Job Vacancy:

Lead Pharmacist Critical Care, Health Professional 4, Pharmacy Services, Division of Clinical Services

Position: Full time-Temporary, Six months with the possibility of extension
Job Code: 01AMO
Employer: Canberra Hospital and Health Services
Closing application date: 08/02/2018

Job Description

Position No: P28893
Classification: Health Professional 4
Salary: $ 100,462 – $ 108,140
Job Title: Lead Pharmacist Critical Care
Directorate: ACT Health
Division: The Canberra Hospital and Health Services
Branch: Clinical Support Services
Section: Pharmacy Services
Reports to: Deputy Director of Pharmacy – Clinical
Direct reports: Between 4 to 6

Overview of the work area and position

The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have a dynamic, talented team of over 100 Pharmacists, technicians and support staff. The department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and outpatients including a number of specialised services.

The Lead Pharmacist for Critical Care has an important role in providing professional leadership and support to the Division of Critical Care to manage medicines safely and effectively with the aim of optimising medicines for patients treated in those areas, which includes the Intensive Care Unit and the Emergency Department.

The Pharmacy’s mission statement is “Our competent and professional team will provide a contemporary and forward thinking pharmacy service that gives the best patient focused care possible and is valued by the ACT Health community”.


  • The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the pharmacy service to the critical care units of Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS). This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles, and provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends and after hours on a rotational basis as rostered. It is expected that this position will have a 0.5 FTE clinical load, with the other listed duties making up the remaining 0.5 FTE. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operations of the section.


  • Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Director and Deputy Directors of pharmacy services, lead and coordinate the provision of all pharmacy services to the critical care services of CHHS.


  • Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the critical care units of CHHS whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other areas
  • Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in critical care clinical pharmacy services.
Management & Leadership
  • Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review to all levels of pharmacists, students, technical and other support staff working within the pharmacy service for critical care.
  • Line manage a small team of pharmacists in accordance with the organisational structure.
  • Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required, including national pharmacy networks relevant to critical care services.
  • Promotion of safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines, ensuring relevant local drug budgets are monitored and managed.
Education & Mentoring
  • Provide education, training and mentorship to new staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) pharmacy staff, medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and mentoring of extended scope practitioners.
Research & Quality Improvement
  • Develop and contribute to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects relevant to critical care services in coordination with the QUM and management team.

Selection Criteria:

To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Well-developed leadership skills and motivational ability
  • High level customer service skills
  • Ability to maintain high work standards and accuracy
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs

Follow the Pharmacy’s mission statement of “Our competent and professional team will provide a contemporary and forward thinking pharmacy service that gives the best patient focused care possible and is valued by the ACT Health community”.


  • Appropriate Pharmacist qualifications and eligibility for registration as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Postgraduate qualifications (or working towards) in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or extensive specialist clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent.

Highly desirable:

  • Suitable experience as a clinical pharmacist practising at an advanced level in critical care, emergency medicine or acute medicine.
  • Theoretical and practical experience in the management of complex pharmacotherapy, including experience with therapeutic drug monitoring.
  • Project management or research experience.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act.
  • Work across multiple CHHS locations.
  • Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

Note: All new staff will be responsible to have their immunisation status up to date prior to commencing work with ACT Health.

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

(Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

  1. Demonstrated high level of competence, expertise and skills in the management of medicines within Critical Care specialties, including (but not limited to); Intensive Care, High Dependency Care, Emergency Medicine, Medical & Surgical assessment and planning, including therapy choice and dose optimisation based on therapeutic drug monitoring and other pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles.
  2. Demonstrated ability to apply independent professional judgment to problems of significant scope within a complex and critical service with advanced communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and a demonstrated commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships.
  3. Commitment to and demonstrated high level of competence in education, training and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians and other stakeholders.
  4. Proven ability to develop, review and implement policies and procedures and demonstrated experience in project and/or change management to contribute to improvement programs, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities associated with pharmacy services
  5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

Additional information:

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Canberra Hospital & Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include early childhood, youth and women’s health; dental services, rehabilitation and community care; mental health and alcohol and drug services. In addition, justice health services are provided within the Territory’s’ detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
The pharmacy department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services. Clinical Support Services (CSS) provide a range of services that support the clinical divisions within Canberra Hospital & Health Services.

The following areas are included within this Division:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Clinical Records Service
  • Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
  • Nursing Operational Support, consisting of Ward Services (Wardspersons, Hospital Assistants and Ward Clerks) and Nursing Support (NIMS Unit, NurseBank, Central Equipment Store, Tissue Viability Team and Pastoral Care)
  • Pharmacy
  • Revenue Data
  • Revenue and finance services

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Hameda Lane, (02) 6244 2121