Pharmacy / dispensing assistant
Pharmacy/ dispensing assistants work under the supervision of pharmacists. They undertake general duties in community pharmacies.
What does a dispensing assistant do?
Their duties include:
- sale of over the counter medicines
- giving information to customers on symptoms and products
- prescription receipt and collection
- the assembly of prescribed items (including the generation of labels)
- ordering, receiving and storing pharmaceutical stock
- preparation for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products (including aseptic products)
- manufacture and assembly of medicinal products (including aseptic products)
You should have:
- good teamwork skills
- an ability to communicate well
- good organisations skills
Training programme and entry qualifications
Trainees are mostly given on-the-job training. However, you can demonstrate ability in this area by completing NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy Services.
There are no formal entry requirements.
For those who have gained experience and wish to take on additional responsibility, opportunities to train as a pharmacy technician may be available.