Deputy Director – Medicines and Pharmacy Analysis

London (Central), London (Greater)
The salary for this post is set within the Senior Civil Service (SCS) Payband 1 range £65k - £117k
29 Sep 2017
16 Oct 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

The Department of Health is recruiting a Deputy Director for Medicines and Pharmacy Analysis - an SCS1 role with significant responsibility, leading analysis across over £20bn of health spending. The post sits in the Medicines and Pharmacy Directorate (MPD) within the Community Care Group in DH.

Overview of the post / area of work

Lead a team of 9 multi-disciplinary analysts (economists, statisticians and operational researchers), supporting both policy development and the operations of medicines pricing, pharmacy, and reimbursement policy including:

Drugs Bill covering £18bn of NHS spend

  • Analysis to support policies to deliver value for money and drugs bill savings
  • Analysis to support development of options, and be part of the formal negotiating team, for forthcoming negotiations on the successor to the current pharmaceutical price regulation scheme (PPRS) with the pharmaceutical industry
  • Lead the team supporting analytical aspects of operational delivery of the current PPRS

Pharmacy Remuneration covering £2.6bn spend

  • Analysis to support medium and longer term community pharmacy contractual framework funding, including mechanism to support pharmacies critical for access
  • Manage the delivery of the medicines margin survey - which assesses the amount of profit margin pharmacies earn on reimbursement; negotiate the results through  contract negotiations,
  • Manage setting of reimbursement prices for generic medicines
  • Medium/long term reforms to reimbursement mechanisms to generate efficiencies

Health Services Medical Supplies Costs Act (2017):

  • Development of infrastructure to collect and analyse cost  data from the pharmaceuticals supply chain in order to set reimbursement prices more accurately
  • Implement mechanisms to address high priced generic medicines, using  new price setting powers


  • Work with the Office for Life Sciences on the life sciences industrial strategy and sector deal
  • Work with MHRA on implications of exiting the EU on medicines regulation and the pharmaceutical sector
  • Prescription Charges Modelling – annual uprating and modelling of policy options with respect to prescription charge level and categories of exemption
  • Pricing models for new antibiotics – engaging with industry and NICE on innovative methods of payment to manufacturers who develop new antibiotics.
  • Actively participate in cross DH work developing appraisal methods.

Key accountabilities of the role

The successful candidate will:

  • Ensure that policies are informed with sound evidence and analysis
  • Ensure rigour in and continually improve aspects of operational delivery
  • Take an innovative, systematic approach to addressing policy priorities

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