Job Title: Pharmacist
Reporting to: Pharmacy Manager
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time
Job Summary: The Pharmacist is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate and cost-effective use of medicines. S/he must use their specialist knowledge to dispense drugs and advise patients about the medicines they have been prescribed, in addition to collaboratively with other health care professionals to devise the most appropriate drug treatment for patients.
The fundamental philosophy guiding this position is to promote and preserve the Bon Secours’ mission, ethos and values: Respect, Justice, Integrity, Stewardship, Innovation, Compassion and Quality.
- Observe strictly the statutory regulations relating to the sale or supply of medicinal preparations and other stock. Be alert for forged prescriptions and clinical abuse and misuse of drugs.
- Adhere to dispensing procedures, quality, packaging, labelling, records and hygiene within the dispensing area. Dispose of medicines in according with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland's 'Practice of Pharmacy Guidelines'.
- Exercise strict pharmaceutical surveillance and employ a double-check procedure at all times with regard to indications, contra-indications, dosage, strength, interactions, special precautions, storage, side effects, allergies including latex, lactose, gluten [white flour], peanut [arachis] oil, colouring, preservatives and anti-oxidants.
- Fulfil the required advisory role in relation to over-the-counter medicines and become acquainted with regulations in particular those relating to deregulated preparations.
- Ensure the implementation of procedures laid down by management relating to price structure, dispensing fee and VAT, where applicable staff discount. ensure that the Irish Pharmaceutical Union price list is maintained and that all amendments are implemented promptly.
- Prepare Drug Payment Scheme claims and submit them promptly. Check payment printouts against pharmacy records.
- Acquire a working knowledge of current entitlements and procedures relating to private health insurance, Drug Payment Scheme, Med 1 forms, European Health Insurance card [formerly E111] and other matters relevant to claims for relief on expensive medicines and appliances.
- Maintain adequate stock levels in accordance with agreed procedures reordering at best price. Ensure correct storage, stock rotation and monitoring of dated products. Be mindful at all times that it is contrary to the regulations to have out of date medication in the pharmacy for sale or supply to a patient. Ensure safe disposal of out-of-date medicine in accordance with the protocol.
- Ensure Unlicenced Medicines are dispensed according to the protocol.
- Observe communication and liaison procedures with the proprietor or manager, staff, allied professions, hospitals, health and payments boards, Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, Irish Pharmaceutical Union, regional representatives and suppliers.
- Counsel patients on the effects, dosage and route of administration of their drug treatments, particularly those who require complex drug therapy;
- Participate in staff training programmes and to play a full role in their application.
- Deputise, as required, when the Senior Pharmacist is absent.
- Undertake any other duties that may reasonably be required.
- Must be a qualified Pharmacist and registered with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.
- Ability to attend to detail with accuracy, requiring good organisational and administrative practices
- Possess excellent problem solving and interpersonal/communication skills.
- Have an ability to detect errors, follow procedures, and troubleshoot.
- Ideally, have previous experience at a similar level
- Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyses information skillfully
- Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; meets commitments
- Oral Communication – Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions
- Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.
- Delegation: Delegates work assignments; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities
- Managing people: Makes self available to staff; improves processes, products and services
- Quality Management: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
- Quantity: Meets productivity standards; completes work in a timely manner
- Cost Consciousness: Develops and implements cost savings measures; works within approved budget
- Judgement: Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgement; supports and explains reasoning for decisions
- Planning /Organising: Uses time efficiently
- Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner. Treats others with respect and consideration. Accepts responsibility for own actions
- Adaptability: Manages competing demands
- Attendance / Punctuality: is consistently at work and on time
- Dependability: Follows instructions, responds to Management’s direction, takes responsibility for own actions, keeps commitment
In the course of your employment you may have access to, or hear, information concerning the personal or medical affairs of patients, staff or other health service business. Such records or information are strictly confidential. Unless you are acting on the express instruction of an authorised person this information must not be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duties.
This job description is subject to periodic revision following discussion with the post holder.
Policy and Procedures
The duties and responsibilities of this post will be undertaken in accordance with the Policy and Procedures Guidelines of Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin, which may be amended from time to time.
Experience of writing Standard Operating Procedures, Policies, Guidelines for the Pharmacy
Working knowledge and of the following:
- Pursuit of Quality International document produced by the Bon Secours Health System
- the Joint Commission International - advice/ improvements recommended by relating to the accreditation of the hospital.
- Policy and Procedures Guidelines drawn up for the hospital and the pharmacy department.
- Health & Safety document and in particular the duty of carrying out a monthly Health & Safety report
- Infection Control Policy document, in particular the sections relating specifically to the pharmacy, the laboratory and the offices.
- Pharmacy Formulary, which must be kept up to date and adhered to when compounding and dispensing.
- Accident & Incident reporting procedures
- Facility Management and Safety plan
- Chemical Safety Data Sheet book, which must be kept up to date.
Interested candidates can forward a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29th March 2019.