Apprentice Pharmacy Services Assistant Barash (Chemist) Limited

We are currently recruiting for a Pharmacy Services Assistant - Apprentice to join our busy local Pharmacy. You will work alongside healthcare professionals including Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, joining the team to provide a variety of pharmacy and medicines services to patients, the public and other professional healthcare teams.

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


    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

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 09:00 – 18:15. Wednesday, 09:00 – 18:00 hrs. One hour for lunch. Candidates younger than 18 will not work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.

    Total hours per week: 41.00

    (the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

  • Apprenticeship duration

    15 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    24 Feb 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

You will be involved in:

Supply of medicines and products: assisting in the preparation and assembly of medicines and products; issuing to patients and other healthcare professionals, assisting in providing advice on administration and storage of medication.



  • Assist in conjunction with the Pharmacist; Receive prescriptions, assemble prescribed items, undertake an in-process accuracy check, issue prescribed items.
  • Hand dispensed and non-dispensed medicines to patients/customers according to correct protocols.
  • Under the supervision of the Pharmacist, provide advice to patients on the use of medicines as well as general health.
  • Work according to legislative requirements, and organisational policies.
  • Handle information according to organisational and legislative requirements; keep information confidential; record and store patient information securely and act if you think information is not secure.
  • Provide advice on symptoms related to minor ailments which the public may ask about at the pharmacy.
  • Provide advice on the safe and effective use of Over the Counter Medicines.
  • Identify requests for advice or treatment of minor ailments which must be referred to the appropriate team member according to organisational procedures.


  • Recommend and sell over the counter medicines and products according to organisational and legal requirements.
  • Support pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to manage patients with long term conditions by promoting services such as health checks and smoking cessation programmes.
  • Ensure cash transactions are handled correctly.

Stock Management / Control:

  • Assisting in the ordering, receiving, disposal and return of medicines.
  • Assisting with stock rotation and carrying out of date checks.
  • Assisting with the storing and maintaining stock in the Pharmacy.

Public Health:

  • Assist in the promotion of public health by promoting healthy lifestyles to the public and colleagues.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to listen and take instructions well.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Willingness to learn and develop personally to improve understanding of the role.
  • Methodical and organised.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Able to work as part of a team.

Personal qualities

  • Motivated.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Smart appearance.
  • Honest.

Qualifications required

  • The ideal candidate will have GCSE grades A* - C in Maths, English & Science or equivalent.

Future prospects

We are looking to recruit an apprentice who has a real interest in the pharmacy. Someone who is keen to learn and develop in the Pharmacy. There may be opportunities to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship and permanent positions for the right candidate.

Things to consider

Are you willing to fully commit to a 15-month apprenticeship programme? You will be required to stand up for the majority of the working day, be able to work well under pressure and work well with others to form a team.

About the employer

Our Company, Pharmacy Care Plus Ltd, was set up with the aim of developing a professional caring and forward thinking pharmacy service to meet the needs of our patients in the community. Developing future proofed pharmacies in Northern England, we are a dependable, caring and will equipped community pharmacy group, offering a personal service. We work hard to create and maintain a bond with our customers and staff and to create an environment where staff feel adequately supported and are allowed to develop to their full potential.


Barash (Chemist) Limited


166 Bury New Road



M45 6QJ

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Training provider

  • Level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ)(QCF).
  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Science.
  • Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 (with the option to complete Level 2).
  • ERR.
  • Medicine Counter Assistant (MCA) Course.

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Pharmacy Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Buttercups Training Limited


Alex Zielinska 01159 374936

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Closing date: 30 Sep 2017