Vacancy Brief Description
1. The Director General (People Management), Ministry for Health invites applications for the post of Pharmacist on Full-time /Part-time basis in the Ministry for Health.
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of twelve (12) months.
2.2 The salary for the post of Pharmacist is Salary Scale 9, which in the year 2020 is €21,933, rising by annual increments of €447.33 up to a maximum of €24,617 per annum.
2.3 A Pharmacist will progress to Scale 8, (which in the year 2020 is €23,358 x €486.83 - €26,279 per annum) on completion of two (2) years service in the grade, subject to satisfactory performance, during which the Pharamcist is subject to placements on a rotation system, as indicated by Management from time to time, within the various sections of the Public Service.
During this period of time in the grade of Pharamacist, successful candidates must obtain a Certificate of Completion of General Professional Training (CCGPT). Until such time that this Training programme is in place, this requirement will be waived.
2.4 A Pharmacist will be promoted to the grade of Senior Pharmacist in Scale 7 (which in the year 2020 is €24,894 x €531.17 - €28,081 per annum) after six (6) years satisfactory service in the grade of Pharmacist.
Once the Certificate of Completion of General Professional Training (CCGPT) is up and running, progression to Senior Pharmacists at Salary Scale 7 will be after two (2) years of satisfactory service in Salary Scale 8 and successful completion of the CCGPT.
2.5 An appointee will be entitled to such other benefits and subject to such other conditions and obligations as may be stipulated in any pertinent agreement between the Government and the competent Union.
3.1 The duties of Pharmacist on a full-time / part-time basis include:
(i) providing an efficient professional service for the delivery of pharmaceutical care;
(ii) being involved in the performance of clinical pharmaceutical activities and duties related to running a dispensary, including its management;
(iii) providing a professional service for the delivery of pharmaceutical care within all pharmaceutical services including hospital wards. He/she may also be required to perform ward-top up exercises and provide the necessary pharmaceutical advice when requested by patients or other healthcare professionals;
(iv) writing of the relevant specifications, giving technical advice on the appropriate storage and also in the adjudication of pharmaceutical products;
(v) applying the appropriate quality assurance procedures, he/she shall be involved in the release of pharmaceutical products from quarantine, including the release of medical gases;
(vi) monitoring of prescription and utilisation trends of pharmaceutical products and being required to assist in the planning, regular updating and management of the prescribing formulary;
(vii) assisting in the regular review of the medicines entitlement process;
(viii) liaising with the Directorate for Pharmaceutical Affairs (DPA) regarding entitlement policies for free medicines and drug utilisation patterns;
(ix) assisting his/her superiors in the auditing and monitoring of both the technical and non-technical operations and the stock levels within the POYC unit and the participating pharmacies;
(x) assisting his/her superiors in the ongoing monitoring of stores and quality processes of medicines including pharmacovigilance, recalls, defect reports, checking and release of medicines received;
(xi) assisting his/her superiors in ensuring authorisation of medicines in Malta and updating the licensed wholesale dealer list, unlicensed registers and any other related registers;
(xii) assisting his/her superiors in the evaluation of tender/direct orders for the supply of medicines; He/she may be required to liaise with DPA regarding specifications, introduction of new items on the Government Formulary List and deletion of items;
(xiii) following the standards of service quality as set out by the Public Administrative Act Directive;
(xiv) participating in international meetings and projects according to exigencies;
(xv) being involved in any manufacturing processes of pharmaceutical products including reconstitution of medicines, preparation of extemporaneous products and repackaging of medicines as necessary, ensuring availability of raw materials and end product of the adequate quality. He/she shall maintain the relevant documentation including the specifications and standard operational procedures used in the process. He/she shall be responsible for the necessary quality assurance of the process prior to releasing the product in terms of GMP;
(xvi) being responsible for the quality control of pharmaceuticals including their analysis;
(xvii) sitting on Boards or Committees including the Purchasing Committee as may be required;
(xviii) maintaining good professional and ethical working relationships with his/her colleagues in the pharmaceutical area and with other health care workers;
(xix) contributing to the preparation of annual or other reports as may be required;
(xx) assisting his/her superiors in the proposal of the annual business plan for the unit in which he/she is working;
(xxi) implementing and following the existing policy procedure and assisting in the preparation of new pharmacy policies and guidelines;
(xxii) being responsible for the purchase, receipt, storage and distribution of Narcotic and Psychotropic substances as outlined by the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and the Medical and Kindred Profession Ordinance Chapter 31 – Drugs (Control) Regulations 1985 respectively;
