Pharmacy Assistant Apprentice Good Hope Hospital Nhs Trust
Excellent opportunity to gain essential skills working for a highly motivated team within a very busy pharmacy department within the NHS. You will receive on-the-job skills training and a nationally recognised qualification.
Closing date: 03 Nov 2017
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).
Total hours per week: 35.00
Possible start date
10 Nov 2017
09 Oct 2017
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship
- To answer the telephone and take messages.
- To participate in the topping up service and ensure the ward has adequate stocks of medicines.
- To respond to visitors to the department (nurses, porters, drivers, etc.) and take in requisitions, deliveries etc. and process the request/via the Pharmacy tracking system
- To carry out to the point of checking, routine dispensing and supply of pharmaceuticals for wards and departments under the supervision of pharmacists and technicians, following the correct dispensing procedures.
- To label medicines using the pharmacy computer system
- To undertake basic clerical duties as required including photocopying.
- To maintain records either manual or computerised. These are kept in a clearly defined filing system which is maintained, allowing easy access for other users.
- To make deliveries of medicines to trust wards or departments, including cytotoxics and controlled drugs or stationary
- To monitor correct storage conditions of drugs in the Pharmacy and at ward level and report when out of stated range.
- To collect prescriptions or requisitions from wards or departments, sometimes including drugs but not controlled drugs.
- To maintain a clean and tidy working area
- To rotate goods checking expiry dates and reporting on any short dated or expired stock.
- To check stock levels reporting any discrepancies.
- To receive goods into the department, unpack and check delivery against delivery note, order or requisition.
- To put goods away in the correct location, checking computer records to ascertain the correct location if appropriate.
- To maintain the correct level of stock requirements for the area (mainly disposables).
- To dispose of waste in the correct manner and make sure that any special waste is stored correctly.
- To maintain a safe standard of work according to the requirements of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 , the Health & Safety at Work Act and the COSHH Regulations.
- To participate in the department’s Bank Holiday, Saturday Sunday and late night rotas.
- To undertake any other duties as may be required within the nature and grade of the post.
- Pack goods to be returned to supplier and ensure all relevant documentation is completed.
- To take goods off the shelf according to orders, picking list or prepared labels.
- Use bar coder or set computer programs to record issues of stocks to wards or departments according to the procedure.
- Empty the ward boxes and sort the returns according to the procedure.
- To use a computer to send prepared orders to the wholesaler and to transfer stock between locations
- To sort returned drugs according to the procedure.
- To assemble all orders for wards/departments together sealing in a bag for distribution to wards/departments
- Pre-packing UnitTo assemble kits and boxes according to specified lists.
- To maintain and supply emergency boxes and kits to pharmacy departments.
- To assemble and pack containers of medicines for ward use and over-label purchased pre-packs for issue to wards.
Requirements and prospects
- Good verbal and written communication
- Computer skills –use of Microsoft office,word and excel
- Excellent numeracy and accuracy required as will be required to calculate medicinal dosages
- Previous team working experience
- Previous customer care experience
- Punctual, honest and trustworthy.
- Must be positively motivated and enthusiastic to do well with a willingness to undertake routine repetitive work.
- Must be reliable and flexible.
- Must be able to follow instructions as will be required to work to strict protocols and procedures.
GCSE Maths, English and Science grade B and four other subjects at C or above. (or equivalents)
Things to consider
About the employer
Upon completion of this qualification, you will hold:
- Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF)
- Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF)
- Functional Skills: Maths Level 1, English Level 1
- Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
- Employee rights and responsibilities (ERR)
Health Pharmacy Services
Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Walsall College - Wisemore Campus
Emma Worth 01922 688638 firstname.lastname@example.org
Will be required to provide photograph ID on appointment.
Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.30 per hour (From October 1st 2016 this will be increasing by 3% to £3.40 per hour). This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.
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Closing date: 03 Nov 2017