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Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Geriatric Psychiatry

Role and Facility Information

Richmond Hospital is a fully accredited, 228 acute care bed facility serving a local population of 200,000 with an additional catchment area of almost 120,000. Richmond Hospital is focused on meeting the needs of the people it serves and is seeking a Geriatric Psychiatrist to provide services to a geriatric population in a team-based model.

The city of Richmond is a unique island city located on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, in close proximity to downtown Vancouver, Vancouver International Airport and the U.S. border. Nestled in the estuary at the mouth of the historic Fraser River, the city of Richmond offers a unique blend of urban sophistication and rural tranquility, proximity to all kinds of transportation options, sunny weather and endless riverside walking paths that make Richmond a marvelous place to live work and play.

The city of Richmond is an ethnically diverse centre with a growing population and one of the fastest growing senior’s populations in the province. The 75+ age group is expected to increase by 77% over the next 10 years (vs BC average of 53%), with a sharp increase anticipated in 2021.

In accordance with the standards of practice and the established vision and values of Vancouver Coastal Health, the psychiatrist who accepts this position will provide an innovative and comprehensive array of psychiatric assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services to support the recovery of individuals living with complex, co-morbid mental health, addiction and physical health issues.

The clinical program model is strength-based and aimed to support individuals in their unique process of recovery by offering a range of evidence-based clinical services including psychiatric assessment and treatment, attention to physical health & wellness, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychosocial rehabilitation, and transitional discharge planning:

Richmond Older Adult Mental Health Services (0.4 FTE)

Based at the Richmond Mental Health team, this program provides consultation and follow-up care on an outreach basis. The Older Adult patient group have a severe and persistent mental illness (primarily dementia), accompanied by complex medical and social needs. Each patient is followed by a physician and case manager. Referrals are accepted from all sources but must be supported by the Family Physician. The Older Adult Mental Health team is multidisciplinary and comprised of professionals from nursing, social work, occupational therapy, general medicine and geriatric psychiatry. The Geriatric Psychiatrist would work 2 days per week with the Older Adult Mental Health Team.

All physicians working in the Richmond Department of Psychiatry are required to participate in the on-call roster. The psychiatrists may also be involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of new programs and will participate in the training and education of medical students, residents and other allied health professionals. Opportunities may exist for research projects and group work.

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

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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
To be discussed during interview process
Physician Overhead
Billing Split

Benefits and Incentives

Vacation Leave
Usually 4 -6 weeks per year, more may be possible
Other Benefits/Incentives
The physician will be privileged in the Department of Psychiatry. The physician will report to the Medical Lead for Geriatrics, and the Head and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, VCH-Richmond Mental Health and Substance Use. Must have a Medical Degree and be eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Must hold specialist qualifications in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have completed two full years of training in geriatric psychiatry. Eligibility for a clinical faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine is ideal. Candidates must meet credentialing requirements of Vancouver Coastal Health. Additionally, the candidate should have a demonstrated ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary health team, a commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care delivery, and experience working in geriatric psychiatry.
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Nestled in the estuary at the mouth of the historic Fraser River, the city of Richmond offers a unique blend of urban sophistication and rural tranquility. A cosmopolitan population, proximity to all kinds of transportation options, sunny weather and endless riverside walking paths make Richmond a marvelous place to live, work and play. Just minutes from downtown Vancouver and close to the U.S. border, Richmond is a convenient location that serves up culture, amazing cuisine, and authentic experiences.

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