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Chief Pharmacist – North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA)

Fixed Term/Secondment
We are looking to appoint a Chief Pharmacist to provide strategic leadership for pharmacy activity at the North Thames Genomic Medicine Service Alliance, hosted at UCLPartners.
Salary: Competitive

Closing date:
11 December 2020

Role Description

Genomic advances are increasingly providing opportunities for personalised medicine in the form of pharmacogenomics, gene therapies and targeted treatments. The pharmacy workforce will be an integral link between genomic testing, medicines optimisation and access to personalised treatments.   

With the implementation of genomic testing and the objective to mainstream genomic medicine we are aiming to appoint a Chief Pharmacist to provide strategic leadership for the pharmacy activity; this will include mainstreaming genomics through transformation programmes and representation of NTGMSA at a National Level.   The Chief Pharmacist will be accountable to the GMSA Clinical Director.

The Chief Pharmacist will supervise and provide support to the Clinical Pharmacy Lead in the execution of their responsibilities.

This is an opportunity for Chief Pharmacists with relevant expertise to influence the development of the role of pharmacy as we work towards mainstreaming genomics.

Key responsibilities

To provide professional system leadership across the North Thames geography and support delivery of GMS priorities and the pharmacy transformation programme by:

  • providing a link to senior pharmacy leaders, including the Regional Chief Pharmacist, all hospital chief pharmacists and CCG lead pharmacists, and networks across the region
  • liaising with Regional Medicines Optimisation Committees (RMOCs) and ICS level medicines/pharmacy committees
  • participating in the national Pharmacy Genomics Collaborative and sharing practice across GMS Alliances.
  • to attend monthly meetings of the regional Clinical and Scientific Directorate to work with the executive team to ensure delivery of the business plan (including transformation plans).

To provide strategic system leadership for the delivery of the pharmacy transformation programmes by:-

  • ensuring an appropriate infrastructure and active engagement with the networks across North Thames
  • overseeing the pharmacy transformation programmes
  • working closely with the Clinical Pharmacy Lead, E&T and workforce Leads to develop a strategy for workforce development and delivering genomics education and training opportunities for pharmacy teams across the geography.
  • Work with the GMSA team and PPIE group to ensure that care pathways are maximise the opportunities to benefit from pharmacogenomic innovations

To provide supervision and support to the Clinical Pharmacy Lead to ensure they are equipped to carry out the responsibilities of their job role and to support their personal development as a Consultant Pharmacist or towards becoming a Consultant Pharmacist.

Person specification


Demonstrable commitment to improving the quality of patient care using a whole system patient  focused approach

Significant and recent senior experience (within the last 5 years) as a Chief Pharmacist  

Significant experience of delivering advanced level clinical pharmacy services to a specialist area.

Significant recent experience of planning and improving quality of pharmacy services provided

Understanding of professional and current issues related to genetics, the NHS, and relevant fields

Knowledge or awareness of pharmacogenomics

Work at a national level

Proven ability to support and develop individuals within a team

Good understanding of all regulatory frameworks and governance arrangements for medicines


Please note: This role is for 1 day/week, the duration for the post is for 3 years initially. The applicant should be working for an employer within the North Thames GMSA and will remain employed with their substantive employer for the duration of this role.  This role reports to the Clinical Director of the GMSA

Read the full job description and apply here.