Pharmacy Service Level Alliance


The Pharmacy Service Level Alliance (PSLA) is supporting innovation in pharmacy services and enhancing the contribution of pharmacy to the patient's health care team. Established in 2010, the PSLA provides strategic direction, design, prioritisation and leadership for Community Pharmacies (with input from secondary/tertiary pharmacy services) across the Canterbury Health System.

Specifically, the PSLA is supporting and promoting the contribution of the Pharmacist in a patient’s multi-disciplinary primary health care team and initiatives that free up pharmacist's time for better patient focused care.

Currently the PSLA is leading the development of a local response to the national Pharmacy Action Plan. This involves progressing the ongoing transformational work in Canterbury, investigating and recommending how pharmacy in Canterbury can better contribute to the objectives of the Canterbury Health System and the New Zealand Health Strategy.

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Seeking top-of-scope pharmacist to join SLA

CCN is seeking a Pharmacist who works top-of-scope to bring their perspective to the PSLA.

The successful candidate understands enhanced pharmacy services and will be working at top-of scope, is likely Medicines Therapy Assessment (MTA) qualified, collaborates with their wider primary care team, understands opportunities and roadblocks of a Community Pharmacist working top-of- scope and the business implications managing patient expectations with best service delivery.

The following competencies and perspectives are sought from a new member:

  • Demonstrated ability to reflect and consider the needs of the patient and Canterbury population with a particular emphasis on the health needs of the consumer accessing Pharmacy Services;
  • Respected and connected with peers in the Canterbury Region and in a position to communicate, receive feedback, influence and lead change within Pharmacy networks;
  • Ability to take a ‘whole of system’ health view;
  • Has had exposure to (and ideally participated in) transformation activity across the Canterbury health system;
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills;
  • Strategic thinker and ability to think outside the square;
  • Recognises the value of working in an alliancing framework;
  • Has an ability to contribute to decision making on a ‘best for patient, best for system’ basis and when making such decisions gives predominant weight to the interests of our alliance over self and sectional interest;
  • Ability to actively contribute and challenge in a group environment and work constructively with other disciplines and perspectives in a team approach;
  • Ability to prioritise and meet timelines.

The Terms of Reference are available here, and the CCN Remuneration Policy is here.

If you believe you fit the competencies and perspectives listed above and would like the opportunity to contribute to more integrated and seamless care across the Canterbury health system, please contact Koral Fitzgerald (Project Facilitator, PSLA) on 022 006 1647 for a confidential discussion.

Alternatively, complete the nomination form and send to



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