Learners wishing to join this Standard must be working in a pharmacy environment with a job role of pre-registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician (PTPT). Applicants are likely to be intending to join the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register of Pharmacy Technicians. Your employment may be in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy or primary care pharmacy but must provide you with sufficient pharmacy practice activity to meet the skills requirements. You should be employed in pharmacy for a minimum 30 hours per week on a continuous basis.
Pharmacy technicians manage the supply of medicines and devices in a pharmacy and assist pharmacists with advisory services. The actual work setting will determine the specific areas of activity that the Pharmacy Technician undertakes.
A Pharmacy Technician is responsible for carrying out both routine and specialist services, including highly complex activities requiring them to use their professional judgement. They are expected to work both individually and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, with a high degree of autonomy, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that they have undertaken and that of others.
Pharmacy Technicians are expected to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals, patients and the public, whilst respecting and maintaining confidentiality and privacy.
The apprentice’s employer is expected to provide and support the opportunity for off-the-job training for a minimum 20% of the apprentice’s working time. Defined as technical and knowledge development, this type of learning is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. It can include activities such as; online learning, mentoring, role play, attendance to competitions and events, or revision and assignments set as homework.