Under the direction of the Chief Pharmacy Officer, the Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer plans, organizes and assists in directing the Pharmacy Department to ensure proper preparation, distribution, and storage of pharmaceuticals in conformance with state and federal regulations and standards set forth by the hospital.
In collaboration with the Chief Pharmacy Officer and the medical staff, responsible for the development of programs, policies, and procedures that promote the proper delivery and effective use of medications and other quality pharmaceutical services.
Develops and directs clinical pharmacy programs which are focused on quality assurance and improvement to ensure achieving optimal patient outcomes.
Oversees the operations to ensure best practices, regulatory requirements and the hospital established policy and procedures are adhered to while assisting with interviewing, hiring, onboarding, ongoing training, competency development and human resource matters
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Assists in coordinating and directing the functions and activities of the department to promote prompt, accurate and efficient processing of medication orders.
Analyzes and evaluates Pharmacy functions, practices, reporting, record keeping and control over drugs and other substances.
Administers under the direction of the Chief Pharmacy Officer both the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and the Medication Safety Committee in conjunction with the Chairs.
Works collaboratively with Nursing, Medical and Hospital Leadership to provide prescriptive guidance pertaining to pharmaceutical management from both a department and hospital-wide perspective.
Serves as a liaison between pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and other professional staff.
Ability to manage regulatory, clinical and financial goals and outcomes in conjunction with hospital leadership
Provides oversight and collaboration for all information systems working in conjunction with the department's informatics specialist and the hospital information systems team
Researches new trends and innovation technology to improve practices in applicable areas.
Develops and implements policies, procedures, guidance documents and techniques relative to safety, infection and environmental control standards in accordance with the Department of Public Health, the Board of Registration in Pharmacy, the Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control.
Inspects department for compliance with established regulatory requirements and accreditation standards, determines opportunities for improvement and develops and executes plans for correction, as appropriate and keeps abreast of current laws and regulations.
Provides oversight to the development and implementation of efficient workflows within the Pharmacy and hospital as deemed appropriate
Works in conjunction with the Chief Pharmacy Officer and other pharmacy leadership, to develop strategic plans in alignment of the vision of the hospital
Coordinates and collaborates with medical/nursing personnel to provide consultation, education, technical or informational services to ensure appropriate management of patient care.
Acts as a resource for the Pharmacy Buyer for the purchase of pharmaceuticals and other supplies.
Provides oversight, guidance and implements pharmacy and hospital security measures and strategies for controlled substance to prevent drug diversion and/or theft within the organization in accordance with the Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of Public Health Drug Control Program
Evaluates performance/recommends personnel actions (promotions, disciplinary action) for professional staff.
Resolves employee grievances via chain of command.
Directs education, training and promotes professional development of personnel through various learning strategies which include but are not limited to in-service education or outside training programs.
Develop and recommends capital expenditures via annual capital budget.
Apprises Chief Pharmacy Officer of opportunities and/or requirements for improvement and provides status updates related to department approved process improvements
Maintains department reports and records: collects statistics for administration, medical staff, and regulatory purposes.
Participates and leads many departmental and interdepartmental committees, in addition, acts as NWH representatives as needed on Partners Healthcare committees.
Graduate of an accredited College of Pharmacy possessing Pharm D. degree, M.S degree, or equivalent.
License and registration as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Minimum of three to five years of hospital pharmacy experience with three years supervisory and/or managerial experience preferred and minimum of three years of quality assurance, medication safety and regulatory compliance preferred.
Knowledge of the special needs and behaviors of infant, child, adolescent, adult and older adult patients preferred.
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