Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Pharmacist (Pharmacy Supervisor) in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Summary The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) Pharmacy Supervisor is a licensed pharmacist responsible for planning, directing and coordinating comprehensive clinical pharmacy services in the primary care setting. Other responsibilities include pharmacy benefits management, teaching/mentoring learners, supporting research, quality assurance, medication utilization review, and staff development. The PACT Pharmacy Supervisor plays a role in budgetary execution and formulary management. Responsibilities Major Duties Program Management Responsible for all ambulatory care pharmacy services within the primary care service line, including PACT pharmacists and PACT pharmacy technicians located at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and the associated CBOCs. Responsible for the daily overall operation and coordination of the ambulatory care pharmacy activities with all affiliated stakeholders. Ensures the quality of services are of the highest standards. This includes the ability to solve problems and coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes of the ambulatory care pharmacy program. Assesses plans and evaluates ambulatory care pharmacy programs to ensure proper coordination between the delivery of all pharmacy services and overall delivery of health care. This includes making decisions which serve to enhance the distinctive and contributory role of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians within the local facility and the total health care system. Participates in long-term program planning and model development for effective delivery of outpatient services. Accepts responsibility and accountability for planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling a complex ambulatory care pharmacy service. Assures implementation, maintenance and compliance with standards of professional practice and regulatory bodies. Shares responsibility for initiating Scopes of Practice credentialing process and Scope of Practice (SOP) monitoring and clinical oversight Administration/Supervisory Directly supervises activities and clinical programs for ambulatory care pharmacists and technicians. Assists with interviewing candidates for appointment or promotion according to federal laws and VA policies regarding EEO requirements. Responsible for development, implementation, revision and interpretation of pharmacy service policies and procedures, and assuring their compliance with Joint Commission standards and VACO directives & handbooks with a focus on areas related to direct patient care in a primary care setting. Shares responsibility with other pharmacy management team members for the overall planning, operation and evaluation of the medication management services delivered to Veterans. Establishes program goals and develops the operational plans, procedures, and policies to achieve them. Shares responsibility for the establishment, revision and adherence to the policies and procedures necessary to provide the efficient and effective delivery of medication management services. Interfaces with other health-care providers and administrators to ensure compliance with established pharmacy policies and procedures. Ambulatory Care Clinical Services Ensures that all PACT pharmacists serve as mid-level providers by directing therapy; ordering lab tests; performing physical assessments; and initiating, modifying and discontinuing medications as defined within the PACT pharmacist's SOP. Ensures that PACT pharmacists are evaluated through Clinical Pertinence Review for their SOPs. Orders and consults are accurate and appropriately documented. Physicians or other appropriate health care professionals are contacted when necessary. Patient care is appropriately and accurately documented. Supports PACT pharmacists to evaluate pharmacologic therapy through a patient centric approach to achieve optimal safety, efficacy and cost-effective use of medicines. Ensures PACT pharmacists provide comprehensive medication reviews with medication reconciliation and patient medication counseling. Confirms PACT pharmacists verify and document patient understanding of medications and other pertinent medication-related counseling elements Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm Telework: ADHOC Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Pharmacist (Pharmacy Supervisor)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Pharmacy technicians appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 2, section D, paragraph 5a, this part. Education: Graduate of an Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accredited College or School of Pharmacy with a baccalaureate degree in pharmacy (BS Pharmacy) and/or a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: http://www.acpe-accredit.org/. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) Graduates of foreign pharmacy degree programs meet the educational requirement if the graduate is able to provide proof of achieving the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEC) Certification, which includes passing the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT). Licensure. Full, current and unrestricted license to practice pharmacy in a State, Territory, Commonwealth of the United States (i.e., Puerto Rico), or the District of Columbia. The pharmacist must maintain current registration if this is a requirement for maintaining full, current, and unrestricted licensure. A pharmacist who has, or has ever had, any license(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions in VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section B, paragraph 16. NOTE: Individuals who have or have had multiple licenses and had any such license revoked for professional misconduct, professional incompetence or substandard care, or who surrendered such license after receiving written notice of potential termination of such license by the State for professional misconduct, professional incompetence, or substandard care, are not eligible for appointment to the position unless such revoked or surrendered license is fully restored (38 U.S.C. § 7402(f)). Effective November 30, 1999, this is a requirement for employment. This requirement does not apply to licensed pharmacists on VA rolls as of that date, provided they maintain continuous appointment and are not disqualified for employment by any subsequent revocations or voluntary surrenders of State license, registration or certification. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grandfathering Provision. All licensed pharmacists employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, including positive education and licensure/certification/registration that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Employees grandfathered into the GS-660 occupational series may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the journey level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. Employees who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard. Employees initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain additional education and/or licensure/certification/registration, that meet all the basic requirements of this qualification standard must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation. If a licensed pharmacist who was retained under this provision leaves the occupation, the employee loses protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation. Grade Determinations: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, which is Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program or 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, you must have 1 year of experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) which include but not limited to: Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice; Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff; Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security; Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. AND In addition to the GS-12 requirements, you must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards pertaining to pharmacy. Skill in managing people or programs. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/55 PART II APPENDIX G15 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. Preferred Experience: PGY1 Residency, PGY2 Residency, Board Certification, previous supervisor experience Physical Requirements: Light Lifting (15pounds), Light Carrying, (Under 15pounds), Reaching above shoulder, Standing (8 hours), Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Specific visual requirement, Hearing (aid permitted). Education IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. 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