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Regional Head of Pharmacy posted by Health Education England

Full Time
Park House, Bristol
£73,936 - £86,687 / year
NHS Band 8D/Band 9

Job Description

Health Education England is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from discrimination. Health Education England supports the values and pledges of the NHS Constitution.

We are committed to being a diverse and an inclusive employer and will build a culture where all employees are valued, respected and acknowledged. We strive to ensure that no individual receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of their gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion or belief, colour, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership status, transgender status, HIV status, social background, trade union membership or non-membership and is placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable.

HEE have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to showcase our Disability Confident Employer accreditation, being an Inclusive Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, our bronze award from the Defence Recognition Scheme, and we are delighted to support Apprenticeships and Tommy’s pregnancy at work scheme.

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 

For further details / informal visits contact:

Debi Reilly, Regional Director (South West)

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Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Candidates are reminded that, if you are applying on a secondment basis, you must have agreement with your current manager that if successful you will be released for the period of the secondment.

Staff recruited from outside the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

If you are successful at interview, then it is normal practice for our recruitment service to request your references as soon as possible and this may happen prior to you receiving a written offer letter.

All references from current and previous employers, will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.


After applying, your application will be imported into our third-party recruitment system, TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to Health Education England transferring the information contained in this application to TRAC. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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