The Associate Chief Pharmacy Service at Perry Point is responsible for managing the comprehensive pharmaceutical care activities in the ambulatory and inpatient care settings at the Perry Point Division of the VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS). Major Duties of Associate Chief, Pharmacy Service include but not limited to: - Manage the unit dose and IV admixture distribution programs, consolidated inventory program, the drug accountability program and controlled substances program for the assigned pharmacy division. Coordinates with other departments and agencies to effectively maintain resource accountability. - Manage the Ambulatory Care consolidated inventory program, the drug accountability program, research program and controlled substances program for the Pharmacy. Coordinates with other departments and agencies to effectively maintain resource accountability. - Develop performance standards that are realistic, challenging and support the organizational mission, vision, and goals. Ensures that employees meet performance standards and competencies and identifies areas for improvement as needed. Effectively manages personnel and works towards resolving all labor relations issues. - Reviews on yearly basis the Performance plans for subordinates and updates as required. Explains plan, discusses plan on semi-annual basis. Completed evaluations are signed by the employee and submitted for review by scheduled time-frame. - Review each subordinate's competencies within applicable areas of assignment on an annual basis. Any deficiency is properly noted and training/re-training is scheduled in a timely manner. - Establishes work schedules and allocates staff as needed to provide adequate coverage. Monitors time and attendance records and approves leave. - Develops policies and procedures relating to pharmaceutical care and assures that the Ambulatory Care and Inpatient Pharmacy programs are compliant with all regulatory and accrediting body requirements, i.e., JCAHO, FDA, ASHP, etc. - Maintains Pharmacy policies and procedures as required per VAMHCS Policy standards. - Ensures assigned administrative projects and reports are submitted as scheduled. - Monitors the Veterans Integrated Systems Technology Architecture (VISTA), Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) and Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) computer systems, automated pharmacy equipment and other computer software to provide optimal pharmaceutical care, maintain records, and produce reports. - Monitors workflow patterns to keep drug distribution in accordance with the requirements of Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) for both unit dose and IV admixtures programs while ensuring accurate dispensing and record keeping. - Organizes and monitors workload, directs inpatient and outpatient activities, plans short and long range objectives/goals, solves problems, and achieves established goals within budget and staffing constraints. - Incorporates performance improvement (PI) activities into all areas of the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy sections. Develops quality assurance criteria, monitors and evaluates quality of care provided by the Inpatient and Outpatient Pharmacy Sections and reports results to the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service. - Reviews with other pharmacy managers and staff to identify areas of duplication of efforts and develops solutions to streamline processes, reduce waste, save costs and improve patient care. - Provides clinical support when required based on competencies and scope of practice. - Ensures the provision of pharmaceutical care support services are provided as required including drug distribution, drug information, database management and documentation of interventions. - Ensures pharmacists report actual and/or potential medication errors or adverse events and participates in quality improvement initiatives to promote patient safety. Actively participates in the Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) reporting program. - Ensures training, orientation, and re-training of employees to Service procedures and VAMHCS policies for all subordinates is provided and documented. - Serves with considerable independence in all areas of pharmacy activity under the general supervision of the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service, who is available to discuss matters affecting policy or other services. Functions with technical independence on all assigned professional policies and programs. Keeps Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service apprised of trends/problems affecting any aspects of the activity. Recognizes need for changes in policy and procedures and works directly with the Chief, VAMHCS Pharmacy Service to initiate these changes. - Participating in VAMHCS and VISN-level committees as assigned representing Pharmacy Service. - All other duties as assigned, pertaining to this occupation, to meet the needs of the Agency, Department, Facility, and/or Service. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday; 8:00AM-4:30PM, however final schedule to be determined by management. Telework Eligible: Telework eligibility and work hours permissible to telework are under the discretion/ determination of management at all times. Virtual: This is not a Virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.