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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


PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) will take on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC Corrections facilities as of October 2017.


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 inmates, key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.


Opportunities available in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Northern and Interior BC


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


The psychiatrist 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

  • Providing psychiatric assessments of persons in custody on referral from the General Practitioner.
  • Assessing, diagnosing and making recommendations for treatment of persons in custody who demons.trate or are thought to demonstrate mental disorder(s).
  • Maintaining and reviewing individual clinical records, both electronic and paper files, and enter in the electronic health record relevant information concerning assessments, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Participating in the case management planning of persons in custody as requested by the Warden.
  • Assisting with the arrangements for the services of hospitals or other medical facilities when the facilities of the Centre are inadequate for necessary assessment, diagnosis or treatment of a persons in custody.
  • Assisting with arrangements, requests or referrals as may be required regarding the examination, diagnosis or treatment of persons in custody by specialists.
  • Maintaining, reviewing or preparing such records and reports as, from time to time, may be required by the Province.


  • Licensed to practice psychiatry by the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Member in good standing of the British Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Member in good standing of the Canada Medical Protective Association and registered in a classification appropriate to the nature of the psychiatrist’s practice.
  • Experience working with persons who are addicted, marginalized, experiencing significant mental and/or physical disorders, including concurrent disorders, and displaying non-compliant, aggressive, manipulative and drug-seeking behaviours.
  • Formal qualifications in forensic psychiatry and/or addiction medicine is preferred.

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

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