(xxiii) evaluating new medicinal products and new indications to be considered for inclusion in the Government Formulary List, in line with LN 58/09; drawing up of reports and presentation to the Government Formulary List Advisory Committee;
(xxiv) sitting on the evaluation committee for medicinal products and medical devices and also on other Boards and Committees as may be required by his/her superior officers or by the Ministry for Health;
(xxv) a) familiarising himself/herself with all the procurement procedures and assisting in the said procedures throughout all stages;
b) assisting in the monitoring of annual consumptions of medicinals and medical devices;
c) contributing towards the continued improvement of the services including the computerization of such services;
d) actively participating and assisting in ensuring an optimal control of stock management systems and procedures;
(xxvi) participating in the professional development (including in service training and education) of staff under his/her charge and ensuring maintenance of discipline by such staff;
(xxvii) performing any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary;
(xxviii) making use of the Information Technology systems which may be in operation within the Ministry for Health.
3.2 An appointee may be required to perform duties in any of the health care services of the Government of Malta at the discretion of the Management.
3.3 Pharmacists engaged on part-time basis will be required to work on a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week.
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
- citizens of Malta; or
- citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
- citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
- any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or
- third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”.
The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
Applications will also be considered from candidates who are third country nationals and do not satisfy the criteria set out in paragraph 4.1 (i), provided that they satisfy the requirements stated in paragraph 4.1 (ii) to 4.2. The appointment of such candidates would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation.
(ii)(a) proficient in the Maltese Language. However, candidates who do not possess proficiency in the Maltese language will still be considered but must provide evidence of basic proficiency in the Maltese Language before confirmation of appointment, which is within one (1) year of engagement by being successful in the examination in Basic Medical Maltese for the Healthcare Profession Part 1 and Part 2 of the University of Malta. The course officially leading to this examination is the Course in Basic Medical Maltese for the Healthcare Profession Part 1 and Part 2 run by the Department of Maltese of the University of Malta. Any course or assessment fees are to be paid by prospective candidates. However, such expenses may be claimed through the Continuous Pharmacy Education (CPE) Scheme.
(b) proficient in the English Language
• by providing proof by the interview date, that the primary qualification was undertaken in the English Language;
• by providing by the interview date, a valid certificate of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of average band score of 6 or above in the listening, reading, writing and speaking domains. A certified equivalent qualification to IELTS (Overall Band Score 6) e.g. GCSE/ Cambridge: Grade C, TOEFL (IBT): 60-80, CEFR: B2 will also be accepted.
• by providing documentation showing at least 6-month Full Time Equivalent certified work experience as a Pharmacist in the United Kingdom, Ireland or any other English Speaking country where English is the primary and/ or the official language.
(iii) be in possession of a warrant to practice as Pharmacist in Malta.
Public Officers applying for this post must be confirmed in their current appointment.
4.2 Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVETS credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized higher MQF level program of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
4.3 Public Officers holding a grade in a particular stream, and who were granted Officer in Scale status by virtue of a Grievances Unit decision in the same scale as that of a higher grade in that stream, are eligible to apply for grades open to officers holding such higher grade within the stream that carries the same scale as that of the Officer in Scale status.
The years of service since the effective date of appointment as Officer in Scale are reckonable for the purpose of satisfying any requisite years of service stipulated in calls for applications.
Any other eligibility requisites for the post must be met in terms of this call for applications.
4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47) issued not earlier than one (1) month from date of application; those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details).
4.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
4.6 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).
- All Calls for Applications close at 19:00 on the respective closing dates unless otherwise stated.
- In case of conflict in interpretation of any part/s of a call for applications, the final interpretation should be that of the published Maltese version of the call for applications