Consultant pharmacist post approval

Working with the NHS, we have established an application and assessment model for reviewing and accrediting consultant pharmacist posts across England and Wales.


How to apply

Applications for recognition of a new consultant pharmacist post will be by submission using the Consultant Pharmacist Post Approval Application form.

The post approval process will consider:

  • The level of practice expected of the post holder
  • The proposed impact across the healthcare system
  • Succession planning
  • Arrangements for management, supervision and job planning.

The application must be accompanied by the following documents: 

  • Job description 
  • Person specification
  • Job plan 
  • Organisational map.

An example application form can be found here. Please note, that this example is based on a previous application format, therefore, some questions may differ.

Post approval checklist

  1. Complete post approval application form
  2. Complete supporting documents: job description, person specification, job plan and organisational map 
  3. Complete purchase order template
  4. Complete submission form, upload supporting documents and purchase order template 


The post approval process

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Submission deadlines

2023 Submission deadlines



Final submission deadline

Anticipated outcome date

Application 1

19th February 2023

13th April 2023

Application 2

25th June 2023

22nd August 2023

Application 3

24th September 2023

21st November 2023

Who will assess the posts?

Posts will be assessed by a panel of experts comprised of:

  • A clinical expert in the area of practice of the post
  • A pharmacy leader with a system wide role
  • Representation from an education commissioner
  • A member from the post-approving organisation.

What are the possible outcomes?

  • Approved
  • Provisional approval – panel states what change is required and sees an amended version
  • Not approved – panel states why submission was not approved and a re-submission to a full panel is required.


The fee for an application to be reviewed is £375.  

A purchase order will need to be submitted with your application. This will be sent to our finance team who will raise an invoice for payment. 

You'll need to pay the invoice before we can continue processing your application.

Using the Consultant Pharmacist title 

The NHS consultant Pharmacist Guidance sets out the requirements for using the title consultant pharmacist when providing NHS services. When posts are awaiting approval or individuals are undergoing the credentialing process the title consultant pharmacist must not be used. More detailed information can be found here.

Directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts

Approved consultant pharmacist posts will be added to our directory of approved consultant pharmacist posts across England and Wales.