Evaluation of perioperative pharmacy services

Evaluation of perioperative pharmacy services model at the Royal Hobart Hospital operating theatre setting

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

Pharmacists are a vital part of multidisciplinary teams in hospital settings, aiming to reduce medication-related harm and improving patient safety. It is a known fact that medication management in the operating theatre (OT) setting is complex that involves prescribing, dispensing and administration of time-critical, high-risk, and high-cost medications. There is emerging evidence on the global demand for perioperative pharmacists, aka dedicated clinical pharmacist in OT setting, to improve medicines management across the continuum of care.

In 2018-19, over 2.7 million admissions ended up in surgery across Australian public and private hospitals. Given that medications contribute to unwanted hospital admissions, prolonged length of hospital stay, and medication-related harm in an OT setting, having a clinical pharmacist with appropriate training could potentially minimise medication-related harm between the transition of care such as preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative.

Perioperative pharmacists have established their skills in medication-related - cost containment, inventory control, waste reduction, guideline development and quality improvement. A model representing perioperative pharmacist services in Japan oversee medication management, prepare injectable medications, provide drug information, minimise medication risks and achieve cost benefits for the hospital. However, there is a lack of an established model of perioperative pharmacist roles (based in OTs) within the standard hospital service in Australia. Hence, this project will demonstrate the newly added role of an integrated pharmacist as a model in the OT setting of the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) and evaluate the effectiveness of process change (comparison of new perioperative model vs. usual care) in medication management and pharmacy services, including the efficiency in the transition of care. This study will be conducted in collaboration with the Pharmacy Department at the RHH.

Research Question: Could the new model of integrated perioperative pharmacist result in improved quality use of medicines, health outcomes, transition of care, and economic savings in the OT setting?

References:

  1. Forrester TG, Sullivan S, Snoswell CL, Pillans P, Barras M, Sturgess D. Integrating a pharmacist into the perioperative setting. Aust Health Rev. 2020 Aug;44(4):563-568.
  2. Nguyen AD, Lam A, Banakh I, Lam S, Crofts T. Improved Medication Management With Introduction of a Perioperative and Prescribing Pharmacist Service. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 2020;33(3):299-305.
  3. Standard of practice in surgery and perioperative medicine for pharmacy services. SHPA 2021 (draft).

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Ivan Bindoff

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for a full-time PhD position subject to successfully obtaining a University Doctoral Scholarship. The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible, but no later than in mid-2022.

Please note: the position will suit a variety of backgrounds (including nursing, medical, allied health, health policy, public health, pharmaceutical, and methodologists, etc.) and may involve a mix of quantitative and qualitative work. An understanding of medications and clinical setting is required.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • A degree with a substantial research project (e.g. Research Masters’ degree, Masters’ degree with treatise component, or Bachelor degree with first-class Honours)
  • Excellent analysis and writing skills, demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work in teams
  • Capacity to work with a range of disciplines and having prior clinical knowledge
  • Evidence of project management and organisation ability, including the ability to fulfil goals and deliver outcomes within a specified period

Your Expression of Interest should include:

  • Your CV and copy of academic transcript(s)
  • List of two or three potential academic referees and/or line managers
  • Sample of written work, ideally appropriate for an academic audience (e.g. honours thesis, peer-reviewed journal article, essay written during coursework study or similar)
  • ‘Statement of Purpose’ describing your interests, reasons for pursuing this opportunity and longer-term goals, (max. 1-2 pages)

Submit your Expression of Interest via email to: Dr Ivan Bindoff, School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Tasmania.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Ivan Bindoff, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
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    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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