Kandarp Thakkar

Chief Pharmacist & Divisional Clinical Director (Planned Care), Bedford Hospital NHS Trust


After graduating from the London School of Pharmacy, Kandarp trained at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital before taking up a junior pharmacist post at Ealing Hospital. He joined Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT) as part of the first admissions pharmacy team in 2004 and took on the post of Lead Pharmacist Admissions in 2007.

His specialist areas of clinical interest include acute and elderly medicine and research interests include improving prescribing for the elderly, antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement. Postgraduate education includes an MSc in qualitative research and a certificate in independent prescribing.

Kandarp was project manager for various NIHR CLAHRC funded Improving Prescribing for the Elderly projects.  After a stint as Deputy Chief Pharmacist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Kandarp has been Chief Pharmacist at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust since December 2014.

His interests include transformational change, developing prescribing Pharmacists, biosimilars, medication safety and improving organisational efficiency. Since October 2016, Kandarp also provides the clinical leadership within the Planned Care and Women’s & Children Divisions within the hospital. He is currently undertaking a MBA with Warwick Business School.