Pharmacy

Does your career need a shot of adrenaline? Are you looking to join a motivated and fast paced team? If so come and meet with us in North Wales.

We are rapidly developing and expanding our services to improve patient care in both primary and secondary care. We are a lead in Wales for: 

  • Our well established team of clinical pharmacists and technicians embedded in GP practices providing specialist clinics, face to face medication reviews and supporting the repeat prescription process.
  • The implementation of MTeD (Medicines Transcription and electronic Discharge), linking hospitals with community pharmacies and joining up the patient journey.
  • ‘Choose Pharmacy’ the roll out of the Welsh minor ailments and emergency supply to medicines schemes.
  • Funded pharmacist posts for medical undergraduate training.
  • Piloting the integrated pre-registration program for Wales.

Internationally recognised for our work on the identification and prevention of avoidable medication-related admissions, North Wales is home to new NEWT Guidelines - the definitive medicines administration guide for patients with swallowing difficulties or enteral feeding tubes. 

If you are just leaving school, qualifying as a pharmacist, a post-graduate registered pharmacist, or already have an established career in pharmacy we will support you to maximise your true potential and we will actively encourage your career progression offering funded places. 

Job Opportunities in Pharmacy:

 

Pharmacy Assistants

Work as part of the pharmacy team under the direction of a registered pharmacist. Training is provided and NVQ2 level must be achieved. 

The work includes:

  • taking in and dispensing prescriptions
  • using computer systems to generate stock lists and labels
  • ordering stock
  • receiving and storing deliveries
  • using automation both in pharmacy and on the wards
  • delivering medicines to other parts of the hospital and bringing work to be done back to pharmacy
  • dealing with customer queries face to face or by phone
  • pre-packing, assembling and labelling medicines
  • preparing medicines
  • referring problems or queries to the pharmacist

Pharmacy assistants may also be involved in manufacturing medicines when ready-made preparations are not available. For example, certain cancer treatments and intravenous feeding solutions need to be tailor made under sterile conditions for individual patients.

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Pharmacy Technicians

Another member of the pharmacy workforce is the Pharmacy Technician.  They are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and work under the supervision of a pharmacist.  It is a varied role with the ability to develop their skills throughout their work.

Their work includes:

  • the supply of medicines to patients
  • the assembly of medicines for prescriptions
  • the provision information to patients and other health care professionals.
  • The manufacture of medicines in hospitals
  • They may also manage areas of the pharmacy such as dispensaries or pharmacy stores
  • They may supervise and manage other pharmacy staff 

Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician

Each year the health board has a number of training places available to qualify as a pharmacy technician achieving the NVQ3 level over two years. Nearly all pharmacy technicians will be offered a permanent job on qualifying.

Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician

As a qualified pharmacy technician you will be supported to undertake an Accredited Checking Pharmacy Technician Course, which will enable you to carry out the final accuracy check on dispensed items that have been clinically checked and approved by a pharmacist. This may take place in the dispensary, in manufacturing, or on the wards working alongside medicines management technicians.

Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician

Accredited to deliver a patient focused role, medicines management technicians may work in GP practices or on hospital wards taking drug histories, assessing patient’s own medication (POMs), one-stop dispensing (supply and discharge).

As a registered Pharmacy Technician, opportunities and support are provided to undertake an accredited medicines management course.

Pre-registration Pharmacist

We have two pre-registration programmes to offer: one is solely hospital-based, and we have also recently developed an accredited integrated pre-registration year during which there is an opportunity to experience community, hospital and primary care, making a more rounded professional with greater understanding of all sectors of pharmacy able to work easily in any sector. The year will put newly registered pharmacists in an excellent position to compete for jobs.

Within the hospitals there are rotations around the different specialities, in community there are opportunities to get involved in responding to symptoms, dispensing, counselling and the enhanced services and in primary care there is involvement in all of the different roles of the primary care pharmacist in GP practices and care homes.

The year will be spent in all three sectors splitting the week between hospital, community and primary care enabling the whole patient journey to be observed and supported by tutors in all sites throughout the year. 

Registered Pharmacists

For newly qualified pharmacists there are permanent jobs, with the opportunity to complete a fully funded post-graduate clinical diploma with close links to Cardiff University and dedicated support from experienced diploma tutors.

As an experienced pharmacist you’ll be committed to ensuring that our patients are at the heart of everything we do.  With strong team working skills, you will be able to demonstrate the values that are important to us, communicating well with both colleagues and patients. You should have the vision and ability to help move the service forward, while getting the best out of your colleagues and team and you will never compromise on quality, treating others with respect and dignity.

With an integrated approach to health care you’ll have the opportunity to work across different hospital sites, work in the community and GP services and you’ll develop innovative and effective approaches to patient care and service delivery across a large geographical area.

And if you are interested, we will also incorporate working in our cancer centre, medicines information, mental health or aseptic department as well, supporting you with the preparation of chemotherapy.

Independent prescribing courses and Advanced Clinical Practice MSc (run by our local Bangor and Glyndwr Universities) will further progress your skills and integrate you into clinical teams. If you still need more, and you are interested in progressing your leadership or research and development skills, there are many other options available in Wales.

Interested?

Then come and join our close-knit, sociable team, offering you all the support and training you need to further your skills.

We value and respect our diverse workforce many of whom are multilingual and have the ability to communicate with patients with the language of their choice.  We offer learning opportunities for staff who wish to learn Welsh.

Take a look at our latest vacancies here

For any questions you may have about our profession please email BCUHB.PharmacyServices@wales.nhs.uk

 

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