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PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for persons in custody across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use supports for persons in custody, key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


Family Practitioner - Correctional Health Services
Opportunities available in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Northern and Interior BC


Family Practitioner services are a crucial component in Correctional Health care. Persons in custody may be admitted with, or develop during their time in custody, medical, mental health, and/or substance use disorders that require expert evaluation and intervention. The Family Practitioner therefore is an important member of the health care team and works closely with the Psychiatrist, Nurses, Health Care Management, and other professionals and staff. The work is both interesting and challenging. Experience in working with patients across a broad spectrum of psychiatric illness, substance use disorders, and personality difficulties, is a definite advantage.


The Family Practitioner will be a member of the PHSA Medical Staff with a contract that permits services to be billed mainly as Fee for Service, and with a small number of sessions for work that cannot be billed to the Medical Services Plan.


Key Accountabilities

  • Conducting a health assessment of each person in custody referred by a nurse.
  • Examining, diagnosing and treating sick or injured persons in custody who are presented for examination.
  • Examine, diagnose and treat persons in custody in the segregation unit of the Centre.
  • Prescribing as needed, medications for medical conditions.
  • Maintaining and reviewing individual person in custody health records and entering relevant information concerning examinations, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Examining persons in custody with dental complaints where dental services are not immediately available, administering medication or other relief, as may be necessary, and ensuring that arrangement are made, as may be necessary, for the proper dental care of those persons in custody.
  • Providing emergency examinations, diagnosis and treatment to the staff of the Centre who are injured in the performance of their duties.
  • Making such arrangements, requests or referrals as may be required regarding the examination, diagnosis, or treatment of persons in custody by specialists, consulting physicians and surgeons.
  • Assisting specialists and consulting physicians and surgeons attending to persons in custody in hospitals outside the Centre.
  • Making arrangements for the services of hospitals or other medical facilities when the facilities of the Centre are inadequate for necessary examination, diagnosis or treatment of persons in custody.
  • Consulting with the Medical Director and the Centre’s Warden regarding the provision of health services to the persons in custody.
  • When requested, providing advice and assistance to the Medical Director and the Centre’s Warden regarding the establishment and maintenance of preventative medicine programs to curtail the spread of communicable diseases and the elimination of hazardous working conditions in the Centre’s health care clinic.
  • Providing such telephone consultation as may be required by the Centre.
  • Providing emergency care, on a call-back basis, to persons in custody when requested by Health Care Personnel or Centre staff when Health Care Personnel are not on duty.
  • Ensuring that hepatitis A, B and influenza immunizations are provided to staff and persons in custody as outlined in the Health Care Services Manual.


  • Members in good standing of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada preferred.
  • Members in good standing of the Canada Medical Protective Association and registered in a classification appropriate to the nature of family practice.
  • Completed the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC Methadone course or British Columbia Centre for Substance Use equivalent.
  • Methadone exemption from Health Canada.
  • Completed the on-line Suboxone certification course for physicians at or BC Centre for Substance Use equivalent.
  • Experience working with persons who are addicted, marginalized, experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms, experiencing significant mental and/or physical disorders, including concurrent disorders, displaying non-compliant, aggressive, manipulative and drug-seeking behaviours, and/ or experiencing serious and potentially life-threatening communicable diseases, including the risk to public health.

To apply in confidence, please send your curriculum vitae along with a letter of interest to:

Akosua Tomash
Advisor, Talent Acquisition


Applications will be accepted until filled.


The PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

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