The Pharmacist works closely with and provides operational, analytical, and evaluative support to National center for Patient Safety (NCPS) staff, and VHA patient safety personnel by targeting various medication safety strategies. The incumbent will possess and apply specific knowledge of medication use systems to health care and patient safety activities. Expertise in practice standards from regulatory oversight bodies and nationally developed leading practices is also regularly applied. Please be sure to review "Preferred Qualifications" under Qualifications heading. All minimally qualified applicants will be rated based on the preferred qualifications to determine the Best Qualified Applicants. Provides VHA National Patient Safety Program medication safety program Management Support: Analyzes and reviews medication-related event reports and information sources. Develops and implements safety initiatives that support medication safety initiatives for specialty and sub-specialty programs in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, rehabilitative medicine, geriatrics and others. Serves as a resource for advanced drug information support and expertise to other professional and analytical staff of the NCPS, and to VISN Patient Safety Officers as well as interacting with Pharmacy Benefits Management staff and medication safety officers on joint initiatives. Analyzes information contained in the national patient safety database to elicit trends and respond to cases flagged for national attention. Identifies cases suitable for teaching purposes; develops training material, provides training to NCPS learners such as advanced patient safety fellows. Participates in the development, production, and management of NCPS field cognitive aids, tools, and other support materials as applicable. Analyzes Patient Safety Data and Develops Interventions: Conducts preliminary review of information to obtain baseline data, and then prepares advisory criteria for smaller or less complex issues. Researches background information (literature, reports, and discussions with others having specialized knowledge of the issue) and consults with supervisor in evaluating information and in presenting the information in an effective manner. Publishes or presents significant results and findings in appropriate professional journals and /or at local, state or national professional meetings as applicable and working through the NCPS Publications Committee. Gathers and integrates knowledge from databases of adverse events and safety alerts from many different sources, including FDA, ISMP, TJC, and CDC in addition to VA ADERS and the CDW. Supports to the NCPS pharmacist team; analyzes and evaluates various medication safety metrics for use in the national NCPS Metrics reports. This requires review of the literature, proposal of the metric, and testing as applicable in cooperation with analytics team members. Through scholarly activities and literature review, identifies opportunities, issues, and concerns, which may impact future NCPS medication safety initiatives. Performs Professional and Academic Level Work: Prepares correspondence, expert reports, Alerts and Advisories, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules as required to complete project assignments. Serves as a key member of multi-disciplinary project teams related to patient safety with other NCPS and VHA staff and supports key stakeholder meetings. Team leader or project manager responsibilities may include preparation of team charter, task breakdown, timeline, milestones, identification of special conditions and constraints, quality assurance, configuration management, and project deliverables; completes necessary documentation to monitor and track project accomplishments and resource utilization; maintains effective communications between management, project members, partners, and customers; ensures that project deliverables meet defined functional and technical specifications; and conducts post-project evaluations. Assists in monitoring and analyzing changes in mission, goals, new legislation, and technological advances to assess the impact of these changes on work methods/procedures and to participate in the development of new systems which will address these changes. May serve as an NCPS liaison with standing committees of the Pharmacy Benefits Management, Informatics Patient Safety, Medication Safety Officers and others. Performs other similar or related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Full time Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: PD000000 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.