Pharmacy Technician

1.        GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Job Title:                 Pharmacy Technician 

Band:                     Band 4

Salary:                    As per AfC

Hours:                    37.5 hours per week

Terms & Conditions Of Service:   In accordance with the Agenda for Change NHS Terms & Conditions of Service.

Responsible to:        Chief Pharmacy Technician

Accountable to:        Chief Pharmacist

Responsible for:       Pre-registration pharmacists, pharmacy assistants and other pharmacy staff when required to supervise their work

 

2.        JOB SUMMARY

  • To provide a specialist patient focused technical pharmacy service.
  • To participate in the ongoing development of the technician’s role in medicines management in the dispensary and ward/teams.
  • To undertake duties of a technical nature, including the dispensing, checking and supply of medication to individual patients.

 

3.        MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To participate in a high quality, patient focused medicines management model for technicians, at dispensary, ward and community team level.
  • To dispense medication, including clinical trials, for patients ready to receive a final accuracy check. This will include complex calculations for specific medicine regimes and dispensing to a high specification of accuracy
  • To participate within the pharmacy with the receipt, processing, storage and stock control of medicines and other supplies.
  • To participate in medication top-up at team base/ward level, to ensure good stock control.
  • To monitor medicines storage on wards, team bases and outside units in line with Medicines Management standards.
  • To be responsible for the safe, accurate and timely supplying of medicines in accordance with agreed stock lists and non-stock items, in line with the changing clinical needs of each clinical environment to minimise waste and reduce risk, and ensuring records are kept.
  • To obtain and maintain Accreditation in Medicines Management (LPET or equivalent)
  • To take medication histories from patients on admission and carry out medicines reconciliation
  • Assess the suitability of for use of Patient’s own Drugs according to protocol
  • To transcribe details of required medicines from inpatient drug charts to requisition sheets, and to dispense the medication in pharmacy.
  • To counsel patients on their medicines to ensure compliance. This will include provision of advice on the storage, use and disposal of their medicines and to advise them on the arrangements for the continuation of supply.
  • To obtain and maintain, Accredited Checking Technician status and perform the final accuracy check of prescriptions in accordance with department protocols, ensuring all medicines are dispensed to a high specification of accuracy.
  • To assist in the development of dispensary and ward / team procedures where appropriate, and to ensure that ward / team are familiar with such procedures.
  • To assist with departmental and Trust wide quality audits to demonstrate compliance with Medicines Management policies.
  • To respond to enquiries and requests from staff, patients and carers, in accordance with individual competence and departmental policy.
  • To assist in the induction of new staff, and training ofStudent Pharmacy Technicians, Assistant Technical Officers, Pre-Registration Students, Work Experience Students.
  • To use pharmacy and other computer systems in the course of performing these duties.
  • To provide reciprocal cover for other pharmacy technicians in their absence, which may necessitate working at other Trust sites

 

Training and Development

  • To undertake mandatory and statutory training, supervision and annual appraisal as required by Trust policy.
  • To contribute and commit to undertaking an annual Development Review/appraisal.
  • To undertake personal development as identified in the Personal Development Plan (PDP).

 

Additional duties/responsibilities

  • To participate in the dispensary weekend pharmacy rota
  • To participate in the dispensary late duty rota
  • To participate in the Bank Holiday rota
  • To carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Chief Pharmacist.

 

Supplementary Information:

In the course of their duties the post-holder may be:

  • Frequently exposed to distressed patients due to the nature of their illness i.e. suicide, deliberate self-harm, overdoses, abuse and the undesirable adverse effects of specific complex drug treatments e.g. sexual side effects, weight gain and lack of insight for the need of treatment.

     

  • Occasionally exposed to unpleasant smells and body fluids on the wards

     

  • Occasionally exposed to verbal aggression from patients on wards and from outpatients and potential risk of physical aggression from patients.

 

The work pattern may be frequently unpredictable due to constant changes and demands and interruption from healthcare professionals or patients.

 

Physical effort includes regular travel to off site locations (rehabilitation units, crisis teams, community teams).

 

The post-holder will be required to work at Highgate Mental Health Centre Pharmacy and St Pancras Pharmacy  and will also be required to spend designated time each week at other sites within the trust.

 

Rider clause

 

This is not and exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager

This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder (this might include working on other trust sites)

 

 

4.        PROBATIONARY PERIOD

This post is subject to the requirements of a six month probationary scheme for new staff only.

 

5.       PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust & the London Boroughs of Camden & Islington are working in partnership to provide mental health services.  Employees from all the participating organisations work closely together and have joint management and supervision arrangements.  In addition you will be expected to collect and report data relating to performance indicators for both organisations.

 

6.        CONFIDENTIALITY

All information concerning patients/clients and staff must be treated as strictly confidential at all times.

 

7.        VALUING DIVERSITY

It is the aim of the Trust to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, marital/partnership status, race, religion, age, creed, colour, ethnic origin, disability, part time working status and real or suspected HIV/AIDS status and is not placed at a disadvantage by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.  To this end the Trust has a Valuing Diversity in the Workplace Policy and it is for each employee to contribute to its success.

 

 

8.        INFECTION CONTROL

            The prevention and control of infection is the responsibility of everyone who is employed by Camden and Islington Foundation Trust.  Employees must be aware of infection control policies, procedures and the importance of protecting themselves and their clients in maintaining a clean and healthy environment.

 

 

9.       HEALTH & SAFETY

All staff must comply with all Foundation Trust Health & Safety Policies and Procedures.  Staff must be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.

