Vancouver Coastal Health

Community Psychiatrist – Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Job ID 2024-121829
City Vancouver
Work Location
Vancouver Mental Health Serv
Supplementary Job Title
Physicians & Medical Staff - General Adult Psychiatry
Labour Agreement
Medical Staff
Position Type
Job Status
Regular Full-Time
Job Category


Please refer to the information below for details regarding salary.

Job Summary


Job Title:


Work Site:

Vancouver Community Mental Health and Substance Use Services    



Start Date:

As soon as possible

Compensation Type:



Come work as a Psychiatrist with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!


Vancouver Coastal Health is seeking psychiatrists to participate in team-based care for adults who have a diagnosis of major mental illness and experience significant impairment in functioning in the community.


Characteristics of the population served include a history of psychiatric hospitalizations; unstable housing and/or relationships; difficulties with activities of daily living; concurrent substance use or addiction; high risk for co-occurring medical conditions; refractory treatment history; and risk of causing harm to self or others.


Physicians working in Vancouver Community settings will approach care by:

  • Placing the patient at the centre
  • Engaging in a team-based approach, providing consultations as required and longer-term psychiatric care when necessary
  • Providing culturally safe and responsive care for Indigenous patients
  • Practicing trauma- informed care
  • Having a recovery-oriented approach
  • Including families whenever possible
  • Employing the principles of community-based psychiatric care
  • Collaborating in the management of concurrent substance use disorders

Further information and expectations:

Reporting to the local medical coordinator, to the Medical Director, Vancouver Community Mental Health & Substance Use Services, and through them to the Senior Medical Director, our physicians provide medical expertise, work closely with case managers, have a strong knowledge base in psychopharmacology including opioid agonist treatment, and familiarity with behavioral and rehabilitative interventions. Additionally, they facilitate continuity of care between hospital and community and liaise with hospital physicians and staff. Occasional outreach visits in the community may be required along with virtual client interactions.


All VCH physicians must be appointed as medical staff of Vancouver Coastal Health; on-call duties depend on different factors and will be discussed. A clinical faculty appointment with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine is highly encouraged as resident supervision and involvement in education initiatives are an expectation.


Education, Licensing, & Experience:

  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) - Mandatory
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) – Mandatory
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC) - Eligible
  • Eligibility or current appointment as clinical faculty with University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine

Closing Statement

Interested in applying? Feel free to reach out to Khuushali Raja, Executive and Medical Staff Talent Acquisition Advisor: or click “Apply Now.”


Please note that a resume and cover letter are required to apply for this position.


As per the current Public Health Orders, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of vaccination status will be required.




VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2023.



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