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Apprenticeship Retail Pharmacy Assistant - West Chemist - Northampton West Chemist

Reports to: Pharmacist Manager or Asst. Pharmacy Manager Principle Purpose: To work as part of a pharmacy team under the supervision of the registered pharmacist, to ensure an accurate, timely, high quality dispensary/counter service is provided to our customers in a caring, friendly and professional manner.

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

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Closing date: 26 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage

    £152.46 to £294.03

    Wages explained

    Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

    Minimum Wage Rates
  • Working week

    Monday, Tues, Wed, Thurs shifts between 10.30 - 6.30 and Saturday 9 - 2pm

    Total hours per week: 33.00

  • Expected duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    27 Dec 2021

  • Date posted

    26 Jul 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate
    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number

    VAC001742767

  • Positions

    1 available

Vacancy Detail :You will assist in Retail sales, Re-ordering stock, Assist in Dispensary with preparation of medicines and prescriptions.

You will complete the following:

Retail Level 2 Apprenticeship + 2 GPhC Accredited Courses delivered by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) Medicines Counter Assistant and Accredited Dispensing Assistant Course.

NPA Courses will commence around 8 weeks after you have been enrolled on the Retail Level 2 Apprenticeship. NPA Courses must be completed within the first 12 months of employment at the Pharmacy.

Your Retailer Level 2 Apprenticeship will be delivered by Qube Learning who are a National Training Provider. As a student within Qube Learning you will have a dedicated Skills Tutor who will visit you every 4-6 weeks and deliver a bespoke teaching and learning session.

Your Apprenticeship Training Programme + NPA Courses should be completed in around 15 months. Functional Skills (Maths and English) may form part of your programme.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Read, ensure understanding and comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Dispense medication in a timely manner, as stated on prescriptions, maintaining accurate dispensing records and ensuring that the medication is accurately labelled to ensure medicines are correctly and safely supplied
  • Dispense Monitored Dosage Systems (MDS) / blister packs and complete the associated documentation as per the associated SOPs where required
  • Ensure the highest standards of professional service and care to our patients by offering informed advice on appropriate treatment of minor ailments and products and referring to the pharmacist when necessary
  • Fulfil your role as a pharmacy apprentice in all NHS or private pharmacy services provided by your pharmacy
  • Complete all NHS and other pharmacy service paperwork accurately and on time
  • Ensure that locum pharmacists are briefed in company SOPs
  • Undertake the training required by the company to fulfil your role effectively, and ensure a high degree of professionalism
  • Keep up to date with current pharmacy practice, new drugs and their uses
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of information concerning customers, colleagues, company policies and statistics in accordance with the Data Protection Act (to be replaced with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) from 25th May 2018)
  • Complete audits as requested by the company in a timely manner
  • Customer service
  • Ensure that customers receive excellent service
  • Use the till system to serve customers and be able to complete sales transactions
  • Deal with customer complaints and dispensing errors promptly and efficiently in accordance with company policy
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with local surgeries, nursing homes, other healthcare professionals and local bodies 

Housekeeping

  • Ensure that the pharmacy always projects a professional image
  • Ensure that all areas within the pharmacy are clean, tidy and well organised with special attention to risk management guidelines
  • Ensure the floor is kept clean and free from hazards, e.g. boxes/totes
  • Follow all company Health & Safety procedures and policies and complete any associated training

Stock Control

  • Ensure high standards of pharmacy stock management, reduce stock holding and ensure maximum profitability
  • Ensure all orders are checked off accurately, and stock stored with care

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Customer service skills
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Active listening skills -maths knowledge
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Administration skills
  • To be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
  • Be able to handle confidential information

Personal qualities

  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • Sensitivity and understanding, and compassion

Desired qualifications

GCSE's grade C/4 or above including maths and English (or equivalent) and a good grade in Science.

Future prospects

Can progress to become a Dispensary Assistant and dependent on ability can become a pharmacy technician


About the employer

West Chemist is an independent chemist based in Northampton. We offer a range of NHS and private services. Ordering your prescription with us is simple thanks to our online prescription manager, together with our prescription collection and delivery service.

Employer

West Chemist

Address

4

Kingsley Park Terrace

Northampton

NN2 7HG

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Training

Training provider

Qube Learning

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Qube Qualifications And Development Limited

Contact

JustApply

Retail Level 2 Apprenticeship + 2 GPhC Accredited Courses delivered by the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) Medicines Counter Assistant and Accredited Dispensing Assistant Course.

Apprenticeship standard

Retailer

Level 2 (GCSE)


Employer's Application Instructions

Please click on the link below to apply

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

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Closing date: 26 Dec 2021