Where can Pharmacy Technicians work?
Pharmacy Technicians work in a wide range of settings, including (but not exclusively):
Integrated Care Boards (ICBs)
Justice (the Prison Service)
Defence (HM Armed Services)
Within the pharmaceutical industry
They prepare medicines and other healthcare products for the supply to patients. They also take an active role in providing patients with guidance on taking medicines.
Visit the NHS Roles – Pharmacy Technician webpage for more information on being a Pharmacy Technician.
To practise in Great Britain, Pharmacy Technicians must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have satisfied the Council that it meets its detailed requirements. Registered Pharmacy Technicians must keep their skills and knowledge up to date with annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Once qualified, many Pharmacy Technicians join the Association of Pharmacy Technicians (APTUK). The APTUK runs courses, conferences, and seminars where pharmacy technicians can exchange ideas and update their skills.
Qualified and experienced Pharmacy Technicians can go on to study to become a Pharmacist.
Training to become a Pharmacy Technician usually takes two years. It combines practical work experience with study, either at college or by distance learning. Courses cover:
Actions and uses of medicine pharmacy manufacturing
There is now also a Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship option available and further information can be found on the National Careers Service – Pharmacy Technician page.
Workplace experience or shadowing
For existing Pharmacy Technicians who would like to expand their knowledge and experience working in different sectors please contact:
Becky Steyn (Nottingham University Hospitals NUH) - email@example.com
Sandy Harris (Sherwood Forest Hospitals) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Garside (Nottingham City GP Alliance) - email@example.com
Suzanne Buxton (Nottinghamshire HealthCare Trust) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tania Cook (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire ICB) - email@example.com
Community of practice
Pharmacy Technician Network
For all Pharmacy Technicians across all healthcare sectors. To provide networking and support opportunities, as well as to increase potential collaboration. First meeting was in November 2022. Frequency thereafter to be agreed by attendees.