Deysbrook Pharmacy - Pharmacy Dispensing Apprentice


The Level 2 course provides the training for the Dispensing Assistant and medicines counter assistant role in a pharmacy.

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Weekly wage


Total hours per week

42.5 hours

Expected duration

18 months

Possible start date

04 Nov 2019


The Level 2 course provides the training for the Dispensing Assistant and medicines counter assistant role in a pharmacy.
The Dispensing Assistant's role is predominantly in the assembly of prescribed medicines. They are also involved with stock management, the receipt of prescriptions, and the issue of prescribed medicines, under the supervision of the Pharmacist. The course can either be the accredited Level 2 equivalent or the NVQ 2 course.
The Medicine Counter Assistant's role is to assist in the sale of OTC medicines, the receipt of prescriptions and the issue of prescribed medicines under the supervision of the Pharmacist.

Duties include:
  • To dispense medication as stated on prescriptions.
  • Maintain minimum stock levels of medicines.
  • Place accurate and timely orders with suppliers and accept deliveries of medication.
  • Dispensing of patient dosette boxes (blister packs) and associated administration.
  • Endorse prescriptions accurately by checking prices with suppliers as necessary.
  • Maintain and order stocks of dispensary and NHS stationery.
  • Issue repeat prescriptions as requested by patients within the agreed time-scale.
  • Ensure that all Care at the Chemist documents are filled in and up to date online and on the computer.
  • Ensure that all returns of stocks are correct and stock credits are issued.
  • Ensure that all end of month prescriptions are filled correctly and correctly posted.

Working week

42.5 hours per week - 9am to 6pm, 5 days per week which is likely to include working on a Saturday with Sundays and a day during the week off.

42.5 hour per week

Date posted

09 Oct 2019

Apprenticeship Level

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship


1 available

Requirements and prospects


  • Good maths and IT skills
  • An interest in science and medicine
  • A methodical approach to routine tasks
  • Good accuracy and attention to detail
  • A friendly, patient and sympathetic manner
  • The ability to explain instructions clearly to customers
  • Tact and discretion when dealing with potentially embarrassing information
  • Good teamworking skills
  • Good administration skills for record keeping


  • GCSE maths, English & Science A*-C 9-4 or equivalent qualifications

Personal Qualities

  • Friendly
  • Dress appropriately
  • Sympathetic to the needs of patients

Future Prospects

From the level 2 course a student may progress to the Level 3 courses which train you in the role of a Pharmacy Technician. Possible permanent position upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

About the employer

Our branches have been offering pharmaceutical services Merseyside areas for over 20 years. Over time we have developed our own teams of qualified counter, dispensing and pharmacist staff who are dedicated to providing advice, information and services within the local community including blood pressure and glucose monitoring, smoking cessation, prescription collection service and prescription delivery service. We are members of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPA) and are committed to ensuring that all staff undergo not only the NPA initial training but also subscribe to Continuous Professional Development and attend regular refresher courses and seminars which guarantees that their skills and knowledge are up to date.


Winterburn Crescent
L12 8TQ

Training provider

The Apprenticeship programme consists of:

  • BTEC Level 2 certificate in Pharmaceutical Science (QCF)
  • Level 2 certificate in Pharmacy Service Skills (NVQ) (QCF)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Workbook

Training framework

Health Pharmacy Services

Training provider

Liverpool Community College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by The City of Liverpool College


Nicola Ward

0151 252 3287

Application instructions

Application closing date: 30 Oct 2019

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