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Job reference: 170822
Salary: Band 6 (£37,831 - £46,100)
Job closing date: 28/11/2023
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week
Job posted date: 15/11/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Pharmacy (Medical Directorate)

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Flexible Location: Based throughout Scotland, NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office and hybrid working. Occasional presence at our offices is a requirement for this role. We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Work Pattern: Fixed term, Full Time, 37.5 hours per week. Part-time hours also available (see below – Next Steps).

Fixed term or Secondment** until 31st March 2024

**For NHS applicants, an NHS secondment will be offered in the first instance. For non-NHS applicants, a fixed-term or secondment would be considered.

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.

The Pharmacy team within NES is responsible through the Executive Medical Director to the NES Board and through the Board to Scottish Government for the commissioning and delivery of postgraduate pharmacy education in Scotland.

This role sits within the Pharmacy team and specifically within the small, friendly and highly motivated pharmacy technician team. This team is focussed on the rapidly evolving education, training and development of pharmacy technicians.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Programme Officer/s to join our highly talented and growing team to work with other Programme Officers, supporting trainees and tutors from all pharmacy sectors, to ensure quality standardised programmes.

This post is available on a full time or part time basis and will support the development and delivery of the Vocational Training Foundation Programme for Pharmacy Technicians. The role will also support the development and delivery of other pharmacy technician initiatives, as well as providing an excellent opportunity to gain experience in an education and training environment.

In this exciting and varied role, you will collaborate across multiple workstreams and organisations, having a direct impact on the career development of pharmacy technicians.

As a Programme Officer within the Pharmacy team, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills within education and training. Your work will directly influence the professional development of the pharmacy technician workforce impacting on healthcare provision to the public.

What We Love to See

Programme Officers offer a broad range of skills and experience, if you can offer some or all of these, we’d love you to apply:

  • Qualified Pharmacy Technician (registered with GPhC) with extensive experience in a relevant Pharmacy sector
  • Highly experienced with the ability to lead in the delivery of education and training
  • Proven experience of mentoring, coaching, supporting and supervising learners
  • Highly effective communicator knowing how to make complex information and language simple for diverse internal and external stakeholders at all levels (both verbally and in writing)
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and build networks and communities of practice
  • A clear understanding of external drivers and relevant NHS policies and priorities
  • Ability to work on own initiative, to organise and prioritise own workloads and that of others, and to meet strict deadlines

Benefits Which Matter

As a valued employee of NHS Scotland, you can enjoy an extensive range of benefits including:

  • Life-work balance - with opportunities for flexible working and remote working
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Annual incremental salary progression (up to the maximum of the salary band) plus annual NHS salary scale review
  • Annual Leave - 27 Days increasing in line with service plus 8 days public holiday
  • NHS discounts and more

Diversity and Inclusion

Developing a successful national service for Scotland is impossible without ensuring we consider the diverse needs, perspectives, and backgrounds of everyone in Scotland in our work. 

We are focused on hiring the very best talent available for NES, and actively encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and aim to ensure everyone is treated fairly, with respect and has a positive recruitment experience – regardless of the outcome. 

It’s not essential to be in a Programme Officer role right now. You may be returning from a career break (e.g. maternity, paternity, caring for others) or returning after working in another field. Your experiences elsewhere can bring a fresh perspective to our work.

If you are considering applying and feel it would be helpful to discuss this initially, please contact Monica Hunter, Senior Educator,

Next Steps

**NHS candidates will be considered firstly on a secondment basis, and so are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current NHS employer at the earliest opportunity, ideally prior to application.

Our recruitment process is currently 100% remote, and if successful you would initially work remotely or from one of our NES offices (thereafter working in a hybrid capacity).

All applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail.

Online interviews (including presentation) will take place on Monday 11th December 2023. Further details on the selection process will be sent to candidates selected for interview.

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below. When completing your application, please highlight if you are applying for the full-time post or the option to work part-time*.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date. Please note, CV’s will not be accepted.

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact the East Region Recruitment Service:

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