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Chief Pharmacist II

Inuulitsivik Health Centre, Puvirnituq
2022 October 15

Inuulitsivik Health Centre (IHC), with more than 950 employees, is part of the health and social services network of Quebec, Nunavik region. It provides the population of the Hudson Bay Territory of approximately 7,000 people with front-line health and social services, including prevention, assessment, diagnosis and treatment, rehabilitation and support. In addition, it provides youth protection services and management for the Nunavik region including Ullivik in Dorval. Its mission is to welcome Inuit people who need to receive health services in participating Montreal hospitals. The Inuit population is distributed in seven communities on the Hudson Bay coast from Kuujjuaraapik to Salluit.

Under the authority of the professional services coordinator, the chief pharmacist oversees the management of the pharmacy as well as the various drug circuit optimization projects in the hospital and the 7 pharmacies of the CLSCs. Also, the chief pharmacist will have to participate in activities related to the provision of pharmaceutical care for the community component of the population of Puvirnituq, as well as the hospital center in Puvirnituq and ensure the lookout of the pharmacies of the 6 CLSCs on the  Hudson Bay Coast: control of the distribution and use of drugs, monitoring and adjustment of anti-coagulation therapy, teaching of nurses, activities of the pharmacology committee. The current work team is made up of 2 full-time pharmacists and 6 pharmacy technical assistants. The chief pharmacist has the equivalent of 20 workweeks reserved for his mandate as chiefdom.

Apart from these leadership weeks, the chief pharmacist also participates in activities related to the provision of pharmaceutical care for the community component of the population of Inukjuak and Puvirnituq in a rotation system, for the hospital center in Puvirnituq and for the six other clinics on the Hudson Bay coast: control of the distribution and use of drugs, monitoring and adjustment of anticoagulation therapy, teaching of nurses, activities of the pharmacology committee and other CMPDSF committees as needed.Chiefdom component

Responsibilities of the head of the pharmacy department
• Ensure the general management of the day-to-day functioning of the hospital and community pharmacy
• Supervise the quality of the act of pharmacists and technical assistants according to the standards of good practice in force
• Support the various continuous improvement projects for pharmacies
• Support and prepare the accreditation visits of the pharmacy department
• Prepare the annual schedules of pharmacists and technical assistants in order to avoid service disruptions
• Make contact with private personnel placement agencies, if necessary
• Participate in the recruitment and performance / probation evaluations of employees of the pharmacy department, in collaboration with the immediate supervisor
• Plan and coordinate visits to CLSCs on the coast
• Prepare and animate department meetings, in collaboration with the immediate superior

In addition, the head of department is responsible to the CMDPSF:
• To monitor the way in which pharmacy is practiced in his department 
•To develop, for his department, rules for the use of drugs that take into account the need to provide adequate services to users, as well as the organization and resources available to the establishment;
• To develop the procedures governing the issuance and execution of prescriptions in the hospital center, in particular with regard to the criteria for the validity of prescriptions, including verbal prescriptions prescribed to a resident, a nurse or other health professional
• Encourage and ensure the participation of pharmacists in the various committees of the CMDPSF and other committees of the establishment, if applicable
• To give its opinion on the privileges and the status to be granted to a pharmacist when requesting an appointment. (Art. 190, 1st Al. LSSSS)
The rules referred to in paragraph b) of article 5.7 must provide that the professional practice of pharmacists in the department must meet to unique rules. (Art. 190, 3rd Al. LSSSS)

Community pharmacy component:
The pharmacist is a consultant in the field of drugs and drug therapy. Based on his / her knowledge, he / she is able to counsel clients on illnesses and help prevent and / or cure them.

Practice focused on pharmaceutical care and therapeutic follow-ups
Multidisciplinary work
Excellent collaboration with MD
• Check the accuracy of prescriptions;
• Ensure the verification of prescriptions;
• Analyze pharmacological records;
• Monitor drug therapy;
• Dispense the permitted drugs to clients;
• Educate clients on indications, contraindications, side effects, drug interactions and dosage;
• Advising clients on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs and health management;
• Collaborate with technical assistants in pharmacy;
• Provide exemplary customer service;

Hospital pharmacy component
In accordance with the laws in force, the pharmacist participates in activities related to the control of the distribution of drugs, the optimization of the use of drugs as well as various clinical and professional activities of the department.

The pharmacist actively participates in the development and implementation of new care programs, the development of treatment protocols and guides, as well as the teaching, evaluation and research activities of the establishment.

Other responsibilities
- Participation in the Council of physicians, dentists, pharmacists and midwives of the health center, as an active member, as well as in sub-committees (CMDPSF)
- Any other responsibility delegated by the immediate superior may include participation in pharmacy development projects.



• B. Pharm. or equivalent (Pharm.D.).  
• Master in hospital Pharmacy an asset
• Diploma in specialized superior studies an asset
• Member in good standing of the OPQ. Compliant professional liability insurance.

Experience required

• Experience of more or less 5 years in a similar position
• Experience in team management of at least 2 years an asset


Essential skills and aptitudes

• Ability to interact with the multidisciplinary team;  
• Ability to meet required timelines;  
• Experience in the health and social services network, an asset;  
• Oral and written bilingualism 
• Proficiency in Word and Excel 
• Knowledge of Gesphar and AssystRx programs an asset
• Team spirit and great sense of collaboration and communication skills developed; 
• Flexibility and excellent adaptability; 
• Strong interest in working in a different cultural context and environment;      
• Good ability to work under pressure and in an emergency context; Discreet, autonomous, responsible, curious, resourceful

Conditions and benefits

  • Permanent full-time position;
  • Hourly rate between $54.58 and $68.92;
  • Day shift 40hres/week, 8-9 weeks north/4 weeks leave in the south according to status;
  • 3 to 4 annual outings depending on status;
  • Incentive premium: 40H of 6%;
  • Job Retention premium of 27.19%;
  • Attraction and retention premium between 2.6% and 7.4%;
  • Food allowance: $115.64/week;
  • Isolation premium: $203.66/week without dependent and $358.99 with dependent;
  • Furnished accommodation provided;
  • Moving expenses reimbursed by the employer;
  • Storage costs if applicable reimbursed by the employer.

Professionals who are currently in the health and social services network can request a Northern unpaid leave (up to 48 months) from their institution to work in Nunavik *** 


Additional details

Send the letter of intention and CV to ​recrutement.csi@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

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