Psychiatrist, CARES and USTAT - 100-1065

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Island Health's Department of Psychiatry, South Island, has an opportunity for a full-time Psychiatrist to join the Central Access & Rapid Engagement Services (CARES) and Urgent Short-Term Assessment and Treatment (USTAT) teams.

The CARES clinic provides the Victoria community with a single coordinated access point for the full continuum of adult mental health/substance abuse/psychiatric conditions. The intention of MHSU is to continue to develop the capacity of the CARES Clinic so that it can provide a better alternative to the hospital emergency department for the majority of people seeking assistance (other than those requiring admission to hospital under the mental health act). Clinical duties may include urgent consultations with the team or with clients who walk in for service for whom there is an urgent concern as well as being lightly booked to provide psychiatric consultations. Collaborative care integrating primary care partners and working closely with family and social networks of patients is part of the clinical model.

Consultations for the CARES clinic may be provided on-site at 1119 Pembroke, or in the community accompanied by members of the Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team (IMCRT). The successful candidate will offer clinical consultation to support decision-making of allied health professionals for patients with complex and/or urgent care needs.

The USTAT clinic is a vibrant interdisciplinary outpatient clinic focused on assisting people with high prevalence disorders of anxiety, mood, adjustment, addictions and personality disorders. The clinic integrates psychiatric management with a range of individual and group psychotherapies provided in collaboration with the interdisciplinary staff. We utilize a “stepped care” approach offering services in both focus and intensity that best matches patients’ needs. The clinic works collaboratively with primary care partners using a "shared care", approach.

The successful candidate will have expertise and interest in working in a collaborative interdisciplinary team including psychiatrist, therapists, social workers, nurse practitioner and nurses. The candidate will have expertise utilizing psychotherapy and psychiatric management skills, as well as experience in the assessment and treatment of people presenting with a broad range of problems including Mood, Anxiety, Adjustment, Addictions and Personality. The successful candidate will divide their time equally between the CARES and USTAT clinics.

On call responsibility is mandatory for Island Health psychiatry 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 expected.

Participation in research is strongly encouraged and facilitated by Island Health.

Administrative duties of the position include, attending clinical team meetings and provide reports to the Department of Psychiatry meetings.



Furnished office, computer, and administrative support provided.


Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

Central Access & Rapid Engagement Services (CARES) clinic and Urgent Short-Term Assessment and Treatment Clinic (USTAT)


Interested Psychiatrists are asked to submit a cover letter detailing their interest in the position, updated CV and the names of three references to:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health


Fax:  250-716-7747

Shift/Hours of Work
Fee-for-Service; Sessioinal billings; MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience
  • Full license to practice psychiatry in British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • Strong commitment to collaborative team-based interdisciplinary practice and excellent communication skills are essential
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