Job Vacancy:

Health Professional Level 4, Pharmacist in Charge UCPH

Position: Vacant
Job Code: 26228
Employer: ACT Health - Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS)
Salary: $ 98,977 - $ 113,238
Closing application date: 24/08/2017

Job Description

The pharmacy department sits in the Division of Clinical Support Services.  The following areas are included in the division:

  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering
  • Nursing Operational Support
  • Clinical Records
  • Billing and Revenue

CHHS Pharmacy Department has a dynamic, talented team of approximately 100 staff, including: pharmacists, technicians and administration staff.

The UCPH Pharmacy falls under the umbrella of CHHS Pharmacy Department. The UCPH Pharmacy Department provides a range of clinical services to inpatients and day patients, utilising a supported self-managed medication model of care. The UCPH Pharmacy Department has approximately 10 staff.


  1. Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Director of Pharmacy Services, manage all areas of UCPH pharmacy department
  2. Promotion of safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines.
  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.
  4. Education and Mentoring
  • In conjunction the Lead Pharmacists and deputy directors of pharmacy, manage and coordinate orientation, education, training and mentorship to pharmacy and production staff.

5.Research and Quality Improvement

  • Develop and contribute to practice based research, QUM initiatives, and accreditation activities across the pharmacy department
  • Develop and contribute to policy and procedure review, relevant projects and contribute to departmental and agency corporate and/or clinical governance, strategic policy and planning, and service review.

6.Represent the pharmacy department, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required.
7.Undertake other duties as directed, within the approved scope of practice of this position


Selection Criteria:

Personal Attributes:

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

  • Well-developed managerial skills
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ 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
  • 7 years experience working in hospital pharmacy

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 multiply CHHS locations.
  • Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

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 management skills, including experience managing teams, clinical governance and strategic policy and planning.
2.Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to engage, partner, influence, consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with a range of internal and external clients.
3.Demonstrated expert level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment across a range of pharmacy support, operational and production services.
4.Demonstrated commitment to and proven experience in

A.Education and training, and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, and external professional disciplines and stakeholders.
B.Building and maintaining effective working relationships

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 Frequent
Running – Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes N/A
Bend/Lean Forward from Waist – Forward bending from the waist to perform tasks Occasional
Trunk Twisting – Turning from the waist while sitting or standing to perform tasks Occasional
Kneeling – remaining in a kneeling posture to perform tasks N/A
Squatting / Crouching – Adopting a squatting or crouching posture to perform tasks Occasional
Leg / Foot Movement – Use of leg and / or foot to operate machinery N/A
Climbing (stairs/ladders) – Ascend / descend stairs, ladders, steps Occasional
Lifting / Carrying – Light lifting & carrying: 0 – 9 kg Frequent
Lifting / Carrying – Moderate lifting & carrying: 10 – 15 kg N/A
Lifting / Carrying – Heavy lifting & carrying: 16kg & above N/A
Reaching – Arms fully extended forward or raised above shoulder N/A
Pushing / Pulling / Restraining – Using force to hold / restrain or move objects toward or away from the body N/A
Head / Neck Postures – Holding head in a position other than neutral (facing forward) N/A
Hand & Arm Movements – Repetitive movements of hands and arms Frequent
Grasping / Fine Manipulation – Gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands Occasional
Driving – Operating any motor powered vehicle N/A


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 N/A
Touch – Use of touch is an integral part of work performance N/A


Psychosocial Demands                                                                                                            Frequency

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


Environment Demands                                                                                                             Frequency

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

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 and Health Services (CHHS) provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
The UCPH is a purpose built rehabilitation hospital with approximately 120 beds (rehab and mental health rehab), and a number of day programs.
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