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NHS AfC: Band 5
37.5 hours per week
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Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
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Colchester Hospital
£22,128 - £28,746 per annum
31/05/2018 23:59
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Ward Based Pharmacy Technician

NHS AfC: Band 5

This is an exciting time for us; it could be for you too.

With the trusts that run Colchester and Ipswich hospitals merging in summer 2018, we will become one of the largest NHS organisations in the region, employing over 10,000 staff and serving a population of almost 800,000 residents. By merging we can provide the latest treatments locally, and be in a stronger position to save, grow and strengthen the many hospital and community services our residents rely on.

We are an ambitious trust with a simple vision, to provide the communities we serve with excellent healthcare and build a better future for the people of east Suffolk and North Essex. To help us do this, we will work closely with our local partners to deliver more of the joined-up services and care our residents need.

We want the best staff. You want to make a difference.

For our staff and our patients we have the same philosophy: time matters.  This new way of working will remove unnecessary stress and frustration caused by the systems we use and the way we work. We will concentrate  on removing or improving the things we do that don't work for our patients.  For our staff, this means more time to care for patients and greater opportunities to develop skills and experience.

So if your ambition matches ours, its time to work together. 

Have you got the enthusiasm and confidence to take up the challenge of this clinically orientated post. The post will involve assisting the department in providing a high quality and comprehensive clinical pharmacy service throughout Colchester Hospital University Healthcare Trust?

The post holder will be responsible for assisting the department in providing a comprehensive clinical pharmacy service at ward and department level throughout Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and partners. He/she will work closely with clinical colleagues to ensure the provision of an integrated and efficient service.

The post-holder will be based within the pharmacy department at Colchester General Hospital, spending a significant proportion of their time working clinically at ward level; with some time also being spent within the dispensary environment.

Medicines reconciliation, Electronic Discharge checks and supply will all be daily activities within this role. Full training and assessments will be carried out during an induction period.

At least 2 years post qualification hospital experience is required and the ability to demonstrate clinical knowledge through a formal clinical qualification or relevant skills within your current practice. You will need good communication skills and must be able to demonstrate excellent organisational skills.

Please note that this role is subject to a DBS check which will be charged to the successful candidate. Full details can be found within the ‘DBS Information’ documents attached to this advert.’

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For informal discussions, please contact Paul Mills, Principal Pharmacist, Clinical Services or Debbie Smart, Chief Technician, Clinical Services on 01206 745985 or email /

If you have problems applying, contact

01206 745925