Chief Pharmacist

Pin icon NW10 London
Pound Sterling icon £85,000 - £95,000 pa (AfC Band 8d) depending on experience
Clock icon Permanent
Calendar icon 19 days ago
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Join our client, a rapidly growing healthcare company in London as a Chief Pharmacist.

Play a crucial role in leading and shaping pharmacy operations across NHS Trusts and primary care settings. Apply now!

Chief Pharmacist
London NW10 0AB

  • Full time, permanent
  • £85,000 - £95,000 pa (AfC Band 8d) depending on experience

Please Note: Applicants must be authorised to work in the UK

Our client is a rapidly growing company dedicated to providing safe access to medicines across various settings, including NHS Trusts, Unscheduled Care, and Primary Care, through a growing network of seven pharmacies and WDA-licensed premises in London, Gloucester and the West Midlands predominantly serving Community and Mental Health Trusts.

They are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare services and are looking for a dedicated Chief Pharmacist to join the team and strategically lead their pharmacy operations.

Role Overview:

The Chief Pharmacist ensures safe, effective, and efficient pharmaceutical services, balancing business growth with high standards of care.

Reporting to the Group Managing Director and working with the Chairman on quality standards, this key Senior Management Team member oversees a small team, including the Pharmacy Quality and Development Manager. The role requires a strategic, hands-on leader to manage and enhance pharmacy operations.

Leadership and Management:

  • Provide clinical and strategic leadership to managers
  • Advise on recruitment, training, and development of pharmacy staff
  • Foster a collaborative, high-performance culture

Clinical Governance and Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ensure pharmacy operations comply with GPhC standards and legislation
  • Maintain and enhance the Quality System and risk register
  • Investigate and report errors, implementing corrective actions

Operational Excellence:

  • Develop and implement SOPs and policies
  • Conduct regular audits and inspections
  • Oversee prescribing quality audits and clinical risk assessments

Patient Safety and Care:

  • Ensure safe and effective dispensing of medicines
  • Lead initiatives to improve patient care and outcomes
  • Address clinical queries and resolve complex cases

Innovation and Improvement:

  • Drive continuous improvement in workflows, focusing on safety and efficiency
  • Implement new technologies and processes
  • Ensure organisational processes are updated with developments in pharmacy practice and regulations

Business Strategy and Development:

  • Contribute to overall business strategy, especially pharmaceutical products and services
  • Lead pharmacy aspects of tenders and bids
  • Identify market trends and recommend strategies to enhance market share
  • Identify opportunities for business growth and expansion

Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent the organisation in meetings and professional forums, contributing to policy development


  • Registered Pharmacist with 5+ years in a senior role (e.g., Deputy Chief Pharmacist or Regional Manager), experienced in multi-site management
  • Strong grasp of clinical governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management
  • Operational management experience in hospital or community settings, including WDA and automation deployment
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proven record in operational improvements and high-quality patient care
  • Proficient in IT and data analysis, with skills to transform data into business insights
  • Strategic thinker capable of managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Committed to professional development and continuous improvement


  • Opportunity to lead and shape the pharmacy operations of a rapidly growing healthcare company.
  • Collaborative and supportive work environment
  • Competitive salary and benefits package
  • Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement

To Apply:

If you are a dynamic and experienced pharmacy leader passionate about improving healthcare services, our client invites you to apply for the Chief Pharmacist position. Please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience.

Our client is an equal opportunity employer. They celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Other suitable skills and experience include Pharmacist, Chief Pharmacist, Director of Pharmacy Services, Head of Pharmaceutical Operations, Senior Pharmacy Manager, Pharmacy Operations Director, Lead Pharmacist, Director of Clinical Pharmacy, Executive Pharmacy Director, Principal Pharmacist, Head of Pharmaceutical Care, Chief Pharmacy Officer.