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Develop your pharmacy leadership skills with our one day introductory course and our six day more advanced course where leadership theory is linked to the development of leadership skills and behaviours in the workplace.

NES Pharmacy have a variety of  ways available to help develop your leadership skills from an introductory course, to a more advanced course. You can learn with pharmacy staff or you can learn with GPs. 


Step 1  - Introduction to leadership

  • A Taste of Leadership    Feb and Sept each year. 20th Sept 2017 and 20th Feb 2018 at NES Dundee Dental Buildings, DDEC conference centre, Frankland building Dundee, DD1 4HN. The venue is ~ a 10min walk from Dundee train station.

This course run in February and September and  is aligned to  national  key documents. Ideally for pharmacists early in their career (Foundation pharmacists) but other more experienced pharmacists are welcome if they wish an introduction to leadership. This course should be completed prior to Develop Yourself, Others and Services (SOS) wherever possible.

This is a one day course to introduce 'early careers' pharmacy professionals to aspects of leadership theory. Emotional Intelligence, working within a team and developing personal awareness are all covered in this one day course. Participants are expected to undertake a small amount of preparation prior to attending the course.

To book a place - book via Portal.

  • Develop Self, Others and Service (SOS) -  11th Oct 2017 and 28th Feb 2018 at NES Dundee Dental Buildings, DDEC conference centre, Frankland building, Dundee DD1 4HN.The venue is ~ a 10min walk from Dundee train station.

The aims of the programme are to:

Raise awareness of:

  • Organisation and taking responsibility for self-development 
  • Role clarity and inter-dependence of roles within the team
  • Team purpose and alignment with organisation strategy and vision
  • Team objectives and alignment with organisational priorities 
  • Working as part of a team community, i.e. inter-team working across a health system
  • Staff appraisal and development
  • Developing and improving services

This ONE day course complements A Taste of Leadership.

To book a place - book via Portal  

Step 2  - Leadership application of theory in practice - this course is not running at the moment.

This course is aligned to  national  key documents and is aimed at more senior pharmacy staff with several years experience that they are able to share with the other delegates.

 The course is now available as an interprofessional course for Pharmacists and  GPs or, as a Pharmacy only course for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

On this six day course, delegates discuss leadership theory and gain insight into themselves as as a leader. Aspects of dealing with challenging individuals, negotiation, chairing meetings, appraising others (as a leader) and the development of resilience are covered within the 6 days. Participants are encouraged to seek feedback from work colleagues using recognised self - assessment tools..

The course relies on participants bringing their experiences for discussion. There are tasks to undertake as part of the course. There are regular opportunities to discuss practice in a safe environment. A small project is undertaken throughout the course which is presented as a poster on the last day. 

Key aspects of this course are; the opportunity to learn with peers, test out leadership theory in practice and to learn about pharmacy practice in other areas in Scotland.

 To book a place - book via Portal.

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Step 3 Further Interprofessional leadership courses

On completion of the above, participants are given the opportunity to apply for  further national interprofessional courses e.g. Leading for the Future, You as a Collaborative Leader.

Leading for the Future

Leading for the Future - a 6 day course (3 x 2 days) delivered locally in the Boards. This course is ideally suited to more experienced practitioners. The same format is used as the Interprofessional course with similar models are used, but the issues discussed in the action learning sets are expected to be more complex in nature.

Information is generally out in Nov each year.Applications are due in, in Jan each year with the course starting in June of the same year. 

 The NHS Academy modules

There are a variety of modules available and may suit practitioners who are unable to attend face - to face sessions.

To read more about the various modules > Click here

Other resources


If you wish to discuss the above courses please contact Fiona McMillan.