Medical Director, Mental Health and Substance Network


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Practice Details:

This position may be based in any location within the Interior Health region.

Medical Leadership opportunity now available for the Medical Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Network (Worksite location is flexible)

Position Summary

The Medical Director, MHSU Network will be the psychiatrist with primary responsibility for medical and clinical services in Mental Health and Substance Use services for the Agency working in partnership with the Executive Director for MHSU Network in a co-leadership model.

The MHSU leadership team in which the Medical Director participates will be responsible for the delivery of quality psychiatric and MHSU services across the continuum of care, to ensure that MHSU services are of the highest quality, and that services are aligned with national, provincial, and health authority wide standards and initiatives.

Reporting Relationships
The MHSU Leadership Team (Executive Director and Medical Director) will report to the VP, Clinical Operations, IH North. The Medical Director will be appointed by the VP, Clinical Operations, IH North for a three-year term, renewable.

Key Responsibilities
The Physician shall provide administrative services to the Agency as the Medical Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Network. The roles and responsibilities for this assignment are as follows:
1. Reports to the VP, Clinical Operations, IH North, on all operational matters.
2. Reports to the VP, Medicine and Quality for all physician professional practice and medical-staff-specific quality issues.
3. Works collaboratively with the VP, Medicine and Quality and VP, Clinical Operations, IH North to create a multidisciplinary team to address all quality and safety issues.
4. Jointly with the Executive Director, MHSU Network leads and facilitates a collaborative inter-professional environment to enhance a patient-focused approach to the provision of MHSU Services including but not limited to services within acute, residential, tertiary and community MHSU sites.
5. Actively contributes and participates in IHA-wide leadership for MHSU services in all aspects of quality, patient safety, planning, operations, utilization management and evaluations of medical and physician services. This is inclusive of all services across the spectrum of care from prevention through to tertiary services and including but not limited to the following patient populations across all regions of IHA: children and youth, seniors, Aboriginal clients, the LGBTQ2S community and those with substance use concerns.
6. Aligned with the IHA vision, mission, values, strategic goals and priorities, provides consistent physician leadership for all physicians in the MHSU Services Program within the Agency.

1. Actively participates and engages with members of the Leadership Team and provides medical input into the day-to-day management of the MHSU Network.
2. Co-leads, the program with the Executive Director, the setting of standards/guidelines for health services for the assigned Program; develops systems for monitoring performance to these standards; develops and actions mitigation and improvement plans in the areas of non-performance.
3. Leads and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and the VP, Medicine and Quality and VP, Clinical Operations, IH North in the investigation of Patient Safety Learning System (PSLS) occurrences and patient complaints in order to ensure quality patient care is maintained.
4. Represents the Agency where appropriate, in matters related to medico-legal issues, relationships with other agencies, professional licensing bodies and regulatory bodies relevant to MHSU services.
5. Provides leadership and support for programs and initiatives within the MHSU Network in order to provide high-quality, safe patient care and optimum clinical resource utilization.
6. Participates in planning activities related to the MHSU Network within the larger context of the Agency.
7. Takes action to ensure maintenance of competence, professional standards of care and ethical conduct of physicians.
8. Completes an annual review of clinical performance expectations for each Area Medical Director and Sub-specialty lead physician within the MHSU Program using the “Physician Report Card” format approved by the Agency.
1. Participates in the planning and implementation establishment of physician human resource levels, timing of recruitment and required program supports to enable the IHA MHSU Network and services to meet IHA Objectives
2. Promotes high quality standards of clinical care.
3. Provides guidance to Chiefs of Staff, Department Heads, Area Medical Directors and Sub-specialty leads and other department/MHSU physician staff members in developing and maintaining common clinical goals and objectives.
4. Promotes quality assurance, quality improvement and utilization management activities for all IHA MHSU Services.
5. Provides direction and recommendations in determining the appropriate means of allocating and structuring MHSU Services in the Agency.
6. Ensures that the medical staff comply with the IHA Medical Staff Bylaws, Rules and Policies, and provides policy and administrative guidance as required.
7. Ensures that formal expectations for continuing professional development, based on current clinical needs, are implemented, and evaluated.
1. Defines Network requirements and collaborates with the VP, Medicine and Quality and VP, Clinical Operations, IH North, Area Medical Directors (as they exist), Chiefs of Staff and Department Heads in the process of physician human resource planning, including impact analysis, recruitment, and retention.
2. Fosters collaboration with UBC MHSU Academic programs.
3. Monitors the impact of the MHSU Network on other physician services within the Agency.
4. Works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Medical Affairs, to ensure all contracts with physicians are managed effectively and in compliance with Agency policies and procedures.
1. Provides leadership, planning for and directing quality, utilization, and risk management processes within the MHSU program including the clinical domain (see section 3.4). Sets appropriate quality and performance indicators and target levels that align with the IHA Quality, Risk & Accreditation strategic plan.
2. Designs processes and procedures to ensure compliance with accreditation, best practices and professional standards according to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
3. Collaborates with the Area Medical Directors (as they exist), site Chief of Staff, VP, Medicine and Quality, Psychiatry Department Heads, and staff in addressing any issues related to the Program, including professional standards in the delivery of patient care.
4. Participates on relevant Interior Health and provincial committees as required.
1. Identifies physician and staff education priorities for Program development.
2. Contributes to the development, implementation and communication of Program policy and procedures.
3. Ensures physician policies and procedures are consistent with Agency Standards and are aligned to provide the best possible care, teaching and research.
Other Duties
• Performs other duties as may be reasonably requested from time to time by the VP, Clinical Operations, IH North consistent with the scope of the Services otherwise described herein.
Workload Expectations
• The Physician agrees to provide a minimum of 2.0 days of administrative service per week based forty-six (46) weeks per year, not including any absences, Continuing Medical Education “CME” or conference time, which will occur within the remaining six (6) weeks per year.
• While the determination of actual hours professionally necessary to manage the Program is the responsibility of the Physician, the Agency and Physician will monitor the appropriateness of the actual hours worked in meeting the roles and responsibilities of the MHSU Program Medical Director.
• The results of monitoring as described in Article 8.2 above will be jointly reviewed by the Physician and the Agency at least annually and used to collaboratively plan revisions, if any, to this contract as agreed to between the Physician and the Agency.
Start date:
• January 2, 2024

  • • Doctorate in Medicine • Licensed as a physician in British Columbia. • Appointed as an active or provisionally active member of the Medical Staff of Interior Health. • Medical leadership experience with training in physician leadership or demonstrated willingness to undergo training in the near future. *** To express interest and apply, please email your Cover Letter and CV to *** This job posting is for a position covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination order and selected applicant(s) must comply with the requirements of the order.
Call Schedule:

Hours of work: .5
On call requirements: N/A

Estimated Gross Income

Competitive – will be based on Medical Leadership experience.


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