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Band 5 Pharmacy Technician - HMP Erlestoke

Band 5

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Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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HMP Erlestoke
Erlestoke, Devizes
£25,655 - £31,534 per annum
Salary period
27/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

We are looking for a Registered Pharmacy Technician or Nurse to join our Medication Management team at HMP Erlestoke . 

HMP Erlestoke is a Category C male prison supporting men to reduce their re-offending and reintegrating back in to the community through release planning. There is a mixed population of men including violent offenders, IPP and life sentenced prisoners, individuals with learning difficulties, young offenders and those in drug recovery. 

Our medicines management services are seeking an enthusiastic registered technicians or nurse to join the team. Our technicians / nurses will be responsible for administering and supplying medicines to patients, delivering pharmacy triage, drop-in clinics and supporting prescription pathways. You will be part of an integrated health service in a challenging environment where you can help empower a vulnerable population to self-care and understand their medicines better.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to facilitate administration of medicines and prescription pathways.

Key responsibilities within this role include:
• Safely administering medicine; 
• Supervising and supporting the whole system of medicines administration;
• Ensuring that the management of all medicines, including controlled drugs, is in accordance with organisational policy;
• Supporting pharmacist-led clinics by identifying patients suitable for medicines-use reviews.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • Strong pharmaceutical skills;
    • An ability to work on your own and as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
    • A recognition of the value of strong team work;
    • A flexibility to work in a shift pattern that will involve evenings, weekends and nights as identified;
    • Registered Pharmacy Technician (GPhC) or Nurse (RGN / RMN)

Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.  We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Safely administer medicines according to Organisational Medicines Management Policy and local Standard Operating Procedures
  • Supervise and support all staff in the process of medicines administration
  • Identify opportunities for development through the individual performance review process and take relevant action to achieve objectives
  • Partake in clinical supervision in line with organisational policy
  • To supervise, administer and supply medication as necessary, observing effects and side effects, regularly updating knowledge of commonly prescribed medicines
  • To deal with the storage and administration of drugs in accordance with legal requirements, local policies and procedures
  • To ensure that the management of all medicines, including controlled drugs, is in accordance with appropriate medicines legislation, standard operating procedures and policies
  • To contribute to, and participate in, clinical audits as appropriate
  • To assist in resolving problems involving the prescribing, administration, and operational aspects of medicines management
  • Identify potential problems regarding the lack of availability of medicines for individual prescriptions and stock medication, and where appropriate, seeking advice on suitable alternatives or agreed delivery timetable
  • To assist in ensuring that systems and processes for providing release medication and the management of ‘in possession’ medicines are safe and effective
  • Assist in the management of repeat prescriptions
  • Provide advice to patients about their medicines
  • Assist in the training of other healthcare staff, in medicines management, as required
  • Complete medicines reconciliations for patients and assess patients’ own medication for re-use
  • Support pharmacist-led clinics by identifying patients suitable for medicines-use reviews and updating clinic waiting lists where appropriate.
  • Work with the physical health team in providing a See and Treat service to patients

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Pharmacy Technician
Desirable criteria
  • Prison experience


Essential criteria
  • An understanding of team dynamics, including cross-agency and partnership working
  • Experience of developing relationships with external agencies and organisations

Skills and abilities

Essential criteria
  • To be responsible for own continuing professional development in order to continue to update pharmaceutical and clinical knowledge and skills
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge/experience of SystemOne
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kevin Meek
Job title
Wellbeing & Medication Management Team leader
Email address
Telephone number
01380 814444
Additional information

Alison Lent alison.lent1@nhs.net