LloydsPharmacy search for healthcare heroes to join frontline efforts during global pandemic

1,500 roles available at pharmacy to support national healthcare drive.

While many industries are battling the negative impact of coronavirus (Covid-19), the pharmacy sector is on the frontline and busier than ever. LloydsPharmacy, which operates over 1400 pharmacies across the UK, has identified 1,500 temporary and permanent roles that need filling over the coming days.

Vacancies include dispensers, pharmacists, delivery drivers, goods operatives and warehouse staff which will help make sure that patients continue to receive their prescriptions and essential healthcare supplies during this time of exceptional demand.

With an urgent need for additional support, over 200 existing employees have agreed to swap their current head-office positions for frontline roles. In addition, LloydsPharmacy is offering priority to the relatives of colleagues who are dealing with redundancies and reduced hours as a result of the pandemic.

Toby Anderson, CEO of LloydsPharmacy’s parent company McKesson UK said: “Now more than ever, pharmacies are an essential part of the community providing for people’s healthcare needs. Our team are working tirelessly around the clock to ensure delivery of essential prescriptions and healthcare supplies and minimise any disruption.

“This recruitment drive is very much about bolstering the team in order to help meet this increased demand and we also have roles working in our Echo online repeat prescription service and our AAH warehouses which deliver medicines to hospitals and pharmacies across the UK.

“We know this is a difficult time, with many people struggling with job losses or redundancies, so we hope that this opportunity will provide some hope for those who need it most, as well as helping us to continue providing a first-class healthcare service. It’s also an opportunity to contribute to your local community and those that need the help most of all.”

Proactive outreach to third and fourth year students at Schools of Pharmacy within UK universities has resulted in 406 pharmacy students signing up to join LloydsPharmacy. These students will be taken on short-term contracts in order to help meet the demand for 580 front-line pharmacy roles, including 300 dispensers and technicians and 280 pharmacists across the UK.

For information on the roles and to apply, click here.

This new recruitment drive follows other measures LloydsPharmacy is implementing during the present time, including:

  • Store opening and closing times are changing allowing time for staff to focus on dispensing prescriptions
  • Stores are closed between 1pm to 2pm to allow for a full scheduled lunch-break
  • Stores are operating a ‘two-in-two-out’ policy
  • Staff are all being provided with face masks and gloves
  • Comprehensive welfare package offered to employees in light of ‘key worker’ status