Greater Manchester LPC (GMLPC) have made their first appointment following their 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.
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.”