Advanced Specialist Pharmacist

Job Overview

Advanced Specialist Pharmacist (Oncology/Haematology) - Waterford

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Act at all times to ensure that the care and safety of patients are assigned the highest priority.
  • Understand, model, and promote the hospital's core values: Quality and Safety, Dignity and Respect, Caring and Listening, Responsibility and Integrity, Excellence and Innovation.
  • Strategically and operationally lead, manage and develop the provision of pharmaceutical care and clinical pharmacy services to the Haematology/Oncology day ward and inpatient wards of the hospital.
  • Achieve and maintain competence in the use and administration of the Oncology/Haematology clinical information system (ARIA), acting as the Pharmacy lead for operational and training issues relating to this system.
  • Be fully conversant with best practices and relevant competency frameworks for the delivery of Oncology/Haematology pharmacy services.
  • Review Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) protocols within the hospital.
  • Manage the safe and cost-effective entry of new anti-cancer medications onto the hospital formulary, supporting colleagues in Pharmacy and other disciplines with expert advice and education as appropriate.
  • Take a lead role in the management of SACT medicine stock shortages within the hospital.
  • Assist in the management of expanded access or compassionate use programmes, acting as the first point of contact for Consultant Oncologists and Haematologists to assist in the preparation of associated submissions to the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) to optimise SACT workflows.
  • Contribute to the development of clinical guidelines as part of the MDT.
  • Identify and address deficiencies in medication management systems and processes, where applicable.
  • Highlight any discrepancies, incidents, or deficits in services to the Chief Pharmacist, Director of Oncology Services, and General Manager as appropriate.
  • As agreed with the Chief Pharmacist, provide expert support to colleagues in Finance and Hospital leadership to help manage the drugs budget, through regular reporting, analysis, and horizon scanning.
  • Identify drug budget savings in collaboration with the MDT to ensure optimal use of SACT and associated therapy.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings, hospital committees and working groups as required e.g. Clinical Governance, Drugs and Therapeutics, and Chemovigilance.
  • Act as a leader and role model.
  • Build effective partnerships both within the hospital and across the wider health system to manage and develop services that meet the needs and aspirations of patients and other collaborative partners as appropriate.
  • Propose, lead, and manage innovation and technological improvements in the Oncology/Haematology Pharmacy service, preparing and presenting business cases for service development as appropriate.
  • Co-ordinate service delivery with the other Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Technicians, to ensure a high level of efficient and cohesive teamwork within the Pharmacy service.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Be registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland or be entitled to be so registered.
  • Have at least 4 years of satisfactory post-registration hospital experience.
  • Possess the requisite specialised knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the role.
  • Significant, proven post-registration hospital practice experience, with broad clinical pharmacy experience and experience in line management.
  • Experience in working within an Aseptic Compounding Unit and/or haematology/oncology unit(s).
  • Previous experience working within Cancer specialities at a senior level.
  • Evidence of ongoing Continuing Professional Development and role-specific learning.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all relevant aspects of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)
Ability to demonstrate:
  • excellent planning, organisational and resource management skills
  • excellent leadership, interpersonal and people management skills
  • experience in change management and quality improvement initiatives

Desirable Criteria

  • Formal management and leadership training or equivalent experience in management, training and supervision of Pharmacy staff.
  • Experience in Good Clinical Practice
  • A further qualification such as a post-graduate diploma or MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.

Excellent remuneration package available to the successful applicant. For a more detailed job spec, please contact me.

For more information, please call Brian on 086 7773856

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