Specialist Pharmacist, Infection- PRUH Site
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an highly motivated enthusiastic clinical pharmacist with experience in infection and antimicrobials to join the Pharmacy Infection Team at King’s College Hospital, based at the Princess Royal University Hospital.
The post holder will ensure continued provision and development of high quality, comprehensive clinical pharmacy services to patients, influencing senior managers and clinicians with respect to antimicrobials and stewardship. They will deliver initiatives to promote effective antimicrobial prescribing and stewardship and work closely with the Principal Infection Pharmacist and the MDT in developing the infection and antimicrobial services across the Trust, providing high level patient care to a diverse group of patients.
The Clinical Pharmacy Service at King’s is highly respected and work closely with multi-disciplinary teams. We are patient-centred, research-oriented and very progressive. We work cohesively alongside senior managers and clinicians to provide comprehensive services across all directorates. Provision of support and training to progress and develop staff both personally and professionally is of utmost importance to us.
This post provides flexible and challenging opportunities for personal and professional development, clinically and managerially. The successful applicant will be expected to be a team player with clinical experience, excellent interpersonal skills and meticulous attention to detail.
Main duties of the job
- Deputise for the Principal Infection Pharmacist
- Act as a specialist role model and an expert in the medical management within infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.
- Lead and manage clinical pharmacy services in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship with the Principal Pharmacist.
- Participate in outpatient clinics delivering and promoting high quality, cost-effective and patient-focused care.
- Act as a pharmacist independent prescriber to optimise the care of patients within infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.
- Ensure a high level of clinical pharmacy input to the care of patients. Providing interface and discharge liaison and support.
- Actively participate in multidisciplinary ward rounds, delivering and promoting high quality, cost-effective, patient-focused pharmaceutical care.
- Provide patient and carer education and close liaison across the interface.
- Promote safe drug use within the infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship specialties.
- Development, implementation and audit of local guidelines.
- Supervise and train pharmacy staff at ward level.
- Provide education and training of healthcare professionals within and outside the Trust.
- Regular financial reporting, drug usage, budget management and expenditure forecasting.
- Participate in practice and clinical research and audit.
- Work with the Principal Pharmacist to extend the boundaries of professional practice within the Care Group.
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
- To deputise for the Principal Infection Pharmacist as necessary.
- To lead clinical pharmacy services for patients treated within the Care Group in conjunction with the Principal Pharmacist.
- To propose and implement policies and procedures designed to improve the pharmacy service to patients in the Trust in conjunction with the Principal Pharmacist in line with national and international consensus guidelines.
- To lead and comment on policy and service changes and plans within the clinical pharmacy service and to contribute to, and participate in, pharmacy service developments in line with departmental and Trust policy
- To develop, implement, monitor and evaluate evidence-based prescribing guidelines and protocols for use both Trust wide and within infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.
- To ensure services provided are in line with local and national policies, guidelines and frameworks
- To contribute and adhere to clinical pharmacy service standards
- To proactively support the development of ward and clinical pharmacy services to infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship in order to advance the safe, clinically effective and cost effective use of drugs to patients
- To attend relevant meetings, including inpatient and outpatient MDTs.
- To attend Care Group meetings attended by senior management and clinical staff, participating, and representing pharmacy views at such meetings
- To manage specific service initiatives and changes affecting the clinical pharmacy service in the department and across the Trust
- To act as a specialist practitioner within the field and as an expert pharmacist in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.
- To promote and deliver pharmaceutical care for infectious diseases patients and more generally for all patients.
- To provide highly specialised and complex evidence-based clinical advice and information using expert knowledge and experience to pharmacy, nursing, medical and other healthcare professionals on the care and treatment of patients, inside and outside of the Trust.
- To participate in and contribute to the clinical/ward pharmacy service.
- To actively participate in consultant ward rounds as appropriate.
- To participate in outpatient clinics, and assist in the further development of the pharmacist’s role in this area.
- To undertake patient medication review sessions and patient reviews in outpatient clinics as necessary.
- To actively participate regularly in multidisciplinary ward rounds, antibiotic ward rounds and other multidisciplinary meetings as appropriate, delivering and promoting high quality, cost-effective, patient-focused pharmaceutical care.
