What is a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy Technicians are healthcare professionals who are registered with the UK pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for their licence to practise. The title of Pharmacy Technician is protected in law and can only be applied to those who meet and maintain the professional standards set by the GPhC.
They are professional, skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team who broadly prepare, dispense, supply and issue a wide range and variety of medicines to patients.
The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) is the professional leadership body for pharmacy technicians working in the UK. Membership with APTUK is voluntary.
Post qualification and with the right level of experience, there are many opportunities for training and development which can lead to specialised areas of work including:
- Ward-based services
- Pharmaceutical manufacturing
- Aseptic dispensing
- Mental health
- Medicines Information
- Education and development
- Clinical trials
- Medicines management
- Quality control
- Primary Care roles including GP practices
- Prison services
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the regulator for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Great Britain.
Regulation protects, promotes and maintains the health, safety and wellbeing of the public by upholding standards and public trust in the pharmacy profession.