Pharmacy technician training
If you are considering pharmacy technician training for yourself or a member of your team there are some important things that you should know. At Scientia Skills we have over 73 years of combined experience of writing, delivering and happily supporting pharmacy training including pharmacy technician training. We’d like to share what we’ve learnt to help you make the best start when considering this important step in your pharmacy career.
What is a pharmacy technician?
A pharmacy technician works as part of the pharmacy team managing, assembling and supplying medicines as well as providing advisory healthcare services to patients. They work alongside and with supervision from a qualified pharmacist and often support and supervise other members of the pharmacy team themselves.
Pharmacy technicians work in a range of settings. Within a community pharmacy or hospital pharmacy and increasingly within GP surgeries and other wider settings carrying out more specialised duties.
What do I have to do to become a pharmacy technician?
Pharmacy technicians who wish to practice must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Registration recognises the professional status of Pharmacy Technicians, their knowledge, skills and abilities and the value that they add to the pharmaceutical care of their patients.
To become registered as a pharmacy technician with the GPhC trainee technicians must complete and successfully pass two GPhC acredited or GPhC recognised training courses.
- A level 3 NVQ Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF)
- An accredited underpinning knowledge course or a Technical Certificate such as Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science
At Scientia Skills we provide both training programmes and have designed them around you. We’ve spent close to a decade perfecting our programmes and have worked hard to make sure that they are high quality, easy to understand and easy to tutor.
Training takes two years and involves both practical work on the job and with more academic study and you can expect to learn about a range of topics. Take a look here to find out what our programmes cover.
To undertake this training you will need to find employment as a pre-registration pharmacy technician trainee within a community pharmacy or hospital. It is most often the case that people who have already completed a dispensing assistant or dispenser qualification and already work in a pharmacy move on to start pharmacy technician training. If you just starting out on your pharmacy career take a look at our free Introduction to Pharmacy programme which will provide your with more information.
What does a pharmacy technician do?
Pharmacy technicians work as part of a complex team in busy environments governed by a range of regulations. That why it takes two years to train. Here are some of the things you could expect a pharmacy technician to be involved with:
- Accepting prescriptions from patients
- Dispensing prescriptions
- Using computer systems to manage dispensing and medicine stocks
- Ordering medicines
- Organising the storage or medicines
- Organising the delivery of medicines
- Selling over the counter medicines to patients
- Discussing and resolves patient queries with the pharmacist
There is a lot of opportunity for pharmacy technicians to develop further in a wide variety of ways. That may be through increasing responsibilities for supervising the pharmacy team, developing pharmacy services or training further to become an accuracy checking technician.
As always we want to provide the best support to both trainees and tutors. We don’t just send you a training pack and then leave you to it. That approach starts now. Get in touch whichever way suits you and we’ll happily answer your questions. We are always happy to talk training. Remember, the only silly question is the one you don’t ask…
You can find more information specifically about Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacy technician training from the following sources.
General Pharmaceutical Council – The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain.
Association Of Pharmacy Technicians UK – The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK is the Professional Leadership Body for registered pharmacy technicians working in the UK.