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Clinical Pharmacist (CLC)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Prescott
Posted on: October 1, 2019

Job Description:

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 further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.The 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 team.

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 Standard.

    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 typing.

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