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    I was reading about an interesting pharmacy tech role.

    I’ve also heard of techs in GP practices doing phlebotomy. I think a tech in a GP practice would be good doing some of the long-term condition reviews, with a bit of extra training. They already get HCAs to do some, but they are limited when it comes to discussing meds, whereas a pharmacy tech would be more suited.

    Anyway the point of the thread is to see what other people think and to share awareness of more clinic areas techs can work in.

  • #2
    That's a bit whacky to be honest. You could just hire a phlebotomist.

    A bit sceptical on this stuff, sounds very much like hospitals and trusts getting pharmacy staff in and saying ooh shiny clinical jobs, come and get them when in reality it could be fairly low level stuff better suited to other NHS workers.

    HCAs can do flu jabs and there's no reason why they can't do stop smoking and assistant asthma stuff with training. It's whatever doctor signs off. It's a double standard, in a surgery to save money the doctor can have a conflict of interest (because they are in charge of the cash) and sign a HCA assistant to do something that's financially good for their practice, but in pharmacy it's not allowed.


    • #3
      It’s interesting that you mention HCAs doing flu jabs. A tech can do them just the same as a HCA. A HCA can only do them via a PSD and not a PGD, which is perfectly legal for route a tech, too. The GP does a massive PSD naming the patients that are suitable for the flu jab and HCAs then deliver them, if the patient wants it. The problem with pharmacy is that few of the pharmacists are prescribers so can’t do PSDs/prescriptions for flu jabs.

      I would say good point at the promise of shiny new clinical jobs actually amounting to not much clinical stuff , but I’d disagree about them being more suit to other NHS workers. Phlebotomists in general know so little about health problems and the tests they are taking blood for that they can’t really answer any questions a patient has. Also staff that have a wide range of experience are, in my opinion, more valuable then staff that specialise too much.


      • #4
        I’m a big fan of technicians and developing their skills but getting involved in LTC management is not appropriate. The new roles for practice pharmacists requiring clinical diplomas and prescribing qualifications shows which way the wind is blowing. However, BP checks, Pill checks, inoculations and a higher profile in the prevention agenda through a well developed HLP programme are areas I see technicians futures in.