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Deputy Chair, North Central London Joint Formulary Committee (NCL JfC)

Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Joint Formulary Committee
Medical & Dental: Consultant
3 year secondment
Full time: 10-12hrs (0.75 PAs per week)
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Whittington Health NHS Trust
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University College London Hospital
Equivalent to Medical & Dental: Consultant
12/04/2020 23:59

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Vice-Chair, North Central London Joint Formulary Committee

About the North Central London Joint Formulary Committee

The North Central London (NCL) Joint Formulary Committee (JFC) is responsible for advising Commissioners and Provider Trusts in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington on the safe, appropriate, equitable, evidence-based and cost-effective use of medicines.

Its members form a collective clinical leadership committee, which aims to achieve consistency of robust decision-making across the area. The Committee reviews licensed medicines (including those being used for an off-label indication), unlicensed medicines and oversees the development of medicine pathways for use across the region.

Membership includes representatives from each of the five NCL Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as well as the Provider Trusts within this footprint: North Middlesex University Hospital, Royal Free London, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, University College London Hospitals, Whittington Health, Camden & Islington Foundation Trust and Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Trust. The JFC forms part of the NCL Medicines Optimisation Network (MON) which is accountable to the North London Partners Health and Care Cabinet and aims to deliver evidence based, cost-effective and safe medicines use across the region. 

Summary of Role

The NCL JFC is looking to appoint a Vice-Chair with relevant experience to support the Committee and provide system leadership for medicines optimisation across North Central London.


The primary role of the Vice-Chair is to assist and deputise the JFC Chair; this would normally include being part of scheduled pre-/post-meetings and on occasions chairing the meeting in his/her absence. The Vice-Chair should have an extensive knowledge of general medicine and is not required to have specialist knowledge of each topic under review; this will be provided by other Committee members or co-opted specialists. The Chair and Vice-Chair ensures that the Committee takes full account of the available evidence and data in developing recommendations as prepared by the Secretariat.


A key role of the Chair and Vice-Chair is to unify the members into an effective collaborative where all voices are heard and which operate in such a way as to drive and support the delivery of the medicines optimisation strategy. The role brings challenge to the traditional model of single sector medicines expenditure and governance processes, making step changes in radically reducing unwarranted variation across both primary and secondary care.


The Chair and Vice-Chair are supported by 2.5 wte Secretariat (senior pharmacists).


Experience & Personal Attributes

The ideal candidate would be an academic GP, practicing GP, Public Health consultant or secondary care consultant with a track record of leading positive change.


Candidates should have a high-level understanding of critically appraising clinical evidence and be able to communicate complex and challenging issues to a variety of stakeholders. Experience of chairing multidisciplinary meetings is essential and it would be desirable to have experience of chairing a medicines-related committee.



Candidates must have an appreciation of medicines prescribing and use within the NHS (preferably with specific knowledge of Primary care), the challenges currently faced by the NHS and an understanding of how to influence in ways that balance specialist and societal benefit within a sustainable financial model. 


An understanding of evidence-based medicine, critical appraisal, medicines governance and policy, and systems supporting these, will be important.


Other desirable qualities include:

  • Relevant clinical qualifications plus a higher academic degree, e.g. MD/MS or PhD or evidence of an equivalent level in research publications
  • Experience of working with NHS commissioning or health purchasing arrangements and contracts
  • Understanding of systematic reviews and meta-analysis methodology
  • Knowledge of health economics



Location / Time Commitment / Remuneration

NCL JFC offices are based at UCL (222 Euston Road), although committee meetings are held at various locations across NCL


The appointment is for an initial three-year term, with an option to renew for a second term before a fresh application process is required.


There will be eleven meeting a year, on the 3rd Monday of each month (excluding December) from 16:30 to 18:30. As well as Chairing the JFC during occasions where the Chair is absent, the post-holder is required to participate in pre-meeting strategy discussions as well as post-meeting de-brief with the JFC Secretariat; these may be undertaken via Web-Ex or similar where a face-to-face meeting may be difficult to convene.


The total monthly commitment for the role is up to 10-12 hours (up to 0.75 PAs per week). This role will be remunerated with details available to the successful candidate.

The funding of the JFC operating model is hosted by Whittington Health on behalf of NCL stakeholders. The JFC secretariat is currently hosted within UCLH pharmacy department.

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Further details

For more information about the role please contact Dr Reecha Sofat (Chair, NCL JFC) via email at For specific enquiries related to the operational functions of the Committee please contact Dr Pritesh Bodalia (Lead Pharmacist, NCL JFC) via email at

Closing date: 12th April 2020

Interview date: TBC

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