About us


We work on behalf of three local pharmaceutical committees (LPCs) in Surrey and Sussex to represent, support and develop over 530 NHS community pharmacy contractors.

Background

In 2018 the three LPCs in Surrey and Sussex LPCs combined forces to set up a central administration and operations function to help support contractors more effectively and better meet the expectations of external NHS stakeholders and other local organisations.

Our constituent LPCs remain the legal entities but the new overarching team uses the trading name ‘Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex’ and all communications and business is delivered through our central office.

Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex is a mechanism to allow more effective collaboration between LPCs, pool resources and share costs as well as implementing initiatives of shared interest in common areas. It is governed by the CPSS Executive Committee, which comprises of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer from each LPC. Here’s our organisational chart.

A collaboration agreement has been drawn up between the three LPCs to ensure that each committee did not lose its status or powers (as set out in their constitutions and in the NHS Act). The collaboration Agreement gives delegated authority to the CPSS Executive Committee from the three LPCs to monitor the operational effectiveness of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex, including holding the Chief Executive to account for the organisations performance.

Lead by the Chief Executive, Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex daily work is managed by an executive staff team.

Read “LPC in the Spotlight” PSNC case study about our journey and follow up report LPC Focus: Creating a federated administrative structure CPSS


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Staff team

    • James Wood FRPharmS, chief executive officer. Connect  @JamesWWood | Twitter
    • Hinal Patel  MRPharmS, service development & support pharmacist. Connect @PatelPatelHinal | Twitter
    • Sandra Lamont  MCIPR  MCMI,  communications & engagement lead. Connect @LamontSandra  | Twitter
    • Micky Cassar, business administrator

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Governance & Oversight

The work of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex is overseen by the CPSS Executive Committee, which comprises of the Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer from each LPC. They have delegated authority from the three LPCs (described in a collaboration agreement) to monitor the operational effectiveness of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex, including holding the Chief Executive to account for the organisations performance.


Strategic and operating plans

Our business as usual operating plan for 2020-21 has been paused and replaced with a Covid19 operational response plan and a re-based high-level operating plan until September 2020. We will be publishing a full operating plan for H2 2020-21 later in the year


Policies and procedures

  • Surrey & Sussex LPCs collaboration agreement view here
  • Scheme of delegation, CPSS Executive Committee view here
  • Governance Policy Statement view here
  • Privacy Policy view here
  • Health and Safety Policy view here
  • Minute Taking Policy view here
  • How to feedback or complain
  • For copies of our employment procedures, including equal opportunities, whistle-blowing and other general internal policies, please contact us by email at: LPC@communitypharmacyss.co.uk

News

Every fortnight we aim to distribute a news-round-up to NHS community pharmacy contractors in Surrey & Sussex with information about what’s happening in politics, education and training for community pharmacists across Surrey and Sussex, and share all the exciting innovations that are happening to transform our sector.

Pharmacy is changing

We send LPC communications and newsletters to contractors NHS Mail aaddresses. We can send to personal email accounts too, but you must tell us if you want us to do this by registering your details with us. Sign up here, and urge everyone else in your pharmacy team to sign up too.

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