The Clinical Pharmacist Specialist reports to Director Pharmacy Services and indirectly to Senior Clinical Pharmacists. Coordinates pharmacy clinical programs including but not limited to pharmacoeconomics pharmacotherapeutics pharmaceutical care and drug information services. Collaborates with multidisciplinary care givers to monitor assess recommend changes to and optimize medication use in areas of therapeutic specialization with consideration of the aging processes and human developmental stages (neonate child adolescent adult geriatric). Participates in the development of therapeutic drug policy and implements corrective strategies necessary to contain drug costs in specified patient settings and/or within therapeutic classes. Monitors pharmacy clinical services through continuous quality improvement activities with consideration to the age of the patient populations being served to ensure that the customers' expectations are met or exceeded. Participates in the development and implementation of policies procedures and budgets for Pharmacy Services and clinical practice setting.
Coordinates and oversees new and established Pharmacy Clinical Services. Implements interprets and provides consultation for policies procedures and standards of practice related to medications. Continually reviews and analyzes Pharmacy Clinical Services recommending and implementing changes allocation of resources new technologies etc. that will increase the efficiency and level of service of the pharmacy.
Participates in the development implementation and integration of patient-focused medication therapy management and pharmaceutical care services in collaboration with pharmacy leadership and key constituents within clinical practice setting. Monitors drugs and/or therapeutic classes targeted for review and implements corrective strategies to optimize drug use in compliance with clinical usage guidelines. Coaches professional staff on pharmaceutical care and pharmacoeconomic principles facilitating safe and cost effective medication use practices.
Participates in development of short- and long-term goals of pharmacy services in consideration of Lifespans mission its values and its key business objectives. Provides input into the development of capital and operating budgets for the Pharmacy. Participates in explaining and resolving variances.
Provides input and assists in the development of effective drug budgeting and allocation of resources through application of pharmacoeconomic principles and methods to achieve agreed upon goals and objectives. Monitors drug utilization projections and recommends corrective strategies as appropriate.
Ensures that pharmacy clinical services and programs support established standards of care meet or exceed patient care quality standards are in compliance with various regulatory agencies and consider age-specific needs of the patient populations served.
Maintains computerized systems software programs and specialized equipment and technologies utilized in drug information and evaluation processes. Coordinates medication use quality improvement programs and related database maintenance including but not limited to Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Pharmacist Clinical Interventions and Medication Use Evaluations.
Participates in determining the qualifications and competence of department personnel and in the development of tools and standards to establish and improve competency levels of the staff in areas of therapeutic specialization. Participates in orientation of new employees in-service training and continuing education programs.
Effectively and continually communicates with the staff management and customers to facilitate the flow of drug information. Provides timely and accurate communication both written and verbal as appropriate regarding changes and continuous quality improvement activities including goals and objectives of the Pharmacy as they relate to Clinical Services.
Participates in the education and training of pharmacy nursing physician assistants and medical students and residents. Provides didactic lectures and serves as preceptor as assigned. Provides appropriate oversight during internship rotations and completes applicable competency and evaluation documentation.
Presents formal lectures to pharmacists other health professionals and the lay public as assigned. Supports department academic affiliations including serving as clinical faculty and providing lectures at colleges of pharmacy nursing and physician assistants as assigned.
Maintains strong knowledge base in clinical pharmacy including new medications disease management standards patient care practices and innovative technology by participation in ongoing independent study education-related professional activities and affiliations. Attends and participates in continuing education sessions training and retraining as needed to maintain current knowledge in area of specialty.
Participates in risk management activities practice performance improvement initiatives and quality measures; identifies areas of improvement where systems modifications could result in operational advancements and efficiencies. Participates in continuous quality improvement activities and total quality management initiatives. Participates or leads various committees task forces and performance improvement teams as assigned.
Prepares papers for presentation at professional organization meetings submits manuscripts for publication in professional journals and authors articles for publication on the Pharmacy Web site.
Participates in development of a strategic vision for the department and clinical practice setting.
Plans and organizes priorities for effective patient care and clinical pharmacy services within the scope of existing departmental and organizational policies.
Performs all the duties of a pharmacist in preparing and dispensing medication providing drug information and other duties as required.
Performs the duties of a Supervisor-in-Charge on an assigned basis.
Bachelor of Science in pharmacy degree from an accredited college of pharmacy.
Advanced study in pharmacy or health care related field preferably a Masters or Doctor of Pharmacy degree and pharmacy residency or comparable work experience.
Certification in Medication Management (MTM.)
Maintains current unrestricted licensure as a licensed pharmacist in the State of Rhode Island.
Post-graduate Year 2 (PGY2) residency from an accredited program in area of specialty if applicable and national board certification in area of specialty if available; otherwise national board certification in pharmacotherapy preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to neonate child adolescent adult and geriatric patients with consideration of aging processes human development stages and cultural patterns in each step of the care process.
Minimum of two years progressively more responsible related experience preferably gained in a similarly diverse and operationally complex health care environment.
Knowledge of pharmacy information systems automated dispensing technology and personal computers including word processing database and spreadsheet design.
Effective communication skills (both verbal and written) organizational and presentation skills.
WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Extended periods of time spent standing and walking.
Requires the visual and manual dexterity to operate a computer.
Occasional travel between facilities or sites is required.
Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status. Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.