Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Role and Facility Information

The medical manager for VCH Vancouver – Vancouver Community Child & Youth Mental Health Services is accountable to the program medical director VCH Vancouver - Community Mental Health Services to provide the medical leadership for the CY mental health services provided across Vancouver Community including the Allen Cashmore program, Early Psychosis Intervention program, Youth Assertive Outreach team, Child & Adolescent Response Team (CART), Community CY Mental Health Teams.

The medical manager, in partnership with the operations manager, is accountable for the effective and efficient functioning of the CY clinical programs. This includes leading and facilitating a collaborative inter-professional environment to enhance client-focussed service.

He / She will have actively participate and contribute to the direction of VCH Child and youth mental health strategic development process (currently underway). Once the strategy is completed, the incumbent will be leading some of the implementation plan which comes out of this strategy.

He/she plays a critical role in linking his/her portfolio with community health services to address the ongoing issues/needs of clients and their families in the service continuum and ensure a smooth transition from the acute care environment to appropriate community health services as well as the smooth transition for youth requiring adult mental health services.

In addition to providing leadership to the psychiatrists working in the CY portfolio, the incumbent works as a team player with colleagues and co-workers and in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders to achieve excellence in client and family centered care, education and research within a complex multi-site environment that extends across the community.

This position will include 1-2 days of clinical psychiatry work at one of the child and youth community mental health teams.


A Medical Degree and eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia supplemented by medical leadership experience within a large health organization and a proven track-record in clinical practice. Eligibility for a faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine required. Demonstrated commitment to on-going learning and professional development.

In addition, the candidate will have:
· Experience in a community mental health setting preferably working with marginalized populations;
· Experience in caring for and treating severe mental illness, addiction, concurrent disorders and personality disorders in children and Youth.
· A demonstrated ability to work as a member of an inter-professional health care team; and
· A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care delivery, including best practices model and shared care.
· Experience with concurrent disorders, youth with substance use.

Core Competencies:

Demonstrates knowledge and skills in the following areas:
1. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse cultural beliefs and practices.
2. Uses superior communication skills to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
3. Applies superior conflict resolution skills and expertise to persuade and negotiate effectively in the development, management and evaluation of service delivery interrelationships and service potential within a complex environment.
4. Understands available resources and needs for clinic/program/site and keeps quality in the forefront of all resource decisions; provides feedback and makes recommendations for corrective action.
5. Applies systems and critical thinking in identifying issues and solving problems and implementing effective strategies and processes in addressing and resolving issues.
6. Uses sound business acumen to develop and foster collaboration and effective working relationships with stakeholders that promote cooperative goals and contribute to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
7. Inspires a shared vision and aligns performance goals and objectives for medical staff to ensure match with service delivery strategy while maintaining group cohesiveness, motivation, commitment and effectiveness.
8. Provides timely and appropriate advice and consultation utilizing effective targeted communication strategies to gain acceptance of recommendations and to facilitate effective decision making and operations within the intent of the medical by-laws.
9. Builds credibility, understanding and trust in the external community to assist the Communities of Care and VCH to meet its strategic directions.
10. Monitors the efficiency and provision of safe care of the program to meet the goals and maintain the objectives of the program and organization.
11. Authorizes physician billings and monitors the utilization of mental health physician budget for physicians working in the CY MH services
12. Engages in quality improvement, development quality improvement indicators and drafting clinical quality improvement plans.
13. Fosters collaborative working relationships to support the clinical practice and ongoing development of medical students and staff.
14. Promotes development of clinical research opportunities to ensure evidence-based practice within an interdisciplinary team-based environment.

Interested applicants, please apply to Health Match BC Posting # VCHA-1830 by clicking on the "Request Info" link below.

Please include with your application a cover letter, CV and any other relevant documents for review.



Compensation Type
Clinical Service Contract
Estimated Remuneration
To be discussed at interview process
Physician Overhead
To be discussed at the interview process
Billing Split
To be discussed at the interview process

Benefits and Incentives

Vacation Leave
To be discussed at the interview process

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