Lead Pharmacist – Surgery – Pharmacist Level 4

ACT Health
October 11, 2020
PO Box 11 Woden 2605, Canberra, Australia
Job Type
State or territory


Lead Pharmacist - Surgery - Pharmacist Level 4 ( 01RGT)


Job Title: Lead Pharmacist - Surgery

Classification: Pharmacist Level 4

Position Number: 28888

Annual Salary: $115,388 - $124,221

Branch: Pharmacy Services

Section: Medical Services

Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-Time

Closing Date: 8 November 2020

Contact Officer: Hameda Lane (02) 5124 2203 hameda.lane@act.gov.au


Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.

Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary, and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire, and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

• The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

• University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.

• Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.

• Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.

• A range of community-based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.


Overview of the work area and position

The Pharmacy sits within the Office of the Executive Director of Medical Services (EDMS) which includes the Physician Training Office, Medical Officer Support, Credentialing, Employment and Training Unit (MOSCETU), GP Liaison Unit (GPLU), Pathology, Pharmacy, Medical Imaging and Library Services.

The Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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 several specialised services.

Under the broad direction of the Deputy Directors of Pharmacy and Senior Clinical and Operational Pharmacists, the pharmacist will work closely with a team of dedicated and skilled technicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare practitioners, to deliver a safe, efficacious, and patient centred service.

The position holder will integrate into the CHS Pharmacy team and will provide a range of pharmacy services on a rostered basis.


Eligibility/Other Requirements


• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

• Able to demonstrate competency standards at the Consolidation Level of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Framework for Australia as a minimum.


• SHPA membership.

• Membership linked to area of specialty.

• Publication in peer review journals.

• Project management and/or research experience.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

• Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

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

• Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

• Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.



• Under broad direction, and in conjunction with the Director and Deputy Directors of pharmacy services, lead and coordinate the provision of the clinical pharmacy service across the Division of Surgery and provide advanced level clinical pharmacy services within the Division of Surgery whilst maintaining clinical pharmacy skills in other areas.

• Provide professional supervision, education & training, ongoing professional development and supporting performance reviews to other pharmacists, students, technical and other support staff working within the clinical pharmacy team. This includes mentoring of extended scope practitioners.

• Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership to facilitate effective service provision and ensure safe and effective use of medicines. Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services.

• Develop and lead on to practice based research, medication safety initiatives, accreditation activities, policy and procedure review, strategic planning and service review, and quality improvement projects relevant to the area of practice in coordination with the QUM and management team.

• Provide a range of pharmacy services on weekends, public holidays and after hours as rostered, including participating in an On-Call roster.

• 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

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae 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 specialty areas including, but not exclusive to, 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, 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. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Services values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.


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 http://www.health.act.gov.au/employment/how-apply.

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: 115,388.00 - 124,221.00
Contact Name: Hameda Lane
Contact Email: hameda.lane@act.gov.au
Closing Date: 8/11/2020 
Lead Pharmacist - Surgery - Pharmacist Level 4

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