Accuracy Checking Technician
What is an Accuracy Checking Technician?
An Accuracy Checking Technician (ACT) works as part of the pharmacy team to provide a range of services to patients, from managing, assembling and supplying medications to offering advice on health and pharmaceutical products.
Their role is specialist, with the responsibility of completing the final accuracy check on dispensed medications, before they are supplied to the patient. Accuracy Checking Technicians work under the supervision of a registered Pharmacist, and they may be responsible for supervising other members of the pharmacy team.
Why become an Accuracy Checking Technician?
People choose to become an Accuracy Checking Technician with New Directions Pharmacy for a variety of reasons:
- To gain a wide range of experience
- To try different work settings and new ways of working
- To build up industry knowledge
- To have flexibility and a good work/life balance
- To experience best practice and pick up new skills
- To network and build up industry contacts
- To gain confidence
- To work as many or as few days as you want
Where do Accuracy Checking Technicians work?
Working as part of the wider healthcare team in hospital or community pharmacy settings, you may work in a range of locations, including:
- Large, high-street retail pharmacy chains
- Supermarket pharmacies
- Small, independent community pharmacies
- Hospitals (NHS or private)
- Care homes
- Armed forces
- Justice service
- Pharmaceutical industry
When do Accuracy Checking Technicians work?
Working patterns can vary depending on the location in which you work, and some pharmacies are open for extended hours and out-of-hours services. Therefore, shift work, long hours, weekend work and rotas may be involved.
Role and responsibilities of an Accuracy Checking Technician
The day-to-day tasks and work activities required in this role are varied.
What does an Accuracy Checking Technician do?
In this role, you will be responsible for assisting licensed Pharmacists and working under their supervision to:
- Complete the final accuracy check on all dispensed medications
- Supervise other members of staff in the pharmacy setting
- Dispense prescription medication and pharmaceutical products to patients
- Prepare prescriptions by counting pills, labelling bottles and compounding medications
- Carry out administrative duties to ensure the smooth running of the pharmacy
- Gather, organise and assess patient information, maintain electronic patient information, and receive and input prescription orders
- Ensure compliance by monitoring the prescription-filing process
- Inform and educate patients, answering their questions and offering advice
- Liaise directly with healthcare providers and patients
- Take an inventory of drugs and place orders to maintain stock, keeping detailed records
- Price medications, prepare billing information and complete patient sales and transactions for over-the-counter medications
Person specification and requirements
What do I need to do to be an Accuracy Checking Technician?
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) requires that all staff working in a pharmacy environment are appropriately trained for the role they are carrying out.
Qualifications and training
To practice as an Accuracy Checking Technician, you are required to hold an accredited qualification.
The GPhC recognises several awarding bodies that deliver the required qualifications for Accuracy Checking Technicians.
Candidates are required to have a minimum of 6 month’s experience working in a dispensary setting in the UK before we can register them for work.
Accuracy Checking Technicians have desirable skills that enable them to work in a range of setting including community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy, including:
- Team player
- High degree of attention to detail
- Accurate and methodical
- Excellent customer-service skills
- Great communication and listening skills
- Reliable and willing to follow Instructions
- Highly organised
- Willing to adapt and learn
- Computer skills
- Understanding of drug regulations
- Knowledge of professional codes of practice
- Interested in people and their health
- A people-person
- Interested in science
- Patience and a calm demeanour
- Sensitive, discreet and understanding
For more information about working as an Accuracy Checking Technician with New Directions Pharmacy, get in touch with our helpful team today.