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Title: Consultant to support Medical Services Administration to transform clinical pharmacy services in hospitals | Fulltime

A recent joint evaluation by WHO and Medical Services Administration (MSA) of Ministry of Health (MOH), on AMS implementation in hospitals found that almost 50% of hospitals had not implemented an AMS program citing lack of clinical pharmacists as the number one barrier. This study also found that a one size model of AMS does not fit all hospitals. Smaller provincial and district hospitals which are resource poor and have limited access to broad spectrum antibiotics need different implementation guidelines and workforce capacity building strategies. Another study on the implementation of Circular 31/2012/TT-BYT (dated 20/12/2012) on clinical pharmacy practice, found that whilst 87% of hospitals had established clinical pharmacy teams the number of clinical pharmacists/hospital actually fell from 2.6 in 2010 to 2.2 in 2018, workforce competency was a key barrier, and there were wide variations of services provided between hospitals.

Building capacity in the current pharmacy workforce to implement clinical pharmacy services is urgently needed. Without a strong, competent and well distributed clinical pharmacy workforce, policies to improve medication safety, efforts to contain the spread of AMR and imminent undergraduate pharmacy education and training reforms will be stymied. The availability of hospital placements and qualified preceptors to mentor interns are essential building blocks toward competency based pharmacy training and practice in the future.

MSA of MOH plays an important role in developing and implementing the right models of clinical pharmacy, antimicrobial stewardship programs and championing medication safety in hospitals. All of which, ultimately contribute to improving the "quality of health services delivery" and "patient safety".


Address for application:

  • Administrative Officer, World Health Organization, UN Building, 304 Kim Ma Street, Hanoi, Viet Nam
  • Or by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline for submission: Sunday 26 May 2019




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