Job Vacancy:

Lead Pharmacist

Position: Full Time
Job Code: 11340
Employer: Calvary Public Hospital Bruce
Salary: Salary Range: $106,042 – 114,147 (Plus Super)
Closing application date: 30/01/2020

Job Description

Lead Pharmacist – Operations (Health Professional 4)

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Permanent Full Time Position

Salary Range: $106,042 – 114,147 (Plus Super)


About Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce (CPHB) is a 265 bed multi-discipline, modern health care facility serving the ACT community. At CPHB, our patients and their families expect a highly skilled, compassionate and dedicated workforce. Calvary staff pride themselves on ‘being for others’. The patient journey is at the centre of Calvary’s philosophy within our models of care.

Calvary is a national Catholic provider of health, community and aged care services operating in six states and territories. Our services include public and private hospital care, acute and sub-acute care, home care services and retirement and aged care services, in both rural and metropolitan areas. Calvary employs over 11,000 people and has over 1,500 volunteers.
Calvary continues the mission of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, a mission focused on caring for those who are sick, dying and in need. We express our values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect through “being for others” exemplified by the Spirit of Calvary and the example of Venerable Mary Potter.

About the role

The lead Pharmacist for Operations is required to oversee and manage the day to day operational (pharmacy practice) aspects of the CPHB Pharmacy Department service including the dispensing, drug distribution, compounding and oncology pharmacy services. This includes management of staff rosters, staff deployment and leave requirements in conjunction with the Director of Pharmacy Services and management of the Pharmacy technician team. This lead pharmacist position requires a significant knowledge of and experience in hospital pharmacy practice, including management experience and leadership skills.

Key Duties:

  1. Day to day oversight and coordination of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in the dispensary, aseptic dispensing suite and oncology pharmacy.
  2. Development and implementation of policies and standard operating procedures for the operational and pharmacy practice aspects of the Department including dispensing, drug distribution, aseptic dispensing, and oncology pharmacy services.
  3. Recruitment, training, orientation and competency assessment of the Pharmacy Department technicians.
  4. Management of the Department rosters, KRONOS and leave applications in conjunction with the Director of Pharmacy Services.
  5. Orientation and training of pharmacists rostered to the dispensary and oncology Pharmacy.
  6. Provision of advice, professional supervision and leadership to pharmacists, pharmacy interns pharmacy technicians and, students.
  7. Participate in the department’s Performance Development Program/Plans in conjunction with the Director of Pharmacy Services and provide constant feedback to Pharmacy staff.
  8. Contribute to the development and implementation of quality improvement, medication safety and quality use of medicines activities related to pharmacy practice
  9. Represent the Department and attend meetings as required, and liaise and communicate with patients and health professionals on a day to day basis.

People and Culture:

Practice in accordance with Calvary and relevant ACT Health policies and procedures, the position description, Code of Conduct and industrial agreements.
Work in accordance with the mission and vision of Calvary and actively participate in developing a culture that promotes Calvary’s values of healing, hospitality, stewardship and respect.
Provide mentoring and leadership and maintain positive working relationships

Excellence in Care:

Undertake professional development to ensure an up to date clinical knowledge and a knowledge of best practice in order to ensure excellence in patient care
Ensure current standards of practice are being met as guided by SHPA Standards of Practice, Pharmacy Board of Australia, COSA and other relevant bodies

Service Development & Innovation:

Maintain knowledge and understanding of current standards of practice and emerging innovations in the areas of drug distribution systems, compounding and oncology.
Develop and engage in quality improvement activities and research projects relating to Pharmacy practice.

Wise Stewardship:

Promote judicious, safe and efficacious use of medications and hospital resources

Community Engagement:

Represent the pharmacy and CPHB at any relevant events and committees

WH&S Responsibilities:

Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and the health and safety of others in the workplace;
Comply with relevant Calvary WHS policies, procedures, work instructions and requests;
Report to your supervisor any incident or unsafe conditions which come to your attention;
Observe any additional requirements as outline in Calvary’s WHS Responsibilities, Authority and Accountability Table (published on Calvary intranet)


How to apply?

Applicants are expected to respond in writing with a cover letter outlining the following:

  • A cover letter (max 1 page) stating your suitability (using the position description as a guide) for the role; a response to selection criteria is NOT required and will not be considered as part of your application
  • Current Resume
  • Contact details of 2 professional referees

Closing date for applications: 11:45pm Thursday, 30th January 2020

Applications must be submitted online via:

Please note we are unable to accept emailed applications or resumes and phone calls from recruitment agencies.


Contact officer for further information:

Miriam Lawrence

A/g Director of Pharmacy

Phone: (02) 6201 6265


Selection Criteria:

What you bring


  • Registration as a pharmacist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Hospital pharmacy experience of at least 5 years

Highly Desirable:

  • Postgraduate qualification relevant to the position
  • Membership with a relevant professional organisation and/or relevant special interest groups e.g. SHPA
  • Advancing Practice credentialed (or working towards)

Required capabilities:

  1. Significant knowledge of hospital pharmacy practice gained through extensive hospital pharmacy experience and continuing education particularly in the areas of dispensing, drug distribution systems, oncology pharmacy practice and aseptic compounding.
  2. Highly developed problem solving skills and the ability to assist less experienced staff to solve every day practical and clinical dilemmas.
  3. Extensive experience and skill in the management and supervision of pharmacy staff.
  4. Experience and a track record of providing training, education programs and competency assessment.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of the Medication Management Cycle and a knowledge of current standards of practice of dispensing and drug distribution systems, aseptic compounding service and oncology pharmacy services.
  6. High level verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated experience in negotiation with key pharmacy stakeholders.
  7. Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to effectively manage organisational and human resources through effective rostering, planning and performance development.
  8. Demonstrated ability in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  9. Experience in research and quality improvement activities within the areas of dispensing, drug distribution, oncology pharmacy services and aseptic compounding.

How to Apply

Via this website
Further Information:
Contact: Miriam Lawrence (02) 6201 6265