Clinical Pharmacist (CLC)
Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted on: October 1, 2019
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program
(EDRP). If selected for this position, you are encouraged to apply
for this award program and must meet specific individual
eligibility criteria in accordance with VA Policy 1021. Award
amount is determined after review of a complete EDRP application
and supporting documentation and final approval by the Under
Secretary for Health or designated official.
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
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CLC/LTC Clinical Pharmacy Specialist (CPS) functions as the highest
level of clinical practice, works independently under their scope
of practice as defined by the individual medical center to directly
care for patients. A CLC/LTC CPS plays a defined role in budgetary
execution and serves as a mid-level provider who functions to
initiate, modify or discontinue medication therapy and as a
consultant for intensive medication therapy management services.
This includes, but is not limited to the following: designing,
implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic
plans utilizing the most effective, least toxic and most economical
medication treatment; helping achieve positive patient centric
outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients,
the CLC/LTC interdisciplinary teams; performing physical
assessments; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help
determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy. The CLC/LTC
CPS is a clinical expert and leader within the Pharmacy Department.
As an assigned service line team member, the incumbent functions
under the matrix supervision of the Chief of Pharmacy and the
Associate Chief of Pharmacy Services.
The CLC/LTC CPS shall routinely maintain an outstanding and
up-to-date clinical knowledge base about medication therapy,
contemporary journal articles, and contemporary pharmacy practice.
Incumbent will routinely provide and support leadership and
management oversight as it relates to the clinical programs and
clinical activities of assigned personnel. Responsibilities shall
include:(1) Scanning the internal and external environments to
determine opportunities to enhance pharmacy services to support
patient education, patient adherence, clinical outcomes, and team
member growth and development.(2) Monitor drug utilization
(formulary, non-formulary, restricted) and intervene to ensure
formulary adherence and optimal evidence-based clinical
outcomes.(3) Monitor the educational needs of providers,
pharmacists and patients and make recommendations to address any
deficiencies. Actively participate in supporting any defined
educational programs and activities.
(4) Routinely benchmark with national contemporary programs and
make recommendations for clinical pharmacy service and lead program
changes when directly involved in the assigned practice area.(5)
Analyze and interpret the published literature, and appropriately
apply one's findings. In addition, demonstrate a willingness to
maintain a current understanding in terms of the breadth and depth
of the literature in appropriate clinical areas.(6) Participate in
the development of quality and performance monitoring programs to
support the optimal use of our personnel and medication
resources.(7) Actively demonstrate a willingness to generate cost
containment ideas and then to implement and enforce departmental
and/or institutional programs to support the wise use of available
resources.(8) Routinely demonstrate the willingness to identify and
address the routine and the most salient needs of our stakeholders
(patients, providers and colleagues).(9) Act as a liaison between
service line leadership, pharmacy management, medical staff and
healthcare personnel, and pharmacy team members. Routine emphasis
should be on clinical, operational and environmental-scanning
communication updates.(10) Actively support the development,
implementation, management and monitoring of clinical and
operational guidelines - national, VISN and local.(11) Actively
support through personal and team mentoring the professional growth
of assigned personnel.(12) Actively support the service line
team-based management of the pharmacy service. Demonstrate a
willing to support the actions and decisions of the management
Work Schedule: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday Through Friday.
Telework: Not available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this
position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date
of this announcement, 10/03/2019. .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.
- 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. 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.
Preferred Experience: None
Grade Determinations: GS-13(a) Experience. In addition to the GS-12
requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next
lower grade level.(b) Assignments. Candidates at this grade level
are to be in one of the assignments listed below. For all
assignments above the full performance level, the higher level
duties must consist of significant scope, administrative
independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as
described in this standard at the specified grade level and be
performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Clinical
Pharmacy Specialist. The clinical pharmacy specialist (CPS)
functions at the highest level of clinical practice, works
independently under their scope of practice as defined by the
individual medical center to directly care for patients. A CPS
plays a defined role in budgetary execution and serves as a
mid-level provider who functions to initiate, modify or discontinue
medication therapy and as a consultant for intensive medication
therapy management services. This includes, but is not limited to,
the following: designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and
documenting therapeutic plans utilizing the most effective, least
toxic and most economical medication treatments; helping achieve
positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect
interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams
in assigned areas; performing physical assessments; and ordering
laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity
of medication therapy.
Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the
following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1) Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and
influence clinical and management decisions.
2) Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for
their program area.
3) Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize
responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area
of clinical expertise.
4) Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy
practice or specialty area of pharmacy.
5) Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug
therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of
laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
References: VA Handbook 5005/55, Part II Appendix G15 Qualification
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.
Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring
physical exertion, involving standing/sitting for prolonged periods
of time, lifting/carrying of pharmaceutical supplies weighing up to
50 lbs., and bending/stooping. The work may entail repetitive wrist
movement while using various size syringes, vial cap removal, and
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