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full time Physician - Psychiatry at Vancouver Community Mental Health Program
Vancouver, British Columbia
Job ID: 5083

Medical Director – Vancouver Community Mental Health Program

The Medical Director for VCH Vancouver – Community Mental Health Services is
accountable to the Senior Medical Director VCH Vancouver – Community Health
Services for the medical leadership for the Mental Health Services of VCH
Vancouver Community Health Services and also to the Regional Department Head
and Regional Mental Health and Substance Use Program Medical Director. As part
of the regional Mental Health executive, VCH Medical Director will work with the
Regional Director to align with regional program initiatives and direction.

The Medical Director, in partnership with designated senior management leaders, is
co-responsible for the operations and management of programs/services provided
within the directly provided Community Mental Health sites. He/she oversees
operations related to the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients/residents and
provides medical leadership and strategic direction to ensure high quality and
effective delivery of medical services to support the Mental Health needs of the child
and youth, adults, and older adult populations within an academic, research and
client-centred environment. He/she works as a team player with colleagues and coworkers
to identify service delivery models and processes that seamlessly integrate
services within the acute care, community care and primary health care networks
and focus those through a “People-First” lens to better enable healthier lives, meet
the needs of the community and enhance overall system sustainability.

The Medical Director is directly responsible for human resource management of the
medical and PhD scientific staff within the programs/service area, including
maintenance of medical and ethical standards of practice and medical workforce
planning. Additionally, the incumbent leads or participates in local/regional/provincial working groups/committees to plan new initiatives and provide guidance in the identification of emerging issues and opportunities and influence the development of long term directions, priorities and strategic options to address his/her portfolio issues.

The Medical Director will work with the Regional Head, Department of Psychiatry,
VGH and UBCH, to credential and privilege all new staff working in the program and
on physician quality and safety related issues.


A Medical Degree and eligibility for licensure with the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of British Columbia supplemented by at least five years’ recent
experience in medical administration in a progressively more complex and senior
leadership role within a large teaching hospital and a proven track-record in clinical

Specialist qualifications in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians
and Surgeons of Canada. Eligibility for a faculty appointment with the University of
British Columbia, School of Medicine required. Demonstrated commitment to
on-going learning and professional development.
In addition, the candidate will have:

• At least 5 years’ experience in community-based psychiatric care, awareness of
addiction issues, and familiarity with the concept of Recovery in Mental Health
• Proven experience in a medical leadership role;
Verified printed from Health Match BC website on 07-Feb-2018
• A demonstrated ability to work as a member of an inter-professional health care
team; and
• A commitment to participate in new methods in health improvement and care
delivery, including best practices model and shared care.


Demonstrates knowledge and skills in the following areas:

1. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse cultural beliefs and practices.
2. Uses superior communication skills to develop and maintain mutually beneficial
relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
3. Applies superior conflict resolution skills and expertise to persuade and negotiate
effectively in the development, management and evaluation of service delivery
interrelationships and service potential within a complex environment.
4. Understands available resources and needs for clinic/program/site and keeps
quality in the forefront of all resource decisions; provides feedback and makes
recommendations for corrective action.
5. Applies systems and critical thinking in identifying issues and solving problems
and implementing effective strategies and processes in addressing and resolving
6. Uses sound business acumen to develop and foster collaboration and effective
working relationships with stakeholders that promote cooperative goals and
contribute to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.
7. Inspires a shared vision and aligns performance goals and objectives for medical
staff to ensure match with service delivery strategy while maintaining group
cohesiveness, motivation, commitment and effectiveness.
8. Provides timely and appropriate advice and consultation utilizing effective
targeted communication strategies to gain acceptance of recommendations and to
facilitate effective decision making and operations within the intent of the medical
9. Builds credibility, understanding and trust in the external community to assist the
Communities of Care and VCH to meet its strategic directions.
10. Monitors the efficiency and provision of safe care of the program to meet the
goals and maintain the objectives of the program and organization.
11. Engages in quality improvement, development quality improvement indicators
and drafting clinical quality improvement plans.
12. Drafts a Physician Workforce Development Plan
13. Develops a Physician Engagement Plan

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

Please include with your application a cover letter, CV and any other relevant
documents for review.

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0.3 FTE

On Call Hours

Last Refreshed
This vacancy was last refreshed on on February 16, 2018.

Last Mirrored
This vacancy was mirrored to from on February 16, 2018.

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Physician - Psychiatry
British Columbia
Employment Type
full time
Medical Director – Vancouver Community Mental Health Program. The Medical Director for VCH Vancouver – Community...
Start Date
immediately, see description above, or enquire
Remuneration will be in accordance with the HEABC established rates for Physician Leadership positions.
Compensation Type: Administrative Contract 
Billing / Overhead Split
Billing Split: To be discussed in interview process.
Overhead: To be discussed in interview process. 
Vacation / CME Leave
To be discussed in interview process. 
Additional Benefits
Qualification Requirements
Current College of Physicians of BC (CPSBC) License (Full), Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) (Mandatory), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) (Eligible) 
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Vancouver Community Mental Health Program 
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Published on 2018-02-07
Edited on 2018-02-07