Medical Lead, Substance Use/Addictions and Early Intervention

Current Closing Date

Open until filled

Part Time


Mental Health & Substance Use
South Island
Shift/Hours of Work
Part time
Medical Administration Service Contract
Community Information

Job Summary

The Medical Lead Substance Use/Addictions and Early Intervention Geo 4 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 substance use/addictions and early intervention services across Vancouver Island. This position reports to a Site/Medical 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 using the electronic health records (EHR) in collaboration with 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.

This position will also be expected to:

1. Work with local managers and physicians to ensure efficient and accountable service delivery aligned with Island Health’s strategic plan/priorities.

2. Participate as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team in clinical discussions, including suicide reviews, complaints, planning for challenging to discharge clients etc., as required by the program(s).

3. Provide teaching, in services, mentoring of staff/students as required/requested by the program(s).

4. Represent local programming by participating in planning around integrated practice, community development and strategic shifts in service delivery as outlined/directed by Island Health. In particular, the development of new MHSU and interagency services where harm reduction is integrated as part of the treatment continuum


Education, Training and Experience

Active member of the Island Health Medical Staff
FRCPC Psychiatry


To apply, please send your letter of interest and CV to:

Sara Campbell, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator
Email: physicians@viha.ca
Fax: (250) 716-7747

We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest and only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm the receipt of individual applications or resumes.