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Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.


  • Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy
  • Prepares drugs and medicines under the supervision of pharmacist
  • Prepares specialised, tailor-made drugs for intravenous administration by hospital medical staff
  • Labels and checks items prior to dispensing
  • Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued
  • Advises patients or customers on the use of drugs prescribed or medication purchased over the counter
  • Checks stock levels, orders new stock from pharmaceutical companies and ensures that drugs are stored appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entrants to training usually possess GCSEs/S grades or the equivalent. Training is typically a combination of practical experience and study at a college or by open learning towards vocational qualifications. To register as a pharmacy technician with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain an NVQ/ SVQ in Pharmacy Services at Level 3 is required

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £22,000 per annum and can progress up to £25,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,428 employed Pharmaceutical Technicians in the region.

Current Vacancies

Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician
/ NHS Jobs / 17 Jan 2022
Level 2 Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services | Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
/ Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust / 17 Jan 2022
Pharmacy Technician
/ Nuffield Health / 17 Jan 2022
Bank Pharmacy Technician Band 4/5 | Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
/ Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust / 17 Jan 2022

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