Many people think of a hospital pharmacy as a type of dispensary. The truth is that technicians like Amy make up a lot of patient prescriptions from scratch.
After school, Amy initially studied childcare for two years and then started looking for a job. “My sister worked in the pharmacy and told me there was a position going so I applied and was accepted”.
After two years of training on the job she qualified as a Pharmacy Technician. She now works at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust as part of a small team providing everything from parenteral nutrition to prescriptions for Crohn’s Disease.
She also supervises other trainees when they’re making medicines as well as training new members of staff. “It’s interesting, but you do need to be quite organised”.
Amy takes a quiet satisfaction from her work. “At the end of the day it’s nice to know you’ve helped a patient in their journey of recovery”.
Amy - Career Pathway
Left school with 9 GCSEs
Studied childcare at Croydon College
Worked at the pharmacy as an assistant for 18 months
Completed two years as a student technician and qualified as a Pharmacy Technician
Senior Pharmacy Technician
Stats - Pharmaceutical Technician
Full Time Employed: 19,501
Part Time Employed: 12,263
Self Employed: 665
Total Employed: 32,429
Pharmaceutical technicians work in hospitals or in the community and assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of drugs and medicines.