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”.

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Amy - Career Pathway

  • 2005
    Left school with 9 GCSEs
  • 2006
    Studied childcare at Croydon College
  • 2008
    Worked at the pharmacy as an assistant for 18 months
  • 2010
    Completed two years as a student technician and qualified as a Pharmacy Technician
  • 2016
    Senior Pharmacy Technician

Stats - Pharmaceutical Technician

Average Salary


Employment Statuses

Full Time Employed: 19,679
Part Time Employed: 12,719
Self Employed: 664
Total Employed: 33,062

Gender Split

Male: 4,656
Female: 28,406

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