Pharmacy Technician level 3 Apprentice CLEVECHEM LTD

Level 3 qualification in Technician. Working alongside our knowledgeable teams, maintaining a high level of competence to ensure the safe dispensing of medication to customers.

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Closing date: 12 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Wage is set at a Dispensers salary whilst training, at hourly rate of £10.10 per hour, with yearly increases according to performance. Once completed the apprenticeship an hourly rate will be a minimum of £11.45 per hour based on April 2022 rates.

  • Working week

    Hours are working on a shift basis/fair rota. Opening hours are as follows: 7am – 10:30pm Monday to Saturday. 9am - 4pm Sundays. 8 hour shifts. Flexibility on evenings and weekends is required. Exact working pattern TBD.

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    19 Jun 2023

  • Date posted

    05 Apr 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Pharmacy Technicians are professional, skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team. Pharmacy Technicians work in many different work environments, including community pharmacies, GP practices and hospital pharmacy departments. These vacancies are working in a pharmacy attached to Redcar Primary Care hospital.

Pharmacy Technicians prepare, dispense and supply patients and health professionals with over the counter and prescription medications. They also handle inventory and customer transactions at the pharmacy, under the supervision of the Pharmacist. Pharmacy Technicians also make sure that all the  equipment in the pharmacy, including scales, computers and printers is running efficiently. They also maintain a sterile environment, ensuring that pill counting trays, countertops and other medication measuring devices meet health and safety standards. Pharmacy Technicians also check and record customer information and perform routine customer service functions.

Your main duties and responsibilities will include but will not be limited to:

  • Participate in accordance with standard operating procedures [SOPs] and [under the supervision of the pharmacist in charge/ Responsible Pharmacist) in all dispensing activities, ensuring that the correct medicines are dispensed and that they are appropriate for the patient
  • Will include dispensing and labelling medication for individual patient supply and stock items from a variety of prescription types and requisitions and making the necessary records and endorsements
  • Follow SOPs to ensure that all issues are dispensed and entered correctly using the pharmacy computer system so that the following are accurate: patient records, records of issues, stock control, the charges made to relevant cost centres and pharmacy workload statistics
  • Perform routine self-accuracy checks to ensure safe dispensing
    prescriptions from customers, use questioning according to protocols to determine and accurately document allergies, other medications, and exemption status
  • Dispensed and checked prescriptions to outpatients/customers, providing routine advice on medication use, identifying, and referring them to the pharmacist in charge/ Responsible Pharmacist when appropriate/ further advice is required
  • In the sale of Over the Counter (OTC), and miscellaneous items to staff and customers
  • Established set criteria to identify patients who require Pharmacist referral when selling OTC
  • In housekeeping duties in the dispensary, maintaining clean and tidy dispensing facilities and safe systems of work
  • Stock is stored safely, securely according to required storage conditions
  • Provide advice to healthcare professionals on storage, expiry dates, stock rotation and other related matters within the guidance of SOPs to ensure a cost-effective service which minimises wastage
  • Maintaining good stock rotation
  • Identifying and removing of stock not fit for purpose e.g. expired stock
  • Ensure all medication incidents are reported in accordance with the policies
  • Verbally or in writing as appropriate, with patients, relatives, carers, pharmacy staff and other healthcare professionals to provide and receive routine information
  • Ensuring all prescriptions are endorsed counted and filed accurately and dispensing items and controlled drugs under the supervision of the Responsible Pharmacist as appropriate
  • As an Apprentice Pharmacy Technician, your main responsibility will be to provide pharmacy services accurately, efficiently and safely, under the supervision of the Pharmacist

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

After the 2 years you will receive a certificate as a Pharmacy Technician (integrated) (level 3).


  • You will get one day a week (during your working week) to attend your online training program
  • Additional time must be completed to complete assignments and research projects
  • You will receive planned observations from your employer/mentor and your Pharmacy Skills Tutor from Woodspeen Training every 8-12 weeks
  • An End Point Assessment [EPA] will also take place at the end of the 24 months programme
  • The EPA will entail a test, interview, evidence related question and answer and or presentation
  • Registration as a Pharmacy Technician for the General Pharmacy Council [GPhc]


What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • This is a 24-months fixed-term contract (which may lead to a role after successful completion of the 2 year training) for those who are looking for a promising career in community pharmacy, GP Practice or Hospital pharmacy departments. During this training, you will learn to put into practice the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a Pharmacy Technician

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, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


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

Things to consider

Hours of working are early starts and late finishes so flexibility to work weekends and evenings is essential. Right to work You must have the right to work in the UK and must be a resident of the UK for at least 3 years

About the employer

Clevechem Pharmacy was created by pharmacists in Redcar to service the pharmacy needs of the new Redcar Health Centre in Coatham Road. The business opened in 1976 and continued within that building until its closure in 2009. The pharmacy was one of the first examples of a consortium pharmacy in England and the model was subsequently used as an example throughout the UK. This type of pharmacy was jointly owned by the other pharmacies in the town, and allowed it to support the continued existence, of a network of pharmacies around the town. The business relocated to the new Redcar Primary Care Hospital in 2010 where it now operates. Clevechem Limited is a pharmacy near Redcar and provides a list of Pharmacy Services listed below: • (NHS): Medication review service • (NHS): Needle and syringe exchange • (NHS): Stop smoking service • (NHS): Stop smoking voucher service • (NHS): Supervised consumption of medicines • Appliance dispensing • Appointment booking available for consultations • Appointment booking for consultations not required • Medicines use review (MUR) service • Multi-lingual staff • New medicine service • Other health professionals onsite • Prescription collection from local General Practices • Prescription delivery service • Private consultation room • Public Health • Seasonal flu vaccination service (at risk groups)







TS10 4NW

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Training provider



Kate Anderson


Apprenticeship standard

Pharmacy technician (integrated)

Level 3 (A level)

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