Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Kathryn went to catering college after school and enjoyed a career in the restaurant and catering industry. When she had children she found the working hours did not suit family life. After a short period working in a supermarket, she saw an advert for a pharmacy store assistant. She got the job and has since worked her way up to a pharmacy technician. She feels that she has now found a job that she both likes doing and fits well with her home life.
More information about Pharmacy and other dispensing assistants
The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionPharmacy and other dispensing assistants work under the supervision of pharmacists or other relevant health professionals to dispense drugs and medicines, issue pre-packaged prescriptions, sell over-the-counter medication, dispense spectacles and contact lenses and other related products.
QualificationsEntrants usually possess GCSEs/S grades. Training is typically received on-the-job, supplemented by study towards vocational qualifications. NVQs/ SVQs are available in relevant areas and at various levels, and apprenticeships may be available.
- Checks received prescriptions for legality and accuracy and confirms patients’ or customers’ details;
- Maintains records of prescriptions received and drugs issued;
- Checks stock levels, rotates stock, orders new stock from supplying companies and ensures that products are stored appropriately;
- Arranges displays of merchandise;
- Relays information to customers under the direction of pharmacist or other health professional;
- Carries out sales transaction, wraps and packages goods.