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Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.


  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy
  • Prepares drugs and medicines under the supervision of pharmacist
  • Prepares specialised, tailor-made drugs for intravenous administration by hospital medical staff
  • Labels and checks items prior to dispensing
  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued
  • Advises patients or customers on the use of drugs prescribed or medication purchased over the counter
  • Checks stock levels, orders new stock from pharmaceutical companies and ensures that drugs are stored appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entrants to training usually possess GCSEs/S grades or the equivalent. Training is typically a combination of practical experience and study at a college or by open learning towards vocational qualifications. To register as a pharmacy technician with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain an NVQ/ SVQ in Pharmacy Services at Level 3 is required

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £24,000 per annum and can progress up to £25,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 3,981 employed Pharmaceutical Technicians in the region.

Current Vacancies

Pharmacy Technician

NHS Jobs
15 Jan 2020

Pharmacy Technician | Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust
14 Jan 2020

Pharmacy Technician

NHS Jobs
10 Jan 2020

Senior Pharmacy Technician

NHS Jobs
8 Jan 2020

Pharmacy Technician | Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
20 Jan 2020

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58% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

11% of students went on to other Higher Education

3% of students went on to employment

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