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Health Education England appoint Clinical Pharmacy Ambassador role through PICS
In recognition of the work conducted by PICS in developing clinical pharmacy roles throughout Nottinghamshire, HEE have appointed Gerald Ellis to act as Clinical Pharmacy Ambassador across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
The part time role will contribute to the development of the workforce and act as an interface across healthcare sectors. It will assist in the integration of pharmacists into multi-professional primary care clinical work forces with local training hubs, integrated care providers and commissioning bodies.
The role will be important in continuing the engagement with local general practices and to increase the numbers of clinical pharmacists working across the Midlands and East region. In addition the role represents the interests of general practice pharmacists at national stakeholder events and conferences.
PICS has been successful in developing the NHS England clinical pharmacy programme across Nottinghamshire by actively support in several of the original pilots 3 years ago, covering practices in Nottingham West CCG and Mansfield and Ashfield CCG. Since the launch of the national NHS England Clinical Pharmacy programme in 2017, PICS has successfully supported the implementation of the programme across Mid Notts practices and Nottingham City practices (in association with the Nottingham City GP Alliance). So far this has resulted in the employment of 23 pharmacists with more appointments to follow. PICS are also supporting the development of the roles in Nottingham North and East and Rushcliffe CCGs and provided advice to GP federations in Lincolnshire
Gerald Ellis commented “This is a significant recognition that PICS has in developing the primary care workforce locally, supporting general practice, and to share our knowledge and expertise in particular with utilising clinical pharmacists. We hope that this professional workforce development model can be applied to the new emerging models of care which will become increasingly important with the development of Primary Care Networks and collaborative working.”
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For more information contact Gerald Ellis Gerald.ellis@nhs.co.uk