Medical Lead, Family Practice, CDH/Division Head, Family Practice, Cowichan Valley (200-1224)

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Island Health has an exciting Medical Leadership opportunity in the Department of Primary Care. This position encompasses two roles: Division Head for Family Practice in the Cowichan Valley and Medical Lead for Family Practice at Cowichan District Hospital.  There is also an expectation of continued clinical practice components to this position.

Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Department Head Primary Care, the Division Head works to achieve the highest possible quality of Primary Care in the Cowichan Valley including Cowichan District Hospital, Chemainus and Ladysmith Urgent Care and Ladysmith Family Practice, within the scope of the division’s clinical services and in context of existing teams and resources. 

Division Head Main Responsibilities – Departmental Leadership

  1. Medical Workforce Planning: Monitors and assesses workforce needs within Division; works with Department Head to address needs.
  2. Practice Standards: Works with Department Head to develop medical practice standards for hospital based family practice.
  3. Research and Education: Encourages division members to conduct research and provide medical education.
  4. Supports Chief of Staff and Department Head with matters of physician governance, including professional medical practice issues of section members.
  5. Conducts following particularly related to:
    • Credentialing and privileging and recruitment activities, including in-depth reviews of the site, including:
      • Being a contact for recruitment team and participating recruitment activities, including conducting reference checks when delegated by the Department Head.
      • Reviewing applications for privileging, including new applications, changes to site, department and privileges, reviewing reappointment applications, conducting locum and temporary staff member reviews and reference checks.
    • Continuing professional development (CPD) activities, including implementing the annual departmental CPD plan for division members
    • Practitioner performance enhancement activities, in collaboration with Enhanced Medical Staff Support (EMSS) team, occur within the department
    • Recruitment of medical staff members and development of strategies for retention of members
  6. Expected meeting attendance
    • Site Departmental meetings
    • Regional Division Head meetings led by the Department Head

Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Medical Director, Cowichan Valley Hospital and Community, the Medical Lead role works in co-leadership with operational decision makers, to optimize the quality and operations of the family practice service. In collaborative partnerships, the Medical Lead works proactively with others to enhance teamwork and to facilitate continuous quality improvement of Primary Care services within the Geography.  

Medical Lead Main Responsibilities – Quality and Operational Leadership

  1. Leadership: Contributes and Collaborates with Operational leadership in order to ensure physicians and staff work as a team to monitor and improve service delivery; Links with appropriate Site Chiefs and Chiefs of Staff to address matters physician service delivery.
  2. Change Management: Acts as change management ‘champion’ to engage and support physicians and staff through change.
  3. Informatics: Leads team activities that advance technology and data use to improve service delivery using the electronic health records (EHR) in collaboration with the Quality Systems team.
  4. Planning: Assesses, monitors and anticipates team resource needs and works with medical leaders and administrative leaders to prioritize these needs within available resources.
  5. Leads division to embrace best practice in continuously improving patient care
  6. Contributes to the development of strategic and annual service plans
  7. Works with local leadership and primary care strategy on GP/MRP and unattached/unassigned inpatient care sustainment.
  8. Expected meeting attendance
    • Local Quality Operational Committee
    • Program Quality Council – As needed
    • Various site based operational meetings
Job Types
Medical Leadership
Primary Care

Cowichan District Hospital


For more information please contact:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruiter
Island Health 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to

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