in all areas
  • To ensure that health and safety requirements are met
  • To maintain records and established filing systems, both manual and electronic
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of pharmacy issues
  • To protect confidential information at all times and adhere to work place confidentiality/data management policy and procedure
  • To undertake training and assessment towards timely completion of NVQ Level 2 Pharmacy Services
  • To undertake other placement specific duties as may be required in the interest of the pharmacy service i.e. clinical services, clinical trials, and which are appropriate to the pharmacy assistant role

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Desirable experience of working within a pharmacy department.

Personal qualities

Upholds and models the principles and values, as set out in the NHS Constitution, in everything that they do. Able to provide safe, caring and effective services, with due consideration to the person at the receiving end. Responsible and reliable. Committed and motivated towards training for a career in pharmacy services. Interested in science or health issues Good IT skills; experience of using Microsoft Office would be desirable. An ability to concentrate with attention to detail and accuracy. An ability to work in a busy environment with constant interruptions

Qualifications required

GCSE grade A* - C (or equivalent) in Mathematics, English Language and at least two Science subjects.

Future prospects

With emerging new roles and responsibilities across both pharmacy sectors in response to National government recommendations and requirements, the pharmacy assistant role now offers broad opportunities for career progression and development. In hospitals, senior pharmacy assistants have active roles in supporting patients face-to-face and line management, team management and service management. In community pharmacy, pharmacy assistants are often responsible for the day-to-day smooth running of some pharmacy services and can become Healthy Living Champions, taking greater responsibility for providing customers with advice on health and wellbeing and supporting them to adopt healthier lifestyles i.e. weight management, stopping smoking.

Things to consider

Working within a busy team with a requirement to stay up to date with learning/education whilst managing a workload. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): From April 2017 the ANMW was set at £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training.

About the employer

The Royal Sussex County Hospital is an acute teaching hospital in Brighton, England.


Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Eastern Road




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Training provider

QCF Diploma in Pharmaceutical Services

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Mid Kent College of H & FE


Jayne Jordan

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: today