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Chief Pharmaceutical Officer

Job summary

Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
23 May 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

Applications for appointment as the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (CPO) in the Scottish Government are now invited from fully UK registered pharmacists who possess experience in keeping with an appointment at this level. 

The CPO is the chief pharmaceutical adviser to the First Minister, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport and the wider Ministerial team.  

The post holder will be responsible for providing expert professional advice and support on all aspects of policy which impact on pharmacy and medicines including education, research and practice. The CPO will lead in establishing the strategic direction for pharmacy, pharmaceutical care and medicines management including governance matters. 

The CPO is supported by a Deputy/Principal Pharmaceutical Officer and Divisional Branch Heads for Medicine Policy and Pharmacy Policy and administrative colleagues.  In addition, the CPO works closely with the Directors of Pharmacy within the NHS and has access to specialist pharmacy practitioners and a wide range of professional networks and academia.  

This is a permanent and pensionable SCS appointment.  If applicable, secondment from your existing employer would also be considered. Relocation expenses may be available.  

Further information about the role
For more information on the role and details of how to apply please download the candidate pack attached to this advert.  For any questions on the selection process, please contact Elizabeth Michelakakis on Elizabeth.michelakakis@gov.scot. 

When completing your supporting statement, please ensure you reference the essential criteria outlined in the candidate pack, and demonstrate how you meet them. 

The closing date for applications is midnight on the 23 May 2021.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people and aim to employ a diverse workforce, which reflects the people of Scotland.

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