Project Coordinator, Provincial Prescription Monitoring Program

Job No: CPSBC215
Location: Vancouver, BC


The provincial prescription monitoring program’s (PPMP) overall strategy is to improve the safety and appropriate prescribing and use of prescription medication as well as to reduce the associated patient harms. This job description relates specifically to phase one, in which the project coordinator will be responsible for the research and organizational planning stages of the PPMP.

The PPMP will collect information about prescription and dispensing of controlled substances for the purposes of monitoring, analysis and education that will, in turn, inform and improve the regulation of prescribing. The program is to help prescribers and dispensers make the most informed decisions when choosing a monitored drug to treat a patient. The project coordinator will support the development of this program, which will facilitate quality assurance and continuous quality improvement activities of professional regulatory colleges, health authorities and provincial health programs.

The ideal candidate will be an expert in understanding the operations of the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Pharmaceutical Services Division, as well as the relevant legislation that governs the interactions between regulators and the government with respect to prescribing. 


Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • conduct an environmental scan to define and establish a framework of best practices, policies, procedures, outputs and objectives of existing PPMPs in order to inform the creation of a robust PPMP for BC within the current legislative framework and based on the existing database (PharmaNet)
  • create planning and implementation timelines, project deliverables and outcome measures for the PPMP
  • directly and/or indirectly coordinate with regulatory authorities, professional associations, researchers, medical personnel, pharmacy professionals, and provincial and federal bodies to improve, enhance and/or assist in the development and implementation of a PPMP
  • speak with PPMP leads across Canada (particularly Nova Scotia and Alberta), with a view to implementing similar policies and procedures to effectively engage in monitoring and review activity
  • work to create an advisory committee made up of members from the regulatory colleges, the MoH, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and other health care organizations
  • coordinate advisory committee meetings to enable strategic direction for the PPMP
  • prepare business plan and value proposition for phase one of program, defining program goals and vision, and supporting “inter agency” cooperative efforts
  • provide regular status reports to the advisory committee and MoH including reporting on milestones
  • ensure deliverables are completed on time and within cost estimates
    • prepare quarterly budget reports to the MoH
  • identify policies that may need to be created and legislative reforms that may need to be taken to support PPMP operations 


  • Continuous communication expected with the drug programs department and management
  • Maintain positive relationships with regulatory authorities, ministry and other stakeholders


Required skills and qualifications include:

  • master's degree in health-care administration or equivalent
  • minimum two years of experience in a medical or health-care setting required
  • excellent written and oral communication skills and a cooperative and collaborative approach to the work environment are required
  • certification or training in project management ideal
  • good knowledge of change management, project management and process improvement
  • strong organizational skills, high attention to detail and ability to think independently are required
  • excellent computer skills with a demonstrated understanding of Excel pivot tables, visio flow charts, project management software, PowerPoint, and Word documents
  • solid understanding of medical regulation and medical processes helpful, as well as understanding of relevant legislation and legislative reform
  • strong analytical skills with the ability to seek out and offer solutions to complex issues
  • experience working under time-sensitive deadlines
  • willingness to travel to Victoria

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The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia has been recognized as one of BC’s top employers since 2011 and one of Canada’s top 100 employers since 2014. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees. We offer an excellent working environment, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and a comprehensive benefits package.

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