Job Vacancy:

HP4 Lead Pharmacist -MHJHADS

Position: Perm full time
Job Code: 01HZ0
Employer: Canberra Health Services
Salary: $100,462 - $108,140
Closing application date: 21/02/2019

Job Description

Job Description

Health Professional Level 4 – Lead Pharmacist – Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol Services (Job Number: 01HZ0)


Job Title: Lead Pharmacist- MHJHADs

Classification: Health Professional Level 4

Position Number: 23019

Annual Salary: $100,462 – $108,140

Branch: Clinical Support Services

Section: Pharmacy – Canberra Hospital
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time

Closing Date: 21 February 2019

Contact Officer: Hameda Lane (02) 5124 2121

About us

Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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.

CHS is committed to the delivery of person and family centred, safe and high quality care in a sustainable health system. This will be achieved with key strategic priorities for CHHS which includes ensuring the delivery of CHS’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with CHS’s Territory Wide Services Framework.

Canberra Hospital and 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 CHS include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.

CHS is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

The Clinical Support Services (CSS) division provides support services across the clinical divisions within Canberra Hospital and Healthcare Services. CSS encompasses a mix of disciplines, including:

· Pharmacy

· Biomedical Engineering

· Acute Support Services

· Medical Physics and Radiation Engineering

· Nursing Operational Support

Overview of the work area and position

The Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department have 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. The pharmacy team charter 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 CHS community”. Under the broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy (Clinical), the Lead Pharmacist for Mental Health, Justice Health and Drug and Alcohol Services (MHJHADS) will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians and pharmacists to deliver a safe, efficacious and patient centred service. The responsibility of this position is to provide leadership, management, and coordination of the clinical pharmacy services to MHJHADS. This position will also include advanced clinical, education, research and quality improvement roles. The position holder will also integrate into the CHHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, after hours and public holidays as rostered, including on call.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

· Be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Pharmacist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

· Postgraduate qualifications in Clinical Pharmacy, Management, Education or Research, or experience deemed equivalent (supported by the development of an Advance Pharmacist Practice Portfolio)

· Significant experience of working within the area of mental health, justice health and/or drug and alcohol management

Highly Desirable:

· The Society of Hospital Pharmacist of Australia (SHPA) membership

· Research experience and/or publication in peer reviewed journals

· Project management experience

· Current driver’s licence

Prior to commencement successful candidates may be required to:

· Undergo a pre-employment Police check

· Comply with CHS credentialing for Allied Health professionals. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any appointment being made.

· Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy

· Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011


· Lead and coordinate the provision of the clinical pharmacy service to the MHJHADS specialty areas, promoting safe, efficacious, and economical use of medicines, ensuring relevant drug budgets are monitored and managed.

· Provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services to the mental health, justice health and alcohol and drug specialty areas whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other areas. This includes providing a clinical service to offsite mental health and detention facilities.

· Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review, to managed staff and provide education, training and mentorship to new and current pharmacy staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and extended scope practitioners. This includes directly line managing a small group of pharmacists.

· Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required, including relevant national pharmacy networks.

· 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 MHJHADS in coordination with the Quality use of Medicines and management team.

· Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services, acting as the Pharmacy Professional Lead for MHJHADS to support specialty areas.

· Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.

Selection Criteria:

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

1. Proven high level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment in clinical and operational pharmacy services to any of the following areas: mental health, justice health, drug and alcohol management.

2. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with colleagues in the multidisciplinary setting and with patients, showing a commitment to building and maintaining effective working relationships, including managerial and/or high level supervisory skills.

3. 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.

4. Demonstrated experience in the development, evaluation and maintenance of departmental improvement programs, policy and procedures, medication safety initiatives, performance monitoring, research initiatives and accreditation activities.

5. Demonstrate a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current Curriculum Vitae. For more information on how to apply go to For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health

Salary Range: 100,462.00 – 108,140.00

Contact Name: Hameda Lane

Contact Email:

Closing Date: 21/Feb/2019, 11:59:00 PM

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Hameda Lane 02 5124 2121