1.  Each candidate must:

  1. Possess the Higher Certificate in Pharmacy Technician Studies awarded by the Dublin Institute of Technology or equivalent.


  1. A recognised Pharmaceutical qualification at least equivalent to (a) above.


  1. At least three years satisfactory post-qualification hospital or equivalent experience.

2. Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications

Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed applications for the office occurs.

3.       Health

A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the  office and be in a state of health as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

4.       Be of good character.

Arrangements have been introduced, on a national level, for the provision of Garda Clearance in respect of candidates for employment in areas of the Health Service, where it is envisaged the potential employees would have substantial access to children or vulnerable individuals.

Particulars of Office

The appointment is whole time permanent.

  • Remuneration:

Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health & Children. Current remuneration with effect from 1st January 2018 is:

    €44, 300 by 6 increments to €49,028

  •  Pension arrangements and retirement age

There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght Hospital:

(a)       Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 

(b)      Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)

(c)       Single Public Service Pension Scheme

Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.

(a) If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.

(b) If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.

(c) If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.

  • Duties:

The Senior Pharmaceutical Technician will perform such duties as are outlined in this Job Description.

  • Hours of work:

Normal working hours are 37 worked over 5 days. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement. 

  •  Probation:

The successful candidate will be appointed initially for a probationary period of 6 months. During the probationary period progress or otherwise will be monitored and at the end of the probationary period the service will (a) be certified as satisfactory and confirmed in writing or if not satisfactory, the probationary period may be extended by 3 months.

  •  Annual Leave:

The annual leave entitlement is 24 working days per year. The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st of March each year.

  • Sick Leave:

Payment of salary during illness will be in accordance with arrangements as approved from time to time by the Department of Health

  • Termination of Office:

The employment may be terminated at any time by two months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973/1991.  The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment.



The Senior Pharmaceutical Technician will:

  • Maintain throughout the Hospital an awareness of the primacy of the patient in relation to all Hospital activities
  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with the Values of the Hospital
  • Participate in dispensing, checking, top-up, door roster, lunch roster, late roster, weekend service rosters and other duties as rostered and in accordance with Policy and Procedures
  • Liaise with the Senior Technician top-up services to ensure that the ward stock list is up to date
  • Participate in the training of new or rotating staff according to agreed Dispensary procedures and policies
  • Liaise with the Purchasing Technician to ensure medications are ordered in a timely manner
  • Be competent in all dispensary activities e.g. controlled drugs, clozapine, extemporaneous compounding, out of hours room maintenance, arrest trays and anesthetic boxes, clinical trials, ward returns and the returns process and prepacking etc.
  • Contribute to the development and updating relevant procedures in conjunction with the top-up Supervisor and the Dispensary Manager
  • Identify and report defects in Pharmacy processes proactively to the Dispensary Team Leader or the Dispensary Manager as appropriate
  • Carry out any other duties as may be assigned from time to time including cover of other roles
  • Carry out Dispensary based Senior Technician Supervisory roles as assigned by the Dispensary Manager
  • Participate in Continuous Improvement Projects as required
  • Participate in audit and service development
  • Participate in continuing education and in other such activities consistent with the post
  • Undertake roles as assigned by the Dispensary Manager
  • Participate in the weekend service and late night pharmacy service.
  • Perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the Dispensary Manager and Dispensary Team Leader from time to time.

Dispensary based technician role:

  • Partake in audit activities as assigned
  • Bring problems to the attention of the appropriate Clinical Nurse Manager and to the Dispensary Manager
  • Supervise basic grade pharmaceutical technician staff as assigned by the Dispensary Manager
  • Train pharmaceutical technician staff as assigned by the Dispensary Manager
  • Complete Medication Safety Reports as necessary.
  • Participate in the Medicines Management Technician (MMT) service.

The MMT service role is to:

  • Order individual non-stock prescription items, including insulin and those blood products stocked by Pharmacy, nutritional supplements and wound care products on a daily basis for one or more wards in accordance with Dispensary procedures and within the agreed scope of the service. 
  • Liaise with the Clinical Pharmacist assigned to the patients team/ ward to resolve any queries relating to the medication orders
  • Return non-stock items no longer in use to Pharmacy
  • Manage the ward top-up system for stock drugs in accordance with the Top-up policy and Procedures.
  • Partake in audit activities as assigned
  • Bring problems to the attention of the Clinical Nurse Manager and if persistent or unresolved to the Senior MMT and the Dispensary Manager
  • Supervise basic grade pharmaceutical technician staff as assigned by the Dispensary Manager
  • Train basic grade pharmaceutical technician staff in the role of MMT as assigned by the Dispensary Manager

Self Management

  1. Participate in the pharmaceutical service as part of a professional, punctual and dedicated team.
    1. Create, promote and maintain open communications and healthy working relationships.
    1. Maintain the principles of equity, accountability and quality of service in daily work.


3.1 Complete internal training as MMT before commencing ward based role

3.2 Complete external training as deemed appropriate Dispensary manager and Pharmacy operations manager


Participate in the financial management of the drug budget through audit, stock -taking and costing exercises as required.

Health and Safety

  1. Ensure the compliance of all your staff with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
  2. Comply and enact Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital policies, protocols and procedures relevant to your area.
  3. Complete mandatory training in line with hospital policies
  4. Prepare risk assessments and departmental safety statements as required


In the course of your employment you will have access to or hear information concerning the medical or personal affairs of patients and/or staff or other health services business.  Such records and information are strictly confidential and must not be discussed or divulged except where necessary for the performance of normal duties.  In addition, records must never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can gain access to them.  Records must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.


The extent and speed of change in the delivery of health care is such that adaptability is essential at this level.  The incumbent will be required to maintain, enhance and develop their professional knowledge, skills and aptitudes necessary to respond to a changing situation. The Hospital is at the developmental stage therefore, the Job Description must be regarded as an outline of the major areas of accountability at the present time, which will be reviewed and assessed on an on-going basis.

The Hospital Structure is currently under review and therefore, reporting relationships may change.


Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at by completing the application form and attaching your CV.

Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.

Closing Date: Before close of business on 21st June 2018

Informal enquiries to Niamh Kilcullen, Dispensary Manager, Telephone (01) 414- 2459 or email


All candidates should note that, in order to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to