Rotational pharmacy technicians – meet Shelley, Amy, Ben and Gemma

Posted on October 23, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Hello, my name is Shelley and I’m a rotational band 5 senior pharmacy technician.

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

I started as a pharmacy assistant, and then applied for the pre-registration pharmacy technician post to obtain a BTEC and NVQ level 3 in pharmaceutical sciences. I then progressed in my career to achieve my accredited accuracy checking which enables me to check prescriptions that leave the pharmacy department.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy the team aspect of the job to give the highest standard of care to our patients. I also like the different rotations within the pharmacy, giving the job a very diverse and exciting aspect.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

I enjoy the community feel within the Trust, and how we all have the same goal to provide a high standard of care to our patients and staff members.

What do you do outside of work?

I like to use my spare time to travel and see family and friends. I also like eating out and going to Leeds for cocktails.

 

 

Hello, my name is Amy and I am a band 4 rotational pharmacy technician.

I currently work in procurement, but will soon begin my rotations around the whole department, including aseptics, dispensary and wards.

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

I began my role here as a student in 2012, after 2 years of studying I qualified as a pharmacy technician, I worked on bank for a while until I secured a permanent band 4 position. I worked at a community pharmacy in ASDA before I came to Airedale, it really sparked an interest for me and I loved learning new things everyday about the drugs I was dispensing. I began to have bigger aspirations for myself, so I applied for a job at Airedale to train as a technician.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I like how varied it is. When you are rotational you change roles every so often so it keeps the role fresh and interesting. There are a lot of aspects to the job, which I enjoy, as I like to be busy and it is certainly busy! As there are new developments and changes with healthcare often, you are always learning and developing which I really enjoy. I’m lucky and privileged to work alongside skilled professionals daily and feel very happy in my role.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

Airedale is a nice place to work and has a good community spirit. I live very local to the hospital which is very practical. The staff I work alongside are extremely hard working, and I enjoy being part of it all, sharing strong work ethics. I’ve made friends for life whilst working here at Airedale, to which I am forever grateful!

What do you do outside of work?

I have a 2 year old son (Teddy) who takes up most of my time! Me and my husband enjoy days out as a family, I love to cook and also bake very often. Socialising with close friends, walking, and I also love reading. But most of all family time is extremely important to me.

 

 

Hello my name is Ben and I am a rotational pharmacy technician.

This means I work in various areas of the pharmacy and I am responsible for a range of services such as performing drug histories and ensuring patients always have the medication they need, dispensing items such as chemotherapy in an aseptic environment and supplying medication to inpatients and outpatients.

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

Becoming a pharmacy technician was never something I planned on whilst in school and sixth form – when I left sixth form I had no idea what I wanted to do in all honesty. I applied for a part time job in a local community pharmacy in Bingley and whilst working there I realised that pharmacy could be a rewarding and interesting industry to work in. I started applying for jobs as an assistant in hospital pharmacies and once I was successful, the next step for me was to apply for the pharmacy technician course. The pharmacy technician course was a two year course that was completed with a mix of knowledge based and work based work. Once I had completed this course, I applied to be put on the pharmacy technician register and now here I am!

What do you enjoy about your job?

I enjoy many aspects of my job including working as part of a big team, the fact every day can be completely different and above all else the rewarding

 feeling that I am helping patients keep healthy.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

I enjoy working at Airedale because the hospital is fairly small which means that you get to build meaningful relationships with staff around the Trust. It is also a short car journey away from home which is very handy!

What do you do outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy playing the drums, visiting the cinema and I am partial to a nice craft beer!

 

 

Hello my name is Gemma and I am a rotational senior pharmacy technician.

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

I started my pharmacy career over ten years ago in a community pharmacy working part time as a medicines counter assistant whilst studying. Whist in community I completed my level 2 qualification in pharmacy service skills and progressed in my role to a dispensing assistant. My interest in pharmacy started to grow and I made the decision to commit to the career full time. I started to explore different career paths for myself and knew early on that I wanted to be a pharmacy technician in hospital; I knew this was where I could learn and develop the most. I started working towards that goal and completed my Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (knowledge) and Level 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Service Skills (competence) and registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Once I was qualified and registered as a pharmacy technician I made the move from community to hospital pharmacy. I started at Airedale Hospital almost 5 years ago now and have since progressed in my role even further. I completed my BTEC Level 4 Professional Diploma in Accuracy Checking last year and was successful in my current post as a senior pharmacy technician earlier this year.

What do you enjoy about your job?

As a rotational technician I am trained in different areas of our pharmacy department. I work on the wards completing medicines management duties, I work in our aseptic unit, I work in the dispensary and I also work in our warfarin clinic. I enjoy being flexible and able to move between these different areas as needed. It keeps my job interesting as I am constantly learning new things and developing my skills in these different areas. I also enjoy meeting new people and helping to train new members of staff in the department.

What do you enjoy about working at Airedale?  

Airedale is a small hospital with a good community feel about it providing a high standard of care to patients. I enjoy working with my pharmacy team and feel supported by them on a daily basis.

What do you do outside of work?

I am a mum to my ten year old son and I spend lots of time with family and friends. I also read a lot and like to go on holiday.

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