Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Vancouver Coastal Health is seeking a psychiatrist to provide service to adults who have a diagnosis of major mental illness and experience significant impairment in functioning in the community.

Characteristics of the patients include a history of psychiatric hospitalizations; unstable housing and/or relationships; difficulties with activities of daily living; high risk for co-occurring medical conditions and substance use; refractory treatment history; and risk of causing harm to self or others.

Clinical skills

Psychiatrists working in Vancouver Community settings will approach care by:

• Placing the patient at the centre

• Utilizing a team based approach, providing consultations as required and longer-term psychiatric care when necessary

• Providing culturally safe and responsive care for Indigenous patients

• Practicing trauma- informed care

• Having a recovery-oriented approach

• Including families whenever possible

• Employing the principles of community-based psychiatric care

• Collaborating in the management of concurrent substance use disorders

Further information and expectations:

Reporting to the Medical Director, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services, the local Medical Manager, and through them to the Senior Medical Director, the successful candidate will provide expertise and consults, respond to case managers, and should have a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology and behavioral interventions. Additionally, he/she will facilitate continuity of care between hospital and community and liaise with hospital mental physicians and staff. Occasional outreach visits in the community may be expected.

All VCH physicians must be appointed as medical staff of Vancouver Coastal Health; on-call participation is optional. A clinical faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine is highly encouraged as resident supervision and involvement in education initiatives are an expectation.

Qualifications

• Provisional or unrestricted license to practice medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

• Eligibility or active fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada

• Eligibility or current appointment as clinical faculty with University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

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