Pharmacist – Queen’s FHT (Belleville)

JOB SUMMARY: Within the Department of Family Medicine, the Queen’s Family Health Team (QFHT) provides primary health services to rostered patients while modeling safe, efficient and collaborative clinical processes to the Family Medicine residents. Reporting to the Clinic Manager administratively and the Lead Physician clinically, the incumbent will practice patient-centred care to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for enrolled patients, as part of a team of primary care health professionals.  The incumbent will provide pharmaceutical care to patients by optimizing medication therapy and acting as a resource to the team.  The incumbent will provide regular educational updates with respect to drug-related guidelines and evidence-based research to patients, physicians, residents and other professional staff within the clinic. In partnership with patients and other health care providers, the Pharmacist uses unique knowledge and skills to prevent or resolve actual and potential pharmaceutical-related problems and ensures that the pharmaceutical needs of the FHT patients are met. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • In consultation with the interdisciplinary team, prepares therapeutic and management plans to improve medication management for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, heart failure and atrial fibrillation
  • Actively participates in planning, implementation, delivery and evaluation of chronic disease and health promotion and illness prevention programs and services including anticoagulation and medication reconciliation.
  • Communicates with hospital and community pharmacists and other interdisciplinary team members to ensure a smooth transition for medication related care between care sites.
    • Performs medication assessments/counselling for:
      • Older patients with chronic diseases or chronic medications;
      • Patients with multiple medications with an objective of appropriate dosage scheduling and to manage or prevent drug related problems;
      • Recently hospitalized patients who have had medication changes.
  • Provides clinic team members with current information and guidelines on new drugs, contraindications, therapeutic use of drugs and other information to assist in the provision of quality, evidence-based care to patients.
  • Provides patient education through individual or group sessions to help in the understanding and management of health issues using pharmacy and therapeutic agents.
  • Develops/revises policies and procedures related to medication use; participates in the development of medical directives.
  • Conducts patient home visits when appropriate.
  • Records and documents care provided within the patients’ electronic medical record.
    • Maintains privacy, confidentiality, and security of patient information.
    • Maintains and develops professional competence through ongoing professional development.
    • Participates in QFHT committees and program leadership, eg. member of Quality Improvement Committee.
    • Undertakes other duties or special projects as may be assigned in support of the QFHT.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from a recognized university
  • Registered and in good standing, Part A, Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • Community or hospital pharmacy residency completion or equivalent clinical experience
  • Additional training or credentialing in pharmacotherapy (eg. Certified Geriatric Pharmacist, Certified Diabetes Educator, Certified Asthma Educator, etc.) considered an asset
  • Additional training such as the Structured Practical Experience Program, Teaching Associate Educational Program (University of Toronto) and in Evidence-based medicine principles considered an asset
  • A minimum of 3 years practice experience required to demonstrate competencies.
  • Teaching experience will be considered an asset.
SPECIAL SKILLS:
  • Demonstrated clinical skills in assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work and excel in an inter- professional team environment.
  • Understanding of community resources.
  • Strong problem-solving, decision-making and time management skills.
  • Proficient in the use of computer hardware & software including electronic medical records.
  • Willingness to update knowledge and skills through various courses, workshops and conferences.
DECISION MAKING:
  • Makes decisions regularly regarding patient care within the legal scope of practice of a Registered Pharmacist, including but not limited to:
    • Patient medications (dose, frequency, interactions, allergies)
    • Clinic processes for prescription renewals
    • Use of prescription writer within electronic medical record
    • Communication of product alerts, warnings, advisories.
Interested applicants may forward their resume by email no later than Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 4:00pm to: Abby Leavitt Program Manager abby.leavitt@dfm.queensu.ca