Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Role Description:
In accordance with the standards of practice and the established vision and values of Vancouver Coastal Health, the psychiatrist who accepts this position will evaluate, diagnose and provide state-of-the-art, specialized treatment for patients with a full spectrum of mental health needs. The psychiatrist works in collaborative interdisciplinary teams that include other physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, social workers, clients and their families to provide an innovative and comprehensive array of services. The psychiatrist will serve as a resource to the interdisciplinary team in dealing with complex mental health issues and symptom management with a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology. The psychiatrist may also be involved in innovative treatment interventions and will participate in the training and education of medical students, residents and other allied health professionals. Participation in academic activities is expected and opportunities exist for participation in research.
Psychiatrist will have flexible working hours 8 am to 8 pm. Four half days per week of coverage are to be filled at this time.
All physicians working in Vancouver Acute are required to participate in on-call.
Service Description:
The Access and Assessment Centre is a new service that aligns with the Ministry of Health’s priorities with a focus on providing patient-centred care; effective primary and community care built around inter-professional teams and functions; and creating better flow and access with acute care system and community health care, focused on driving inter-professional teams and functions with better linkages.

This service will provide:
• A single point of access for community services in Vancouver.
• More accessible and coordinated care for ages 17+
• 24/7 non-urgent, urgent and emergency services and intervention.
• Streamlined access to assessment, treatment and rehabilitation programs.
• Home is best: Early intervention in community, home/community-based support and treatment.
• Matching client need to services.
• In alignment with stakeholders/clients/patient’s wishes.
• Ease of accessibility to services when client needs fluctuate over time
• Community programming located on the VGH campus
• Increasing support in Community for early intervention.
• A focus on early intervention and transition from Acute.
• Streamlined access to Acute when necessary.

The clinical program models are strength-based and aim to support individuals in their unique process of recovery by offering a range of evidence-based clinical services including psychotherapeutic and psychosocial interventions, and integrated approaches to physical health & wellness, and peer-based programming.

• A Medical Degree and eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
• Specialist qualifications in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
• Eligibility for a clinical faculty appointment with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
• Additionally, the candidate should have:
• A demonstrated ability working as a member of an interdisciplinary mental health team.
• Familiarity with the principles of Recovery and Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Mental Health.
• A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care delivery.
• Experience with addiction psychiatry and the challenges that face this marginalized population would be an asset.
• Expertise in the provision of psychiatric consultation in an acute setting.
• Candidates must meet the credentialing requirements of Vancouver Coastal Health.
Reporting Relationship:

The psychiatrist will report to the Head and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, Vancouver Acute through the Physician Lead for the Access and Assessment Centre.

Blended billing model (Sessional and Fee-for-service). Physicians are responsible for their own billings.

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

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