Higher Level Pharmacy Technician - Medicines Support

Band 5

Main area
Diagnostic & Clinical Services
Band 5
Job ref
Based at Burnley General Teaching Hospital
Across East Lancashire
£22,128 to £28,746 pa
26/02/2018 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

At East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care. We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 7,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join our dedicated team of Pharmacy Technicians, who provide medicines support to patients in their own homes across East Lancashire. If you are looking for a new and challenging position that is different to the traditional role of the Pharmacy Technician, enjoy working directly with the patient at grass roots and making a real difference, this opportunity could be for you!

The Medicines Support Team provides a community based service which is Technician led with the support of a Clinical Pharmacist. Through provision of clinical review of prescribed medicines, education and assessment of medicines needs in the home setting, we are able to support patients and those involved in patient care to better understand and manage medicines safely at home.

The position is based at Burnley General Hospital and will involve travel on a daily basis between base and patient’s homes across East Lancashire. The successful candidate must have the use of their own vehicle for daily business use.

Our highly dedicated and passionate team of Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for managing their own caseload in assigned localities. You will therefore have excellent time management skills and the ability to work autonomously and be confident in visiting patients in their own homes.

It is essential that you possess excellent communication skills and are able to communicate and connect at all levels, often with people who may be vulnerable or have diverse needs and inspire confidence. You will be self-motivated with the passion to deliver a patient focussed service, providing quality outcomes and experience for the patient.

We support integrated working across both primary and secondary care on a multidisciplinary level to support prescribing and safe management of medicines.  As part of ELHT Pharmacy, we are able to provide support for patients on discharge from hospital where there are changes to medicines or complex medicines support needs have been identified during their stay. The hours require the right candidate to work Monday to Friday, within the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.

For informal enquiries please contact:

Andrea Cottam, Senior Technician – Medicines Support Team Service Lead

01282 803165 (Monday - Wednesday) email andrea.cottam2@elht.nhs.uk


Vince Goodey, Deputy Director of Pharmacy

01254 732791 email  vince.goodey@elht.nhs.uk


Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we may use this to contact you regarding your application.

Only those applicants who demonstrate clearly how they meet our person specification will be shortlisted for interview.

We reserve the right to close any vacancies from further applications when we have received a minimum number of applications from which to make a shortlist. Please ensure you apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role.

The Trust is committed to creating a well-managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity; we value the contribution of individual talent, skills, knowledge and experience and aim for a workforce demography representative of the local community. We operate Zero Tolerance to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure our recruitment and selection process is accessible to all. Flexible Working applications will be considered. The Trust operates a No Smoking Policy.

Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process please contact a member of Recruitment Services on 01254 732075 at the earliest opportunity to ensure that measures can be put in place to enable your application for this post.

Please Note: new entrants to the NHS will normally commence on the first pay point of the relevant band.


This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested. 

Dear Potential Applicant,

It is important you are made aware of the changes which East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has implemented with regard to charging for the cost of undertaking Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) Checks (previously known as Criminal Records Bureau or CRB) and how this may impact upon you.

As this position is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and involves work that is identified as a regulated activity as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act (2006), any offer of employment is provisional upon a satisfactory DBS check being obtained.

The cost of an Enhanced Disclosure will be £48.00, which includes a small handling fee.

In line with other NHS organisations in the North West Region, the Trust is now passing the charge for undertaking a DBS check on to candidates in the event they are successfully appointed into the post for which they have applied.  Candidates can choose whether to pay this over 1-3 months as a deduction from the monthly salary.  By applying for this vacancy you are agreeing to this undertaking in the event you are successfully appointed.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Andrea Cottam - 01282 803165 (Mon to Wed) - Andrea.Cottam2@elht.nhs.uk

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