Senior Dispensary Pharmacy Technician | Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Job details
Posting date: 03 April 2024
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: £28,407 - £34,581 pa inc
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 03 May 2024
Location: Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8PS
Company: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 6089428/277-5146313-BRIS

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To (1) manage on a daily basis the pharmacy dispensary and procurement operations at HMP Bristol, (2) manage the team of pharmacy technicians and assistants, based in the dispensary at HMP Bristol (3) to assist the lead pharmacist to manage the requirements of the Wholesale Dealers License on a daily basis.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community trust that provides a wide and growing range of services across the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Bromley, Kent and the South West of England. Oxleas Prison Services Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and provides the pharmacy services to the prison pharmacy contracts.

Prisons healthcare can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding professions to work in. The pharmacy department has a long history of innovation, with established policies and procedures in line with National Guidelines governing patient care within a prison setting.
1. To organise and manage the day-to-day running of the pharmacy dispensary and procurement operation at HMP Bristol, reporting any immediate issues to the responsible pharmacist and the Lead Pharmacy Technician.
2. To supervise, mentor and train pharmacy technicians and assistants using specialist knowledge and experience.
3. To dispense prescriptions and stock items when in the dispensary.
4. To be an accredited checking technician (ACT) providing final accuracy checks or be working towards the accreditation.
5. To promote and ensure high standards of work to all staff in the dispensary and to ensure all Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are read and adhered to.
6. To assist the Lead Pharmacy Technician with writing, updating and monitoring the use of SOPs for dispensary procedures.
7. To ensure, on a daily basis, that all pharmacy operations are within the requirements of the Wholesale Dealers License
8. To ensure systems are in place to support the ordering/supply of repeat prescriptions.

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.
Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

• We’re Kind
• We’re Fair
• We Listen
• We Care

Management Responsibilities
1. To manage pharmacy technicians and assistants working within the dispensary at HMP Bristol.
2. To manage and coordinate leave requests from members of the pharmacy dispensary, using internal SOPs and Healthroster.
3. To deputise for the Lead Pharmacy Technician
4. To manage on a daily basis the requirements of the Wholesale Dealers license, reporting any issues to the responsible person or their deputy.

1. To undertake routine supervisions and assist in the annual appraisals of the dispensary based Pharmacy Technicians and Assistant team members.
2. To mentor and train dispensary pharmacy staff using specialist knowledge and experience, to ensure all staff are working to high standards.
3. To train as an accredited checking facilitator (if not already achieved) and to ensure all pharmacy technicians achieve accreditation in a timely manner when employed.
4. To train as an NVQ assessor (if not already achieved) and support all dispensary based technical staff through their NVQ qualifications as necessary.

1. To ensure robust stock management and control in line with the requisites of the GPhC, Home Office and the MHRA
2. Promote healthy lifestyles for offenders in line with local and national guidelines or promotions.
3. To demonstrate on-going continual professional development (CPD) and be responsible for self-development and learning within the field of pharmacy or other specialty where appropriate.

1. To participate in clinical audits and departmental audits as required.

1. Post holders will be subjected to an advanced DBS check, a prison security check (level 2) prior to being employed.
2. To appreciate thesecure environment you are working in and to adhere to all prison procedures as necessary.
3. To undertake any other tasks at the request of the Lead Prison Services Pharmacist.


All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

You will need to provide:

Proof of right to work documentation

Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographic ID

Proof of address documentation

Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

Address History:

5 years address history will be needed.

Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited.

In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website (

This advert closes on Wednesday 1 May 2024

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