How long have you been in your pharmacy role?
I have worked for South Tees pharmacy since September 2015 where I started as pre-registration pharmacy technician, then progressed onto a rotational pharmacy technician, a medicines management technician, an education and training technician and then onto my current role as an acute and community pharmacy technician since October 2023.
What qualifications did you need and where did you gain them?
To become a pre-registration pharmacy technician, I needed GCSEs in Maths, English and Science.
I then gained a BTEC Level 3 in pharmaceutical science and an NVQ Level 3 in pharmacy service skills through a day release course at college, which enabled me to register with the General Pharmaceutical Council as a pharmacy technician.
Following this, I completed an accuracy checking course to become an accredited checking technician (ACT) and a medicines management course to become a medicines management technician (MMT) through the North East Pharmacy Education and Training Office.
This enabled me to apply to my current role as an acute and community pharmacy technician.
Tell us something about your role people might not be aware of…
In my current role as an acute and community pharmacy technician, I am part of the Hospital at Home team which is made up of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Patients under the care of Hospital at Home are monitored from their home with technology and homes visits. These are acutely unwell patients who could benefit from being treated in the comfort of their own home if that is the person’s preference.
What do you like about working at South Tees pharmacy?
I like that there is always scope for progression and advancing the technician role at South Tees. There are lots of different routes for personal development and there are regularly new opportunities.