Open & closing dates
10/12/2017 to 10/27/2017
$112,268 to $145,955 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
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This position is with the VA Roseburg Healthcare System in Eugene Oregon. The primary responsibility of the Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) is the provision of evidence-based pharmaceutical care services through both direct and indirect interaction with patients and providers, routinely functioning with minimal supervision as an independent practitioner operating under a scope of practice. This pharmacist promotes and manages drug therapy based on current clinical knowledge that is consistent with policies established at the national VISN and local levels. The incumbent must be capable of using professional judgment and clinical expertise to solve complex problems and to provide clinical information to both providers and Veterans. This pharmacist functions as part of the Pharmacy Service to accomplish department missions and goals.
- The CPS works with the Outpatient Mental Health clinic to manage patients chronic mental health conditions as well as assist with the appropriate and safe use of benzodiazepine and opioid controlled substance prescribing
- The CPS uses advanced knowledge of pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. The CPS serves as a drug information resource, answering inquiries regarding therapeutics, drug interactions, dosing, side effects, formulary options, etc.
- The CPS is responsible for the evaluation, monitoring and medication management of Veterans referred by consult to the clinical pharmacy specialist for chronic disease state management.
- The CPS obtains medication histories from patients and performs medication reconciliation of all transitions of care. This includes updating the medication profile to reflect accurate, active list of VA and non-VA medications.
- The CPS is actively involved in reviewing patient mediation regimens for drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, cost-effectiveness and therapeutic outcomes as appropriate. Findings and recommendations for alternatives to current treatment plan will be communicated to providers as appropriate.
- The CPS will monitor for and report mediation errors, adverse drug reactions, allergies and patient compliance/adherence issues, document findings in accordance with facility policies and procedures. When assessing or providing patient care the CPS will consider the age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) of the patient as it relates to his/her ability to understand and follow directions, provide objective self-assessment or any other pertinent factors which may affect the Veteran's overall treatment plan.
- The CPS reviews electronically-submitted non-formulary drug requests using National VA PBM Criteria for use, completing review and documenting adjudication in CPRS in a timely manner as determined by VISN and National PBM leadership.
- The CPS participates in Pharmacy Service and Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee quality assurance/performance improvement activities including MUE projects.
- The CPS serves on medical center and/or VISN committees as assigned.
- The CPS manages clinical practice by scheduling, reviewing consults and, finishing encounters to meet timeliness standards.
- The CPS participates and/or supports Pharmacy Service-initiated cost/benefit programs in support of VA efforts at maintaining stewardship of resources.
- The CPS participates in the Pharmacy Service Ongoing Performance Practice Evaluation process as stipulated by VHA Directives 2008-043 and 2010-025 for clinical pharmacists providing direct patient care under a scope of practice.
- The CPS will be responsible for collecting, organizing, interpreting and presenting requested datea in order to support the position.
- The CPS will assume an active role in the overall pharmacy training program including pharmacy students, residents and professional and non-professional staff members, and actively participates in all clinical pharmacy activities (e.g. staff development, clinical pharmacy meetings, etc.)
- The CPS will be responsible for keeping informed of changes in Pharmacy Service (e.g. VA National Formulary additions and deletions, interdepartmental memoranda, relevant station memoranda, and policies and procedures) and to maintain a general knowledge of VA, DEA and Joint Commission regulations and standards.
- The CPS will effectively instruct patient and family members in the appropriate use of medications and medical devices and is able to adjust communication and tracking methods based on age, literacy level and learning barriers (e.g. low vision, hard of hearing, dementia, etc.) The CPS is able to accurately assess and document patient comprehension.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Functional Statement Title/#: Outpatient Mental Health Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
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