Dispensers are usually required by GP practices located in rural areas with limited access to a community pharmacy. Dispensers assist with the preparation and supply of medication to patients.

Your role may involve:

  • Dispensing medication to patients safely and in accordance with regulations
  • Disposal of returned medication
  • Ordering medication into the surgery
  • Maintaining the dispensary and stock
  • Serving customers and dealing with enquiries

You might be suited to a Dispenser role if you are:

  • Organised and methodical
  • Accurate with great attention to detail
  • Able to follow processes and protocols
  • Good at working in a team and with the public
  • Able to adhere to patient confidentiality at all times
  • Able to work to deadlines
  • Comfortable using a variety of medical terminology

Entry requirements and skills:

  • Good numeracy, literacy and IT skills
  • Minimum 4 GCSEs (inc. Maths, English and Science Grade 9 to 4 /A* to C) or equivalent
  • Completion of a recognised qualification in Pharmaceutical Science or Pharmacy Services (eg, BTEC or NVQ)

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What candidates say about this role…

What made you choose to work in your particular role?
“Dispensary is completely different to anything I have done and I love it.”

What do you most appreciate about your work?
“It is a very rewarding job and you are in charge of your own progress…”

What would you say to someone considering primary care?
I would definitely recommend, not for the faint hearted as it does get busy…”

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