All change at CPSS – James Wood moves on as LPCs advertise for a successor

All change at CPSS – James Wood moves on as LPCs advertise for a successor

November 3, 2020

Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex (CPSS) will be under new executive leadership in the new year as its chief executive moves on to a new role with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC).  

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James Wood will be joining PSNC in the new year, after three years with our LPCs

James Wood said “I’m enormously proud to have been part of such a significant part in CPSS history and to have worked with my colleagues, friends and supporters of community pharmacy to lay the foundations for a vibrant and exciting next chapter. 

As for community pharmacy at the moment the challenges ahead are substantial, both financially and clinically.  

“Our future presents significant local opportunities and challenges. I know the committees and new chief executive will do a brilliant job of embracing.” 

Sarah Davis, spokesperson for the CPSS executive committee said: “It has been very exciting to work with James over the past three years and his ambition drive and boundless energy will be hugely missed by all of us. 

Sarah Davis, on behalf of CPSS executive committee, said James Wood will be missed

“Thanks to his extraordinary achievements the next chapter for local representation and support across Surrey and Sussex is looking bright as we emerge out of the Wright Review and into an implementation phase, and continue to develop new ways to engage with stakeholders, support and inspire local contractors.”  

James Wood joined Community Pharmacy Surrey and Sussex in January 2018 and has since drawn on his career in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy and LPC’s to strengthen and grow the CPSS federation’s operations as a professionally managed and well led organisation. 

During his tenure as chief executive the CPSS portfolio of locally commissioned services has increased and community engagement activities has doubled in scale. Flagship projects include BP+ and the roll-out of TCAM across five trusts in two ICS areas to underpin the launch of the Discharge Medicines Service from January 2021. 

in 2018 Surrey LPC became one of the first LPCs to be involved in a NHS England programme of Integrating Medicines Optimisation into developing STPs and ICS, as Surrey Heartlands CCG became a pilot.  A much closer integration of community pharmacy and the local NHS has been developed, which include firm plans to provide access to the local Surrey Care Record. 

The chief executive’s work behind the scenes adds to his considerable legacy: supporting the continued professional development of the CPSS staff team, integration of the committees finances and policies and procedures to support compliance and more rigorous financial management and business planning.  

The work which was undertaken as part of an ambitious three-year business plan has underpinned all three LPCs ability and agility to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

We’re recruiting a new CEO

  • To find out more about the role and to submit an application, please download the recruitment pack
  • Applications close at 5pm on 23 November 2020

More information

Contact  James Wood:  or Sandra Lamont:

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