Job reference: 134602
Location: Flexible Location
Job closing date: 01/02/2023
Job posted date: 17/01/2023
Salary: Band 8B (£63,530 - £68,223)
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 37.5
Department: Pharmacy
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

Job Advert

1 Post x Principal Lead Pharmacist - Prescribing & Clinical Skills

1 Post x Principal Lead Pharmacist – Professional Development

Hours: 2 x 1wte posts (37.5 hours each) (Pharmacy Professional Development and Prescribing & Clinical Skills)

Duration: Permanent

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who we are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.  Full information on the recruiting department is available here

What you'll do

The NES Pharmacy team is looking to appoint two Principal Leads to further develop key work (directly with Scottish Government) to inform and develop policies initiatives relevant to Pharmacy in Scotland. 

There are two distinct full time permanent roles. Please use the application form to indicate the post(s) you are applying for

Principal Lead Pharmacist - Prescribing & Clinical Skills

This role will lead the continued delivery of excellent educational services to existing stakeholders and ensure that NES continues to meet Scottish Government policy and targetsin relation to pharmacist prescribing and clinical skills across all sectors of pharmacy practice.

The successful postholder will also lead in the development and delivery of national education and training initiatives for pharmacists working at an advanced level in General Practice settings across Scotland in line with Scottish Government policy and the GMS contract. You will have a proven range of experience in delivery of pharmaceutical care within patient facing General Practice pharmacy services.

You will be a qualified pharmacist independent prescriber, with experience of actively prescribing and supporting others in prescribing. 

Principal Lead Pharmacist – Pharmacy PD

This role will lead in the development,  delivery and educational governance of national education and training initiatives for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in Scotland. Priorities will be driven by current and developing policy contexts. The postholder will lead a team of postgraduate educators with local, regional and national responsibilities, within an evolving and diverse portfolio of work.

The successful postholder will have significant experience of technology enhanced learning. Experience of e-learning authoring tools and/or digital development is desirable.   

This role has additional responsibilities in leading Communications, Conferences, Digital development, and Workforce data collection and reporting, on behalf of the NES Pharmacy team,

What you'll bring (for both roles)

Both these roles will work closely with Scottish Government, Community Pharmacy Scotland, NHS Boards as well as the wider Pharmacy networks, Universities and other key stakeholders.  Additionally, key internal contacts will be the NES Pharmacy Dean, the wider Pharmacy team and NES Directorates. It is also expected that the role will form key relationships with other UK governments and relevant policy departments.

You will be a qualified pharmacist with a proven range of experience in delivery of pharmaceutical care within pharmacy services.  You will have experience of working in an educationally focused environment.  In particular you will hold excellent communication, interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills.  You will be required to build positive collaborative working relationships with key strategic partners in NES, Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and key pharmacy leadership organisations in Scotland. Evidence of leadership skills at a senior level expected.  (Pharmacist Independent Prescriber desirable for Professional Development role, and essential for Prescribing & Clinical Skills role).

Please note that some travel across Scotland is a requirement of this role.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.
For further information please contact Leon Zlotos or Fiona Stewart for initial enquiries, via

Closing Date: Wednesday 1st February  

Interview Date:Interviews will be held on Monday 20th February 2023

Take a look around the company