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As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-of-a-kind" tertiary mental health and substance use services to adults across the province. These include services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six regional clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health & Addiction, the Heartwood Centre for Women and Correctional Health Services. In addition to delivering these clinical services, BCMHSUS provides provincial leadership for system-wide improvement through its work in: health promotion and illness prevention; knowledge exchange; and research and academic teaching.

 

BCMHSUS is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.

 

Infection Prevention & Control Physician

Regular Part Time (0.40 FTE)

Vancouver, BC

 

Responsibilities will include administration, teaching, and scholarly activities. Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong commitment to best practice and advancing knowledge in their field of practice. Additionally, there is an expectation of excellence in and commitment to teaching across the spectrum of learners. Strong inter-professional skills in working in complex environments and commitment to a clinical academic sub-specialty environment will ensure success in this role. You will be expected to forge productive collaborations with other members of the institution, the university, as well as provincial, national and international collaborators. In addition to stellar academic qualifications, you will have a proven track record of demonstrated excellence in teaching and superb clinical credentials.

 

This candidate will also be the medical lead for BCMHSUS Infection Prevention and Control, answering to the Corporate Director. This role will oversee the functions of the Infection Prevention and Control across all BCMHSUS sites, including surveillance, epidemiology, outbreak control, sterile supplies, the hand hygiene program, the new hospital redevelopment. This role will coordinate the development and implementation of Infection Control policies and procedures in collaboration with other clinical, public health, and administrative bodies.

 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Acts as the first-line resource for the BCMHSUS infection control practitioners (ICPs) by overseeing their clinical activities and responding to any questions in a timely manner, in accordance with provincial, national and international standards
  • Directs outbreak management activities
  • Coordinates the response to clinical and administrative IPAC issues as they arise; e.g., device recalls, adverse event reviews, Ministry of Health communiques
  • Oversees IPAC quality improvement and research projects, with the goals of enhancing patient/client safety, decreasing health care-associated infections, and expanding the IPAC evidence base
  • Participates in PHSA IPAC strategic planning
  • Reviews and develops IPAC policies and procedures
  • Participates in overseeing and reviewing the IPAC surveillance system
  • Participates in activities to ensure successful accreditation
  • Participates in IPAC educational activities for medical students, residents/fellows, physicians, and other staff as needed
  • Sits on the applicable Infection Control Committee(s) as a voting member
  • Represents IPAC on local and regional committees and at group meetings as required
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the community at large, including Public Health Departments, BC Centre for Disease Control, etc.
  • Attends BCMHSUS IPAC team meeting(s) and PHSA IPAC team meetings
  • Maintains knowledge of current developments in the IPAC field, through a variety of methods including review of relevant literature, consulting with other professionals, and attending relevant education programs as required  

Qualifications

 

Applicants must be eligible for a specialist license, as determined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia as well as Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification in Medical Microbiology and/or infectious Diseases.

 

Qualified candidates should send their CV and the name, title, rank and contact information of 4 referees to:

 

Akosua Tomash
Advisor, Talent Acquisition
physicianrecruitment@phsa.ca

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

For more information about BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services please visit the website at: www.bcmhsus.ca 

 

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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