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Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for their license to practise. 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 and essential members of the pharmacy team, who broadly prepare, dispense, supply and issue a wide range and variety of medicines to patients. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of the pharmacist, and as registered professionals, are responsible and accountable for their own accurate and safe practice.

Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians

Standards of initial education and training from the GPhC set out the criteria against which they will approve education and training for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians. The standards ensure that newly registered pharmacy technicians are competent to practise safely and effectively. Initial education and training in Yorkshire and the Humber is provided for Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technicians through a number of providers.

As a Pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician you must be employed in a pharmacy to start your studies. You will work in an environment which support patients with their medicines, manage the supply of medicines and assist pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with advisory services. In hospitals, you will also be involved in specialised technical work such as manufacturing or preparing complex medicines. To find out more about the job please visit the Health Careers website.

In Yorkshire and the Humber a two year pre-registration training programme is commissioned through Bradford College, Sheffield College, the Leeds Trust NVQ Centre or Buttercups Training Ltd. This may be through an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) or an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3).

When you start your training, you and your employer will enter into a Learning Agreement which will outline your work duties and responsibilities over the course of your training. You will be working four days at your place of work, and expected to attend college one day a week/complete your distance learning programme to gain the necessary qualifications depending on the provider.

As well as the minimum GCSEs requirements in Maths, English and Science subjects, you are expected to have a commitment to NHS values; be highly organised and motivated; capable of meeting multiple deadlines; plan your own studies and complete college work punctually.

Work Based Learning

Please visit our work based learning programmes page to find out what training is available to you as soon as you start work.



Further Information

You should search for jobs in the region by using the NHS Jobs website which is dedicated to advertising all NHS jobs in England and Wales.

Contact us by emailing: medicinesoptimisation.yh@hee.nhs.uk 


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