- To practice as an independent prescriber, in area of own expertise, as appropriate and provide direct high quality of care to inpatients and outpatients within scope of practice
- To participate in patient education and counselling schemes for all infectious diseases/ antimicrobial stewardship patients/carers.
- To ensure appropriate and timely supply of medication to patients in conjunction with dispensary staff, including the POD scheme and discharge facilitation for patients.
- To liaise with other Pharmacists, Doctors and GPs to ensure efficient transfer of clinical and medicines management issues.
- To develop shared care guidelines to support GP prescribing as necessary.
- To support the set up and provision of Hackett compliant homecare services as necessary.
- Maintain and further develop specialist information on the use of drugs in clinical conditions relevant to infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, ensuring accurate and up to date clinical information is available to all pharmacists performing out of hours duties in a format relevant to those pharmacists needs.
- To participate in Trust adverse incident reporting scheme.
- To support the Principal Pharmacist in monitoring drug expenditure within the Care Group and provide accurate expenditure information, with appropriate analysis, to the Clinical Director and General manager.
- To identify areas of potential cost-savings within infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship, and to implement systems to realise savings and contain prescribing costs.
- Using horizon scanning techniques identify future high cost medications.
- To support the development and implementation of policies to control drug expenditure and ensure cost-effective prescribing.
- To educate other healthcare professionals on the costs associated with drug therapy and promote the use of evidence-based, cost-effective prescribing within the care group.
- To attend Care Group or Specialty financial meetings when required.
- To work across traditional boundaries e.g. primary and secondary care.
- To monitor all FP10 and homecare prescribing costs and feed those to the Trust, NHSE and CCGs when required
- To optimise the use of homecare providers to ensure VAT savings are realised as necessary.
People Management and Performance
- To lead, coach and manage the performance of junior staff in line with good people management practices, ensuring excellence is recognised and underperformance is addressed.
- To participate in regular performance appraisal meetings and ensure line reports have a clear set of objectives and development plans.
- To ensure line reports are compliant with all statutory, mandatory training together with any professional training requirements, ensuring they are up to date and fully compliant.
- To manage absences including sickness in line with Trust policy ensuring the appropriate return to work meetings occur, e-roster is updated and productivity is at the highest possible level.
- To ensure overall wellbeing of the team is maintained. Continuously support in improving the morale of the team and implementing a culture of zero-tolerance for bullying and harassment.
- To participate in teaching and supervising students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- To act as postgraduate tutor for Diploma students.
- To act as a tutor for trainee pharmacists.
- To participate in teaching nurses, medical staff, and AHPs.
- To participate in the recruitment and selection of pharmacy students, trainee pharmacists, and junior pharmacists as needed.
- To regularly train, supervise and assess at ward level junior pharmacy staff providing a ward/clinical pharmacy service to wards within the Care Group.
- To plan activities for, supervise, train and assess at ward level, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, trainee pharmacists and students.
- To participate in the in-service clinical pharmacy training of all pharmacy staff.
- To undertake CPD to ensure that knowledge is continually updated.
- To participate regularly in the induction, training and development of medical, nursing and other healthcare staff.
- To delegate tasks to junior staff as and when required.
- To manage, organise and/or support the induction of new pharmacy staff.
Research & Development
- To regularly lead, participate in and co-ordinate relevant research or audit projects.
- To participate in audit and practice research to investigate and where appropriate improve the quality of service.
- To publish and present the results and outcomes of own research and audits locally, nationally or internationally as appropriate.
- To supervise junior pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and trainee pharmacists undertaking audit projects.
- To liaise with clinical trial nurses and pharmacy staff with regards to monitoring and continuing supply of trial medicines to patients.
To assess and provide highly specialised advice on clinical trial protocols for infectious diseases patients.
- Minimum 18 months experience
- Completed Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
- Significant knowledge and clinical skills in hospital pharmacy
- Registered Independent Prescriber
- Experience in directorate pharmacy
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
Further details / informal visits contact
- James Hinton
- Job title
- Principal Infection Pharmacist
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Additional information
For further information, an informal chat, or to arrange a visit for the post, please contact James Hinton, Principal Infection Pharmacist (email@example.com) or Katherine Le Bosquet, Associate Chief Pharmacist, Clinical Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).