The Greater Manchester LPC (GMLPC) has appointed Luvjit Kandula as its Director of Pharmacy Transformation (DoPT).
This is also the organisation’s first appointment following a recent restructuring.
Kandula, who currently heads the LPC Engagement and Collaboration at PSNC, will join GMLPC in the New Year.
In the newly created role, she will be responsible for ensuring pharmacy’s mandate as per the NHS long term plan is fulfilled within the five-year deal.
“The need for sound leadership in tune with the changing landscape is key for community pharmacy, and it is imperative their sole focus is on the delivery of this transformation which is where we identified the need for a DoPT. Having Luvjit take this role, with her experience of leading community pharmacy and primary care networks is a landmark for Greater Manchester contractors,” said Aneet Kapoor, Chair of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee.
“ Luvjit will bring a wealth of experience along with a track record of delivering for community pharmacy and we are delighted she has chosen to take this opportunity in Greater Manchester,” he said.
Commenting on her appointment, Kandula said the decision to leave PSNC was not easy while “the opportunity of being part of the innovative work in Greater Manchester, and the transformation vision they have around primary care networks and developing the workforce, was not one to be passed up.”
“As a team we will be supporting community pharmacy to contribute to improved quality and outcomes for patients through integrated working and transformation programmes such as education, training, re-design of services and effective working with Primary Care Networks at a local level in the context of the NHS Long Term Plan and the new Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework,” she said.