Youth Addictions Lead – Central Island/North Island 200-0871

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The Youth Addictions Lead – Central Island/North Island is a co-leadership position with operational decision-making responsibilities. With the position’s Co-Leader, the Medical Lead works proactively with others (including patients) to enhance teamwork (including collaboration between physicians and staff) and to facilitate continuous quality improvement of Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use services to the Center and North Island. The position will ensure easier access to this specialized service for youth residing outside of the Victoria area. This position reports to both a Medical Director and a Director.

Main responsibilities of this position:

  1. Leadership: Co-leads activities to ensure physicians and staff work as a team to monitor and improve service delivery; Links with appropriate Division Heads and Chiefs of Staff to address matters of physician governance, including professional medical practice issues.
  2. Operations & Quality: Implements processes and structures to engage physicians and staff in continuous quality improvement of service delivery; Monitors team budget and performance jointly with Co-Leader, and makes course corrections when necessary; Initiates investigations of team-related PSLS and PCQO events.
  3. Change Management: Acts as change management ‘champion’ to engage and support physicians and staff through change.
  4. Informatics: Leads team activities that advance technology and data use to improve service delivery in collaboration with the IHealth team and the Quality Systems team.
  5. Planning: Assesses, monitors and anticipates team resource needs and works with medical leaders and administrative leaders to prioritize these needs within available resources.

 Key Deliverables or Performance Expectations:

  • Provide leadership and education to North and Central Island Youth and Family Substance Use services and contracted affiliates.
  • Provide leadership to Physicians and Nurse Practitioners including guidance and education specific to management of youth with substance use concerns.
  • Participate in Leaders in Youth and Family Substance Use Service (LYFSUS) quarterly meetings
  • Liaise with the Central Island and Comox Valley Adolescent Psychiatry Programs regarding youth with concurrent presentations.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Nanaimo, population 90,000, is a growing and vibrant urban centre situated on the east coast of Vancouver Island, located approximately 100 kilometers north of Victoria and offers excellent access via commercial flights, float plane or ferry to Vancouver. The community offers a wide variety of cultural and educational opportunities including the 800 seat waterfront Port Theatre, the Vancouver Island University and is adjacent renowned private schools.

Nanaimo is the outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, providing year round access to a wide array of recreational activities including kayaking, kite boarding, windsurfing, mountain biking, hiking, running and golfing. Nearby Mount Washington frequently boasting the deepest snow pack in North America, has excellent downhill, snowboarding and cross country skiing.

Job Types
Medical Leadership

Interested candidates, please attach your CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for 3 referees. 

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health


Fax:  250-716-7747

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Current member in good standing of the Island Health active Medical Staff

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