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Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme is a unique leadership development opportunity for pharmacists. The scheme is designed to support and develop pharmacists who present with the clearest potential to develop as clinical leaders of the future.

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Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

What is it?

The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Scheme was established in 2015 and is designed to support and develop pharmacists who present with the clearest potential to develop as clinical leaders of the future. The scheme is sponsored by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer of NHS England and NHS Improvement and is managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. 

The scheme is a highly prestigious and competitive national programme that sees only a small number of pharmacists a year appointed after a rigorous recruitment process.

How it works

Clinical fellows work in an apprenticeship model to the most senior leaders in national NHS and healthcare-related organisations. This offers an unparalleled experience and the opportunity to develop a range of skills including: leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy. Within their host organisations, fellows lead on key projects which contribute to national healthcare priorities around patient safety, medicines optimisation, transfer of care, digitalisation and pharmacy workforce training. 

"The focus on medicines and the pharmacy profession is increasing all the time, and in order to really make a difference to our patients and help them to get the best possible outcomes from their medicines, we need high quality leadership. The opportunities for pharmacists to step up and grasp those opportunities has never been greater and this is why I have established the Chief Pharmaceutical Officers Clinical Fellowship Scheme to identify and develop the future leaders of our profession." 
Dr Keith Ridge CBE, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement


What it offers

Successful pharmacists will spend 12 months working in a leading, national healthcare-affiliated organisation with the most senior leaders in healthcare and will gain a wide range of skills and opportunities including:

  • enhanced skills in leadership and management, policy development, project management, research and stakeholder management
  • supported leadership and personal development
  • the opportunity to lead on key projects which contribute to national healthcare priorities
  • access to professional networks across pharmacy and healthcare at all levels
  • a highly developed understanding of healthcare policy and application
  • the skills to lead positive change
  • enhanced capabilities at developing and working with teams and to support others in developing their own personal insight and effectiveness.

FMLM is proud to work with the following partners who provide outstanding opportunities for clinical fellows:

What do clinical fellows say?

  • Webinar - Hear from 2021-22 clinical fellows and alumni members about why you should apply to the scheme.

"This was an incredible opportunity to see the NHS from a new perspective and discover first-hand the priorities and challenges of different players in the system. I learnt about health policy, strategy, effective leadership, and the power of collaboration. Beyond this, the fellowship and the truly inspirational people I met encouraged me to self-reflect and gain confidence in presenting ideas and challenging the norm. " Sonali Sanghvi, Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellow Alumni

Interested?

Applications for the 2022/23 scheme have now closed. Register your interest for the 2023/24 scheme here and you will be notifed as soon as it is launched for recruitment.

Meet the 2022/23 cohort

Find out who they are and what drives them to help create a better health service.

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