Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), highly skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team and work under the supervision of a pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians are integral to the pharmacy workforce and crucial to ensuring the safe management of medicines across all healthcare related settings. Pharmacy technicians assist with various tasks of differing complexity – this also includes preparing repeat prescriptions to conducting prescribing audits.

Training and Qualifications

Training to become a pharmacy technician usually requires completing a two-year accredited pharmacy technician course. It combines practical work-based experience with study, either at college or by distance learning. Courses cover:  

  • human physiology  
  • disease management  
  • actions and uses of medicine
  • manufacturing  
  • pharmacy law  

Please click here for more information on how to become a pharmacy technician.

Career opportunities and progression

  • CPPE has recently launched a fully funded course that helps community pharmacy technicians develop the skills and confidence to deliver effective clinical services in community pharmacy. Further information can be found here.

News and Resources

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Pitstop Diabetes Update Course – Open to ARRS Clinical roles

Open to any ARRS clinical staff including Pharmacists, Paramedics, Physician Associate, Pharmacy Technician, Nurse Associate & Advanced Clinical Practitioners. Please submit the details requested below to obtain a code. This 4-hour programme has been developed to update healthcare professionals who deliver the essential primary care services for people with type 2 diabetes and non-diabetic hyperglycaemia….

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Non-PCN NHS England funded places for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

BackgroundNHS England commissions the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) to provide compulsory training for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians whose salaries are being supported with the Additional Role Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) finding. This training pathway is the Primary care pharmacy education pathway. NHS England has agreed that places remaining for a cohort not taken by…