Fixed Term Contract / Secondment until March 2023.

National Services Scotland (NSS) is a national NHS Board operating right at the heart of NHSScotland providing invaluable support and advice at a strategic and operational level. Our aim is to deliver high quality services that help our customers save money and free up resources so they can be re-invested into essential services.

The Scottish Cancer Network (SCN) is a dedicated national resource to support and facilitate a ‘Once for Scotland’ approach to cancer services which will assist in enabling equitable access to care and treatment across Scotland.

Its main aims are to:
• Develop and operate a system for the production, review, and hosting of National Clinical Management Guidelines
• Oversee and drive improvement of existing National Managed Clinical Networks and adopt similar national network approaches for other tumour sites that may benefit.

The Scottish Cancer Network will work collaboratively with already established regional and national Cancer Networks to understand the processes and progress made around Clinical Management Guidelines and National Managed Clinical Networks. It will also work to assist the networks in continuing to make the best use of clinical time, ensuring best care for patients wherever they are in Scotland.

This is a post developed to drive forward the development of National Clinical Management Guidelines, for which clinical consensus, ongoing improvement and equitable access will be key founding principles.

The role will be key for developing a new approach and transition to National Clinical Management Guidelines. Working to the National Clinical Lead, the post holder will be required to work with stakeholders to understand existing approaches and governance, design a collective approach to CMG development, contribute to the drafting of prioritised national CMGs as a test of change, and identify appropriate mechanisms for audit.

We are looking for a Pharmacist with strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as a good understanding of the cancer landscape, or ability to quickly develop this, in order to work with relevant networks and present informed approaches. You will bring experience of providing effective professional leadership in clinical/pharmaceutical practice with practical experience of working with medicines prescribing/information systems and facilitating change to improve services. The post holder must have an ability to devise, implement and monitor a range of engagement strategies to reach consensus across a wider range of partners.

Please note that applicants for this post must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). It is also desirable that they are members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Please note, as a newly created post, the current band outcome is provisional. The postholder will be entitled to update and re-submit the job description after a reasonable time in post.

Due to our national response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and taking account of current restrictions, the post will be mainly home based, until further notice in line with Government guidelines. When this changes, the post can be based in Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Dundee (with an ongoing potential for home working in line with our flexible working practice) and an expectation for some potential travel for national meetings.

Prior to applying please ensure that you follow your own organisation’s guidelines for secondments.

We will consider flexible working arrangements such as sessional payments, part time arrangements or job share so do contact us if you would like to discuss personal circumstance.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure Scotland check.

Any candidate who has lived/worked overseas for more than 12 months in the preceding 5 years will also be required to provide a criminal record check from the appropriate overseas agency.

Our benefits package includes pension scheme, comprehensive range of work life balance policies, occupational health services, learning resource centres and discounted leisure, financial and shopping benefits.

For an informal discussion on the post, please contact Noelle O’Rourke, SCN National Clinical Lead, or Nicky Waters, National Programme Director,

Further information on NSS is available from:

Closing date for completed applications is 6 December 2021.

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail only, so please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders).

NHS National Services Scotland is an equal opportunities employer and as committed participant in the disability confident scheme, guarantees to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies

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