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.
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
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.
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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