Job Vacancy:

Assistant Director of Pharmacy (Cancer Care)

Job Code: 135139
Employer: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
Salary: Remuneration value up to $147 677 p.a., comprising salary between $125 036 - $129 432 p.a., employer contribution to superannuation (up to 12.75%) and annual leave loading (17.5%) (HP6)
Closing application date: 06/03/2018

Job Description

Provide expert clinical leadership and management and authoritative clinical counsel in the area of cancer care services within the Pharmacy multi-disciplinary team, and across Metro North Hospital and Health Service, using knowledge, skills and experience that are recognised within the profession as a state-wide resource for clinical advice and advocacy. Manage the operational delivery of clinical pharmacy and medication management services for a large, multidisciplinary Cancer Care Pharmacy team (over 25 staff) within the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and satellites, to deliver efficient services consistent with QH strategic intents, relevant statutory requirements, policies and procedures, and professional and ethical guidelines and standards. Apply expert clinical knowledge and skills to contribute to the strategic direction of the Pharmacy service to cancer care including clinical services, clinical trials and research and workforce education, training and development. Provide expert professional support to staff within the Pharmacy Department and across the hospital and Metro North Hospital and Health Service, in the area of cancer care.

How to Apply

Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:

  • A short statement (maximum 3-5 pages) on how your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities would enable you to achieve the key accountabilities and meet the key skills requirements
  • Your current CV or resume, including referees. You must seek approval prior to nominating a person as a referee. Referees should have a thorough knowledge of your work performance and conduct, and it is preferable to include your current/immediate past supervisor. By providing the names and contact details of your referee/s you consent for these people to be contacted by the selection panel. If you do not wish for a referee to be contacted, please indicate this on your CV or resume
  • Submit your application online at by the closing date.
  • Please note that hand delivered applications will not be accepted
  • Only those persons eligible to work in Australia may be employed by MNHHS. Prospective employees are required to provide proof of identity and documentary evidence of their right to work in Australia
  • Late applications cannot be submitted online. For a late application to be considered, please arrange approval and submission via the contact officer

Selection Criteria:

Clinical Practice:

  • Professionally lead the delivery of Cancer Care Pharmacy Services and provide expert clinical advice to health practitioners in order to deliver effective pharmaceutical care as a key component of health services within Metro North HHS
  • Apply expert clinical knowledge and skills to the management of Cancer Care Pharmacy Services to patients, ensuring alignment with Metro North HHS and corporate imperatives, legislative requirements and organisational policy and the pharmacy and cancer care operational service plans
  • Provide expert clinical pharmacy services for an appropriate clinical caseload
  • Manage the quality of professional practice within Cancer Care Pharmacy Services through participation in and promotion of medication safety and continuity of care initiatives, and development and leadership of projects that will achieve improvement in clinical services, patient care and business processes
  • Apply expertise to solve large-scale and / or complex clinical service or work-flow issues
  • Contribute to the development of Pharmacy professional standards and clinical practices
  • Participate in the teaching and training of medical and nursing staff, pharmacy interns, undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students, and pharmacy support staff, and in patient education programs
  • Actively pursue professional development and learning opportunities, and contribute to professional knowledge, expertise and skills through research, publications and presentations

Communication / Team Participation:

  • Provide authoritative counsel in matters relating to Cancer Care Pharmacy Services, to stakeholders both within and outside the discipline
  • Provide expert advice, consultation and direction, based on advanced experience in cancer care, to Pharmacy practitioners within the tertiary hospital environment, and more broadly across QH facilities as a recognised State-wide resource for cancer care services
  • Contribute, as a member, to the Pharmacy Department Management Advisory Group meetings, Cancer Care Service Line meetings and other relevant committees as required
  • Collaborate with senior management to ensure effective cooperation within and across Cancer Care Pharmacy work units to enhance service delivery, quality outcomes and/or patient services

Leadership / Work Unit Management:

