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Clinical Pharmacy Specialist

Company: AHMC Healthcare Inc
Location: Alhambra
Posted on: February 15, 2021

Job Description:

Clinical Pharmacist Specialist

I. JOB SUMMARY

The Clinical Pharmacist Specialists are responsible and accountable for the provision of safe, effective, and prompt medication therapy. Through various assignments within the department, they provide support of centralized and decentralized medication-use systems as well as deliver optimal medication therapy to patients with a broad range of disease states. Clinical Pharmacist Specialists proficiently provide direct patient-centered care and integrated pharmacy operational services in a decentralized practice setting with physicians, nurses, and other hospital personnel. These clinicians are aligned with target interdisciplinary programs and specialty services to deliver medication therapy management within specialty patient care services and to ensure pharmaceutical care programs are appropriately integrated throughout the institution. In these clinical roles, Clinical Pharmacist Specialists participate in all necessary aspects of the medication-use system while providing comprehensive and individualized pharmaceutical care to the patients in their assigned areas. Pharmaceutical care services include but are not limited to assessing patient needs, incorporating age and disease specific characteristics into drug therapy and patient education, adjusting care according to patient response, and providing clinical interventions to detect, mitigate, and prevent medication adverse events. Clinical Pharmacist Specialists serve as departmental resources and liaisons to other departments, hospital personnel, or external groups. They also conduct clinical research and practice advancement projects as well as patient care quality and regulatory compliance initiatives designed to improve medication-use processes or pharmacy practice. Clinical Pharmacist Specialists provide medication and practice-related education/training and actively serve as preceptors for doctor of pharmacy students and pharmacy residents.

If applicable, participation in the quality management program is expected with the goal of improving services by monitoring processes, analyzing data, implementing interventions to improve and evaluating the effectiveness of those interventions. Responsibilities may include working to establish and maintain long and short term goals for the Quality Management Program; monitoring and documenting Quality Improvement Projects for progress in meeting QI goals; and providing guidance and education to staff on Quality Management priorities and projects.

II. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Leads assigned patient service lines, clinical areas, and therapeutic programsFacilitates pharmaceutical care services, direct patient care programs, medication utilization systems within assigned services and care areas to assure drug utilization activities are aligned with patient care needs, evidence-based best practices, and regulatory standards
Designs and implements stewardship activities and restriction/surveillance programs
Tracks and evaluates assigned pharmacy programs for operational, quality, and financial efficiency and routinely benchmarks against local and national best practices
Actively identifies practice related issues which require evaluation and facilitate clinical research projects, quality improvement initiatives, or healthcare provider education as needed to advance practice
Develops and oversees policies and procedures for drug purchasing, drug usage, drug distribution, and drug control
Assures pharmacy is an integral part of the health-care delivery system and facilitates enhancement and expansion of pharmacy services/programs


Delivers direct patient care and clinical practice, including decentralized and service-based programsMaintains proficiency in decentralized pharmacy services and clinical pharmacy programs
Works as an active member of multidisciplinary team and collaborates with healthcare providerswithin decentralized patient care areas to provide patient-centered care
Identifies high-risk patients and implements interventions to improve quality and safety
Makes appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered medication recommendations
Participates in the management of medical emergencies
Provides discharge medication review, reconciliation, and counseling as appropriate


Provides pharmaceutical services throughout medical centerMaintains proficiency in hospital computer systems and medication ordering systems
Provides accurate, safe, timely, and appropriate medication therapy based on patient age andneeds
Completes critical patient monitoring and reviews patient profile/chart to identify, prevent, ormitigate drug-related problems, improper drug or dose selection, sub therapeutic dosage, overdosage, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, failure to receive drugs, untreatedindications, medication use without an indication, and treatment failures
Communicates effectively and appropriately with healthcare providers and caregivers(physicians, nurses, etc.) and assures continuity of pharmaceutical care between shifts andamong staff
Actively participates in stewardship activities and restricted medication programs


Participates in pharmacy operations and medication dispensingMaintains proficiency in and actively engages in operational programs, central dispensingpharmacies, satellite dispensing pharmacies, and specialty pharmacy areas as appropriate forjob assignment
Facilitates specialty medication procurement, ordering, and dispensing procedures including but not limited to chemotherapy, parenteral nutrition, controlled substances, etc. as appropriate forassignment
Oversees pharmacy operations and technician practice/activities


Facilitates experiential education and practice advancementMaintains proficiency in preceptor roles and actively emulates education/mentorship skills
Develops student, resident, and staff training experiences/competencies and creates newrelationships for teaching and training opportunities
Identifies, designs, and implements improvements in the medication-use system to advancepatient safety, maximize therapeutic outcomes, or control costs



III. QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Graduate of an ACPE accredited College of Pharmacy.
Doctor of Pharmacy or other advanced degree highly preferred.

Experience

Completion of ASHP accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Residency.
Completion of PGY-2 Specialty Pharmacy Residency is preferred.
Clinical pharmacy experience (2-4 years) in a hospital setting preferred (required if no PGY-2residency).

Knowledge of contemporary hospital/clinical practice and service.
Significant knowledge and expertise in advanced pharmacy practice, specialty medication therapymanagement, and specialty evidence-based medicine in area appropriate for clinical assignments.

Keywords: AHMC Healthcare Inc, Alhambra , Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Healthcare , Alhambra, California

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