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Highly Specialist Pharmacist-Critical Care and Peri-Operative Medicine

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Bio Medical Campus
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Royal Papworth Hospital are looking for a dynamic clinical leader and expert practitioner to lead our cardiothoracic critical care pharmacy service. This new role is based in our state-of-the-art critical care unit situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus on the outskirts of Cambridge. In this role you will lead a team of pharmacists to deliver exceptional quality, evidence based pharmaceutical care to patients admitted to the critical care unit on both surgical and non-surgical pathways. Within the pharmacy department you will work with the Chief Pharmacist and senior leadership team to deliver the Trust's vision To bring tomorrow's treatments to today's patients and provide an excellent staff experience.

Main duties of the job

The purpose of this role is to ensure that patients admitted to the critical care unit receive the highest quality pharmaceutical care.

Expert Clinical Practice

The post-holder will use their advanced skills and knowledge to optimise the pharmacological therapy of patients in the critical care unit, including patients undergoing renal replacement therapy and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). The post-holder will attend multidisciplinary ward rounds and meetings, using knowledge of the evidence base and effective communication skills to agree pharmaceutical care plans for complex patients.


It is expected that the post-holder will develop and deliver a vision for critical care pharmacy services as well as providing operational leadership to the critical care pharmacy team. The post-holder will join the pharmacy leadership team and deputise for the chief and deputy chief pharmacist and other senior leaders as necessary.


As an expert practitioner, the successful candidate will work to support the development of pharmacists and others across professional and organisational boundaries.


The post-holder will undertake research, quality improvement and audit projects, and proactively share the results of these through professional networks, meetings, and publications.

About us

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is the UK's leading heart and lung hospital, delivering care to more than 50,000 patients a year in its new state-of-the-art hospital in Cambridge. We perform the most heart and/or lung transplants in the UK and carried out the UK's first successful heart transplant in 1979. It also offers emergency heart attack treatment, sleep centre care and is one of just five centres nationally for those in severe respiratory failure.

Based on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus the largest centre of medical research and health science in Europe the Trust is at the heart of treatments of the future. Royal Papworth became the first hospital trust in the country to be rated outstanding in all five areas assessed by the Care Quality Commission - a rating it still holds today. The Trust holds its values of compassion, excellence & collaboration at its core, and all colleagues joining the team are expected to uphold these in their day-to-day roles & interactions. Royal Papworth is proud of its diverse workforce and encourages people to embrace their individuality.

The Trust values difference and welcomes all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex and sexual orientation. Providing they meet the minimum post criteria, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

On this page you will find a Role Profile which provides information about the hospital and full details about the role. We recommend that you review this and refer to it as you complete your application. Please include how you will meet the Trust Values Compassion, Excellence and Collaboration. If you would like more information about the role or working at Royal Papworth Hospital, please get in touch with the contact for this role.

Person Specification



  • Registered Pharmacist
  • MSc in Clinical Pharmacy Practice (post-graduate) -- or equivalent
  • Independent Prescriber


  • Member of relevant Professional Groups



  • Experience managing a team / service area
  • Appropriate and current specialist clinical experience in critical care medicine
  • Experience of Research and Audit activity
  • Experience of compiling financial reports on drug expenditure and use of financial reports to influence business cases and clinical practice.
  • Proven experience of managing and developing a service within defined resources
  • Demonstrable experience of change management at a pharmacy and organisational level
  • Understanding NHS finances
  • Formal teaching/training/mentoring for staff development/supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Able to communicate clearly to Healthcare professionals and other staff information which may be highly complex, contentious or sensitive
  • Visionary and ability to motivate others
  • Able to write detailed reports which can be analysed by other staff
  • Proven leadership skills and management
  • Meet tight deadlines and manage conflicting priorities - able to prioritise
  • Able to handle situations where there may be conflicting demands
  • Work autonomously prioritising own workload
  • Able to pro-actively deal with difficult situations


  • Experience as a clinical tutor for Higher Institution Diploma
  • Have undertaken training in leadership and management skills

Additional Criteria


  • Please provide evidence of your commitment to uphold the Trust's values: Compassion, Excellence, Collaboration
  • Ability to participate in on-call and weekend rotas

Employer details

Employer name

Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Papworth Hospital

Papworth Road

Cambridge Bio Medical Campus



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