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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 3,922 employed Pharmaceutical Technicians in the region.

Current Vacancies

Pharmacy Technician | Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust
12 Aug 2019

Pharmacy Technician

NHS Jobs
13 Aug 2019

Senior Pharmacy Technician | Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
16 Aug 2019

Senior Pharmacy Technician

NHS Jobs
17 Aug 2019

Destinations of Digital Technologies Completers July 2018

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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