TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE
Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
If you are joining with no qualifications as a Pharmacy Technician, your training will commence with a short Induction visit to the Department of Pharmacy and Medical Supply at Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training at Defence Medical Service (Whittington) near Birmingham. You will then be detached to an NHS hospital pharmacy department to undergo a two-year course leading to the award of Diploma level 3 in Pharmacy Service Skills (competence). In addition, you will undertake a day release to a College where you will undergo a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science (knowledge).
On successful completion of both courses you will return to Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training for a Professional Topics and Defence Medical Information Capability Programme course and a medical supplies course, which involves both practical and written assessments: followed by a six-week placement at Headquarters Tactical Medical Wing. Finally, you will complete a placement at an RAF Medical centre for a three-month period under the supervision of Senior Pharmacy Technician; you will then be given your first assignment. You will then be required to complete a First Aid course within 12 months.
If you are joining as a General Pharmaceutical Council Registered Pharmacy Technician, you will complete the First Aid course, the Professional Topics, DMICP and the Medical Supplies course. You will also undertake the placements; after which you will receive your first assignment.