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Pharmacotherapy Specialist

University Health Network

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted January 2, 2021.

Job Posting #868052

Position:               Pharmacotherapy Specialist
Site:                     Toronto Western Family Health Team – Garrison Creek Site
Department:         Pharmacy
Reports to:           Clinical Site Leader
Hours:                  up to 18.75 hours per week

Salary/Rate:         $45.05 – $56.32 per hour
Status:                  Temporary Part Time (15 months)



The Family Health Team Pharmacotherapy Specialist is an integral member of the Pharmacy department and the Family Health Team. A key player to advance the pharmacist’s role in the clinical care of patients as well as increased patient safety, teaching of pharmacy residents, Pharm D students and mentoring other staff members. The FHT Pharmacotherapy Specialist will work with the FHT and the Pharmacy Department to establish guidelines and provide implementation strategies for initiatives including: education to clinical hospital staff, prospective and retrospective evaluation of ongoing pharmacist activities, and provide feedback. As a leader, you will be responsible for providing education and feedback to students, pharmacists and other members of the healthcare team regarding patient care, therapeutics, teaching and research initiatives.


Clinical Practice (80%)

• Conducts comprehensive assessments for individual patients to identify actual and potential drug therapy issues. Formulates comprehensive care plans which incorporate individual patient preferences and goals.
• Acts as a clinical pharmacy resource for internal and external health care professionals in a patient-focused practice
• Work within and Inter-professional team to promote rational evidence based prescribing to optimize patient outcomes within the inter-professional teams
• Provide clinical direction on complex cases related to their clinical practice
• Provides teaching on pharmacotherapy to the FHT Staff, trainees, and other Allied Health Staff:

o Participates in, and / or leads educational sessions for staff within the FHT and Pharmacy Department
o Participates in, and / or leads inter-professional teaching sessions
o Involved in teaching and mentoring of Pharmacy Residents

• Establishes initiatives that foster improved clinical pharmacist activities
• Establishes initiatives that increase patient safety and promote cost savings
• Participates in the development of evidence based practice treatment guidelines
• Manages patients on warfarin through a medical directive
• Participates in the implementation of the guidelines including:

o Education
o Audit and feedback on usage
o Feedback on patient risk reduction and outcomes as appropriate
o Patient Safety
o Provides Drug Information
o Patient specific recommendations
o Inter-professional consults

Quality Improvement/ Research/ Projects (12.5%)

• Participates and leads quality improvement initiatives with the goal of improving patient safety
• Identifies opportunities for pharmacy-based and inter-professional research within his/her area of practice and specialization
• Develops hypotheses and research processes, oversees and supports ongoing research activities and/or coordinates the involvement of research assistants, students, pharmacy residents and pharmacists in research activities
• Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to conduct pharmacotherapy -based research
• Provides supervision and mentoring for pharmacy students, residents and fellows research projects
• Publishes in peer reviewed journal
• Represents the hospital and the University at provincial, national and international meetings
• Participates in, and/ or leads quality improvement initiatives which address the 6 domains of quality in healthcare (Patient Centered, Safety, Timely and accessible, Effective, Efficient, Equitable)
• Participates in and / or Leads Patient Safety Rounds
• Participates in the incident reporting system

Service (7.5%)

• Represents the Department of Pharmacy Services, The Family Health Team and/ or the University (Faculty of Pharmacy or Medicine) on inter-professional care committees, and standing hospital committees
• May be required to participate in conferences and regional planning groups as it relates to their clinical practice area

Skills/ abilities desired

• Has the ability to work on complex problems with various clinical and technical stakeholders to provide innovative and creative solutions to achieve resolution and maintain patient safety
• Demonstrates leadership skills
• Practice experience in the clinical specialty area
• Teaching experience
• Collaborative team skills
• Knowledge of research, statistical and analytical methodologies
• Excellent verbal and written communication skill required
• Excellent interpersonal skills required
• Excellent time management and organizational skills required



• Completion of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from an accredited program of study or recognized equivalent required
• Completion of a post graduate Pharmacy degree ( e.g. clinical Master’s degree or Doctor of Pharmacy) preferred
• Completion of a pharmacy residency program preferred


• Pharmacy practice in related areas of patient focused or population health preferred
• Four (4) to six (6) years practical or related experience preferred 
• Three (3) to five (5) years of hospital experience preferred
• Experience with primary or community care an asset


• Certificate of Qualification with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada required
• Current registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists required

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions.

Posted Date: December 3, 2020                           Closing Date: Until Filled

For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.