Pharmacy Assistant


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
£21,378 per annum
Working Hours:
37.5 per week
HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westwood, Peterborough
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Sodexo Segment:
UK Government - Justice

Package Description

Up to £21,378 per annum

37.5 hours per week – Monday to Friday

We also offer Sodexo Discounts site promoting discounted mobile phone tariffs, savings across restaurant chains and days out, where you and your family can save money on everything from your weekly food shop to the latest cinema blockbuster and much more.

Post holders will be subjected to an advanced DBS check, a prison security check (level 2) prior to being employed.

Job Introduction

We are seeking a Pharmacy Assistant with excellent attention to detail to work within our healthcare team. Based in HMP Peterborough, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to the health, well-being and rehabilitation of offenders within the establishment. You will under the guidance of the Pharmacy Technicians and Pharmacists, assist in the provision of a safe, efficient and cost-effective pharmaceutical service to residents.

The position involves working alongside the doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide an integrated healthcare service. You will hold NVQ Level 2, BTEC or equivalent and be able to work well within a team.

HMP/YOI Peterborough is the country’s only purpose-built prison for both male and female prisoners (kept separate at all times), including a 12-place mother and baby unit. We are committed to offering education and development programmes to provide residents with the skills required to enter employment on release, so reducing the chances of further offending. Providing creative outlets, such as workshop activities, helps to equip those in custody for when they are released. We use ‘Restorative Approaches’ to bring people in conflict into dialogue. Using a skilled and structured process, those who have been harmed have an opportunity to be heard and those that have caused the harm are held to account for what they have done. We have strong links with the community outside through a variety of partnerships, including our outreach activity Outside Links’ offering support and advice to both residents and their families.

For more information please visit Justice and HMP Peterborough

Main Responsibilities

  • Assist with general pharmacy duties and stock management within the actual prison pharmacy environment
  • Work as an active member of the pharmacy team to ensure delivery of a legal, safe, high quality specialist prison pharmacy service which reflects national and local policy and priorities, considering the high level of security that must always be maintained
  • Assist in the provision of a timely and efficient pharmacy service to the treatment areas on prison wings
  • Have awareness of the location of medicine related policies, procedures and clinical guidelines with the prison
  • Receive prescriptions and stock returns from wing based clinical areas
  • Collect orders from suppliers from the main gate and arrange collection of returns
  • Ensure procedures relating to good pharmacy practices are followed and high standards are maintained
  • Participate in the efficient day to day running of the Pharmacy Department and assisting the senior team members when required
  • Work with the Pharmacist and pharmacy technician to ensure the service is always represented by staff in a professional manner
  • Have an awareness of medicines management and medicines optimisation

Please see attached job description for further information regarding the role requirements.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience within a pharmacy environment
  • No professional registration required
  • NVQ Level 2, BTEC or equivalent
  • Attention to detail and able to work in a pressurised environment
  • Computer literacy:  be able to use computer systems, equipment and programmes with the healthcare department
  • Able to work well within a team


  • Experience of working in a custodial environment

About The Company

In the UK and Ireland, Sodexo employs around 30,000 people, and partners with clients in many sectors across business and industry; schools and universities; sports and leisure; energy and resources; government and agencies; healthcare; justice and defence.

Sodexo’s connected; people-centric approach brings together a diverse range of expertise. The breadth of services it offers ranges from food and hospitality; cleaning; reception; concierge (Circles); security; property management and technical services through to data driven workplace strategy and design (Wx); employee engagement and recognition services (Sodexo Engage) and personal home services through Prestige Nursing + Care and the Good Care Group.

Sodexo is committed to being an inclusive employer; we welcome and encourage applications from people with a diverse variety of experiences, backgrounds and identities.

We’re a Disability Confident Leader employer. We’re committed to changing attitudes towards disability, and making sure disabled people have the chance to fulfil their aspirations.

We are building on our support to the Armed Forces community through the development of specific pathways within our recruitment process to  support ex-forces personnel and reservists, those applying for jobs with us who meet the ideal candidate criteria for the role advertised are guaranteed to progress to the selection process

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.

Please note all roles within Sodexo Justice are subject to security and recruitment checks which may include a Social Media Check. You will also be asked to provide 5 years’ worth of references and request employment history details from the HMRC.

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