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Specialist Pharmacist - Critical Care


Main area
Pharmacy Critical Care
Full time, 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Denmark Hill
£49,077 - £56,632 per annum (inc HCA)
25/01/2019 23:59
Interview date

King’s Critical Care is the largest critical care service in the United Kingdom, and one of the best performing. Our patient case mix is very interesting and dynamic, with 79 level 2/3 beds, across 5 locations covering a broad range of Medical, Surgical and Neurosurgical specialities. King’s is also a designated Liver transplant centre, Bone-marrow transplant centre, Trauma centre for the South East, as well as a tertiary neurology and cardiothoracic referral centre (including an ECMO service). We are in the process of building a new state of the art 60 bed Critical Care Unit, of which the first stage is due to open in summer of 2019. This will no doubt bring exciting new opportunities & challenges.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for an experienced and motivated clinical pharmacist, with an interest and enthusiasm for working within Critical Care & IT. King’s has successfully implemented a new Critical Care Clinical Information System (CCIS) in 2016 which has helped us improve patient care, safety, operational and clinical efficiency. The post holder will be part of the core team, working closely with clinicians and nurses, in leading on the ongoing development and maintenance of CCIS. This will include continually improving the system, staff education & training, research and audit. The post holder will also work to ensure the continued provision and development of high quality, comprehensive clinical pharmacy services to patients, influencing senior managers and clinicians within Critical Care. This will be through supporting the Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader – Critical Care in the development of guidelines, policies and procedures, and the monitoring and evaluation of our service to meet Divisional priorities and extend the boundaries of clinical practice.

The Clinical Pharmacy Service at King’s is highly respected across the Trust and our staff work closely with multi-disciplinary teams to advance patient care. We are patient-centred, research-oriented, progressive and innovative. We work alongside senior managers and clinicians to provide comprehensive directorate services. Provision of support and training to progress and develop staff both personally and professionally is of utmost importance to us. As a senior clinical pharmacist, you will deliver a clinical pharmacy service at foundation to excellence level as defined in the UKCPA Critical Care syllabus.

Additional key activities of the post holder will be to:

  • To act as a specialist role model and an expert in general Critical Care
  • Deputise for the Clinical Pharmacy Team Leader – Critical Care and represent pharmacy at Trust level meetings
  • Contribute actively in multidisciplinary ward rounds delivering and promoting high quality, cost-effective, patient-focused pharmaceutical care
  • Work closely with multidisciplinary teams and help integrate the use of technology into clinical practice
  • Act as the main interface and point of contact between Pharmacy, Critical Care IT project team & hospital electronic patient record (EPR) team
  • Participate in cost-savings initiatives, financial reporting and drug budget management
  • Participate in clinical audit and research
  • To manage, supervise and train senior pharmacists and rotational staff

This post provides many opportunities for personal and professional development, both clinically and managerially. The successful applicant will be expected to be a team player with significant clinical experience, excellent interpersonal skills and meticulous attention to detail. Applicants should have at least foundation level clinical skills across a breadth of specialities, including experience in critical care.

Closing date: January 25th 2019

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Reena Mehta, Pharmacy Clinical Team Leader, Critical Care on 0203 299 9000 ext 35732 (

Gavin Miller, Deputy Chief Pharmacist – Clinical Services, 0203 299 1494.