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Head of Pharmacy

Situated in the heart of London's world-renowned medical district, The Princess Grace Hospital is recognised as one of the best-equipped multidisciplinary private hospitals in the capital. Our dedicated and highly trained team is committed to delivering an exemplary standard of clinical care across all specialties.

The Princess Grace Hospital has 127 registered beds, including 90 inpatient, 21 day case, 8 endoscopy, an urgent care unit and a Level 3 intensive care unit containing 9 beds, with 24-hour consultant cover and a high dependency unit. The hospital also has a several specialised centres, including; The London Breast Institute, recognised as one of the best private breast screening and diagnostic treatment centres in the UK; the London Digestive Centre, a highly specialised outpatient facility offering diagnoses and treatments for all conditions of the stomach, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, and bile ducts; and The Institute of Sport Exercise and Health, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to sport and exercise medicine.

Job Description

Accountable to the Chief Operating Officer, the Head of Pharmacy will operate and manage the Pharmaceutical services at the Princess Grace Hospital in order to provide a pharmaceutical service of the highest possible standard.

Salary – Competitive

Working hours 37.5 per week, Monday – Friday (some flexibility required)

Reward & recognition – We reward your commitment in delivering the highest standard of care with generous and competitive benefits such as our contribution pension scheme, private medical insurance, annual salary review, 25 days holiday each year; with the option to buy and sell. We invest in your career development with clear career pathways and access to further education. We can also offer you support with relocation if you are living outside of London or the UK; subject to terms and conditions.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • To maintain, implement and develop operational policies, procedures and standards for all aspects of the pharmaceutical service by production of standard operational procedures.
  • Monitor and encourage medication error reporting within the Pharmacy Department and the Hospital.
  • Ensure security and correct storage of medicines including intravenous fluids and medical gases throughout the hospital in accordance with legal and stability requirements and agreed policies
  • To oversee that appropriate risk assessments are performed in the department
  • To actively participate in departmental budget setting and to be responsible for achieving agreed targets.
  • To produce an annual department Business Plan
  • To participate in the marketing and development of the Pharmacy services
  • To ensure that all pharmaceutical charges are raised promptly to ensure total revenue capture relating to both the Pharmacy department and from other departmental stocks
  • To assess and account for the monthly department finance review
  • To manage appropriate professional training for the staff in the Pharmacy Department to enable them to perform their job roles to the highest standard and to aid their professional development.
  • To ensure that all staff attend mandatory training (basic life support, manual handling, ethics & compliance and fire training) and update on an annual basis.
  • To hold regular performance reviews with the pharmacy staff and discuss and update their performance plans
  • To organise the 24 hour on-call arrangements, Saturday and late rotas
  • To participate in providing or receiving any training as deemed necessary
  • To participate in the Pharmacy on call rota and late shift rota

Skills & Experience

  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • Additional post graduate qualification e.g. Cert/Diploma Clinical Pharmacy or relevant management qualification
  • Substantial hospital experience
  • Proven Pharmacy project/people/financial management experience
  • Knowledge of hospital policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety procedures/regulations


About The Individual

At HCA UK we recognise and value everyone as unique and individual; treat people with kindness and compassion; act with absolute honesty, integrity, and fairness and trust and treat one another as valued members of the HCA UK family. As someone looking to join our family, you will demonstrate these key values.

You will also actively participate as a member of a team to move the team towards completion of tasks, goals, and objectives; demonstrate leadership and influence others to be the best they can be and inspire our colleagues and patients; and deliver information in a clear, concise, and compelling manner to effectively engage others and achieve desired results.

If you wish to find out more about this opportunity, please apply for this role and a member of the team will be in contact shortly.


Competitive Salary

Head of Pharmacy

City of London, UK

Published on 24 Jun 2019