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Principal Technician Medicines Management

NHS AfC: Band 7

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NHS AfC: Band 7
37.5 hours per week
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Dorset County Hospital
£33,222 - £43,041 per annum
28/10/2018 23:59

Outstanding Care, Outstanding Careers


Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

Outstanding Location

West Dorset with its outstanding scenery and rugged coastline is characterised by a number of small towns, each with a distinct identity. The coastline is protected by World Heritage as a site of outstanding natural beauty.

Dorchester is an intriguing mix of historic and the modern, with the new Brewery Square development offering a vibrant and sophisticated leisure and shopping complex.

The local schools are amongst the best in the country with a mix of public and private education.

The hospital is close to the town centre of Dorchester, and has excellent bus and rail networks, making the major centres of Bournemouth, Bath, Southampton, Exeter and Bristol easily accessible

Outstanding Rewards

NHS Discount Scheme – free to join and a huge range of discounts for NHS staff

Childcare Support – our staff receive discounted rates at Sunny Days Nurseries and we also provide a childcare voucher scheme.

Cycle to Work Scheme – we run a Cycle to Work Scheme, offering savings on the cost of a new bike plus cycling equipment

Pension – the NHS offers one of the UK’s best pension schemes with an excellent package of benefits

Flexible working – a range options including compressed hours, term-time contracts and part-time working

Staff Recognition – as well as regular appraisals, local and corporate inductions, we recognise the great work of our staff through the Monthly Hospital Heroes Award and the Annual Gem Awards

Employee Support and Wellbeing– A free, confidential counselling service for both work and non-work related matters. A physiotherapy service is also available.

Outstanding Career






with Bank Holiday, Lates and Weekend Commitments on a rotational basis.


Are you a motivated, experienced registered pharmacy technician with a vision and passion for medicines optimisation, staff and service development and service improvement?

Our award winning Pharmacy department has an exciting opportunity for a Principal Technician to directly support and further develop our Medicines Management Team, medicines optimisation agenda and decentralised ward pharmacy service.

As an accredited Medicines Management Technician you will participate in system wide medicines optimisation and transformation of pharmacy practice to improve the quality and efficiency of services for the public.

Working closely with the Clinical Ward Team and wider Pharmacy Team you will maximise patient flow and patient safety. You will provide expert knowledge of medicines optimisation processes and practices and have established team management experience. You will be able to co-ordinate and prioritise work flow and engage your team in delivering the highest standards and efficiency. In your role as an experienced Accredited Checking Technician you will participate in checking rotas within the dispensary and at ward level, and act as a role model to all staff. You will also support staff training and education being responsible for training new members of staff and continued coaching as well as supporting the Department with Education and Training. An in depth knowledge of developing and reviewing Standard Operating Procedures, competency frameworks and a knowledge of the national agenda and opportunities for service improvement is essential.

You are required to have relevant experience and have excellent training, prioritisation, time management and interpersonal skills. Candidates who fail to supply a detailed supporting statement specifying how their career experience to date matches the person specification supplied with this advert will not be invited for interview.

The purpose-built Pharmacy provides a pharmacy service to Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a number of external Organisations under the terms of a Wholesale Dealers Authorisation. The dispensary benefits from an ARX robot installation, a Prescription Tracking System and the Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration is in use in the majority of the hospital.

We are an innovative forward thinking department entering an exciting new phase. A series of in-house developments are underway, giving the opportunity for successful candidates to be involved in dynamic projects which offer professional progression.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Fran Evans, current post holder on 01305 255585 or email OR, Katie Travers, Clinical Pharmacy Manager on 01305 255913 or email