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Pharmacy Assistant

Job Introduction

HMP Peterborough are currently recruiting for a Pharmacy Technician to work closely with the primary care team, pharmacy team and on-site pharmacist in the delivery of a high quality pharmacy service to the prison population.

HMP/YOI Peterborough is the country’s only purpose-built prison for both male and female prisoners (kept separate at all times), including a 12-place mother and baby unit. We are committed to offering education and development programmes to provide residents with the skills required to enter employment on release, so reducing the chances of further offending. Providing creative outlets, such as workshop activities, helps to equip those in custody for when they are released. We use ‘Restorative Approaches’ to bring people in conflict into dialogue. Using a skilled and structured process, those who have been harmed have an opportunity to be heard and those that have caused the harm are held to account for what they have done. We have strong links with the community outside through a variety of partnerships, including our outreach activity Outside Links’ offering support and advice to both residents and their families.

Learn more here about working in Justice and HMP Peterborough

Role Responsibility

  • Assist with the implementation and development of pharmacy support to all wings in the prison which includes where appropriate counselling of patients on the correct use of medication and administer medication once competent on the wings.
  • Ensure clinical notes are maintained to the agreed standard at all times and that clients are appropriately assessed, admitted, care planned and discharged.
  • Where set up, assist in the delivery of specialist services to prisoners e.g. smoking cessation, weight management, In Possession risk assessment clinics, medicines reconciliation
  • Ensure that controlled drugs are stored and recorded in line with necessary procedures immediately escalating any problems to the Pharmacy Manager, Lead Pharmacist and Head of Healthcare as soon as they are detected.
  • Assist in the delivery of a timely and efficient medicines management service to the Wing Treatment Services with responsibility for ensuring safe and appropriate access to medicines
  • Issuing of ‘In Possession’ medicines where appropriate to prisoners in order to provide information in relation to medicines management, side effects and general medical advice.

**See below for full Job Description**

The Ideal Candidate

  • NVQ level 3, BTEC or equivalent
  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Relevant post qualifying experience working within a pharmacy environment.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate and provide evidence of personal professional development.
  • Flexible attitude to working arrangements - must be able to multi-skill changing work patterns at short notice and able to work within changing environments
  • Committed to patient care and first-class service provision.
  • Ability to work within a pressurised environment.
  • Good IT skills and evidence of computer literacy
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.

Package Description

37.5 hours per week – Monday to Friday

Salary £27,100 - £28,700 per annum

May be required to complete weekend work.

Benefits including 28 days holiday (inclusive of bank holidays), pension, discounted health cover, subsidised gym membership, childcare voucher scheme, free meals on duty and free on-site parking

About the Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs some 36,000 employees to deliver integrated facilities management services to clients at over 2,000 locations in the energy, corporate, healthcare, education, leisure, defence and justice sectors. With an annual turnover of over £1bn, we provide everything from catering, cleaning and reception to security, laboratory and grounds maintenance services, enabling our clients to focus on their core business.

At Sodexo we are committed to a leading role in promoting equality opportunities and valuing diversity and inclusion. We seek to create a work environment based on mutual respect for all individuals, building a culture that appreciates and values the experiences and skills brought by each person to benefit our organisation and work hard to ensure that all people, whatever their race, colour, sex, gender identity  disability, nationality, national or ethnic origin, religion or belief, marital/partnership or family status, sexual orientation, age, social class, educational background, employment status, working pattern, are welcome to and included within our organisation. 

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process.




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