Pharmacy Apprentice

Oakbrook Pharmacy (Head Office) / Green Cross Chemists

Sheffield, S11 7EB

Pharmacy Apprentice

Working in conjunction with the responsible pharmacist and other senior dispensary staff, towards providing technical assistance in the supply of medicines and the treatment of our patients.
Learning to provide advice on the use of those medicines along with general advice on healthy lifestyles.
Learning to ensure the accurate, efficient and profitable operation of all dispensary processes.

Qualifications Required

Minimum of 5 GCSE or numbered equivalent A-C grades including English, Maths and Dual Science

Full Description

Reporting to - Line Manager/Pharmacist/Dispensary Manager

To provide assistance and guidance to pharmacy personnel when necessary.
Working towards performing duties associated with the control and management of all pharmacy systems and prescription dispensing.
Working with qualified dispensary colleagues and learning to be aware of and clearly understand the role competencies and limitations of an Apprentice Dispensary Technician.
To maximise the utility of the role of an Apprentice Dispensary Technician to the individual pharmacy’s best advantage.
To ensure that the limitations and standards of the role of an Apprentice Dispensary Technician are properly adhered to at all times.
To be involved in the preparation of monthly NHS prescription submissions, including counting accuracy and accuracy of NHS prescription filing and sorting as per NHSBSA requirements.
To contribute to achieving maximum reimbursement through accurate dispensing, purchasing and endorsing procedures, including following any specific instruction from line management.
To learn to select, label, compound and dispense pharmaceutical products in accordance with a prescription by following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and complying with all legal requirements as appropriate.
To learn to ensure the safe and correct transfer of dispensed items to patients.
To learn to identify medicine related problems or queries and bring these to the attention of the pharmacist or other senior dispensary colleague.
To learn to answer queries on the supply and availability of medicines and to refer to other senior dispensary colleagues when required.
To learn to accurately maintain Patient Medication Records (PMR) to ensure patient safety and in accordance with data protection requirements.
To learn to receive stock in accordance with SOPs.
To learn to ensure the safe and appropriate storage of medicines.
To learn to manage stock control and the maintenance of reasonable stock levels within the dispensary.
To respond to telephone and face-to-face queries of a routine pharmaceutical nature from patients or their representatives and to refer queries to the pharmacist or other senior dispensary colleagues when appropriate.
To learn to liaise with other healthcare professionals to ensure the continuity of patient care across primary and secondary care.
To assist with service provision to care homes and others including the preparation of Monitored Dosage Systems.
To learn to assist with the engagement of patients onto advanced services and assist with the provision of those services where appropriate.
To learn to make simple dilutions or extemporaneous products as determined by the pharmacist, ACT or technicians.
To start to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of pharmaceutical matters by complying with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements once qualified.
To assist in providing pharmaceutical care to patients by carrying out reasonable duties as determined by needs of the business.
To learn to maintain high retail and dispensary housekeeping standards.
Ensure high standards of security practice within the pharmacy premises.
Attend meetings or training events called by line management whether within or outside normal business hours.
Undertake any additional duties associated with the conduct of the business when requested by line management.

Working Week

39-40 hours Mon - Sat, Mon-Fri 9am-6:00pm (branch dependent). Saturday mornings on a rota, with time off in the week to compensate.



Application Deadline Date


Possible Start Date


Personal Qualities

You will be person-centred and caring. Enjoy working with people as part of a team and be able and keen to contribute to the success of that team.
You will be patient and calm and yet have energy and endurance.
You will be committed to developing yourself, your workplace and contributing positively to the health of your patients.

Skills Required

Information Technology, Administration Skills, Communication Skills, Numeracy Skills, Team Building Skills, Literacy Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Organisational Skills

Future Prospects

These are excellent. We are committed to the development of our technician workforce. The IPTPT provides a fabulous opportunity and is an excellent grounding.
Pharmacy technicians are now finding rewarding employment opportunities across a wide-variety of openings in primary and secondary healthcare and beyond.

Training to be Provided

Apprenticeship standard - Pharmacy technician (integrated) Level 3 including end point assessment

Other Information

The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £4.30 from 1st April 2021. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies

Reality Check

Oakbrook Pharmacy is located at:
237 Oakbrook Road, Sheffield S11 7EB

The Sheffield College is located at:
Granville Road, Sheffield, S2 2RL