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Pharmacy Dispenser posted by Sensible Staffing

Full Time
£17,000 - £19,000 / year
NHS Band 2/3

Job Description

Dispensing Assistant

Additional Information:

Location: Bristol

Salary: £Competitive plus benefits

Hours: Full time

Job Type: Permanent

Job Purpose

  • To assist in the preparation, dispensing and packaging of prescriptions, as well as assisting with stock control, ordering and re-stocking of the dispensary.
  • To provide full dispensary services, ensuring that medicines and drugs are correctly dispensed and that all dispensary procedures, guidelines, legal and medical requirements are followed
  • To deliver a first class, helpful customer service by caring for customers and showing an interest in their needs as individuals
  • Ensure effective communication both internally and externally

Key Responsibilities

  • Operation of efficient stock control appropriate to the needs of the dispensary with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply for patients and minimising wastage.
  • Ensuring that drugs are received and stored in an appropriate manner in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions.
  • Ensuring that refrigerated items are stored at the appropriate temperature and maintaining the temperature control record/logbook.
  • Maintaining full and accurate records of all dispensing transactions.
  • Ensure Correct Exemption status is recorded for every patient.
  • Ensuring the cleanliness of the dispensary.
  • Ensure computerised records are maintained and updated.
  • Checking with GP's or in-patient records if concerned about the appropriateness of requests for medication.
  • Assisting in stock checks.
  • Providing cover for annual leave/sickness.
  • Dealing with problems and enquiries.
  • Inputting information onto CRM system, ensuring information is updated accurately and reflected on PMR.
  • Fully observe legal requirements relevant to a dispensing practice, including HA regulations and controlled drugs.
  • Ensure computer and all dispensary equipment is maintained in good working order at all times.
  • Ensure the cleanliness of the dispensary.
  • Ensure the safety of all who enter the dispensary.
  • To carry out any duties appropriate to Dispensing Technician level as required.
  • To work flexibly within the team and to provide cover as necessary.
  • To work closely with and help with the training of new/junior members of staff.
  • To ensure maximum profit by ensuring wastage is kept to a minimum.
  • To run audits as required.
  • Ensure that all drug safety alerts and notices are acted upon.
  • Cover all other job roles when required.
  • Take appropriate action to minimise risks and report any near misses.
  • Support and encourage employees to uphold company initiative.
  • The post-holder will assist in promoting and maintaining their own and others' health, safety and security as defined in the practice Health & Safety Policy.
  • All such information within the company is to be regarded as strictly confidential.


  • NVQ 2 in dispensing
  • Pharmacy dispensing experience.
  • Team player.
  • Positive and friendly attitude, willing to help others.
  • Deal with queries in a professional, courteous and efficient way.
  • Likes to work in a high energy environment.
  • Accountable and dependable.
  • Previous experience of working in a pharmacy
  • Excellent communication skills

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