11 Mar 2021

Pharmacy Management Celtic Conference

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Rhys Clarke

Principal Pharmacy Technician for Patient Services, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Rhys Clarke currently works at the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport as the Principal Pharmacy Technician for Patient Services. He qualified as a pharmacy technician in 2011 whist working at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.  Since qualifying as a pharmacy technician, Rhys has worked in the hospital and community sector and undertaken post qualification training in accuracy checking, medicines management, management and, more recently, the BTEC level 4 clinical diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Services at Bradford College. The clinical diploma is allowing him to bring to fruition his ambition to develop the role. of the pharmacy technician to undertake advanced level duties in the ward environment, providing further support for ward based pharmacists and empowering the whole pharmacy team to work at the top of their license.

In his social time he plays rugby semi-professionally for Pontypool RFC. Rhys has found that playing sport helps with his wellbeing and enables him to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Rhys is presenting Developing a Clinical Technician role to lead a ward based pharmacy service.

The professional development of pharmacy technicians has been exponential following registration by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Since then, many of the traditional roles undertaken by pharmacists have been successfully delegated to pharmacy technicians. The presentation will outline the experience of a pharmacy technician who, since joining the pharmacy team at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, has been working with the pharmacy management team to develop the vision for pharmacy technicians as advanced practitioners. The vision is to develop a ward based, clinical pharmacy technician role, working at an equivalent level to foundation grade pharmacist. The pilot undertaken where one pharmacy technician undertook additional training in clinical pharmacy services has resulted in an established, clinical pharmacy technician-led ward service. The presentation will demonstrate the journey from medicines management technician to clinical pharmacy technician and the skills and knowledge acquired throughout a two year training programme.

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