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The Department of Health has appointed two national directors to oversee pharmacies in hospitals and the community.
The department committed to appoint the National Clinical Directors for Pharmacy in a Pharmacy White Paper to make sure new initiatives are supported by strong leadership.
Martin Stephens, who currently holds two directorships at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, has been given the second post, with a focus on hospital pharmacy.
Jonathan Mason, currently head of prescribing and pharmacy at City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care Trust, is taking on the role that focuses on community pharmacy and primary care.
Both will be expected to devise and implement joint strategies to promote better experiences for patients and pharmaceutical outcomes.
They will focus on making sure the service meets the needs of people going into and coming out of hospital, as well as shaping future models of care.
Mr Stephens said: “I’m honoured to be appointed in this key clinical leadership role for hospital pharmacy. The Pharmacy White Paper provides a real opportunity for patients and the public to get the most out of medicines and make safer the use of medicines.
“Front line pharmacy teams and their leaders can make a real difference and I see my role as supporting them in doing that.”
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