Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include:

Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC Corrections facilities as of October 2017. PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for inmates across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use supports for inmates, key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.

Family Practitioner

Opportunities available in Prince George

Family Practitioner services are a crucial component in Correctional Health care. Persons in custody may be admitted with, or develop during their time in custody, medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorders that require expert evaluation and intervention. The Family Practitioner therefore is an important member of the health care team and works closely with the Psychiatrist, Nurses, Health Care Management, and other professionals and staff. The work is both interesting and challenging. Experience in working with patients across a broad spectrum of psychiatric illness, substance use disorders, and personality difficulties, is a definite advantage. The Family Practitioner will be a member of the PHSA Medical Staff with a contract that permits services to be billed mainly as Fee for Service with a small number of sessions for work that cannot be billed to the Medical Services Plan

Key Accountabilities

• Conducting a health assessment of each Inmate referred by a nurse

• Examining, diagnosing and treating sick or injured Inmates who are presented for examination

• Examine, diagnose and treat Inmates in the segregation unit of the Centre

• Prescribing as needed, medications for medical conditions

• Maintaining and reviewing individual Inmate health records and entering relevant information concerning examinations, diagnosis and treatment

• Examining Inmates with dental complaints where dental services are not immediately available, administering medication or other relief, as may be necessary, and ensuring that arrangement are made, as may be necessary, for the proper dental care of those Inmates

• Making such arrangements, requests or referrals as may be required regarding the examination, diagnosis, or treatment of Inmates by specialists, consulting physicians and surgeons

• Assisting specialists and consulting physicians and surgeons attending to Inmates in hospitals outside the Centre

• Making arrangements for the services of hospitals or other medical facilities when the facilities of the Centre are inadequate for necessary examination, diagnosis or treatment of an Inmate

• Consulting with the Medical Director regarding the provision of health services to the Inmates

• When requested, providing advice and assistance to the Medical Director regarding the establishment and maintenance of preventative medicine programs to curtail the spread of communicable diseases and the elimination of hazardous working conditions in the Centre’s health care clinic.

• Providing such telephone consultation as may be required by the Centre



Compensation Type

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Prince George

Known as British Columbia’s northern capital, Prince George is located at the approximate geographic centre of the province where the Nechako and Fraser Rivers meet. With forestry as the major industry, residents enjoy affordable housing and a wide range of services and amenities including sports and cultural events. Recreational activities in the area include golfing, skiing, and fishing. Prince George is also home to the University of Northern British Columbia.

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