Hospital Practice Advisor

The Ontario College of Pharmacists has a Hospital Practice Advisor Position Available

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The Ontario College of Pharmacists is the registering and regulating body for the profession of pharmacy practice in Ontario. The College’s mandate is to serve and protect the public and has played a key role in safeguarding our health care system. Regulating pharmacy practice in Ontario, the College helps to provide the public with quality pharmaceutical service and care. To continue to deliver on its mission, the College is currently seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the position of Hospital Practice Advisor.

Position Summary

The Hospital Practice Advisor is responsible for assessing pharmacy operations and medication management systems in hospital practice sites to promote safe medication use and interaction with colleagues, health care workers, staff and administrators.  Promoting and supporting the OCP mandate by conducting both site (pharmacy) and practice (registrant) assessments to ensure adherence to all legislation, Policies, Guidelines and Standards of Practice in order to protect the public. Championing new practice initiatives while using multifaceted coaching skills in order to influence, manage and drive change while supporting the safe delivery of patient focused care.


  1. Visit hospital pharmacies (within the assigned geographical area) to assess and evaluate the medication management system,  pharmacy practice and operations and to ensure compliance with legislation and College policies, guidelines and guarantee that Standards of Practice are enhanced through coaching
  2. Identify and evaluate areas for improvement and factors that may affect patient care and provide guidance, direction and coaching to OCP registrants in order to minimize public risk.
  3. Visit new hospital sites to conduct an opening assessment to approve and accredit new openings.
  4. Decide and document outcomes of assessments, including the need for an Action Plan and potentially a follow-up assessment.
  5. Follow up on and review Action Plans to address issues identified during assessments.
  6. Revisit pharmacies where significant issues were noted during an assessment.  Conduct re-assessments as assigned by the Accreditation Committee.
  7. Prioritize assessments within territory based on risk assessments, site assessment notifications and other required follow up.
  8. Respond to email/phone questions from registrants
  9. Liaise with other departments within the College to obtain information relevant to responding to questions from registrants and/or the visit.
  10. Coach OCP registrants and pharmacy teams to develop goals that lead to practice change as well as ensuring Standards of Practice are met and enhanced.
  11. Draft and prepare reports to the Accreditation Committee of the College when a pharmacy fails to correct issues identified during an assessment.
  12. Perform separate and distinct practice assessments on Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians to evaluate adherence to Standards of Practice.
  13. Continually examine work process and explore opportunities for improving efficiencies through technology, elimination or altering of work processes and make recommendations to the Hospital  Practice Advisor Lead.  Work within records management principles and guidelines for record keeping.
  14. Extensive travel required. Involves daily visits to hospitals throughout Ontario with occasional overnight trips.
  15. Other reasonable duties as assigned by the Hospital Practice Advisor Lead or Manager, Pharmacy Assessments.

Key Attributes

  • Must have own vehicle and possess a valid Ontario driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Knowledge of legislation, College policies, guidelines and standards of practice would be considered an asset
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to build trust and relationships with stakeholders
  • Self motivation and solid organizational skills to efficiently and effectively manage workload, deal effectively with multiple demands and maintain composure while progressing toward desired outcomes
  • Ability to coach, influence and provide guidance to OCP registrants
  • Tact and diplomacy with all internal and external stakeholders
  • Judgment and discretion; ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive material
  • Ability to deal effectively with stakeholders in person and over the phone and defuse difficult situations as required
  • Ability to deal effectively with people of varied cultural background in individual and group settings
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications and relational databases

We are accepting applications provided you have the following qualifications

  • Active Part A license in Ontario with thorough knowledge of current issues in pharmacy practice
  • Minimum 4+ years experience in a Hospital Pharmacy or relevant setting
  • Demonstrated practical experience with compounding (sterile, hazardous sterile and non-sterile)
  • Experience in a regulatory environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of legislation, College policies, guidelines and standards of practice would be considered an asset
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, and relational data bases

If you are interested in joining the College, please forward your cover letter and resume in one document, by January 2, 2019 stating salary expectations to

OCP is committed to supporting accessibility and diversity.

Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in this position. We will only contact those whose skills, knowledge and experience most closely match the requirements of the position.