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Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

Programme Introduction

The South West currently has Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians (PTPTs) training across all of its NHS trusts in the region.

The role of a pharmacy technician is very challenging and rewarding. It provides an opportunity to work as part of a team to support the care of patients.

The dispensing of medicines for in and out patients is the aspect of the work most seen by the public. However, there are many roles that are performed by pharmacy technicians including; purchasing, final accuracy checking of dispensed medicines, providing pharmacy services at ward level, counselling of patients regarding their medication, answering medicines information queries, training of junior staff and having responsibility for managing sections of the pharmacy department.

As a pharmacy technician you may also be required to work in technical services preparing complex formulations of medicines or feeds for patients, and preparing medicines that are used to treat cancer.

The title “pharmacy technician” is protected. All qualified pharmacy technicians are required to be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You will complete a 24 month pharmacy technician apprenticeship

Entry Criteria

The following prerequistes must be met before application

Applicants will require at least 4 GCSEs (grade A*-C), including English, maths and two sciences or equivalent qualifications

Programme Details

Pharmacy technicians work in a wide range of settings, including (but not exclusively): registered pharmacies, community services, justice (the Prison Service), GP Practices, dispensing doctors’ practices, care homes and clinical commissioning groups, hospitals, mental health, defence (HM Armed Services) and within the pharmaceutical industry.

Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines and devices in a pharmacy and assist pharmacists with advisory services.

The actual work setting will determine the specific areas of activity that the pharmacy technician undertakes, but typically their role will include the following:

  • Providing safe and effective pharmacy services
  • Supplying medicines and devices to patients, whether on prescription or over the counter
  • Achieving the best outcomes through a patient’s medicines
  • Assembling medicines for prescriptions
  • Providing information to patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Managing areas of medicines supply such as dispensaries
  • Supervising other pharmacy staff
  • Answering customers questions face to face or by phone
  • Pre-packing, assembling and labelling medicines
  • Referring problems or queries to the pharmacist

A pharmacy technician is responsible for carrying out both routine and specialist services, including highly complex activities requiring them to use their professional judgement. They are expected to work both individually and as part of a multidisciplinary team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, with a high degree of autonomy, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that they have undertaken and that of others.

Pharmacy technicians are expected to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals, patients and the public, whilst respecting and maintaining confidentiality and privacy

Method of Delivery​

The method of delivery will depend on the chosen course provider. In the majority of courses this is blended delivery.

Method of Assessment​

Assessment is assignment based alongside skills assessments undertaken in the workplace. As part of the pharmacy technician apprenticeship you will be required to pass an end point assessment

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Programme Director

For general enquiries or in case of Programme Director absence:

Email: pwds@uhbw.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0117 342 6677

Useful Links

Current PTPT Apprenticeship Opportunities

Please click on the links below for more information regarding PTPT apprenticeship opportunities currently available in the HEE South region:

South West


Thames Valley


Education provider links

Bradford college – Level 3 Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians BTEC Level 3 Diploma https://www.bradfordcollege.ac.uk/courses/course/principles-and-practice-for-pharmacy-technicians-btec-level-3-diploma/

Buttercups Training – Pharmacy Technician (Integrated) Apprenticeship

Highbury College – BTEC Level 3 Diploma Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians

University of East Anglia – Certificate of higher education in pharmacy technician practice apprenticeship

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