Vacancy for Community Pharmacy Primary Care Network Lead - Lichfield
This week we have received the resignation of Gill Swift, our current Community Pharmacy PCN Lead for the PCN area. I would like to thank Gill for the work she has done in the role over the last 18 months or so; we are now seeking expressions of interest to fill this vacancy.
As a reminder, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals working together at a local level to deliver joined up patient care. Most Primary Care Networks will cover around 30-50,000 patients registered with constituent GP practices. This PSNC page provides additional information about PCNs and what they aim to achieve.
Across South Staffordshire LPC area there are 12 PCNs – please see the LPC's webpage on the local picture of how practices and community pharmacies align to those.
Getting involved with the work of your PCN
Although general practice will be at the heart of PCNs, NHS England has said that it wants clinical pharmacists (employed by the networks) and community pharmacists to be engaged in the work of the networks.
It is important that community pharmacy teams are fully engaged in the work of PCNs, to optimise their provision of services to patients and because the future development of locally commissioned services will be influenced by PCNs.
Whilst funding for PCN Leads has been largely through elements of the Pharmacy Quality Scheme, from April 2021 your LPC will support work outside of PQS commitments to a maximum of four hours per calendar month, which may include networking with PCN and community pharmacy colleagues, attending meetings with PCN Clinical Directors or other team members, or taking part in meetings, training and development along with LPC and PCN colleagues.
If you work in Lichfield and would like to be considered for the role of Community Pharmacy PCN Lead for Lichfield, please complete the attached Nomination Form and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on Friday 21st May 2021.