Psychiatrist 300-0609

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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), 2-3 days per week, Monday-Friday

Consultation Liaison referrals from GP’s and specialists on inpatients in medicine/surgery/obs/gyn who require psychiatric assessment. These referrals are often also facilitated by SW and crisis nurses who are involved. This would be a direct referral for the psychiatrist sent to the program. These consults may result in patients being discharged to the community with appropriate follow-up or if they require psychiatric admission they would facilitate treatment and care planning as patients await a psychiatric bed within Island Health. 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, North Island psychiatric outreach and

    Transitional Care   

    Time: Part Time (approximately  3-4 hours), 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 2 half days 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.

Outreach in person and via Telehealth

Providing consultations on MHSU clients in Gold River, Port Hardy, Quadra Island, Cortes Island. This would not be a regularly offered service unless the current psychiatrist providing this care was not available.

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

Transitional Care (this is an option)

“The Foundry” is a Ministry of Health initiative in Campbell River, housed with and partially funded by the John Howard Society, VIHA and other community agencies. This is a new facility and program development is still underway, but it is intended to be a “one stop shopping” facility for Child and Youth MHSU in the community with a centralized intake process, GP appointments available, MCFD involvement, CLBC involvement, vocational support, family support, Substance use support and walk-in counselling with time limited follow-up. There is a C&Y psychiatrist who will be doing 2 days monthly in the facility providing specialist consultations. The intention is to also to offer transition to adult MH services and provide psychiatry consults as part of that continuity of care as patients “graduate” from C&Y to adult services.

As Island Health is part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Island Medical Program there is opportunity for training of medical students and residents and applying for a clinical appointment is supported.

Participation in research is supported and can be facilitated by Island Health.

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.
  • There is the possibility of serving on our ECT providers roster.


May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidy agreement including:

  • Retention Premium 6.09%
  • Retention Flat Fee $6,123.06
  • Recruitment Incentive $10,000
  • Rural CME:
    • Years 3 & 4:  $3000/annum
    • After 4 years:  $6000/annum

Start Date

As soon as possible

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!

Situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island the Comox Valley is comprised of the City of Courtenay, the Town of Comox, the Village of Cumberland and the idyllic rural areas from Fanny Bay in the south to Black Creek in the north, and includes the islands of Hornby and Denman. The Comox Valley is one of the Island’s best-kept secrets!

Surrounded by majestic mountains, rushing rivers, lush rainforests and shimmering seas, this region is highly attractive to those seeking variety and a superb quality of life, as well as affordable housing.  A great place to raise a family, we have a strong sense of community and a shared spirit of cooperation.  We are one of the fastest growing areas in Canada and educational facilities range from elementary to full degree programs at the North Island College.

The valley enjoys short mild winters and warm dry summers.  The Comox Valley is also host to over 50 annual festivals, and the local Sid Williams Theatre provides year-round performing arts.  For great boutique shopping, go to 5th Street in Courtenay and visit the local restaurants, farmers market and vineyards for the renowned local food scene.
If you enjoy the outdoors, Mount Washington Ski resort, which has 1700 acres of terrain, is only 30 minutes outside the city.  World-renowned mountain biking trails that can be ridden year round are located in Cumberland.  Furthermore, the beautiful west coast community of Tofino is only 2.5 hours away.  A typical weekend in the region can include superb salmon fishing, paddle boarding at Goose Spit or on Comox Lake, a tube float down the Puntledge River, or time spent on a patio at one of the three local micro-breweries.

The physician community is welcoming and collegial with 15 full-service medical clinics, two walk-in clinics and a military base clinic.  We are currently served by the Island Health run Comox Valley Hospital, a new 153-bed acute care facility.

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

North Island Hospital Comox Valley & North Island Hospital Campbell River & District



Campbell River and Comox

Interested candidates, please attach your CV and letter of interest.

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health


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Fee-for-Service, Sessional Billings, MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience

Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

FRCPC preferred

FRCPC eligible mandatory

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