Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians

Barriers and Enablers to the Pharmacy Technician Profession

Research project report on the barriers and enablers to the pharmacy technician profession.

As part of Nicky Nardone’s secondment to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) as a pharmacy technician Clinical Leadership Fellow 2018/19, Nicky undertook research on behalf of the GPhC to explore the barriers and enablers to professionalism for pharmacy technicians. The aim of the research was to increase the GPhC’s understanding of whether there are things that they as a regulator, and/or others could do, or not do, to support the pharmacy technician profession as it continues to advance to meet the future needs of pharmacy and the public.

The report is now available on the GPhC website which can be accessed via this link: and scroll to the bottom of the page to access the barriers and enablers to the pharmacy technician profession research paper.


Nicky Nardone MApharmT said:

"I would like to express thanks to the GPhC for supporting this piece of work and to everyone that participated in the research. The issues highlighted may not be new, but the difference is that it is now being recognised that in order for the pharmacist profession to evolve, develop and grow to meet its optimal potential, there is also a need for the pharmacy technician profession to be able to do the same. Although the research aim was to increase the GPhC's understanding, the findings are not all or solely within their gift to action and/or influence. We, as pharmacy technicians, also have an individual responsibility to be looking at what we can do ourselves to move forward, personally, with our peers, and as leaders within our organisations and I would ask you all to consider that."  

Liz Fidler FAPharmT – President said:

"This research is critical to support the pharmacy technician profession to reach its full potential. Understanding the evidence behind the key findings and recommendations will enable pharmacy leaders, professionals and organisations to build strategies to strengthen the contribution of the profession to support patient focussed care. I look forward to working with key partners to build plans and continue to build on Nicky’s research."

Nicky presenting her research project at APTUK conference 


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