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

Community Pharmacy Technicians

Community pharmacy technicians work within the healthcare team in community pharmacies most often located on the high street, within shopping centres and supermarkets.

They undertake a wide range of tasks which include:

  • Reading prescriptions, labelling and dispensing prescribed medicines.
  • Calculating quantities and doses of medicines
  • Providing information and advice to patients on how to use their medication.
  • Advising members of the public about over the counter medicines and management of minor ailments.
  • Selling over-the-counter medicines and other items stocked by the chemist.
  • Manufacturing basic ointments and mixtures by making simple dilutions
  • Stock procurement and control.
  • Maintaining individual records of patient’s prescriptions, usually using the pharmacy computer system
  • Training, supervising and assessing junior staff and trainees


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