Luvjit Kandula appointed as Director of Pharmacy Transformation at GMLPC

Luvjit Kandula appointed as Director of Pharmacy Transformation at GMLPC

November 15, 2019

We have made our first appointment following our well-publicised restructure. Luvjit Kandula, current Head of LPC Engagement and Collaboration at PSNC will be leaving the national body to take up the role of Director of Pharmacy Transformation (DoPT) at GMLPC in the New Year.

Earlier this year we commissioned an extensive Operational Review to be undertaken by organisational design consultants. A deep dive into the operating model of GMLPC was undertaken with the whole team. The outcomes suggested that the organisation would benefit from re-structuring the workforce around business reform which had resulted from a shifting external market place; particularly, to optimise organisational resource capacity and capability whilst continuing to build a robust centralised corporate function for growth stability.

The creation of internal and external facing executive roles was agreed to close the gap between strategy and delivery. The new intended structure of the LPC is most notably led by a Director of Pharmacy Transformation (DoPT); a crucial role in ensuring the role outlined for pharmacy in the long-term plan is realised within the 5-year deal.

Current operational delivery roles were streamlined into thematic Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) roles to achieve alignment of human resources to business workstreams, stimulate a self-managing, high performing team and to embed industry-based expertise into BAU and business growth activity. The requirement to further develop the maturity of HR, IT, finance and business intelligence & administration functions to accommodate the stability of core internal business functions was also identified and built in to the restructure and Greater Manchester LPC, Rikki Smeeton has already transitioned over into the new structure as SRO for Primary Care Networks.

Commenting on her appointment, Luvjit said:

“I am delighted to be joining Greater Manchester LPC. Community pharmacy has so much to offer the NHS, patients and the public and it’s never been more important than now. That is being recognised in Greater Manchester, where the LPC work closely with the NHS Health and Social Care Partnership, wider primary care and social care providers. Whilst it was not an easy decision to leave PSNC, 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. I am looking forward to imparting my knowledge, experience and passion for the benefit of residents in Greater Manchester by engaging and supporting our contractors to promote pharmacy to the public. 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.”

Aneet Kapoor, Chair of Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said:

“The rate of change of the NHS landscape within which community pharmacy in GM operates has been unprecedented in the last few years; 2019 has proven to be a pivotal year for community pharmacy in England. The advent of Primary Care Networks, the NHS Long Term Plan and a five-year funding deal announced for community pharmacy led to a compelling need to review and adapt to better support the new skills and guidance pharmacy contractors require in the emerging NHS landscape. 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. 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.”

You can view the press release here: Greater Manchester LPC announcement 10am 15_11

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