Job Vacancy:

Health Professional Level 4, Lead Pharmacist – Surgical

Position: Vacant
Job Code: P28888
Employer: ACT Health - Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS)
Salary: $98,977 – $113,238
Closing application date: 17/08/2017

Job Description

The Pharmacy Department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services.  Clinical Support Services provide a range of services that support the clinical divisions within CHHS

The Pharmacy Department has 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.  Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy Clinical Services, the pharmacists will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service.


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 surgical units of CHHS.
2.Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the medical units of CCHS whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in areas other than surgery.
3.Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services to medical specialties.
4.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 Medicine.
5.Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required
6.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.
7.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 medical specialties in coordination with the QUM and management team.
8.Undertake other duties as directed, within the approved scope of practice of this position 

Personal Attributes:

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

  • Well-developed leadership skills
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patients’ needs
  • Ability to role model our departmental mission statement “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



Qualifications/Other Requirements:


  • Be registered (or eligible to be registered) as a pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Masters level postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research or working towards with extensive clinical pharmacy experience deemed equivalent


Highly desirable:

  • SHPA membership.
  • Membership linked to area of speciality
  • Publication in peer review journals
  • Project management and  / or research experience


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

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


Selection Criteria:

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.

1.Demonstrated high level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment in clinical pharmacy services to surgical specialties including; Orthopedics, General surgery, Vascular, Urology, Neurosurgery, Cardiothoracic, Plastic, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dental, Thoracic surgery and peri and post operative pain management.
2.Commitment to and demonstrated expertise in education, mentoring and training, and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, hospital clinicians, and other stakeholders.
3.Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of departmental improvement programs, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, research initiatives and accreditation activities.
4.High level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with patients and with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting; demonstrating the shared purpose and strategic direction of the department.
5.Demonstrate 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.

Job Demands Checklist

Physical Demands                                                                                                                     Frequency

Sitting – remaining in a seated position to perform tasks Frequent
Standing – remaining standing without moving about to perform tasks Frequent
Walking – Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes

E.g. (Between wards, within ward areas, within the department, between departments)  – up to / average or 10,000 steps per day, 6km, 13 floors)

Running – Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes

E.g. To and from medical emergencies (MET calls as needed) for medication delivery

Bend/Lean Forward from Waist – Forward bending from the waist to perform tasks Frequent
Trunk Twisting – Turning from the waist while sitting or standing to perform tasks Frequent
Kneeling – remaining in a kneeling posture to perform tasks Occasional
Squatting / Crouching – Adopting a squatting or crouching posture to perform tasks Occasional
Leg / Foot Movement – Use of leg and / or foot to operate machinery Frequent
Climbing (stairs/ladders) – Ascend / descend stairs, ladders, steps Frequent
Lifting / Carrying – Light lifting & carrying: 0 – 9 kg

E.g. (Reference texts, medications, electronic medicines management devices, extemporaneous cream slabs, transport of stock during cool room failures, transfer of TPN (total parenteral nutrition) products

Lifting / Carrying – Moderate lifting & carrying: 10 – 15 kg Frequent
Lifting / Carrying – Heavy lifting & carrying: 16kg & above Occasional
Reaching – Arms fully extended forward or raised above shoulder

E.g. (Stock selection – extemporaneous manufacturing, Cool room, imprest areas, store rooms)

Pushing / Pulling / Restraining – Using force to hold / restrain or move objects toward or away from the body

E.g. Controlled substance vault

Head / Neck Postures – Holding head in a position other than neutral (facing forward) Occasional
Hand & Arm Movements – Repetitive movements of hands and arms Frequent
Grasping / Fine Manipulation – Gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands Frequent
Driving – Operating any motor powered vehicle Occasional



Sensory Demands                                                                                                                       Frequency

Sight – Use of sight is an integral part of work performance e.g. Viewing of X-Rays, computer screens Frequent
Smell – Use of smell is an integral part of work performance e.g. Working with chemicals Occasional
Touch – Use of touch is an integral part of work performance Frequent



Psychosocial Demands                                                                                                             Frequency

Distressed People – e.g. Emergency or grief situations Frequent
Aggressive & Uncooperative People – e.g. drug / alcohol, dementia, mental illness Frequent
Unpredictable People – e.g. Dementia, mental illness, head injuries Frequent
Restraining – involvement in physical containment of patients/consumers N/A
Exposure to Distressing Situations – e.g. Child abuse, viewing dead / mutilated bodies; verbal abuse; domestic violence; suicide Frequent



Environmental Demands                                                                                                          Frequency

Gases – Working with explosive or flammable gases requiring precautionary measures Frequent
Liquids – Working with corrosive, toxic or poisonous liquids or chemicals requiring PPE Frequent
Hazardous substances – e.g. Dry chemicals, glues Frequent
Noise – Environmental / background noise necessitates people raise their voice to be heard Frequent
Sunlight – Risk of sunburn exists from spending more than 10 minutes per day in sunlight Occasional
Confined Spaces – areas where only one egress (escape route) exists Frequent
Slippery or Uneven Surfaces – Greasy or wet floor surfaces, ramps, uneven ground Frequent
Inadequate Housekeeping – Obstructions to walkways and work areas cause trips and falls Frequent
Biological Hazards – e.g. exposure to body fluids, bacteria, infectious diseases Frequent

Additional information:

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 and Health Services (CHHS) 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.

How to Apply

Via this website

Further Information: Stuart Margison (02) 6244 2120