What is your view on education and training for Pharmacy Technicians?
When completing my Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician training, I personally thoroughly enjoyed the education and training that was given to me as this helped me to learn how medicines work on the human body. During my course, I was taught about the Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Programme and Lord Carter report. These showed the role of the Pharmacy Technician is moving towards being more ‘clinical’ and working nearer the ‘front door’ of the hospital. I support the new education and training standards from GPhC that have been updated to reflect the current role of Pharmacy Technicians. That this includes the medicines optimisation training and ACPT course within the two-year training puts a newly qualified Pharmacy Technician in a good position on day 1 of being qualified. I have also been a part of an oversight group for the new Pharmacy Technician qualification Heath Education England are putting together. This new qualification sees the removal of aseptics and technical services (including stores and distribution) to reflect again the more clinical future for Pharmacy Technicians.
Are they fit for purpose or is improvement required?
I believe that education and training is very much fit for purpose now, and this reflects the role of the Pharmacy Technician as outlined within the Hospital Pharmacy Transformation Programme and Lord Carter report.
What is your current role and what does a ‘normal’ day look like?
Since registering as a Pharmacy Technician in September 2017, I am currently working in the dispensary, dispensing different prescriptions for patients and communicating with different healthcare professionals. I am also training pharmacy assistants how to dispense controlled drugs, and helping to train new starters to pharmacy. I am also working with the Dispensary Manager to help use the Pharmacy Prescription Tracker better so this is more accurate for wards to know the progress of their patient’s prescriptions.
Do you work autonomously or are you supervised in your current role?
I work under the supervision of the dispensary manager (who is also my line manager) and also the responsible pharmacist in the dispensary.
What do you love and also what do you hate about your current role?
I admit to everyone I love Pharmacy and I love being a Pharmacy Technician, this is my dream job and I look forward to advancing my career in the profession. I particularly enjoy the variety of roles the Pharmacy Technician can specialise in and the career progression that is available for me. I enjoy the responsibility that comes with belonging to the profession, problem-solving and sorting out issues, and also training new members of staff into pharmacy or into a new role within the dispensary. There is nothing in my role I particularly hate, but if there was anything I would want to improve it would be better communication throughout the pharmacy team.