Senior Pharmacy Technician

When you think of a hospital pharmacy you might think it’s a bit like the chemist on the High Street, where pharmacists hand over medicines that have been made in a factory, far away from the hospital. The truth is that because hospital patients are all so different and often very ill, technicians like Amy are making up a lot of prescriptions from scratch. 

It’s a demanding job, where making sure every medicine is completely correct can save lives – and it took Amy a while to realise that she had what it takes to be a great Pharmacy Technician.  

After school, Amy studied childcare for two years and then started looking for a job. “My sister worked in a 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 that make a whole range of medicines, providing everything from parenteral nutrition (where people who are very ill and can’t physically eat need to get nutrients directly into a vein) 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 really interesting - but you do need to be quite organised!” 

Amy takes a lot of satisfaction from her work. “At the end of the day it’s nice to go home knowing you’ve helped a patient in their journey to recovery.” 

Amy's career pathway

  • 2005 Completed GCSEs and left school
  • 2006 Started studying childcare at Croydon College
  • 2008 Worked at a local pharmacy as an assistant, began two years of training to become a qualified Pharmacy Technician
  • 2010 Finished her training and became a full-time Pharmacy Technician
  • 2016 Promoted to Senior Pharmacy Technician

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What it takes to be a Senior Pharmacy Technician

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Average salary

Average salary for this job in the UK £28,080
Average salary for a job in the UK* £26,260

Employment statuses

  • Full Time Employed: 24,003
  • Part Time Employed: 11,440
  • Self Employed: 0
  • TOTAL EMPLOYED: 35,443

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