Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person-centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary, and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: www.canberrahealthservices.act.gov.au
The Pharmacy sits within the Division of Medical Services (EDMS) which includes the Physician Training Office, Medical Officer Support, Credentialing, Employment and Training Unit (MOSCETU), GP Liaison Unit (GPLU), Pathology, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging and Library Services.
The Canberra Health Services (CHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of approximately 100 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians and administration staff. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.
Work is underway to build a new Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency Centre which will transform the acute services delivered at the Canberra Hospital in the near future. This new centre will deliver additional Emergency Department treatment spaces, theatres, additional intensive care unit (ICU) beds, as well as including new paediatric ICU beds.
The position holder will work within a specific Divisional or Pharmacy area to enable them to hone their skills in a more defined area of practice and support advancing practice within that area or work as a generalist rotational pharmacist across all areas.
Individuals applying for this role can provide an expression of interest as part of their application to work specifically within one of the following areas:
- Cancer and Ambulatory Support
- Medicine (includes Emergency and medical specialty areas)
- Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug services
- Women, Youth & Children
- Surgery (includes intensive care and all surgical specialty areas)
- Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services
- Education & Training
- As a generalist rotational pharmacist across all areas
In your application, please submit a cover letter stating any preferences for your role.
Under limited direction of the Lead Pharmacists for your area and Deputy Directors of Pharmacy you will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners, to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to provide clinical and operational pharmacy services across CHS within the clinical and operational areas and may include pharmacist support to off-site facilities. All positions will include a component of operational commitment as part of their work plan.
- Undertake clinical and operational pharmacist duties, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family centred care that is safe and evidence based.
- Dispense medicines for inpatients, outpatients and for patients being discharged from the hospital services and provide clinical pharmacy services such as individual patient medication reviews and interventions.
- Counsel patients about their medications, in order to permit patients to achieve better understanding, acceptance of and concordance with their medication regimens; to optimise patients' therapeutic outcomes.
- Participate in the pharmacy quality improvement projects, educational programs, sterile manufacturing (if relevant to the area of working) and research activities.
- Provide supervision to junior pharmacists, interns, pharmacy technicians, and students.
- Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.
CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.
- Passion for learning and contributing to great healthcare, so as to achieve the best patient care outcomes possible, with the patient's goals and objectives in mind.
- Strong organisational skills with a high degree of personal drive and integrity
- Developed or emerging leadership skills and motivation with the ability to participate in the department's quality improvement projects, educational programs and research activities
Be registered or eligible for registration as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Experience of working professionally as a registered pharmacist in an Australian hospital environment is essential (or in a country where reciprocal arrangements apply with the Australian Pharmaceutical Council Competency Stream Skills Assessment method).
The successful applicant will be appointed to the relevant level 2 or 3 pharmacist position increment based on their qualifications and experience in line with the following criteria:
- For a level 2 pharmacist position increment - minimum of 2 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Transition Level.
- For a level 3 pharmacist position increment - minimum of 4 years’ full time equivalent experience as a registered pharmacist in a hospital setting (as previously defined) and able to demonstrate competency against the National Standards for Advanced Pharmacy Practice at the Consolidation Level, which may include a post graduate qualification at diploma level or above.
- The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, including on call, working across hospital sites as necessary.
- CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
- Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
- Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under theWorking with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011is required.
- Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.
- Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
WHAT YOU REQUIRE
These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:
- Proven higher level of knowledge, expertise and skills, in line with the Advanced Pharmacy Practice competencies sufficient to provide pharmaceutical care to patients in a tertiary hospital setting across a variety of clinical specialties, including, but not exclusive to, medicine, surgery, women's health, paediatrics, aged care, mental health, drug and alcohol, haematology/oncology, critical care, emergency care and pharmacy operational areas.
- Leadership and management that demonstrates competence at the relevant level defined within the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework.
- High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting. This includes building and maintaining effective working relationships. While having the ability to provide professional supervision to junior pharmacists, graduates, students and support staff and a commitment to continuing professional development.
- Demonstrated experience of significant contribution to the development, implementation or maintenance of improvement programs, policy and procedures and medication safety initiatives. This may include participation in research initiatives and accreditation activities.
- Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.
HOW TO APPLY / OR WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and
• A response to the selection criteria under “What You Require”.
Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.