Teams who work within pharmacies in hospitals and the community, such as GP surgeries and chemists, include the role of a pharmacy technician. This is a member of staff who works under the pharmacist and assists in preparing and dispensing medicines.
To gain employment as a pharmacy technician, a combination of studying and hands-on work experience in the job must be gained before qualifications are awarded and registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council is granted for UK workers. There is a variety of official qualifications which can lead to a career as a pharmacy technician, most of which take about two years to complete.
Applying for pharmacy technician vacancies can be done in a number of ways. Recruitment agencies have a selection of healthcare jobs with varying levels of experience required. These are especially useful to those wishing to work within the private sector. Those who wish to work within the NHS can look on the organisations website for current employment vacancies.
According to the NHS pay rates, these members of staff fall within the Bands 4, 5, 6 and 7, depending on levels of position. This equates to approximately 18.5K to over 40K. Private roles vary even further.