Russell Hill is an experienced operational manager and is the Epic Pharmacy Managing Partner in Western Australia. Russell is responsible for the operation of the west’s private hospital pharmacy services. His responsibilities also extend to clinical governance across the Icon Group in his role as the Director of Pharmacy Practice. Russell Hill previously held senior positions in both Australia and UK which have focussed on hospital practice standards and modernising the pharmacy workforce, including prescribing roles for pharmacists. He has contributed to the development of the pharmacy profession in his previous position as a Board Director of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and his ongoing involvement with the local branch committee. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nottingham and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy (Clinical) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy.
Intuitively a pharmacy residency program makes sense and provides an opportunity to equip early carer pharmacists with the skills and knowledge to provide the highest quality professional care and progress their careers. Initially existing posts will be re-badged as resident posts, with the view that true fixed term contract positions will be created with natural attrition of existing posts. Initial set up costs are expected to be minimal, although additional resourcing for training and oversight may be required. Changes are required to existing department operations to align with the residency structure. Planning discussions have resulted in high level of engagement and motivation of existing staff.