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Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme is a unique early-career opportunity for pharmacists that is sponsored by Dr Keith Ridge and managed by FMLM.

The scheme provides early-career pharmacists the unique opportunity to spend one year working with senior pharmacy leaders in national healthcare organisations. 

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme

What is it?

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

How it works

Candidates may apply for a place on the scheme during the recruitment period held from April - May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in May and successful applicants are appointed to host organisations and will take up a fellowship role for 12 months, starting 1 September.

Please email clinicalfellowscheme [at] fmlm [dot] ac [dot] uk with any questions.

History of the scheme

The scheme was established in 2015 with initially just one clinical fellow post in NHS England. It has since expanded, and there are currently six pharmacy clinical fellows based across NHS and healthcare organisations with the number of opportunities increased to nine in 2017.

In recognition of its experience in running the National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme and its role as the professional home for medical leadership in the UK, the scheme is managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. 

Chief Pharmaceutical Officer's Clinical Fellows 2017/18

Learn more about them and why they decided to apply to become a CPO Clinical Fellow.

Applications for 2017/18 scheme is now closed

Applications for the 2018/19 scheme will open in January 2018.

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