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Critical Care Lead Pharmacist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you looking to develop towards being a consultant pharmacist in critical care? Do you thrive in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and highly specialist environment? Do you want to accelerate your leadership development whilst maintaining expert clinical practice?

The critical care lead pharmacist, as a therapeutic expert, will provide a dynamic link between clinical practice and service development by creating new models for delivering patient care ensuring the best experience and outcomes for patients from their medicines whenever and wherever their care is delivered. This role will lead, and be responsible for, the development of a team of specialist pharmacists and proactively collaborate with system partners to improve the delivery of care across the critical care bed base.

The Adult Critical Care Unit is up to 56 beds following a period of significant growth including the addition of a newly commissioned Severe Acute Respiratory Failure service (with ECMO), hosting the regional critical care transfer service and 11 extra beds as part of a bespoke unit extension project opening November 2023.

Our ideal candidate will:
  • Have advanced level critical care experience and be working towards consultant credentialing
  • Have a tenacious patient focus backed up by extensive clinical knowledge
  • Be an inspirational leader and coach.
  • Have a vision for the development of an exemplary and evidence based critical care service.

Main duties of the job

Your day-to-day duties will include (but not be limited to):
  • Leading on the provision of evidence based pharmaceutical care in a critical care environment and beyond
  • Being consulted on the most complex critical care cases
  • Conducting, and collaborating on, research projects and programmes
  • Developing the clinical skills of the pharmacy and critical care teams alike
  • Contributing to daily multidisciplinary ward rounds across the critical care bed base
  • Contributing to system, regional and national critical care pharmacy projects and programmes as appropriate

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in pharmacy
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Post graduate diploma or Master's degree in clinical pharmacy or equivalent experience
  • Accredited at consultant level (D) -or to be completed within 2 years of appointment
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Evidence of leadership development
  • Membership of relevant professional groups e.g. FICM, UKCPA
  • Independent prescribing qualification (D) -must be completed within 12 months of appointment


  • Accredited at consultant level
  • Independent prescribing qualification

Knowledge and Experience


  • Appropriate advanced and current clinical experience in critical care
  • Proven experience of working at a strategic level with senior clinicians and managers and experience of working in an integrated directorate team
  • Proven experience of working at a strategic level across the wider health community
  • Recognition as an expert nationally through publications / presentations or officer in a national group
  • Formal teaching / training/ mentoring training
  • Understanding of NHS finances


  • Experience as a clinical tutor for Higher Education Institution diploma

Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrate advanced level of clinical reasoning and judgement
  • Demonstrate an intuitive grasp of complex situations based on deep tacit understanding
  • Proven budget management or monitoring ability and demonstrable success in achieving savings
  • Proven medicines related policy development and implementation
  • Proven experience of managing and developing a service with limited resources
  • Negotiating and influencing skills
  • Demonstrable experience of change management at a pharmacy level


  • Shapes direction of professional group
  • Meets or exceeds Department of Health Consultant Pharmacist Framework competencies
  • Demonstrable experience of change management at a pharmacy level (E) (Organisation or outside Level - (D

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Bristol Royal Infirmary

Upper Maudlin Street



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