  • Operationally manage services across the Cancer Care Pharmacy work unit teams (dispensary, clinical (wards and Oncology Day Therapy Unit), oncology clinics and production) including:
    -Provide direction in line with departmental priorities, Metro North HHS planning and State-wide service frameworks
    -Provide mentoring and leadership to Pharmacy staff in the delivering quality pharmaceutical care
    -Facilitate staff development, including performance appraisal, in conjunction with the QH competency assessment frameworks for pharmacists
    ­-Ethical decision making in the achievement of organisational goals
  • Provide expert professional leadership in the development of service improvement initiatives, professional competence and standards in Cancer Care Pharmacy Services on a Statewide basis and implement these within the immediate work unit
  • Provide expert professional leadership in the development, implementation and monitoring of Pharmacy/medication management programs and policies to support the continuum of care
  • Provide active leadership in the clinical practice supervision and education of staff and students within hospital pharmacy services, and provide expert training and guidance to advanced level clinicians
  • Facilitate and support involvement of pharmacy staff in relevant research projects that contribute to the professional body of knowledge through research publication in peer reviewed journals
  • Liaise with medical and nursing staff regarding policies and procedures related to pharmacy services and medication management, and provide advanced level, expert advice and information
  • Manage and facilitate relevant local and Metro North HHS Cancer Services Medicines Management Committees and associated advisory groups (e.g. Metro North Limited Indication Medicines Scheme Advisory Group)

Additional information:

Department Information:

The RBWH Pharmacy Department employs over 120 staff. Pharmacy services actively contributes to patient-centred, safe, effective and economic medicines management The pharmacy department achieves this through the application of professional and regulatory standards and policies, a multidisciplinary team based clinical approach, supported by contemporary systems of practice including automation, and expanded scope assistant workforce; needs based learning, and a positive approach to audit, evaluation and research. This is all underpinned by a flexible and innovative leadership team and a strong ethic for team work.
Services include:
Team based clinical pharmacy services to inpatients, day therapy patients, ambulatory day clinics, over 20 out-patient medication review clinics, hospital in the home and operating theatres; cancer care services including parenteral cytotoxic reconstitution, day therapy and satellite clinical services.
Outpatient services supported by medication distribution and dispensing robots support out and discharge dispensing services.
The RBWH pharmacy provides in-house investigator and PHARMA lead clinical trials services; and undertakes audit, drug information and clinical research with conjoint research positions with University Queensland multiple staff undertaking and others having completed masters, MPhil, and PhD research projects.
RBWH pharmacy houses Queensland Medicines Advice and Information Service which provides drug information to medical, nursing and allied health staff.
The pharmacy provides an extensive education and Training program including 8 intern, 16 foundation residency (it is an SHPA Accredited foundation training site) and an increasing number of advanced and specialised training positions. The department also supports the education of undergraduate/postgraduate pharmacy students, medical/nursing staff and students.
The pharmacy provides representation on hospital/Queensland Health Committees including the hospital executive; critical incident, high cost drug and AMS committees and together with its collaboration with Clinical Pharmacology provides infrastructure support for RBWH Medicines Advisory Committee and RBWH Safe Medication Practice Committee. It is strongly involved with the MNHHS electronic medicines management system implementation. The department also provides cconsultancy to other hospitals and institutions;
The Pharmacy Department provides services seven days a week and the position is required to participate in departmental rosters, including after-hours and weekend and on call services.

Hospital Information:

Delivering outstanding healthcare is just one of the ways that we care for our community. Our passion for people is reflected in the way we live our values every day. We value and nurture our staff so that they can provide quality value based care across our diverse organisation every day. Our focus on Value Based Healthcare means we expect our staff to deliver the care the patient needs, no more and no less, to achieve the best quality of life for our community. This passion fuels our collaborative culture of innovation and research.

We embrace the diversity of local and greater communities as we provide services to people throughout Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory, in all major health specialities including medicine, surgery, mental health, cancer care, trauma, women’s and newborn care, and more than 30 sub-specialities. Metro North services include rural, regional and tertiary hospitals, and community and oral health services.

Our diverse Health Service provides a wide variety of rewarding career paths across our tertiary/quaternary referral hospitals, secondary hospitals, community health centres, residential and extended care facilities and regional community hospital. We expect our staff and volunteers to translate our values into action through providing high quality connected care that is relevant, efficient and respectful of our patient’s needs and wishes. Our people are passionate about our community and patients with a focus on putting people first. Come and work where people are at the centre of everything we do and your contribution is truly valued.

Please visit our website for additional information about Metro North

How to Apply

Via this website

Further Information: Ian Coombes, Director of Pharmacy