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Pharmacy Technician Mental Health & Learning Disability

Band 4 to 5 Development Opportunity

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Band 4 to 5 Development Opportunity
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week (Full time, Part-time position as a job share)
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Kingfisher Court, Forest Lane, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett, Herts, WD7 9HQ
£23,949 - £32,934 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Salary period
30/01/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

Pharmacy Technician (B4/5) Full-time, part-time, flexible working.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a well-established and experienced Pharmacy team at HPFT. We are a small, closely knit team based in Radlett (near Watford) working in a newly designed award-winning building (with free parking).

We are looking for one motivated Pharmacy Technicians who are keen to expand their experience and are interested in working in a mental health and learning disabilities setting. This is a band 4 or a band 5 position, 
depending on relevant experience and qualifications. As a band 4 – training will be provided to help you progress to a 
band 5 level.

Main duties of the job

The candidate(s) will be expected to:

• Support the dispensary in the ordering, receiving, dispensing and checking of medication supplies to all wards and 
departments throughout the Trust and external units
• Conduct medicines reconciliations
• Assess patients’ own drugs and transcribe for supply
• Counsel Patients on their medicines
• Participate in pharmacy related audits
The post holder(s) will be supported to obtain (if not already achieved) Accredited Checking Technician (ACT) status, 
and the University of East Anglia Medicines Management for Pharmacy Technicians qualification, and the Medicines 
Reconciliation qualification. 

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.



Person specification

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Car driver with access to car to travel in and around Hertfordshire
  • Demonstrates ability to meet set targets
  • Ability to understand and empathise with people suffering from mental illness
  • Keen to develop their role and the skills and role of technicians in mental health services
  • Methodical in approach, with attention to detail

Knowledge and skills

Essential criteria
  • Good time management, organisation and prioritisation skills
  • Ability to use initiative to solve problems
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work alone and motivate self
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Basic word processing and spreadsheet skills
Desirable criteria
  • Good presentation skills
  • Ability to appraise performance and identify training needs


Essential criteria
  • BTEC/NVQ Level 3 in Pharmaceutical Sciences or equivalent
  • GPhC registered technician
Desirable criteria
  • NVQ A1 Workplace Assessor Award
  • Accredited Checking Technician Status
  • Accreditation in Medicines Management


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working within Standard Operating Procedures
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in working in Mental Health
  • Knowledge of psychotropic drug therapy
  • Experience of training and managing staff
  • Relevant post-registration pharmacy experience in a hospital setting
  • Experience of working as a member of a multidisciplinary team

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Andrew Smith
Job title
Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01923 633735
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