Lead Pharmacist – Projects (Workforce Development)

Canberra Health Services
July 9, 2024
Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Employment Type – Temporary, Full Time Position (12 months)

Classification – Pharmacist 4

Title- Lead Pharmacist – Projects (Workforce Development)

Position Number: 600929

Salary – $128,379 - $137,934 (Plus Super) pro rata

Location – North Canberra Hospital Bruce, ACT

Section – Pharmacy

Closing Date – 30th July 2024

What can we offer you: 

  • City living without the traffic – click her to see why you should live in Canberra.
  • Competitive pay rates and excellent working conditions.
  • Salary Packaging with many options that provide full fringe benefits tax concessions.
  • Flexible working conditions.
  • 11.5% Superannuation.

About the Hospital:

North Canberra Hospital (formerly Calvary Public Hospital Bruce) and Clare Holland House are now run and operated by Canberra Health Services (CHS)

This is a significant milestone as the ACT Government moves towards delivering a new billion-dollar hospital on Canberra’s Northside.

The current North Canberra Hospital is a level 4 hospital that provides a range of acute and sub-acute services including community based care to the residents of the northside of Canberra and Southern NSW. North Canberra Hospital (NCH) is a 270 public hospital located in Canberra’s expanding northside. North Canberra Hospital operates a 24 hour Emergency Department. Inpatient services include general medicine, surgery, maternity, mental health and critical care.

Other service modalities include day surgery, specialist outpatient clinics, Hospital in the Home and the Geriatric Rapid Acute Care Evaluation service that reaches into aged care facilities across the ACT.

The new Northside Hospital will be built on the existing Calvary Hospital campus in Bruce. It will be a modern, state-of-the-art hospital for patients, visitors and its workforce and will provide more beds and increased services. Until then, it's business as usual at the NCH, and we'll keep providing high-quality care to our patients and community.

About the role:

NCH Pharmacy sits within the Division of Allied Health and Palliative Care and comprises a highly functioning and friendly team of approximately 45 staff – pharmacists, technicians and administration staff.  Currently, the department provides clinical pharmacy services using a complete digital health record to various specialty areas including critical care, emergency care, coronary care, stroke/neurology, general medicine, general surgery, palliative care, maternity, mental health, pre-admission clinic, hospital in the home, as well as dispensary and non-sterile manufacturing services.  We also offer a pharmacy residency program, and a wide range of teaching opportunities.  Over the next two years we plan to develop our services to include Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC), enhanced use of technologies and automation, extended scope pharmacy technician roles and further development of the clinical pharmacy workforce. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and our patients.

Our Pharmacy Vision – Leaders in pharmacy. The workplace of choice to deliver excellence in medicine management

Our Pharmacy Mission – A strong, innovative and inclusive team who collaborate to provide optimal medication management

Our Pharmacy Values – Integrity, excellence and innovation, caring and inclusive, stewardship and sustainability, collaborative

This is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and experienced pharmacist to join our team, work closely with the Director of Pharmacy (DoP) and other Lead Pharmacists, and lead the development and implementation of innovative workforce initiatives within our Pharmacy department.  You will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our pharmacy practice by fostering a highly skilled and engaged team and creating a culture of innovation and continuous improvement within the pharmacy department.

The Lead Pharmacist – Projects (Workforce Development) will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation of a comprehensive staff development and support strategy, that delivers programs including:

  • Restorative Supervision and development support for all Pharmacy Staff
  • Extension of scope of practice – leading the rollout of specific programs including staff training and credentialing for
  • Partnered Pharmacist Medication Charting (PPMC)
  • Advanced Technician roles including Ward Technician/Bedside Medication Management and Checking Technician roles
  • Registrar Training Residencies
  • Workforce Flexibility including approaches to working remotely, working from home and alternative shift patterns

For more information regarding the position duties click here for the Position Description.

How to apply:

Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system;

  • Applications must include a copy of a current CV and details for at least 2 professional referees.
  • A maximum two page pitch outlining your skills, knowledge, and experience and why you should be considered for this role. You should take into consideration the selection criteria when drafting your response.
  • Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

To be eligible for permanent employment within the ACT Public Service you must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as LGBTQIA+ are particularly encouraged to apply.

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

  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required.
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.
  • Comply with CHS Credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.

If you would like further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Sarah Smith,   Sarah.K.smith@act.gov.au

A merit pool may be established from this recruitment process and will be used for the next 12 months to fill various positions both on a temporary and permanent basis with full-time and part-time opportunities available. 

This is a temporary position available for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

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