Primary Care Pharmacist wanted

Full time Pharmacist required
to provide Part-time Integrated Primary Care

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We are seeking a primary care pharmacist to join our practice in Leader, Saskatchewan. The position will involve a 50:50 split of your time between community pharmacy practice and team-based practice within our community’s medical clinic. This is a term position to end July, 2007, with a flexible commencement date.

Stueck Pharmacy: Is a busy store with one pharmacist, four full-time and two part-time staff. Offering a full line of traditional drug-store items and large gift ware/toy selections make the store a destination for shoppers in this primarily rural setting. The pharmacy practice constitutes approximately 70% of the business and is very patient focused. The practice currently specializes in primary care team work (diabetes) and documentation is integral to the practice. The owner and former primary care pharmacist, Charity Evans, have firmly established the practice in line with the Fyke Commission by integrating the pharmacist into the health care team. It is intended the pharmacist spend approximately 50% of his/her time in the store dispensary performing traditional pharmacy functions, including coverage for vacations, etc. Store hours are 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays to Saturdays, no evenings or holidays.

Integrated team-based practice: Sask Health has approved the Leader facilities for three salaried physicians and one nurse-practitioner. The primary care pharmacist can expect to spend more time delivering the quality care one would expect in the new model as proposed by the Romanow and Fyke Commissions. The primary care pharmacist is to perform such duties as hospital and long-term care rounds, patient teaching, etc (as listed below). It will be the responsibility of the pharmacist to develop programs to suit the practice and community. Coverage will be provided in the hospital, nursing home, medical clinic and patient home. Funding will come from the existing pharmacy, but the pharmacist will be responsible for investigating and developing other sources of revenue.

You will be developing the pharmacist’s role in the multidisciplinary team. Providing primary care to patients includes disease prevention, health promotion, acute and chronic care. The pharmacist’s role within the practice may include:

  • patient education (disease state, drug therapy)
  • medication histories
  • pharmacotherapy assessments and follow-up
  • DRP identification/ resolution
  • drug-use evaluation/ evidence-based practice
  • documentation of care
  • responding to drug information requests
  • developing health promotion strategies
  • daily participation at hospital / LTC rounds
  • outcomes / remuneration research
  • development of papers for publication
  • responsible for the supervision of students under the College’s Structured Practical Experience Program (maximum three students, each with a five week rotation).

Prioritization of these activities will be determined in conjunction with the primary care team.

Knowledge/skills required:

We are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated individual with strong interpersonal communication skills. The individual needs to have experience successfully working within a team, but also the ability to pioneer in this new practice environment. S/he will need to be well versed in the broad range of ambulatory therapeutics and have developed basic skills in literature evaluation and evidence-based medicine.

Preference will be given to individuals who have some clinical experience in the team-based setting (for example, experience in the Provincial Primary Care Project).

The Community:

Leader is a progressive community of 950 in the south west of Saskatchewan. With a trading population of approximately 3000 and a trading area of approximately 90 miles in diameter, provision of pharmacy services is a challenge. Numerous recreational opportunities such as hockey, hiking, boating, etc. provide the residents with an active lifestyle. Housing and living expenses are very affordable in the safe, quiet community where neighborliness is not a requirement, but a given. For more, see www.leader.ca.

Salary & Benefits:

Starting salary will be based on experience. Benefits include 3 weeks paid vacation, participation in group health plan, professional licensing fees, moving allowance, and attendance at two or more educational conferences annually.

Contact:

Resumes should be forwarded via mail/e-mail to attention of:

Michele or Gordon Stueck
PO Box 400
Leader, Saskatchewan, S0N 1H0
gstueck@sasktel.net

We thank everyone for their interest but only those applicants to be interviewed will be contacted further.

This represents a unique practice opportunity in Saskatchewan, and in Canada.

The successful candidate can expect support and guidance from Pharmacy Practice Faculty at the College of Pharmacy & Nutrition.

Come be a practice leader in Leader, Saskatchewan!

Leader Primary Care Pharmacist Position

By now, you’ve been through the interview process, had signing bonuses waved in your face and heard about all the “clinical” opportunities that you’ll get if you only join this team…

I was in the same situation two years ago. Knowing that I wanted to begin my career in a site that allowed me true clinical experiences and the freedom to develop my own practice, I chose to accept the position in Leader, Saskatchewan.

Over the past two years, I have developed personally and professionally through the opportunities, experiences, and support that are often hard to find in the profession of community pharmacy. Splitting my time between the pharmacy and the medical clinic, the following is a sample of what I have been doing over the past two years. More specific details can be found on my Primary Care blog here.

  • Development and implementation of clinical studies (accepted for publication)
  • Writing case reports of unique experiences/situations encountered
  • Attending weekly rounds with physician and nurse at the 36-bed long-term care home
  • Individual patient medication reviews, physician consults and patient education
  • Attending numerous provincial and national conferences related to primary care development
  • Speaking at various conferences on pharmacy’s role in primary health care
  • Month long visit to the UK – experiencing and participating in their world renowned primary care system
  • Extensive program and funding proposal development, writing and presentation
  • Development of an interdisciplinary diabetes initiative that has recently been approved for funding by our Health Region (contracting pharmacist services directly from a community pharmacist)
  • Developed a primary care team development strategy for the Cypress Health Region based on my UK experiences
  • Developing relationships with both practitioners and those in government positions
  • Preceptor for the U of S College of Pharmacy SPEP program

Ideal candidates for this position will be self-motivated, enthusiastic about the role of pharmacy in the primary health care system, and be willing to take a lead role in program development. An interest in team development and change management will be a definite asset. Along with hard work, they will be expected to be resilient, as barriers will continue to arise with the evolution of pharmacy’s role in the healthcare system.

Charity Evans BSP
Primary Care Pharmacist

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