The Harm Reduction Coordinator (HRC) Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner (CPP) is responsible for providing leadership, direction, organization, planning, implementation, and evaluation of harm reduction efforts at the Southeast LA Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS). This includes but is not limited to overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND), syringe services program (SSP), and fentanyl test strip distribution initiatives. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. Pharmacists must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), and 7407(d) Education: (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. (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. GS-13 Grade Determinations: In addition to the GS-12 requirements, must have 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. 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 following KSAs: Pharmacists assigned to this position must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to communicate orally and in writing to persuade and influence clinical and management decisions. Expert understanding of regulatory and quality standards for their program area. Ability to solve problems, coordinate and organize responsibilities to maximize outcomes in their program area or area of clinical expertise. Expert knowledge of a specialized area of clinical pharmacy practice or specialty area of pharmacy. Advanced skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters. Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Requirements: PGY1 and /Or PGY2 Residency Or 3 Yrs Equivalent Experience References: VA Handbook 5005/55 Part II Appendix G15 June 7, 2012 This vacancy is above the full performance level. Physical Demands: Physical demands can include Light lifting under 15 pounds, Light Carrying under 15 pounds, Straight pulling up to 4 hours, Pulling overhand up to 4 hours, Pulling hand over hand up to 4 hours, Pushing up to 4 hours, Reaching above the shoulders, Use of fingers, Both hands required, Walking 8 to 12 hours, Standing 8 to 12 hours, Kneeling up to 30 minutes, Repeated bending up to 4 hours, Climbing legs only 1 hour, both legs required, Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, Near Vision correctable a t 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, Both eyes required, Depth perception, Ability to distinguish basic colors, Ability to distinguish shades of colors, Hearing (Aid Permitted), Emotional/Mental Stability. Work Environment: Work is performed in an office/clinic setting with minimal risks that requires normal safety precautions; the area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. However, the work environment requires someone with the ability to handle several tasks at once in sometimes stressful situations. Include Outside and inside, Constant noise, Dust, Working hands in water, working closely with others, Working alone, Protracted or irregular work hours. ["If you are a Current, Permanent Federal Employee or VA Health Professions Trainee (HPT), please submit your application here: CBST-12239872-24-AMA Major duties for the position include (but are not limited to): Developing, implementing, expanding, and evaluating outcomes of harm reduction initiatives: overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND), syringe services program (SSP) and Fentanyl test strip distribution system; Identifying vendors and sources to obtain harm reduction supplies and harm reduction opportunities via clinical dashboards Partnering, collaborating and consulting with key facility services and programs, such as Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Addiction Recovery Treatment Services, local/national community harm reduction organizations for program improvement/partnership; Office of General Counsel (OGC) District Counsel, National VA office such as VA Hepatitis and Related Conditions (HRRC); Participating in relevant local, regional and national workgroups and advocating for policy and program changes to enhance harm reduction services for veterans; Providing direct patient care equivalent to 20% of time through direct outreach to veterans, staff referrals and veteran self-referrals; Providing Comprehensive Medical Management (CMM) focused on harm reduction; Screening, testing and treating drug-related infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and sexually transmitted infections (STIs); Identifying patients who may benefit from CMM focused on harm reduction through population health management reports and team huddles; Conducting electronic consult (e-consult) medial record reviews and communicating recommendations to the care team; Educating veterans and health care system staff about harm reduction, OEND, and SSP initiatives; Leading and participating in pharmacy service quality improvement, process improvement, and research projects; Precepting pharmacy resident and/or intern quality improvement projects, presentations, and publications. Work Schedule: Rotating Shift of Days, Nights, Evenings, Weekends and Holidays 12:00am to 12:00pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 629-00661-F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.