Pharmacist in charge - UCH

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (AU)
AUD$100,462 - $108,140
12 Sep 2018
19 Sep 2018
Req ID: 01F43
Pharmacy sector
Job Type
Specialist area
Public health


  Pharmacist in Charge - UCH| Pharmacy Services | Division of Clinical Support Services| Canberra Hospital and Health Services| Permanent, full-time

Classification:           Health Professional Officer 4

Salary:                       $100,462 - $120,035

Position Number:    P26228

Directorate:              ACT Health

Closing date: 19th September 2018

Contact person: Stuart Margison,

Approved Duty Statement Date:    06 Aug 2018               Initials: GS

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.

ACT Health 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 ACT Health’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with ACT Health’s Territory Wide Services Framework.

Canberra Hospital & 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 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.

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 University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) Pharmacy falls under the umbrella of Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) Pharmacy Department. 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 UCH is a purpose built rehabilitation hospital with 140 beds (rehab and mental health rehab), and a number of day programs. The UCH operates with a supported self-managed medication model of care.

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.

Note:  You could be needed to work across multiple CHHS sites


  1. Under broad direction of the Deputy Director of Pharmacy - Operations, and in conjunction with the Lead pharmacist – Rehabilitation, Aged & Community Care (RACC) and Lead Pharmacist of Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol & Drug Services (MJHAD), lead the safe and efficient pharmacy services of UCH, but not limited to day to day management of inventory and accountable drug handling.
  1. Proactively develop own knowledge and expertise to serve the functions of the role and the environment keeping abreast of emerging trends in pharmacy services.
  1. Provide professional supervision, ongoing professional development and personal performance review to HP1, HP2 and HP3 pharmacists, students, technical and other support staff working at UCH Pharmacy Department.
  1. Represent the pharmacy department through professional leadership and advocacy, and liaise with internal and external agencies as required.
  1. Provide education, training and mentorship to new staff and all other relevant groups including (but not limited to) pharmacy staff, medical staff, nursing staff, supervision of students, and mentoring of extended scope practitioners.
  1. 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 medical specialties in coordination with the quality use of medicines and management team.
  1. 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.




Personal Attributes:

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




  • Well-developed leadership 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 may be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act.
  • Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

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 management skills, including experience managing teams, clinical governance and strategic policy and planning in pharmacy environment.



  1. 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.



  1. Demonstrated expert level of competence, expertise, skills and ability to apply clinical judgment across a range of pharmacy support, operational and production services.



  1. Demonstrated commitment to and proven experience in education and training, and the ability to impart knowledge and skills to pharmacy staff, students, and external professional disciplines and stakeholders while maintain building and maintaining effective working relationships



  1. 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



Standing - remaining standing without moving about to perform tasks



Walking - Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes



Running - Floor type: even / uneven / slippery, indoors / outdoors, slopes



Bend/Lean Forward from Waist - Forward bending from the waist to perform tasks



Trunk Twisting - Turning from the waist while sitting or standing to perform tasks



Kneeling - remaining in a kneeling posture to perform tasks



Squatting / Crouching - Adopting a squatting or crouching posture to perform tasks



Leg / Foot Movement - Use of leg and / or foot to operate machinery



Climbing (stairs/ladders) - Ascend / descend stairs, ladders, steps



Lifting / Carrying - Light lifting & carrying: 0 - 9 kg



Lifting / Carrying - Moderate lifting & carrying: 10 - 15 kg



Lifting / Carrying - Heavy lifting & carrying: 16kg & above



Reaching - Arms fully extended forward or raised above shoulder



Pushing / Pulling / Restraining - Using force to hold / restrain or move objects toward or away from the body



Head / Neck Postures - Holding head in a position other than neutral (facing forward)



Hand & Arm Movements - Repetitive movements of hands and arms



Grasping / Fine Manipulation - Gripping, holding, clasping with fingers or hands



Driving - Operating any motor powered vehicle





Sensory Demands                                                                                                                   Frequency


Sight - Use of sight is an integral part of work performance e.g. Viewing of X-Rays, computer screens



Smell - Use of smell is an integral part of work performance e.g. Working with chemicals



Touch - Use of touch is an integral part of work performance





Psychosocial Demands                                                                                                                          Frequency


Distressed People - e.g. Emergency or grief situations



Aggressive & Uncooperative People - e.g. drug / alcohol, dementia, mental illness



Unpredictable People - e.g. Dementia, mental illness, head injuries



Restraining - involvement in physical containment of clients/consumers



Exposure to Distressing Situations - e.g. Child abuse, viewing dead / mutilated bodies; verbal abuse; domestic violence; suicide





Environment Demands                                                                                                                         Frequency              


Gases - Working with explosive or flammable gases requiring precautionary measures



Liquids - Working with corrosive, toxic or poisonous liquids or chemicals requiring PPE



Hazardous substances - e.g. Dry chemicals, glues



Noise - Environmental / background noise necessitates people raise their voice to be heard



Sunlight - Risk of sunburn exists from spending more than 10 minutes per day in sunlight



Confined Spaces - areas where only one egress (escape route) exists



Slippery or Uneven Surfaces - Greasy or wet floor surfaces, ramps, uneven ground



Inadequate Housekeeping - Obstructions to walkways and work areas cause trips and falls



Biological Hazards - e.g. exposure to body fluids, bacteria, infectious diseases