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Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who are registered with the UK pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for their licence to practice. The title of Pharmacy Technician is protected in law and can only be applied to those who meet and maintain the professional standards set by the GPhC.

They are professional, skilled, knowledgeable and essential members of the pharmacy team who provide person-centred care through dispensing, supply and optimising a person’s medicines to achieve the best outcomes for that person.

Where could you work during the course and after?

There are many opportunities for training and development which can lead to specialised areas of work.

Settings can include:

  • Acute Hospitals
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Primary Care roles including GP practices and Care Homes
  • Mental Health Hospitals
  • Specialist Hospitals
  • Prison services
  • Roles can include:

Medicines optimisation roles across settings including:

  • Ward-based services
  • Management
  • Education and development
  • Medicines Information
  • Clinical trials
  • Procurement
  • Aseptic dispensing
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing

How will the role work?

Shortlisting and interviews will be lead centrally by the Norfolk and Waveney Transformational Team with input from the University of East Anglia and potential employers. Those who are selected will then be assigned to a primary employer for the full two years who may be part Of any medical sector, including NHS trusts through to community pharmacies. You will spend three days a week working at your primary employer, one day a week at a placement in a separate sector and a final day a week for working on your studies. Your studies will be a mixture of study days, online self-study and various other options. On completion of the two-years, you will be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education in Pharmacy Technician Practice (Apprenticeship) and a fully qualified Pharmacy Technician!

What are the requirements?

Text: As a minimum, all applicants require:

  • English GCSE Grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional English.
  • Maths GCSE Grade C/4 or Level 2 Functional Maths.
  • Science GCSE Grade C/4.

Though these are the minimum requirements, those who lack Science GCSE there are potential other routes available, contact the STP for further information.

Further Information

There are currently two intakes a year in February and September with interviews November and June respectively. Search the NHS jobs site for the next available cohort.

 Further information can be found at:

How will the role work?