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Trainee Pharmacy Assistants

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Trainee Pharmacy Assistant is the title given to an individual undertaking the relevant training to become a qualified pharmacy assistant.


Requirements and Training for Pharmacy Assistants

Entry requirements

You will need to obtain a pharmacy assistant post either at a hospital or in a community pharmacy. There are no entry requirements, although some employers may expect you to have basic literacy and numeracy skills or GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above - such as English, maths and a science subject.

Training programmes

To work as a pharmacy assistant you need a Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) or units of the certificate that relate to your work area (your employer will decide which units you need to complete). 

After on the job training, your practical skills and knowledge will be assessed by a qualified person. You will be observed carrying out your job in the workplace and will also collect other sources of evidence (such as copies of documents showing how you have completed a task accurately). Once you have enough evidence to show that you can meet the standards required then you will complete your qualification and receive your certificate.

To support you through your qualification you will have an assessor and an internal quality assurer

Trainee Pharmacy Assistants in NHS Organisations in London

Trainee pharmacy assistants employed in NHS organisations in London undergo on the job training, are registered for the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) or units of the qualification depending on their job role.

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) providers

Assessment Centres deliver, assess and quality assure the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF). NHS organisations within London use:


Funding for Trainee Pharmacy Assistants

NHS Organisations in London

London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) secures funding to support trainee pharmacy assistants employed by NHS Organisations in London  from NHS London.

This funding covers:

  •  Support from members of the London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) Team
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) fees

    • Registration
    • Training
    • Eportfolio account 
    • Ongoing support
    • Certification

NHS Organisations in Midlands and East (East of England - Beds, Essex and Herts)

London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) has not been able to secure funding for Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) learners employed by NHS Organisations in the Midlands and East (East of England - Beds, Essex and Herts). Funding should be sourced from Midlands and East (East of England - Beds, Essex and Herts) SHA.

If you would like to use London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) please contact Tracey Burrows for further information on fees.

Other NHS & Non-NHS Organisations

If you would like to use London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) please contact Tracey Burrows for further information on fees.


Applying for a Pharmacy Assistant Post

   London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) does not directly recruit or employ pharmacy assistants.

If you are interested in applying for a position as a pharmacy assistant, job vacancies appear in a range of sources. The majority of NHS employers now advertise on the NHS jobs website.

Alternatively, you can contact the hospital's human resource department or pharmacy department. For community pharmacy, contact the company directly.


Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF)

    

London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) supports trainee pharmacy assistants undertaking the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) employed by all NHS organisations in London except for those employed by Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation NHS Trust and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. 

Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (QCF) learners undergo on the job training and assessment of competence. London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T) will induct and register learners. The learner will then produce a portfolio of evidence using an e-portfolio system which will be assessed by their assessor, quality assured by an internal quality assurer (IQA) and certificated by London Pharmacy Education & Training.

Existing LPE&T internal quality assurers can nominate new learners to attend an induction day by clicking here.


For further information

Visit the NHS Careers website or contact Dawn Edwins at London Pharmacy Education & Training (LPE&T).