Vancouver Coastal Health

Psychiatric Worker

Job Description

Job Title: Psychiatric Worker
Work Site: Mental Health & Substance Use Detwiller Salus, UBC Hospital - Vancouver, BC
Status: Temporary Part Time (0.74 FTE) - Term Specific 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $29.06 per hour


Days off: Rotating

Reference#: 168832-anc


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


Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Psychiatric Worker with a degree in Behavioural Science to join the team at UBC Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Psychiatric Worker with VCH you will:

  • Work under the direction of the Charge Nurse, to provide specific aspects of psychiatric assessment and therapeutic care to clients with mental health needs, and establish client/family needs above all other concerns.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and revision of client care plans; participate in ward rounds/meetings as required; conduct observation rounds to ensure the safety of clients and staff; record and communicate client behaviours; identify the need for intervention; administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation according to established protocols
  • Participate in in-service education; respond to general inquiries; transport and accompany clients who are considered unsafe to be alone; assist with admissions; provide personal care to clients when necessary under the direction of nursing staff.

ABOUT SALUS House Program (SALUS – Latin for Well-Being)


SALUS House is a new inpatient psychiatry program that will be located at UBC Hospital 1 East in the Detwiller Pavilion.  It will be a 15 bed unit that will support patients ages 17+ from across the region specifically VGH and St. Paul’s inpatient psychiatry units. SALUS House will manage the sub-acute patient population, with an expected stay of 4 weeks.  Services would include: short term assessment, crisis counseling, medication adjustments, and stabilization.  SALUS House will utilizes 24 hour staffing with a  multidisciplinary team, all of whom strive to foster an atmosphere in which clients were active participants in crisis resolution and treatment.



Education & Experience

  • Graduation from a recognized degree program in Behavioural Science plus one year’s recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to deal with others effectively.
  • Ability to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
  • Ability to organize work.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 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.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • 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

Diversity, equity, 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 2022.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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