Specialty Family Practitioner/General Practitioner

Subspecialty General

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Family Practitioner, Nanaimo Correctional Centre

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS)

Regular, Part Time (Tuesday)

Nanaimo, BC

BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), as part of the provincial mental health services continuum, provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, and Heartwood Centre for Women. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

Correctional Health Services (CHS) is an integral part of British Columbia’s health care system and the newest service of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. We provide health services at all 10 Correctional Centres across British Columbia.

We are seeking a Family Practitioner (GP) at the Nanaimo Correctional Centre in Nanaimo, BC to help us improve access to primary health care as well as mental health and substance use support for clients in correctional centres. The FP is an important member of the health care team and working alongside other health care experts on a supportive and inter-professional team, you will provide quality care for clients and help them live an active life during their time in custody and as they reintegrate into the community. This new model of health care provides the opportunity for you to grow your expertise as a Primary Care Practitioner in an environment where you are supported from day one, and where leaders and colleagues across disciplines will have your back.

Be part of a team where you can live and work in your community, positively influence an incarcerated individual’s journey down a new path, and see the difference you can make as you serve the diverse populations of the BC Corrections system.

“For the last sixteen years, I have practiced Correctional Medicine and I love it. There is never a dull moment; seeing interesting and complex medical patients in a safe environment. I have excellent nursing and administrative support, work part time, and really enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team. There is ‘no overhead’ working in the jail and enjoy good remuneration. I would recommend working in Correctional Medicine to anyone with experience in mental health and addictions and has a desire to make a difference in the lives of inmate-patients.”

- Shared by Dr. Margaret Robertson, Interim Medical Director for Correctional Health Services

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 interested physicians should be eligible for provisional or full licensure with CPSBC. Certification with the College of Family Physicians, or equivalent, is mandatory. Experience in Correctional Health and/or additional certification or training is an asset.

To apply in confidence, please send your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest to:

Health Match BC

Application will be review immediately. Position will remain open until filled.

PHSA together with BCMHSUS took on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC Correctional Health Services facilities in October 2017. BCMHSUS is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for clients 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 support for inmates; key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally. Provide trauma informed care to clients with physical or mental health needs and/or concurrent psychiatric and/or substance abuse/misuse disorders.

BC Mental Health Substance Use Services is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

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