Pharmacy Technical Services Careers and Occupational Risk Survey

On behalf of the Hospital Pharmacy Modernisation Team, NHS England

We would be grateful for your support in cascading this message to your technical services managers and teams and encouraging responses to the survey. The request is also being cascaded through acute trust chief pharmacists.

The 2020 Lord Carter of Coles’ report on transformation of Pharmacy Aseptic Services highlighted the lack of evidence on the potential risks for staff exposure to potentially hazardous products and work-related incidents and the need to review the potential for new roles, skills, and career progression in the Aseptic Services Workforce.

The Infusions and Special Medicines Programme was established to implement the recommendations of the report through its six workstreams. The workforce workstream which focuses on the technical services workforce needs your help to understand more about local training, development and careers opportunities and how local services manage risks to staff currently. We have developed The Hospital Pharmacy Technical Workforce and Occupational Risk Survey for hospital pharmacy technical services unit managers and staff members.

We understand how much pressure technical services staff and managers are under and do not wish to add to this unnecessarily with this survey. The information we are asking for is not available from any other source and is crucial to helping us move forward with national long-term solutions to staffing challenges. Your contribution to this would be greatly appreciated and highly valued.

The survey will collect information on:

  1. Career choices and factors affecting them in this specialist field (all Staff Members)
  2. Specialist education and training courses accessed by their service (one Unit Manager per service only)
  3. Occupational risk assessment, monitoring and management practices (one Unit Manager per service only)

The unit manager should complete all sections of the survey, which we expect to take approximately 45 – 60 minutes (you may wish to have your QC manager/Education and training lead to help you complete the survey). Staff members will complete the section on career choices only, which should take around 25 – 35 minutes. In the survey, please select your role as unit manager or staff member appropriately to enable access to the relevant set of questions.

A pdf version of both sections (Unit Managers and Staff Members) of the survey are available in the links below; please familiarise yourself with the questions in the pdf before proceeding to complete the survey.

HOSPITAL PHARMACY TECHNICAL WORKFORCE AND OCCUPATIONAL RISK SURVEY 2024_Staff Member_v1.0 HOSPITAL PHARMACY TECHNICAL WORKFORCE AND OCCUPATIONAL RISK SURVEY 2024_Unit Managers_v1.0

HOSPITAL PHARMACY TECHNICAL WORKFORCE AND OCCUPATIONAL RISK SURVEY 2024_Staff Member_v1.0

The survey is open now and will close on Friday 7th June.

To access the survey; click HERE

 For any questions, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

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