Resource Pharmacist - Medication Safety and Quality

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/20/17
Mississauga, ON
5 - 7 years experience
Patient Care
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 07/20/17

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Clinical Manager of Pharmacy Services you will be an integral member of the pharmacy leadership team and be accountable for the development of pharmacists.  You will oversee the medication safety and quality initiatives as a department lead working with Pharmacists, technicians, nurses, physicians and other stakeholders. Quality program improvements are integrated into this role focusing on enhancing existing programs such as Medication Reconciliation, IV to PO conversion program and Pharmacist Assisted Warfarin Service as well as being an integral member of the Medication Safety Committee. Through your work on the Medication Safety Committee you will identify further opportunities to improve patient care.

You will collaborate with the pharmacy leadership team and work with staff to determine the clinical, technical, teaching and research related needs of staff and facilitate and implement processes to ensure they are met.  You will also contribute to peer, pharmacy undergraduate, interdisciplinary and pharmacy residency teaching/training and be an active participant in relevant inter-professional hospital committees.  You will oversee the completion of the Medication Management standards for the Accreditation Canada Qmentum Survey that occurs every 4 years, including VTE prophylaxis and Medication Reconciliation standards.  As part of your role, you will follow up on patient safety incidents associated with medication reconciliation and clinical programs and you will implement system enhancements as required. On occasion, you will be required to travel between the three hospital sites.

Key Qualifications:         

  • Baccalaureate Degree in Pharmacy or PharmD
  • Licensed in Ontario to practice pharmacy (Part A of Register)
  • Completion of hospital pharmacy residency or equivalent experience is preferred; equivalent experience is interpreted as three years of experience in a broad range of pharmacy operational, clinical and/or administrative pharmacy practice
  • Minimum 5 years of recent experience in hospital pharmacy practice required
  • Minimum 4 years of experience being a preceptor for students or equivalent training and experience
  • Completion of leadership training is an asset
  • Project management experience is an asset
  • Active membership in the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists (CSHP) is an asset
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, problem solving, organizational and communication skills

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Professional Development and Teaching

  • Act as a mentor and resource for staff
  • Active involvement in teaching pharmacy, medical and nursing staff and/or other health care professionals and students
  • VTE activities: Provide pharmacy students and new staff with VTE prophylaxis training.  Coordinate the organization-wide VTE prophylaxis audit for acute medical and surgical inpatients.Act as a VTE/thrombosis educational resource for pharmacy staff
  • Develop, implement, assist and evaluate training processes, continuous education and knowledge translation for pharmacy staff

Clinical and Distributive Services

  • Review and participate in enhancing comprehensive pharmacy clinical programs
  • Collaborate with Medication Management Pharmacist to review distribution processes training and development
  • Provision of pharmaceutical care to patients, distribution activities, drug order review and drug use evaluations as required

Administrative and Human Resource Management

  • Assist in the scheduling of staff to ensure coverage of clinical patient care activities and drug distribution activities at the respective site
  • Assist the Clinical Manager in the process of performance appraisals for all pharmacists
  • Conduct regular pharmacist team meetings
  • Assist Clinical Manager of Pharmacy in the planning, organizing and directing of pharmacy policies and procedures in accordance with hospital initiatives, professional practice standards and provincial and federal laws
  • Works in conjunction with other Resource Pharmacists and the Clinical Manager cooperatively to prioritize, coordinate and integrate workloads

Professional Activities and Research

  • Promote Pharmacy Services by participating on relevant hospital committees and professional committees (ie. Medication Safety Committee, PSNs, hospital subcommittees, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, etc).
  • Collaborate with physicians, nurses and allied health
  • Ability to manage and lead large projects and manage change
  • Contribution and leadership in continuous process improvement for pharmacy specific programs (examples IV to PO, Pharmacist Assisted Warfarin Service)
  • Medication Reconciliation process improvements and training
  • Lead Medication safety committee driven projects
  • Assess patient safety incidents associated with medication reconciliation and clinical programs.
  • Implement processes to improve patient safety, including feedback and staff education.
  • Engage in an annual review of the new Accreditation Canada medication management standards and identify any projects/activities to address new standards.
  • Accreditation Canada Qmentum Survey Preparation: Develop and implement a project plan for education of pharmacy staff, red/yellow flags from accreditation survey, and medication management standards evidence documentation.
  • Implement and coordinate regular auditing procedures for certain required organizational practices (ROPs) by Accreditation Canada (examples, do not use abbreviations, medication reconciliation, VTE prophylaxis).
  • VTE Role: As needed, plan and coordinate thrombosis related projects and act as a VTE pharmacy resource for the organization (example for the Transfusion Medicine Committee as an ad hoc member )
  • Will be expected to support other duties as assigned


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