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Senior Clinical Pharmacist – Surgery & Critical Care

Band 7

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Senior Clinical Pharmacist
Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Croydon University Hospital
£46,836 - £52,849 pa incl of HCAS
Salary period
04/10/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Senior Clinical Pharmacist – Surgery & Critical Care

Band 7 (Full-time + EDC)

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Croydon Health Services (CHS) for a dedicated and organised pharmacist to support the Surgery & Critical Care division of the team. 

The successful applicant will have previous hospital pharmacy experience, having provided clinical services in a variety of clinical environments. You will join a team of dynamic pharmacists, gaining valuable experience in
Surgery & Critical Care, where there will be a core focus in deputising the directorate pharmacist in these areas.

CUH is a dynamic and forward-thinking place to work and our Pharmacy department strives for excellence in all that we do. Our vision is to provide a comprehensive and integrated pharmaceutical service to all CHS patients and staff in order to improve patient care and experience and minimise risk as part of the medicines optimisation agenda. The patient is at the heart of all we do.

The successful candidate will be supported with becoming an independent prescriber once they have completed their diploma as we continue to develop all of our pharmacists. 

Interview date: 27th October 2022

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deputise for the Lead Directorate Pharmacist in the delivery of the directorate responsibilities and duties and will assist in providing and maintaining a safe and efficient pharmaceutical service to a cohort of patients in accordance with Trust policies.  This will include: reporting and analysis of medicines expenditure, clinical governance and risk management. They will be specifically trained in critical care & surgery to provide support for the lead and less experienced pharmacists in these areas. 

Furthermore, the role will provide you with the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team where you can provide support for service development through projects, audits and education. You will be able learn from specialists and senior pharmacists to improve your knowledge and allowing you to attain the required skills for your personal development.

Working for our organisation

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust provide hospital and community services from a number of community and specialist clinics throughout Croydon.

These include:
• Croydon University Hospital
• Purley Hospital
• The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Centre in Thornton Heath
• Community bases at Purley, Sanderstead, New Addington, Broad Green, Woodside
• A minor injuries unit in New Addington

The Trust was formed on 1st August 2010 through the integration of Croydon Community Health Services and Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust. Around 3,500 staff provide services for a population of over 360,000 people who are relatively young with a high level of ethnic diversity.

Our Vision:

“Excellent integrated care for you and your family, when and where you need it”

Our 5 key ‘Here for you’ promises to the people of Croydon are:

• You feel cared for by helpful and welcoming staff
• You feel in safe hands with highly professional staff
• You feel confident in your treatment from skilled teams of compassionate clinicians
• You feel we value your time with convenient appointments, minimal waiting and care closer to home
• You feel it’s getting better all the time as we continue to improve our services

We are one of 17 Trusts in the country who have been accepted as national pioneers on staff engagement and empowerment, through the adoption of "Listening into Action" as a new way of working. The approach we are taking to “Listening into Action” is new and different.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

***** Please see the Job Description and the  Person Specification for  more details on the jobs responsibilities ******

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Pharmacy Degree MRPharm
  • Registered with GPhC
  • Certificate in Pharmacy Practice or equivalent
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD
Desirable criteria
  • Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent
  • MSc in Clinical Pharmacy or equivalent
  • Non – medical prescriber
  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Essential criteria
  • Good knowledge of pharmacy practice
  • Awareness of current NHS issues including national and local priorities
  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of risk management & clinical governance
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of current Medicines Management issues
  • Familiarity with word processing, powerpoint and spreadsheet software


Essential criteria
  • Solid grounding in all aspects of hospital clinical pharmacy practice (medical and surgical)
  • Experience of providing medicines information
  • Experience of supervising and training staff
  • Experience in providing an out of hours service
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in critical care
  • Experience of conducting / being involved in quality improvement
  • Experience in tutoring trainee / diploma Pharmacists
  • Experience of drug therapy review, audit projects, evaluation of clinical studies and formulation of guidelines and protocols


Essential criteria
  • Capacity to work calmly under pressure
  • Good organisation and time-management skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team as necessary
  • Ability to demonstrate how Trust and personal values are applied to working practice
Desirable criteria
  • Managerial and leadership ability

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDCapital Nurse, LondonListening into Action (LiA)No smoking policyLondon Living Wage is a voluntary commitment made by employers, who can become accredited with the Living Wage FoundationPositive about disabled peopleImproving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Parul Sudra
Job title
Lead Pharmacist – Critical Care and Surgery
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Alternative contact: Devesh Patel - Principal Pharmacist - Digital Medicines Management. Email: Tel: 0208 401 3000 ext 4868