Vancouver Coastal Health

Locum Family Physician - Palliative Medicine

Job ID 2023-93277
City North Vancouver
Work Location
Lions Gate Hospital - NS
Work Area
Excluded - VCHA, Lions Gate Hospital - NS
Supplementary Job Title
Physicians & Medical Staff - Family Practice: Palliative Care
Labour Agreement
Medical Staff
Position Type
Job Status
Temporary Full-Time
Job Category
End Date


Please refer to the information below for details regarding salary.

Job Summary

Job Title:

Family Physician – Palliative Medicine

Work Site:

Lions Gate Hospital


Locum, Full Time, Part Time

Start Date:

To be mutually agreed upon

Compensation Type:

Clinical Service Contract



Come work as a Family Physician – Palliative Medicine with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!


The North Shore Palliative Care team is a full scope Palliative Care team looking after patients in the communities of North and West Vancouver in association with Lions Gate Hospital (LGH) and Vancouver Coastal Health. We are a rapidly growing team looking after patients on the North Shore and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor. Our focus is to improve quality of life in patients with life-limiting illnesses. We are a teaching hospital in affiliation with the University of British Columbia, Family Medicine and Palliative Care programs.


We provide care in the following venues:

  1. Acute/tertiary care (15 bed Palliative Care Unit at LGH) - We have a specialized multidisciplinary team on our Palliative Care Unit. We are integrated with our medical oncological colleagues, internists, subspecialists, surgeons and interventional radiologists to provide robust, evidence-based care. We provide admitting (MRP) and consultative services. We also provide education and advocacy for Palliative Care to our hospital-based colleagues as well as those in the community. The successful candidate will share in consultation and on call coverage for both inpatients and community patients.
  1. Ambulatory care clinic – A stand-alone clinic based in hospice focused on palliative care for patient with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses. We provide primary and shared palliative care for ambulant patients. We work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team in the community.
  1. Community care - We work in conjunction with the team of palliative nurse practitioners, palliative care resource nurses, home care nurses, SW, OT, PT and wound care. We provide shared palliative care to help support symptom management and death in the patient home. 
  1. North Shore Hospice (15 beds) - Admission to hospice is via the palliative care physicians only. We have a multidisciplinary team that supports patients and their loved ones including nurses, social workers, spiritual care, and music therapy. Criteria for admission is prognosis less than 3 months of life, symptom management needs that cannot be met at home, and patient is a North Shore resident. We do make compassionate exemptions on a case-by-case basis.


As a Family Physician – Palliative Medicine with Vancouver Coastal Health, you will:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to an inter-professional care model.
  • Demonstrate superior patient care, excellent interdisciplinary approach and communication.
  • Demonstrate an interest in teaching, quality improvement and program development.




Education, Licensing, & Experience:

  • Current College of Physicians of BC (CPSBC) License - Full
  • Canadian College of Family Practitioners (CCFP)
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) - Eligible


Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication skills

Closing Statement

Interested in applying? Feel free to reach out to one of the members of our team, Ben Murphy, Talent Acquisition Advisor:, or click “Apply Now.”


Please note that a resume is 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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