The Top pharmacy leaders programme, previously known as the Chief pharmacist development programme is designed and delivered in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy and will equip aspiring or new in-role chief pharmacists and other senior pharmacists with the necessary knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience to effectively perform a senior leadership role.
This fully funded programme is open to all senior pharmacists working for the NHS or in Health and Justice and offers a comprehensive mix of residential workshops, optional specialist study days, and small group support to build capability, confidence and networks across the wider system.
Applications for wave 10 are currently open and will close at midday on Wednesday 25 September 2019. You can access the application form here.
For any queries about the programme, please contact the programme lead, Karen Wragg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Top pharmacy leaders programme has been developed in conjunction with the NHS Leadership Academy as a self-directed programme delivered using experiential and action learning.
At the first residential block, participants will be introduced to Boyatzis’s model of self-directed learning (Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee, 2002).
Participants will be supported by their impact group and facilitator to determine their individual development needs and to plan their further learning requirements.
Components of the programme include:
CPPE will deliver residential leadership training in partnership with the NHS Leadership Academy and this will include input from experienced senior leaders from across the NHS.
The second block of training for one wave of participants will overlap with the first block of training for the next wave of participants. Bringing pharmacists together like this creates the opportunity for networking and builds strong collegiality to achieve success.
Block A will run from 12:00pm on Monday to 4:30pm on Thursday.
Block B will run from 10:30am on Wednesday until 4:30pm on Thursday.
Please note - it is essential that all participants are present for the whole of each day of the residential blocks as any absence will impact on the learning of all programme participants.
In addition to the intensive residential blocks of training, there will be a series of optional specialist workshops on offer annually. These will be open to those who have identified particular areas of development. Study day topics may include:
These workshops will be held on an annual basis according to need.
A key part of the programme will be to build networks within pharmacy and the wider NHS. This will be facilitated by the residential nature of much of the programme and by the overlap between the waves of participants.
Those who are geographically close to each other may also choose to set up local learning sets to allow further networking and sharing of best practice within a region.
There will also be the opportunity to keep in touch with participants from all waves of the programme via online discussion forums.
Pharmacists participating in the programme will be supported to find a mentor if they do not already have one. This will be a senior leader who can act as a sounding board and provide support and guidance to further develop their career and networks. Mentors can include alumni from previous waves of the programme.
Some participants may identify particular challenges during the course of the programme for which coaching may be appropriate. All participants will have access to a coach should they require it.