 

10.     NO SMOKING POLICY

There is a smoke free policy in operation in the Trust.  In accordance with this policy smoking is positively discouraged and is not permitted anywhere within the buildings, on the premises or grounds.

 

Designated smoking areas or smoking rooms are not permitted.  Support is provided for staff members who wish to stop smoking.

 

11.      DATA PROTECTION

If you have contact with computerised data systems you are required to obtain, process and/or use information held on a computer or word processor in a fair and lawful way.  To hold data only for the specific registered purpose and not to use or disclose it in any way incompatible with such purpose.  To disclose data only to authorised persons or organisations as instructed.

 

12.      DATA PROTECTION ACT

All staff who contribute to patients’ care records are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, the Trust’s Standards of Records Keeping Policy.  Staff should be aware that patients’ care records throughout the Trust will be subject to regular audit.

 

All staff who have access to patients’ care records have a responsibility to ensure that these are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected in line with the Trust’s Confidentiality of Health Records Policy.

 

All staff have an obligation to ensure that care records are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected.  Staff are also subject to this obligation both on an implied basis and also on the basis that, on accepting their job description, they agree to maintain both patient / client and staff confidentiality.

In addition, all health professionals are advised to compile records on the assumption that they are accessible to patients in line with the Data Protection Act.

 

 

  1. ACCESS TO HEALTH RECORDS

All staff who contribute to patients’ health records are expected to be familiar with, and adhere to, the Trust’s Standards of Records Keeping Policy.  Staff should be aware that patients’ records throughout the Trust will be subject to regular audit.

 

All staff who have access to patients’ records have a responsibility to ensure that these are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected in line with the Trust’s Confidentiality of Health records Policy.

 

All staff have an obligation to ensure that health records are maintained efficiently and that confidentiality is protected.  Staff are also subject to this obligation both on an implied basis and also on the basis that, on accepting their job description, they agree to maintain both patient/client confidentiality.

 

In addition, all health professionals are advised to compile records on the assumption that they are accessible to patients in line with the access to Health Records Act 1990.

 

14.      SYSTEMS AND IT SKILLS REQUIREMENTS

All Trust staff are expected to use and to enter data onto the Foundation Trust Clinical Information System and to use other required IT applications where it involves their work.    All Foundation Trust staff will also need to have the essential IT skills in order to use the Foundation Trust Clinical Information System as well as other required IT related applications in their jobs.   Initial and on-going IT applications and IT skills training will be provided to underpin the above.

 

15.      WASTE DISPOSAL

 

All staff must ensure that waste produced within the Foundation Trust is segregated and disposed of in such ways that control risk to health, or safety of staff and the public alike in accordance with relevant legislation and procedures contained within the Foundation Trust policy.

16.      PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION

 

i)        If you are employed in an area of work which requires membership of a professional body in order to practice (e.g. Nursing & Midwifery Council for nurses), it is a condition precedent of your employment to maintain membership of such a professional body.  It is also your responsibility to comply with the relevant body’s code of practice.  Your manager will be able to advise you on which, if any, professional body of which you must be a member. 

 

  1. You are required to advise the Foundation Trust if your professional body in any way limits or changes the terms of your registration.

     

  2. Failure to remain registered or to comply with the relevant code of practice may result in temporary downgrading, suspension from duty and/or disciplinary action, which may result in the termination of your employment.

     

  3. If you are required to have registration with a particular professional body or to have specific qualifications you must notify your manager on appointment of such fact and provide him or her with documentary evidence of them before your employment commences or, at the latest, on your first day of employment.Furthermore throughout your employment with the Foundation Trust, you are required on demand by your manager to provide him or her with documentary evidence of your registration with any particular professional body or in respect of any required qualifications.

 

17.      CODE OF CONDUCT

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust has a code of conduct for all non-registered staff in a direct care role. As an employee of the Trust you are expected to comply with this code at all times, and any breach of it whilst in practice will be investigated by the Trust.

 

Copies of the code of conduct can be obtained from the Human Resources department and is also available on the Camden and Islington NHS intranet.

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18.      RISK MANAGEMENT

 

All Trust employees are accountable, through the terms and conditions of their employment, professional regulations, clinical governance and statutory health and safety regulations, and are responsible for reporting incidents, being aware of the risk management strategy and emergency procedures and attendance at training as required.

 

All staff have a responsibility to manage risk within their sphere of responsibility.  It is a statutory duty to take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by acts or omissions.

 

All managers through out the organisation have a responsibility to ensure that policies and procedures are followed, that staff receive appropriate training, that a local risk register is developed and monitored on a quarterly basis and any changes reported to the Clinical Governance Committee and Risk and Assurance Committee.

 

Managers are responsible for implementing and monitoring any identified risk management control measures within their designated area/s and scope of responsibility.  In situations where significant risks have been identified and where local control measures are considered to be potentially inadequate, managers are responsible for brining these risks to the attention of the Clinical Governance Committee or Risk and Assurance Committee if resolution has not been satisfactorily achieved.

 

19.      SAFEGUARDING

 

            The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff are expected to implement the Trusts’ Safeguarding policies and procedures, act promptly on concern, communicate effectively and share information appropriately.

 

 

20.     REVIEW OF THIS JOB DESCRIPTION

 

This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.  To be reviewed in conjunction with the postholder on an annual basis.

 

21.     INITIALS AND DATE OF PREPARATION

 

LR, Chief Pharmacist

February 2015

Reviewed NS, Chief Technician

December 2017

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