The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) has been in existence since 1952; always run by pharmacy technicians for pharmacy technicians.
We have tirelessly campaigned on behalf of our members to ensure the voice of pharmacy technicians is heard, beginning with our vision to register pharmacy technicians. As the only leadership body specifically for pharmacy technicians we respond to the evolving needs of our members through following our 5 commitments.
Katherine Miles - Founder of APTUK in 1952
With the formation in 2010 of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), the new regulator for Pharmacy, there is a need for a leadership body specifically for pharmacy technicians; we are that organisation.
Our 5 commitments to members:
Influence change for the advancement and safeguarding of the pharmacy technician profession
Represent the opinions of our members and respond to the professional needs of pharmacy technicians
Provide developmental support for the delivery of patient centred professionalism
Actively pursue the sharing of knowledge and experience through professional networking and collaborative working
Promote the pharmacy technician profession, foundation and advanced roles, within the pharmacy team, to shape its future development.
Leading pharmacy technicians to deliver professional excellence for patient centred care.
Our aim is to...
To maintain, safeguard and enhance the professional and education standards by responding to the evolving needs of pharmacy technicians
To influence and improve the education of both pre-registration trainee and registered pharmacy technicians
To support innovation through quality systems to enhance the safe and effective supply and use of medicines
To maintain links and professional relationships with the pharmacy regulator and professional pharmacy bodies to advise on the greater use of pharmacy technicians
To promote and support professional empowerment of pharmacy technicians as an integral part of the pharmacy team
Our Mission Statement
APTUK, through strong, influential representative leadership, supports patient centred professionalism by encouraging in our membership, the attitudes and behaviours associated with outstanding healthcare professionals. We work on behalf of pharmacy technicians, championing and safeguarding the pharmacy technician profession, enhancing the education and scope of practice, by supporting the delivery of professional excellence and patient centred care for the health and wellbeing of patients and all pharmacy service users.
In order to achieve its objectives and goals APTUK works closely with the General Pharmaceutical Council and collaboratively with the other pharmacy organisations to help deliver professional excellence.
APTUK holds collaboration mandates with:
Centre of Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE)
Royal Pharmaceutical Society
APTUK has positions on:
Health Education England Advisory Group
General Pharmaceutical Council Continuing Fitness to Practise Advisory Group
Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board
CPPE Executive Operational Board
Community Pharmacy Competence Stakeholder Group
NHS Pharmacy Education and Development Committee: Pharmacy Technicians and Support Staff Group
London Pharmacy Workforce Group
Procurement and Distribution Interest Group
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Information Management & Technology Group
Quality Systems Steering Group
European Association of Pharmacy Technicians
Urgent and Emergency Care Review Delivery Group
Summary Care Records and Pharmacy Workgroup
Electronic Prescription Service Programme Stakeholder Forum
NHS 111 Pharmacy Reference Group
Clinical Pharmacy Congress Steering Group
Pharmacy National Occupational Standards Steering and Working Groups