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Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs Charleston , SC 29402

Posted 3 months ago

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The Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist is responsible for planning, implementing and operating the psychiatric drug monitoring and utilization programs. He/she is the mental health expert in all areas related to medications utilized in psychiatric patient care areas and functions as a consultant to other health care professionals.

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The pharmacist in this assignment handles routine medication-related activities in accordance with local, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and national policies and regulations. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Interacting with and making recommendations to clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care.

  • Reviewing patient's medications, allergies, labs, and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems.

  • Performing medication reconciliation; reviewing, interpreting, and verifying medication orders for appropriateness; contacting providers as appropriate; documenting recommendations and interventions.

  • Taking health and medication histories; providing drug information; assisting in formulary management including therapeutic substitutions, nonformulary reviews and medication usage evaluations.

  • Completing e-consults regarding mental health pharmacotherapy; documenting and assessing adverse drug events (ADEs); committee membership as assigned.

Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Overtime/Weekend/Holidays - Required)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Functional Statement Title/Number: Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist/534-10313F

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

  • Subject to a background/security investigation

  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


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: Applicants must be a (1) 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. (NOTE: Prior to 2005 ACPE accredited both baccalaureate and Doctor of Pharmacy terminal degree program. Today the sole degree is Doctor of Pharmacy.) (2) 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.

  • English Language Proficiency: Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d).

  • Specialize Experience: Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) or eligible for BCPP.

  • Minimal Qualifications:
    In addition to basic Qualification Standard must have: Completion of ASHP- accredited PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and/or PGY-2 Mental Health Pharmacy Residency OR At least three years of Clinical mental health experience and ability to demonstrate the following higher level duties: solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in an psychiatric setting as demonstrated by designing, implementing, assessing, monitoring and documenting therapeutic plans in a hospital and/or clinic mental health setting utilizing best evidence, the most effective and least toxic medication treatments; helping achieve positive patient centric outcomes through direct and indirect interactions with patients, providers, and interdisciplinary teams in assigned areas; and ordering laboratory and other tests to help determine efficacy and toxicity of medication therapy; apply knowledge of normal laboratory values in the evaluation of psychiatric patient care and recognizes abnormalities, and formulates alternative treatment plans actively involved in reviewing mental health medication regimens for clinical effectiveness, drug selection, dosing, contraindications, side effects, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic outcomes; functions independently under a scope of practice for psychiatric patients as defined by the medical center; and service as an authority on mental health usage, interactions, overdoses, and adherence to medical staff, nursing staff, technicians, residents students, and patients.

Grade Determinations:

  • (a) Experience: This position is at the GS-12 grade level, which is above the full performance level. Applicants must have 1-year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11).
  • (b) Assignments: 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 KSA's listed in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" Section below.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G15: Licensed Pharmacist Qualification Standard, GS-0660, Veterans Health Administration.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements:
Applicants must be able to perform the following duties: light lifting (under 15 pounds); Light carrying (under 15 pounds). Applicants must have use of all fingers. Walking or standing for up to 8-hours. Kneeling for up to 8-hours. Use of both legs is required. Must possess visual acuity to read typed print. Keen hearing (aids permitted). Mental stability must be required to handle rigors of the position. The loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated by satisfactory use of prosthesis.


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: 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:

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Mental Health Clinical Pharmacist

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Department Of Veterans Affairs