Pharmacy Assistant - Procurement & Distribution

Hiring By - Biostaffic


United Kingdom

Job Highlights

Not Disclosed

Entry level

Posted 4 months ago
Job details
Job Summary
Fixed Term until February 2025
The opportunity has arisen for an exceptional Pharmacy Assistant to join our Pharmacy Department.
Medicines optimisation is at the heart of our services and we strive to deliver the best possible patient experience and care in order for patients to achieve the best possible outcomes from their medicines.
Our friendly and progressive Pharmacy department is currently looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking individual to join our stores team. This role will involve maintaining the pharmacy procurement and distribution service.
Main duties of the job
You will be integral to the Pharmacy purchasing team ensuring medicines are ordered and delivered on time for patients. Working with our dedicated team to also ensure medicine stock is issued out to patients on a daily basis.
There will be the opportunity to work in our Dispensary and along side other areas of Pharmacy. Good communication skill is key in this role.
You will have delegated duties to undertake the day to day WDA licensed activities ensuring that the service and facilities are compliant with all aspects of Good Distribution Practice (EU GDP 2013/C 343/01), and all other relevant medicines regulations and quality standards. Support and deliver related training provision to all operational staff within the facility and support the operational lead in all aspects of regulatory audit (internal and external).
About Us
Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are.
Service - We will put our patients first
Teamwork - We will work together
Ambition - We will aspire to provide the best service
Respect - We will act with integrity
Job Description
Job responsibilities
This post is ideal for someone looking to take that next step and gain experience in a dynamic environment where there is always something to learn.
Main duties include:
  • Encouraging a high standard of work at all times
  • Supervise and complete the ordering process to ensure that we do not run out of any essential items, helping to place orders with contracted or most cost effective suppliers
  • Act as super user for the Pharmacy Robots, dealing with any errors and training staff in its use
  • Assist and supervise for the training of staff as appropriate
  • Assist in ensuring there are adequate and up to date written training manuals for all areas to assist staff in following the correct operating procedures and to have in place an induction programme for all new staff to follow.
  • Monitoring the quality of services, using agreed performance measures
  • To ensure that the facilities and service are compliant with all aspects of Good Distribution Practice (EU GDP 2013/C 343/01), and all other relevant medicines regulations and quality standards.
  • To support the main dispensary functions.
Please see attached job description and person specification for full details.
Person Specification
Qualifications Essential
  • Degree Level Qualification / NVQ or QCF Level 2 in Pharmacy Services & BTEC in Pharmaceutical Services / Relevant Experience
  • Accredited Checking Assistant qualification or be eligible and willing to work towards accreditation
  • CIPs level 3 or above qualification or be eligible and willing to work towards accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Experience as a hospital Pharmacy Assistant, or supervisory experience in a community Pharmacy
  • Recent practical experience in a busy Pharmacy environment
  • Experience of training individuals
  • Managing own workload to meet the needs of a service
  • Knowledge of JAC, the hospital pharmacy computer system
  • Knowledge and clear understanding of Good Distribution Practice (EU GDP 2013/C 343/01), and other relevant regulations, guidance and quality standards
  • Experience working as a Hospital ATO
Knowledge Essential
  • Good knowledge of the legal requirements (Law and Ethics) for dispensing and supplying medicines, including Controlled Drugs
  • Aware of Health and Safety issues and their implications for staff
  • Good and broad understanding of current hospital pharmacy practice in order to advise other staff
  • Good understanding of formulary and medicines management issues and the implications for Pharmacy services
  • Knowledge of legislative aspects of medicines supply issues
  • Understanding of procedures, protocols and legal requirements governing clinical trials supply and non-licensed medicines
  • Understanding of clinical governance and implications for service including quality & audit
Additional information
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

Benefits Offered?

  • No

Bonus Offered?

  • No

Travel Required?

  • No


  • United Kingdom


  • Entry level

Global Experience Needed?

  • No

Specialized Experience Needed?

  • No

Apply before:

  • Apr 15, 2024
Company Overview
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Current Openings: 0

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top three Trusts to work for in the South West. We employ almost 5,500 staff and serve a population of over 750,000 across Wiltshire and neighbouring counties. Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services (at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon) and community health services across Wiltshire. These services include community hospitals, community nursing and therapy, and children's and young people's services.
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