National Pharmacy Technician Day - 19 October
Today is National Pharmacy Technicians Day, a time when we acknowledge the work undertaken by these crucial members of our Pharmacy team in the provision of DCHS pharmacy services. In addition to their work at DCHS, many of our pharmacy technicians have also supported the national Covid vaccine roll out by undertaking the required vaccine centre training and supporting their local vaccination centres outside their working hours.
The last year or so has highlighted the dedication of the whole Medicines Management Team who have worked together and supported each other, creatively adapting the way we work to ensure the pharmacy services are maintained and our patients receive uninterrupted and safe access to the medications they require. Our pharmacy technicians also wanted to use today to give a big thank you to the pharmacy assistants whose continuous support is integral to so many aspects of the work undertaken by the Medicines Management Team (our unsung heroes).
What do pharmacy technicians do within DCHS?
Pharmacy technicians are registered professionals and are governed by the General Pharmaceutical Council, having the responsibility to submit continuous professional development (CPD) annually to be assessed, to maintain validation.
Their main duties within DCHS are:
- as “checking technicians” in the main dispensary – checking the final release of prescriptions prior to leaving the department to ensure all safety measures are met during the dispensing process
- carrying out specific audits throughout the Trust, e.g Controlled Drugs audit, “Treatment Charts audit”. The CD audit is one of the top priority audits for the trust. The wards and departments are expected to be 100% compliant on all standards
- as “medicines management technicians” in clinical areas - visiting all the wards, providing care to all of our in-patients – checking their medicines for use during their in-patient stay are suitable for reuse, supporting patients to be compliant with their medicines and carrying out the checks necessary to ensure they are correctly prescribed, maintaining supplies throughout their stay and in preparation for their discharge