Different pharmacy technician roles: clinical trials, procurement and clinical economy

Posted on October 23, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Hello, my name is Gill and I’m a clinical trials pharmacy technician.

How did you get to where you are today? What made you decide to do what you do?

I have been in this post since August 2012 having previously worked as an aseptic technician for several years and was looking to change roles.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy working with the research team and take pride in providing a good service to them and to the trial patients. I enjoy being involved in the pharmacy area of research which includes the procurement, storage and dispensing of trial medication and lots of paperwork and record keeping, and training pharmacy staff members in all things trial related.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

Airedale General Hospital is one of the main employers in our area, unlike many hospitals it is in a rural location, which I feel is one of the attractions for new staff. The pharmacy team are a good group of people, hardworking, supportive of each other and friendly.

What do you do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my granddaughters, outdoor pastimes such as hiking, kayaking and birdwatching and indoors I enjoy sewing and DIY.

 

 

Hello, my name is Fern and I’m a pharmacy technician in procurement.

How did you get to where you are today? What made you decide to do what you do?

I started working at Airedale in 2010 at the age of 16 as office support a couple of hours after school and I learnt a lot about the pharmacy department. A job was advertised for an apprentice pharmacy technician and I was keen to learn more about the role. Once I had qualified I worked in aseptics as a senior assistant technical officer. During this time, a pharmacy technician position came up within the procurement team. I had thoroughly enjoyed my rotation in there so applied and was offered the position.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the many challenges I face on a daily basis and that no day is ever the same – there is always a new question or problem to solve.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

Working at Airedale there is a great sense of community; many events take place for staff and visitors to get involved in.

What do you do outside of work?

Outside of work I like to go on long walks with my friend and our dogs, and go shopping.

 

 

Hello, my name is Julian and I’m a senior technician clinical economy.

My job involves ensuring we have the systems set up to buy the right product at the right price from the right supplier as variations in price between products can be huge. You can imagine what effect that could have on the hospital budget.

I also provide reports so that we can see what is being used where and in what quantities to see that we are using medicines appropriately. I work with clinicians on the immunoglobulin assessment panel and deputise for the homecare technician.

How did you get to where you are today? What made you decide to do what you do?

I fancied seeing the world so joined the army and did pharmacy technician training there. After 24 years and having got as far as I could as a technician, I had to retire. Airedale had a vacancy at the time and by that stage I was dealing more with supply than close patient work so this position was ideal.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The variety as it is not as dull as it may appear. Obtaining and interpreting some of the detail from the pharmacy computer system can be quite challenging.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

The fact that it is very much a community hospital and one much appreciated in the surrounding area as opposed to a larger more anonymous unit.

What do you do outside of work?

On the medical side I am a community first responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Hobby wise, although not the best singer in the world, I sing and am on the committee with Langcliffe Singers. I am also in the local drama group in Settle, currently busy on ‘Oh What a Lovely War’ for November. Somehow I also find time to waken Settle up on a Sunday morning by bell ringing.

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