Pharmacy technicians are skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team who manage the supply of medicines and assist pharmacists by sharing information and advice on medication when dealing with patients and the public.
Pharmacy technicians are involved in providing some services through the pharmacy which are designed to save people having to make a GP appointment. Pharmacy technicians run the prescription dispensing processes in pharmacies.
This often involves overseeing other members of the pharmacy team who can dispense. There are many things that Pharmacy technicians can advise on around over the counter medicine sales and healthy lifestyles before having to refer people to speak to the pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians help people to understand how to take their medicines and use them safely. The pharmacy technician works with other healthcare professionals, like pharmacists, doctors’ and nurses to make sure that medicines are ready for people when needed.
In NHS Wales, a pre-registration pharmacy technician works in a pharmacy whilst undertaking a facilitated distance learning course to achieve a Level 3 BTEC National Certificate Pharmacy Services. There is also work based learning and assessment to achieve a Level 3 NVQ (QCF) Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills.
Training and working as a pharmacy technician offer the opportunity to work in a number of settings, including community Pharmacies, Health centres, nursing homes and hospitals.