Clinical Pharmacist - Community Care Coordination

Hampton, Virginia
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This is an external job announcement. Current permanent Hampton VAMC employees, current permanent VA employees from another facility, and current permanent employees from another Federal Agency MUST apply under the INTERNAL announcement, CBCQ-10540906-19-MB unless applying by using Veteran Preference. All applicants applying under this external announcement will be subject to Veterans' preference.

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- The Clinical Pharmacist in the Hampton VA medical center manages all Community Care Programs including the VA Mission Act of 2018 with regards to medication order review and processing.
- The Clinical Pharmacist plans and coordinates pharmacy services for patients enrolled in Community Care and Community Care providers within the guidelines of the Community Care programs, Joint Commission standards, and medical center policies/regulations.
- The Clinical Pharmacist is responsible for addressing a variety of questions posed by physicians, nurses, coworkers and patients related to drugs, pharmacy services and departmental policies and procedures.
- He/she must be able to interpret and apply VA, federal, and state regulations, Joint Commission, DEA, FDA, hospital and Pharmacy Service polices under all circumstances.
Program Management - Community Care
1. Provides pharmacist oversight for Community Care programs by reviewing and entering outside prescriptions written by Community Care providers for patients enrolled at the medical center.
2. Serves as consultant and information resource to the Community Care physicians and applicable medical center staff.
3. Ensures patient prescriptions written by outside providers conform to both national and local VA formulary.
Program Management - Therapeutic Interchange
1. The Clinical Pharmacist provides clinical pharmacist services for medical center patients, caregivers, and providers when therapeutic interchanges are mandated / deemed prudent. This may be achieved either verbally or via written correspondence.
2. Assists in formulary management through facilitation of therapeutic substitutions that do not require a Scope of Practice, non-formulary reviews, medication use evaluations, and documenting/assessing adverse drug events.
Pharmacy Service
1. Reviews, interprets, and verifies medication orders for appropriateness, processes medication orders, and interacts/makes recommendations to other clinical staff regarding medication therapy ordered to ensure safe and effective care.
2. Reviews patient medications, allergies, labs and other pertinent information from the medical record to identify and solve medication-related problems, contacting providers as appropriate.
3. Regularly documents recommendations and interventions.
4. Provides refill extensions and partial medication supplies when appropriate.
5. Interprets health and medication histories, performs medication reconciliation, and provides drug information.
6. Provides written and verbal (telephonic) patient education to patients.
7. Serves as pharmacy liaison and point of contact for traveling veterans with medication related issues.
8. Drafts and facilitates delivery of patient education when deemed appropriate via telephone or in written form.
9. Reviews ADRs and assists with VA ADERS completion.
10. Performs non-formulary and prior authorization drug consult review and completes said requests timely (

Work Schedule: 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM or 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday through Friday). The incumbent may be scheduled to work alternate tours to include evening, night, weekend, and holidays to meet clinical needs.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement Title: Clinical Pharmacist (Community Care)
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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


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.
(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. Verification of approved degree programs may be obtained from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, Illinois 60602-5109; phone: (312) 664-3575, or through their Web site at: (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).
Grade Determinations:
In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must meet one of the following:
- 1 year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11).
- Completion of an ACPE-accredited Pharm.D. program.
You must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Please make sure that each is addressed in detail in the body of your resume.
1. Knowledge of professional pharmacy practice.
2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to both patients and health care staff.
3. Knowledge of laws, regulations, and accreditation standards related to the distribution and control of scheduled and non-scheduled drugs and pharmacy security.
4. Skill in monitoring and assessing the outcome of drug therapies, including physical assessment and interpretation of laboratory and other diagnostic parameters.
References: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G15, LICENSED PHARMACIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD.

Physical Requirements:
The work requires regular recurring physical exertion, involving standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time, typing, walking distances within the medical center, lifting/ carrying of pharmaceutical supplies, and bending/ stooping/ stretching.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.


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: .

Additional information

Note: Must have Basic Life Support (BLS) certification prior to assuming clinical duties. The BLS requirement is satisfied by successfully completing an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider Course or Military Training Network (MTN). BLS courses are normally offered within 1-5 days of entry on duty. No online certifications will be accepted.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Resume Reminder - Your resume must include the following for each job listed:
1) Job title and grade level/salary. In order to show that you meet time-in-grade, you must document grades you have held and how long you have held them;
2) Duties (you must include enough detailed information to support your specialized experience);
3) Month, day and year start/end dates (e.g. 04/02/2007 to 04/13/2008);
4) Hours worked per week for each job listed
5) Full Name and address of Employer
6) Name of Supervisor or Contact name
7) Complete phone number of Supervisor/Contact

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Pharmacy License
  • Resume

If applying as a candidate with current or former Federal Service, provide a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action."

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Pharmacy License
  • PCS Orders
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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