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Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty General

Role and Facility Information

Island Health’s North Vancouver Island Psychiatrist Services has an opening for a full-time General Psychiatrist. The successful applicant will provide the following services:

A. Location: Campbell River Hospital

Service: Consultation Liaison

Time: Part time (approximately 3-4 hours), 2-4 days per week, Monday-Friday

Consultation Liaison referrals from GP’s and specialists on inpatients in medicine/surgery/obs/gyn who require psychiatric assessment. It would be required that all admitted patients would have an assigned MRP for continuity of care prior to consultative input by the psychiatrist. Upon discharge, if deemed appropriate, community connections for follow-up would occur, such as through MHSU. The psychiatrist would collaborate with MHSU staff for continuity of care.

This position will be shared with other psychiatrists for 5 half day coverage at the site. It is hoped that for planned absences the psychiatric team working at CRH would provide coverage for care on all weekdays. Outside of these hours there is telephone advice provided by the North Island psychiatrists call schedule.

B. Location: Community of Comox Valley/Campbell River/North Island

Service: Collaborative Care Consultations, MHSU consultations (ASTAT and ACSS), North Island psychiatric outreach

Time: Part Time (approximately 3-4 hours), 4-5 days per week, Monday-Friday

Collaborative Care Consultation would provide semi-urgent and ambulatory psychiatric service. An initial psychiatric consultation with some limited option to provide longer term follow-up would be offered. The referrals would be from Primary Care providers. That relatively stable population would encourage less no-shows and assure use of fee for service which would lessen requirements for session funding of physicians. Discretionary session use would be limited for 3 visits. This would be about 1 half day weekly. These consults would occur at Comox Valley Hospital Wellness Clinic. In future it is hoped that this service will expand to Campbell River at the Wellness Clinic in Campbell River Hospital as well.

Campbell River MHSU work with the community teams (ACSS and ASTAT) providing consultations and follow-up. This would be 1-2 half day per week supporting ACSS and this would be flexed with rural outreach (see below) to teams (Gold River, Cortes, Quadra, Tahsis) via telehealth one clinic per month. This would be ONLY with case managed patients.

C. Location: Comox Valley Hospital

Inpatient Consultations and Follow-up

During planned absences of other psychiatrists there is potential to assist with providing coverage with other psychiatrists in Comox Valley Hospital for day call roster, inpatient care and consultation.

D. Electroconvulsive Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy is provided by psychiatrists at Comox Valley Hospital. Six psychiatrists participate in the roster and are on one week at a time. Participation in the roster is optional for this position.

E. On call-duties

On-call duties are a part of this position and would occur only at the Comox Valley Hospital Site where the Psychiatric ward (13 open unit and 4 Psychiatric Intensive Care rooms) is located for the North Island. This would involve evening call (which is mostly over the phone) and week-end call. This is shared with a group of general adult psychiatrists and sub-specialists. There are currently eleven psychiatrists in the group.

Specific Deliverables:

Work collaboratively with Emergency Department, Primary Care, other specialist Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Midwives along with the crisis team and MHSU staff to provide consultation, develop treatment plans and facilitate inpatient care when required as a consultant.

Educate nursing, MHSU staff, crisis regarding care plan development and in supporting treatment plans.

Provide psychiatric assessment, treatment, concurrent patient education and follow-up as appropriate for patients.

Complete appropriate clinical documents.

Participate in case management meetings and clinical administration meetings.

Liaison with other related community institutions and services.

Participate in Quality Assurance projects.

Community Information

The beautiful oceanfront city of Campbell River, population 40,000, is located at mid-point on Vancouver Island’s east coast. The surrounding waters of Discovery Passage, and adjacent numerous lakes and rivers, offer an idyllic setting for outdoor enthusiasts.

Enjoy year-round access to world-class golf courses or visit Mt. Washington Resort for spectacular winter skiing and summer mountain biking.

The Campbell River municipal airport is a mere 10 minutes from the heart of downtown and is a busy hub of activity. Regular daily flights from Vancouver bring business and vacation travelers while charter flights transport supplies and people to a myriad of northern communities and activities.

Campbell River offers unparalleled access to ocean sports, hiking and eco-tourism activities in the northern sections of Vancouver Island. With its enviable west coast climate, stunning natural beauty and endless recreational opportunities, Campbell River offers a quality of life second to none!

Located in the north central region of Vancouver Island the seaside Town of Comox, along with the neighbouring communities of Courtenay and Cumberland, comprises one of the fastest growing areas on the island. The Comox Valley, home to Vancouver Island's pre-eminent ski resort of Mt. Washington, is also the gateway to Strathcona Park and the Desolation Sound group of Islands. The recreational options here are endless, and well complemented by thriving arts and culture communities and a wide array of boutiques, restaurants and fine dining. Known for its abundant wildlife, it is a place where you can ski, golf, fish, and go to the theatre, all in the same day.

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Compensation Type
Estimated Remuneration
Fee-for-Service, Sessional Billings, MOCAP

Benefits and Incentives

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA) including:
Retention Premium
Retention Flat Fee
Recruitment Incentive
Other Benefits/Incentives
Rural CME: Years 3 & 4: $3,000/annum After 4 years: $6,000/annum
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Campbell River

Located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, and long known as "the Salmon Capital of the World," Campbell River is a hub of outdoor adventure and enjoyment. Here you can explore trails, go whale-watching, enjoy fresh and delicious seafood, or rent a kayak for an afternoon to tour the beautiful Discovery Islands. This small waterfront town is also rich in arts - as you walk around the town, you will find incredible bronze statues, indigenous carvings, historical plaques, graffiti art, and more.

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