1.     Job purpose

·       To participate in the compounding of aseptically prepared products.

·       To ensure the smooth running of the aseptic unit by ensuring adequate stock levels of raw materials and disposables.

·       To assist in providing training and support for new/rotational staff.

2.     Key stakeholders

Liaises with:     

·       Pharmacists, Pharmacy technicians (students and qualified)

·       Pharmacy assistants

·       Practice Supervisors (PS)

·       Pharmacy staff

·       Other healthcare professionals

·       Chief Pharmacy Technician Education and Training


3.     Key areas of responsibility

To help ensure that service provision is flexible and responsive to patient needs.

To help ensure that the aseptic stock holdings are accurate.

To assist in ensuring that products are prepared according to agreed procedures and to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), and in the case of clinical trials Good Clinical Practice.

 Service Provision – Aseptic 

        To assist in the maintenance of adequate stock levels of raw materials required for compounding

·       To assist in the use of computerised stock control system and maintain accurate stock levels

·       To assist in maintaining the integrity of the production environment, in compliance with standard operating procedures and Good Manufacturing Practice

·       To participate in the distribution of pharmaceuticals to the end users

·       To maintain all necessary logs, files and records

·       To assist in the gathering of statistical information

·       To assist in the training and supervision of new and/or rotational staff


Job Description


Job title

Aseptic Services Apprentice


Band 4 Annex 21- Trainee

                                  Year 1 = 70% of top of B4 basic salary + HCA

                                  Year 2 = 75% of top of B4 basic salary + HCA


Location of work

In-Patient Pharmacy Department, Hammersmith Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital site.


37.5 hours per week 

Reports to

Deputy Chief Pharmacist, Aseptic Services

Accountable to

Deputy Chief Pharmacist




The role is part of a structured rotational training programme across sites to help provide a quality pharmaceutical service to patients of the Trust. The post holder will undertake the reconstitution of cytotoxic and other aseptically prepared items.

It is a two year fixed term training contract and dependant on the learner maintaining sufficient progress and meeting the training and assessment requirements of the course. Successful appraisal and completion of the first year is a requirement for entry into the second year. Completion of a portfolio of evidence within the allocated time is essential.


This training post works towards a Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) level - the technician will participate in CPD on completion of the apprenticeship. Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech). Registration is subject to candidates successfully completing the appropriate learning, developing the appropriate competence, and undergoing professional review.

West Suffolk College will deliver the underpinning knowledge. The delivery model includes distance learning through a Visual Learning Environment (VLE) for the underpinning knowledge qualification which provides ‘real time’ tutor led lessons across the internet.






The aim of the Aseptic Services Apprenticeship training programme at ICHT is to develop trainee apprentices to have a patient centred approach to Aseptic manufacturing processes to deliver high standards of hospital pharmacy aseptic services.



We provide guidance and support to develop each trainee as fully as possible to achieve the knowledge, skills, attitude and level of competence required by the Awarding Bodies training programme. The broad skills and competencies based training will encompass:-  Aseptic preparation processes

Clean room design and behaviours

H&S and reducing risk in aseptic pharmaceuticals

Legislation, regulations and standards in aseptic pharmaceuticals

Quality management in aseptic pharmaceuticals

Roles, responsibilities and professional development in aseptic pharmaceuticals

Science in aseptic processing

Stock management in aseptic pharmaceuticals

Documentation in aseptic procedures



This training programme will equip the trainee with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a competent pharmacy technician with a strong patient and team focus. Training will also instil the Trust values:

Education and Training

·       To identify own training needs and document in personal development plan

·       To undertake the local accredited checking technician scheme

·       To participate in education and training schemes and meetings organised within the Department

·       To participate in education and training of other healthcare professionals

·       To participate in the pharmacy department and Trust appraisal system


·       Other

·       To participate in all relevant departmental meetings and contribute to effective communication within the department

·       To undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade as requested by the Chief of Service or Deputy Chief Pharmacist

·       To be aware of and apply, relevant legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health, GMP and Medicines’ Act

·       To at all times practice in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

·       To uphold the security of drugs and the premises at all times

·       Attend courses and study days as deemed appropriate by the Deputy Chief Pharmacist


5.     Scope and purpose of job description

A job description does not constitute a ‘term and condition of employment’. It is provided only as a guide to assist the employee in the performance of their job. The Trust is a fast moving organisation and therefore changes in employees’ duties may be necessary from time to time. The job description is not intended to be an inflexible or finite list of tasks and may be varied from time to time after consultation/discussion with the postholder.


Person Specification

Directorate/ department

Pharmacy Department

Job title

Aseptic Services Apprentice


Band 4 Annex 21- Trainee

Year 1 = 70% of top of B4 basic salary + HCA

Year 2 = 75% of top of B4 basic salary + HCA

Line Manager

Chief Technician, Aseptic Services


Criteria relevant to the role



Education/ qualifications

·       Achieve at least level 1 BKSB assessment for maths and English

·       GCE Grade C or GCSE grade  4 or above in Maths and English Language.



·       IT skills:  Microsoft Office use           

·       Previous expeience working in a  UK pharmacy

·       Previous experience of NVQ and e-portfolio preferably Level 2 Pharmacy Services

·       Pharmacy computer system (JAC)


Skills/knowledge/ abilities

·       Good communication and interpersonal skills

·       Good ability to organise and prioritise work

·       Analytical ability for problem solving

·       Good ability to use computer systems including excel and word

·       Able to work under pressure

·       Good personal organisation and time management skills

·       Able to work in a team

·       Demonstrates awareness of and commitment to quality customer care

·       Good verbal and written communication skills

·       The ability to communicate empathetically  towards patients and colleagues

·       Knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practice

·       Knowledge of main roles and practice of pharmacy staff


Values and behaviours

·       Demonstrate the ability to meet Trust Values


Physical Qualities

·       Sufficient to fulfil the duties of the post   with any aids and adaptations


·       Will be required to lift boxes, stretch and work in laminar flow cabinets/isolators


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