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Regional Head of Pharmacy

NHS TCS 2019: Band 8d

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NHS TCS 2019: Band 8d
Fixed Term for 3 Months (Secondment only for applicants from within the NHS)
37.5 hours per week
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Park House
£73,936 - £86,687 per annum
25/09/2019 23:59
Interview date

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Regional Head of Pharmacy

£73,936 - £86,687 per annum

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Health Education England is recruiting a Regional Head of Pharmacy for the HEE South  West region, including Wessex and Thames Valley. This is a senior post foused on providing system leadership and driving quality improvement across the pharmacy workforce and the profession’s education, training and recruitment infrastructure in the respective region in England.

What will you be doing?

The post holder will require outstanding leadership skills to ensure the region has the best operational and strategic systems in place bespoke to the needs of its health population and the pharmacy profession whilst ensuring HEE’s priorities and objectives for pharmacy workforce transformation are embedded. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that NHS staff who provide modern medicines management and pharmacy services are able to provide an effective and responsive service to the public and patients and can access superior quality education and development.

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Develop the vision and drive the strategy for the pharmacy workforce across the region, supporting and ensuring alignment across the system and linked to Sustainable Transformation Plans
  • Drive reform and support organisational change and uptake of initiatives that support excellence
  • Develop and communicate the vision for the role of innovation, and the development of strategy and operational policies to support this vision
  • Engage with key strategic regional and national policy makers to inform development of strategy and policies
  • Contribute to on-going national policy development and service improvement led by the HEE national team
  • Identify examples of national and international best practice and to ensure that the NHS benefits from relevant innovations in education & training
  • Support development by developing the innovation infrastructure and capacity in organisations
  • Develop and champion new initiatives or projects as necessary
  • Work closely with colleagues in HEE regional and local offices to deliver HEE’s mandate
  • Work with providers and clinical experts to design new training products
  • Provide pharmacy expertise relating to pharmacy education, regulatory requirements, policy imperatives, innovation and technological developments and stakeholders’ knowledge

What do you need?

To manage this ambitious programme of work the post holder will need to facilitate effective networks including NHS England, General Pharmaceutical Council, professional bodies, Higher Education Institutions, employers, providers of pharmacy services, trainees and other key stakeholders across the health and social care system.

A highly skilled communicator, you will be persuasive and influence outcomes, facilitating transformational change across the region, bringing together divergent views to deliver results across the pharmacy workforce education and training system regionally. You will work closely with senior leaders from other professions and education support functions within HEE to develop and implement workforce strategies and workforce transformation projects in the region aligned to HEE national policy objectives.

Evidence of post registration and continuing professional development is essential. Pharmacy Technicians registered with the GPhC who meet the required competencies and requisite skills for this post are eligible to apply.

We are open to part-time and full-time applications. The post is expected to be based in our Bristol office.

Please note: Applicants from within the NHS will be offered the role on a secondment basis only, agreement should be obtained from their employer prior to submitting the application.

Interviews will take place on Friday 11th October 2019 at Park House, Bristol 


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Debi Reilly, Regional Director (South West)

M: 07825792289