Training for pharmacy technicians
Information on the role of the pharmacy technician, from student to career development and advanced practice.
As a pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician you will work in pharmacy whilst following an approved qualifications programme, as well as the standards for pharmacy professionals from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
You will be expected to work together with the whole healthcare team and the patient to improve patient care.
Co-operating with everyone involved in your training and education at work and college, you will study for your qualifications whilst developing an understanding of and adopting the NHS values of compassion, dignity and respect.
You should be aware of and understand the nine standards in the Professional Standards from the General Pharmaceutical Council. These are relevant to all trainees as they work towards their qualifications.
At the same time as providing patient centred care, you will also learn how to help people live healthier lives, adopt ways of working to reduce and prevent errors, look at ways to improve services and support colleagues in all aspects of medicines optimisation.
Foundation training builds on student learning to ensure a real understanding of the patient’s experience in the healthcare system.
It will give you the skills and competencies to focus on helping the patient with self-care and decision making about their medicines. This ensures patients are supported all the time, every time with an appropriately trained medicines optimisation team.
With foundation training as you take on new and advanced roles, you will learn new skills, develop your career, start to look at future roles, as well as education and training opportunities in your workplace.
Our foundation training programmes consist of time spent in practice according to individual job descriptions and responsibilities.
You should be supported by trained and competent mentors and educational supervisors and assessed on your knowledge, skills and competencies through a variety of assessment methods.
You should have regular reviews and appraisals to support and measure your progress.
Your development may be a one to two year programme of structured training using the Foundation Pharmacy Framework (from APTUK) which will help you to identify learning gaps and support career development. All our training programmes support the principles of medicines optimisation and the development of patient centred skills.
As a registered pharmacy professional you are accountable for meeting the nine standards of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Standards for Pharmacy Professionals whilst at work and also outside of work.
With a strong focus on the wider medicines optimisation agenda you will develop your skills and competencies to an advanced level of professional training and higher education qualifications.
Your role will focus on the development and improvement of services for patient focused care, implementation and management of training and assessment programmes for a competent workforce, supervision of teams and service delivery for a high quality medicines optimisation service, as well as quality management and clinical governance for financial accountability, return on investment and validated systems of practice.
Local development in Yorkshire and the Humber over recent years alongside government reports such as The Carter Report and NHS England 5 Year Forward View have highlighted the importance of utilising clinical pharmacy staff, improving patient safety systems, improving the quality of care and helping people to live healthier lives.
The Carter Report recommends pharmacists and clinical pharmacy technicians spend more time on patient-facing medicines optimisation activities; acute trusts should ensure their pharmacists and clinical pharmacy technicians spend much more time on clinical pharmacy services than on other activities.
Advanced or specialist practice is developed by individuals after consolidating foundation practice and a number of different pathways exist, dependent on specific job role.
For pharmacy professionals, The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in collaboration with CoDEG and including representation from APTUK have a developed an Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF).
The APF identifies six key areas (also known as clusters) that are important for development in and demonstration of advanced stages of practice, independent of sector.