Principal Pharmacist, Critical Care & Informatics

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Principal Pharmacist, Critical Care & Informatics

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Main area Pharmacy Grade Band 8b Contract Fixed term: 1 year Hours Full time – 37.5 hours per week (including participation in 7 day working) Job ref 213-CORP-6165 Employer King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Employer type NHS Site Denmark Hill Town London Salary £63,541 – £72,639 per annum Salary period Yearly Closing 05/04/2023 23:59

Job overview

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Senior Pharmacist with an interest and enthusiasm for working within Critical Care & Informatics at King’s College Hospital. This is a unique opportunity for a highly motivated pharmacist with strategic vision, drive and excellent clinical and leadership skills.

King’s Critical Care is the largest Critical Care service in the United Kingdom, and one of the best performing. Spanning two sites with 108 beds, the service we provide is both specialist and diverse in nature. Our patient case mix is very interesting and dynamic. We are recognised nationally and internationally for our work as 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). Our continuously expanding services offer exciting new opportunities & challenges to any established clinician.

Main duties of the job

To find out more about the key roles and responsibilities, specific skills and expertise; please refer to the Job Description and Person specification attachments under the supporting documents heading.

Working for our organisation

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c£1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King’s to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King’s is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone’s contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust’s carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

In conjunction with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, King’s will be introducing a world class clinical informatics system, called EPIC, across all the hospitals later in 2023. This will transform services and research and allow us to improve patient care, safety, operational and clinical efficiencies. As part of this implementation, King’s have the unique opportunity to be the first site in the UK to adopt integration between the EPIC informatics system and the BD Smart Drug Infusion Pumps. A large part of successful integration in this project is implementation of a high quality, safe, comprehensive drug library on the infusion pumps with unidirectional interface with EPIC. The post holder will lead on the development, delivery and management of the implementation process, working closely and influencing third parties, clinicians and nurses within Critical Care. This will include continually improving the system, staff education & training, research and audit. This will allow standardisation of practice across all units, streamline workflow and improve the safety of IV medication administration.

The Critical Care Pharmacy Service is highly respected across the Trust. We are patient-centred, research-oriented and very progressive. Supported by a dedicated team of pharmacists and medicines management staff, the successful post holder will also be expected to assist in ensuring the continued provision of a high quality, comprehensive Clinical Pharmacy services to patients, senior managers and clinicians within the Critical Care Division. The applicant will have excellent communication skills and an ability to manage complex relationships both within and outside the Pharmacy department. Experience in Critical Care across a breadth of specialities is essential.

The successful applicant will join a supportive pharmacy and divisional team which includes pharmacy team leaders each with their own fields of expertise, including a Principal Pharmacist in Critical Care and led by a Consultant Pharmacist in Critical Care. There are opportunities for personal and professional development of clinical, managerial, research and strategic skills. 

The post holder will be expected to participate in the enhanced weekend working services.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Registered with the GPhC
  • Specialist competencies in Critical Care or relevant short courses taught at postgraduate level
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or Pharmacy Practice
  • Demonstrates an advanced level of clinical reasoning & judgment
  • Experience of protocol/guideline development

Desirable criteria

  • Registered Supplementary or Independent Prescriber

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

  • Job Description and Person Specification ( PDF , 352.4 KB )
  • Denmark Hill Site Map ( PDF , 132.5 KB )
  • Visa and Sponsorship Information ( PDF , 310.8 KB )
Job Category: Medicine
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: London

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