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Apprentice Pharmacy Dispensing Assistant M E J HINGLEY & CO

The apprentice will be working alongside experienced dispensing assistants and medicines counter assistants, dealing with over -the-counter medicines, learning what they are, what they do & how to safely recommend them. While carrying out the duties described above, they will be supervised by the Responsible Pharmacist at the pharmacy whilst gaining the level 2 Pharmacy services assistant Level 2 (GCSE).

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Closing date: 01 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    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

    Hours: 40 (Mon 9am - 5 pm– Sat 9am- 12pm) Holidays: 224 hours per year including bank holidays Sick Pay: SSP

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    15 Months

  • Possible start date

    15 Feb 2023

  • Date posted

    31 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • Cash handling
  • Stock ordering
  • Minor ailments
  • Over the counter medicines, what they are, what they do & how to safely recommend them
  • When to refer patients requesting advice
  • Prescription receipt, form completion & processing
  • Handing out of prescriptions
  • Once competent in the above, an apprentice will move onto the dispensing of prescriptions and will learn about the following through shadowing and actual experience
  • Pharmacy law & ethics, including legalities of prescriptions,
    Controlled Drug prescriptions & dispensing
  • Dispensing including FP10 processing Electronic Prescription Service
  • Labelling
  • Endorsement
  • Owings
  • Stock ordering
  • Stock rotation
  • End of the month submissions
  • Filing
  • Sending prescription forms to NHSBSA

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Successful candidates will attend college one day a week for face to face delivery
They will obtain a Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard - Pharmacy Services Assistant Qualification.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • Following successful completion of the training, an apprentice will be qualified to work as a dispensing assistant in Community Pharmacies.
  • Should they wish to continue training, Accuracy Checking roles present an interesting progression, and further training can lead to a Pharmacy Technician qualification meaning registration with the GPhC and a qualification which is recognised in the wider NHS

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 equivalent) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade C/4 equivalent) Desired

Things to consider

As part of this apprenticeship, you will be required to travel to both the employer location and also attend college (in most cases). Please ensure that you have researched your travel arrangements and are happy with the time it will take and distance required to travel, before you apply for this vacancy.

About the employer

Hingley Pharmacy is a group of ten NHS pharmacies and an internet based pharmacy operating across the West Midlands. It was founded in 1964 by Michael Hingley & it remains in the family with his two daughters, Jane & Claire working in the business. The pharmacies are true Community Pharmacies and pride themselves in service to their patients. The group are looking to expand he services offered and envision a growing role for dispensing assistants and technicians in this provision.




101b Hobs Moat Road


B92 8JL

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Training provider



Lisa Buller

Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy services assistant

Level 2 (GCSE)

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