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BC Childrens Hospital

Senior Psychiatry Director - BC Children's Hospital

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
23 days ago
Senior Psychiatry Director

Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescents

Child, Youth and Reproductive Mental Health Programs

BC Children's Hospital

Vancouver, BC Canada

As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.

BC Children's Hospital, Department of Psychiatry is seeking a Senior Psychiatry Director for the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program for Children and Adolescent, a part of the Child, Youth and Reproductive Mental Health Programs at BC Children's Hospital.


The Senior Psychiatry Director reports to the Psychiatrist-In-Chief or delegate and works in collaboration with the Senior Medical Director and the Program Director of the Provincial Specialised Eating Disorder Program. The Senior Psychiatry Director is an active member of the Child, Youth and Women's Reproductive Leadership team, and supports the dyad leadership, and Program Management Model.


Quality of Care:

The Senior Psychiatry Director is responsible both for ensuring the quality of care provided by the Medical Staff and for ensuring that the care provided is evidence informed, culturally safe, trauma informed and patient and family centered and shall:

  • Report to the Associate Psychiatrist-In-Chief regarding issues that may jeopardize the quality of care
  • Report to the Associate Psychiatrist-In-Chief regarding issues that may jeopardize the delivery of evidence informed, culturally safe, trauma-informed and/or patient and family centered care
  • Oversees medical audits, peer and interdisciplinary reviews, chart reviews, and incident report reviews
  • Ensures that continuous quality improvement initiatives occur within each service and that appropriate Accreditation standards are maintained
  • Attends appropriate meetings representing the Department of Psychiatry as identified from time to time
  • Collaborates with respective Program Director and Senior Medical Director to ensure high quality care, and ongoing quality improvement projects


The Senior Psychiatry Director shall work in partnership with the designated Program Director(s) and Senior Medical Director and collaboratively with the service leads to ensure implementation of the Clinical Mission, which will include responsibility for:

  • Recruitment of psychiatrists in accordance with the mission, policies and procedures of the hospital
  • Delivery of care and services which are culturally safe, evidence and trauma informed and patient and family centered
  • Participation and facilitation of complex case discussions within the team
  • Quality of care surveillance
  • Wait list management
  • Budget planning (but not overall responsibility for the budget)
  • Management of patient/family complaints
  • Monitoring of appropriate corporate (PHSA/BCCH) indicators
  • Ensure that there is appropriate clinical coverage for all units


The Senior Psychiatry Director will demonstrate leadership in the development and implementation of the Department's academic program in collaboration with the Directors of UGE, PGE (CORE, Non-CORE and Sub-Specialty) and Mental Health Research to ensure an environment that supports and fosters optimal teaching, research and knowledge translation in the following areas:

  • Undergraduate Education
  • Postgraduate Education (CORE, Non-CORE and Sub-Specialty)
  • Research
  • Continuing education
  • Development and implementation of appropriate mentoring support

Strategic Planning:

The Senior Psychiatry Director will work in partnership with the designated Program Director(s), Senior Medical Director, Executive Director, Associate Psychiatrist-In-Chief, and Psychiatrist-In-Chief to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the Department's Strategic Plan, including:

Measurement Based Care, Quality Projects and Value Stream Mapping

Participation in Provincial level planning with community partners

Development of Telehealth to improve rural and remote access

Financial & Physician Human Resources:

The Senior Psychiatry Director is responsible for:

  • Monitoring accountability data of the physicians (documentation, completion of Mental Health Act forms, e-sig, metrics, etc.)
  • Recruitment, retention and annual review of psychiatrists
  • Implementation of leave policy
  • Monitoring of adherence to the Rules, Bylaws and Policies of the hospital and PHSA and ensure completion of mandatory training on Violence Prevention and Mental Health Act.
  • In collaboration with Associate Psychiatrist in Chief, and Human Resources, first line in performance management and practice concerns.
  • Advising the Associate Psychiatrist-In-Chief about sessional allocation within the services
  • Sign off and monitoring of sessional billing


The Senior Psychiatry Director together with the Program Director(s) and the Senior Medical Director is responsible for:

  • BCCH Inpatient Eating Disorders Program
  • BCCH Outpatient Eating Disorders Program
  • BCCH Intensive Day Treatment Program
  • Looking Glass Residence

As the successful candidate for this position, you will have demonstrated a commitment to academic and clinical excellence as well as patient and family centered care. You obtained Fellowship standing Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Applicants must also be eligible for licensing with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multidisciplinary team environment and will demonstrate a trauma informed approach in their clinical work and professional relationships. Excellent communication skills and experience working with rural and remote communities are assets.

To apply, please send a letter expressing your interest along with your curriculum vitae to:

Dr. Roberto Sassi


British Columbia Children's Hospital


Application Deadline: September 20 th , 2021

BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

BCCH is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) which plans, manages and evaluates specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. 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.
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