Professional, skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team Professional, skilled and essential members of the pharmacy team

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, knowledgeable and  essential members of the pharmacy team who provide person-centred care through dispensing, supply and optimising a person’s medicines to achieve the best outcomes for that person.

Professional Leadership

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

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:

Settings can include:

  • Acute Hospitals
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Primary Care roles including GP practices and Care Homes
  • Mental Health Hospitals
  • Specialist Hospitals
  • Prison services

Roles can include:

  • Medicines optimisation roles across all settings
  • Ward-based services
  • Management
  • Education and development
  • Medicines Information
  • Clinical trials
  • Procurement
  • Aseptic dispensing
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing

Professional Regulation

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.