Specialty Psychiatry

Subspecialty Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Role and Facility Information

In accordance with the standards of practice and the established vision and values of Vancouver Coastal Health, the child psychiatrist who accepts this position will provide an innovative, evidence-based and comprehensive array of psychiatric assessment and treatments to children and youth under 19 years of age who have presented to ED or inpatient units in psychiatric crisis or who may require transition into hospital due to clinical deterioration. The child psychiatrist will work as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team that may include other physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, client families, social workers, youth outreach workers and clinicians. The child psychiatrist will work with children and youth who present to the ED or PEU, requiring urgent crisis based psychiatric care and bridging to community based resources in addition to youth who may require more intensive support due to clinical deterioration prior to consideration of admission to hospital . The child psychiatrist will have a strong knowledge base in medication management and psychotherapeutic modalities. The child psychiatrist will have experience in working with children and youth, their families, and the challenges that face these families. Strong community collaborative skills must also be demonstrated.
Richmond Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist (1.0 FTE)
Richmond is a diverse ‘young’ city thriving with families in all stages of life. It is located just south of Vancouver, BC. The Richmond Child and Youth Program is located in a community clinic within walking distance to Richmond Hospital. The Richmond Step Up Step Down Program is a community-based public mental health service for children under 19 years of age with significant emotional and/or behavioural problems who present to the hospital (ED or PEU) or who are potentially requiring hospitalization from community. Assessments and evidence-informed treatments are provided to children in conjunction with their families. Acute care is offered with a goal to ensure transition back into the community and connection with Child and Youth Programs is facilitated or to prevent hospitalization. A good knowledge of child relational/developmental/psycho therapeutic theory and practice is essential. Prescription and monitoring of medications will be provided as needed. Collaboration with other community service providers is essential. The Step Up Step Down Team will work collaboratively with the ER and PEU psychiatrists, emergency physicians and staff, and have. team based approach. The Step Up Step Down Team will be compromised of full time child psychiatry, a psychiatric nurse clinician, mental health clinicians and youth outreach workers.

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. There is an expectation that psychiatrists will participate in the on-call roster.
• A Medical Degree and eligibility 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.
• Completed two full years of training in Child & Adolescent 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:
o A demonstrated ability working as a member of an interdisciplinary mental health team.
o A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care delivery.
Reporting Relationship:
The psychiatrist will report to the Medical Lead for Infant, Child & Youth and the Head and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, Richmond Mental Health & Substance Use Services.
The child psychiatrist will provide work in a blended billing model (Sessional and Fee-for- service). The psychiatrists are responsible for their own billings.
Interested candidates should submit a current CV and letter of interest by email to ashok.krishnamoorthy@vch.ca or by fax to: 604-278-4819 (Attention: Head, Dept of Psychiatry). Questions can be directed to Dr. Ashok Krishnamoorthy at ashok.krishnamoorthy@vch.ca . All submissions will receive a confirmation of receipt. Only candidates of interest will be contacted for an interview.
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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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