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Regional Facilitator: Integrating Pre-registration Pharmacists into General Practice

NHS TCS 2019: Band 8a

Main area
Pharmacy, Primary Care
NHS TCS 2019: Band 8a
Secondment for 1 year
22.5 hours per week
Job ref
Based across the South West
£44,606 pro rata
20/10/2019 23:59
Interview date

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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.

As part of the strategy to develop and integrate the NHS workforce and enhance multi-professional team working, Health Education England (HEE) is supporting an exciting and innovative programme to transform preregistration pharmacist training.

Building upon learning from the first pilot year we are extending and supporting an expanded programme in which preregistration pharmacists undertake an extended placement in a GP practice.  GP and pharmacy sites have already been recruited nationally, with each partner site having identified a pharmacist to oversee the trainees in each setting. 

The programme aims to provide trainees with a deep understanding of how practices operate, and how pharmacy can play an integral role in patient care, helping to create a workforce with an enhanced understanding across healthcare interfaces.

What will you be doing?

You will provide support for trainees, tutors, employers and hosts sites in the development and delivery of their multisector placements.

The successful applicant will be one of a number of regional facilitators, and will be expected to link effectively with the other regional post holders to report to the National Lead for the project.

You will be based at a local HEE office in Bristol and will be expected to travel to multiple sites across the region with occasional travel to other regions. 

What do you need?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced individual who can support the national expansion and embedding of the placements outlined above, by working with pharmacy and general practice providers across their region. You should have a passion for education, a sound understanding of community or hospital pharmacy and primary care, with experience of working as part of a multi-professional team and a track record of delivering projects to deadlines.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To act as a local expert resource supporting GP practice and pharmacy partners to develop their local programmes.
  • To act as the main HEE point of contact for local partners.
  • To develop regional networks to provide peer support for GP and pharmacy partners.
  • To support trainees, tutors and employers when the before and during the training period
  • To participate in the national pre-registration pharmacist recruitment programme.
  • To engage local pharmacy and GP providers who provide joint pre-registration posts outside of the HEE programme to meet HEE quality objectives.
  • To promote the HEE Pre-registration Pharmacists into General Practice Programme with stakeholders regionally and nationally.
  • To work closely with multiple stakeholders in identifying key steps to enable embedding of joint pre-registration posts in training programmes beyond the pilot phase
  • To lead regionally on the monitoring and audit of posts for quality and consistency.

What benefits do we offer?   

As an employee of HEE we are interested in your overall health, and future, and it’s important that we value and reward the excellent work you do! Some of our benefits include:

  • Lease Car Scheme
  • Cycle Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Health Service Discounts
  • 27 days annual leave rising with length of service
  • Flexible benefits to support your wellbeing
  • Competitive NHS Pension Scheme

If you would like to advance your career in a progressive and supportive environment please apply now.

Applications for secondment are invited from current NHS employees. If you work in an NHS organisation and want to apply, please discuss with your line manager and seek approval prior to application.

Closing date: Friday 18th October

Interviews: Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Applicants will commence at the bottom of Band 8a with a full-time starting salary of £44,606, with pay step increases as details below:

3 years: £46,331
4 years: £48,324
5 years: £50,819

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Stephen Doherty, National Lead, Pre-registration Pharmacists in General Practice Project 


Marc Miell, Head of School (Pharmacy), Health Education England South