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    Hello everyone! I recently went for the post of a "Student Pharmacy Technician" and i was unsuccessfull in my interview, but they directed me towards going for an aseptic assistant job first to gain some more experience before being taken on as a technician. I just wondered if anybody does this as an assistant and what it entails as i cant find much online about it; i also wondered if any technicians specialise in this and what it is like for you. I also wondered what the pay would be for an aseptic assistant and what the pay would be for an aseptic pharmacy technician.



  • #2
    Re: aseptics

    not very much experience of hospital life but a bit of digging in the local hospital trust site found that pharmacy assistants seem to be placed on band 3 regardless of the area they work in - although there only seemed to be radiopharmacy assistant jobs going thses do most of their work in an aseptic unit.
    Lazy did her pre-reg at a hospital - she might know what the insides of an aseptic unit look like and what the life theres a bit like...

    sorry lazy i'm dropping you in it again!
    “It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing.”

    Terry Pratchett


    • #3
      Re: aseptics

      Sir Dispensalot – ur so cheeky, but anyways…. I’m flattered….

      Hi cunners89

      I’ve worked in aseptics – got 2 say, I loved this rotation! Not so heavy going as the dispensary and always remained cool n clean….

      Did you get feedback from the interview? What kind of questions did they ask?

      From what I’ve seen the assistants/technicians:

      1. Help with the daily, weekly and monthly cleaning in aseptics.
      2. Prepare the trays/labelling either for the cytotoxic unit or for the non-cyto unit.
      3. Use the spray in technique when placing trays into the hatch and removing from the other side.
      4. Prepare the final product in the clean room – using aseptic technique. It’s quite a good skill to have – manipulating syringes, infusion bags and vials.

      Surely the job description should have explained what the role entails….

      Have a look at the NHS jobs web site…..look at the job descriptions (u need 2 register 1st). The site also tells you about the pay bands….

      Can you not go in as a ‘locum’ – look at mediplacements, healthcare locums and the locum agency website. Tell the agency what experience you have, I’m sure they could find sumthing for you.

      Hope that helps……..
      Lazy Lady...