Care home pharmacy technicians play an important role complementing care home clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and other members of the multi-disciplinary team focussed on providing safe, cost-effective medicines for care home residents.
As a care home pharmacy technician, you have three broad areas of responsibility; clinical (medicines reconciliation, patient counselling and follow-up), technical (waste management and ordering) and training (care home staff, community pharmacy and the wider medical teams).
- Providing safe, cost-effective clinical and technical pharmacy services to nursing and residential care home residents and older people within care communities.
- Proactively working as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes community nursing teams, GPs, nurses, care home staff, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, non-medical prescribers, dietitians and support staff.
- Accurately recording and reporting activity and outcome data as required to support quality improvement initiatives.
- Performing structured medicines reviews and education for residents, in line with current procedures and adjusting as necessary to improve health outcomes and improve efficiency.
- Building relationships within the care home, GP care home leads, primary care network pharmacist and other pharmacy technicians.
- Providing prescribing support to nominated general practice(s) within their ICS including advice regarding the transfer of care procedures for care home residents.
- Providing domiciliary reviews to patients that are housebound in their own homes.
- Providing education and training to colleagues including the safe and appropriate ordering, storage and administration of medicines within a care home environment.
- Reviewing medicine ordering and wastage within the care home and providing advice to reduce wastage.
- Document technical medicines queries from colleagues, residents, and members of the public about the prescribing and dispensing of medication to prevent safeguarding incidents with care home residents
- Support the development of pathways and guidelines related to care homes.
- Understand the Mental Capacity Act to aid decision-making for medicines administration within care homes.
- Make and take responsibility for professional decisions whilst working within professional standards of conduct, ethics and performance.
- Take responsibility for keeping up to date with professional responsibilities and CPD requirements.
The entry requirements will vary depending on the course provider. However, as a guide, you might be expected to have the equivalent of four GCSEs at Grade C and above, including mathematics, English language, science and one other subject. You will also need to be working in a pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician
To practise as a pharmacy technician in England you'll need to complete an accredited course and register with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
GPhC approved courses/qualifications are also available through a level 3 pharmacy technician apprenticeship. To apply, you'll need to be employed and working in a pharmacy to meet the required minimum number of experience hours working within the pharmacy environment, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.
Employers, including the NHS, offer jobs for trainee pharmacy technicians.
Pharmacy technicians must be able to communicate effectively with the wider healthcare team, patients and the public, whilst ensuring and maintaining confidentiality and privacy.
In addition, as a pharmacy technician you need to be:
- Responsible, accurate and methodical
- Able to pay close attention to detail
- Ready to refer to the pharmacist when necessary
- Able to understand law and guidelines on medicines
- Able to read and follow instructions
- Interested in people’s health
- Able to explain clearly to members of the public
- Able to demonstrate excellent customer service skills
- Able to demonstrate excellent organisational, science and manual dexterity skills
In order to work in some specialist areas, you may be required to undertake additional post-registration training / qualifications.