Vancouver Coastal Health

Psychiatrist - Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) (2 positions)

Job Description


Job Title:Psychiatrist - Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) (2 positions)
Work Site:Raincity ACT and Vancouver/VCH ACT Team 5
Status:1 or 2 positions Part Time or blended with other Psychiatry teams to make a Full Time Role



As one of British Columbia's six regional health authorities, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. Dedicated to delivering the highest quality services, we are fully committed to supporting healthy lives with the robust resources of 13 hospitals, a number of community health centres, 2,500 physicians, more than 13,500 full time staff, and over $3 billion in funding.

But that's only part our story. VCH is about something bigger; we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and "going first" – on everything from new surgical techniques to funding models – when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We are proud to hold best-in-class awards in everything from research, surgical care and infection control, to harm reduction, community care, communications and community engagement. At our core, we are people-focused with an entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep, where opportunity exists for those with a passion to transform health.

Our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team provides specialized, one of a kind community treatment and rehabilitation for clients struggling with mental health and substance use. Our program provides long-term healthcare and life skills services including independent housing assistance, social interaction counselling, job training and physical and mental wellness support.




This is an exciting opportunity to join our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team serving clients with complex mental health needs within the community. Clients typically exhibit high levels of comorbidity including substance use disorders, general health problems, and significant risk of aggression. The work is fast paced, exciting, and intense in nature. Collaborative care-planning and problem solving are key to finding clinical and practical interventions to support these complex clients and keep them in the community.


Supporting two teams, you will provide outreach, both independently and with clinical colleagues in a variety of settings including private residences, SROs, shelters, corrections offices, jail, and public areas (i.e. coffee shops). You will partner with amazing interdisciplinary teams across the Heath Authority in Acute and Community, local service providers, and community organization such as the Vancouver Police Department, to provide quality care.


Participating in Clinical Team meetings and taking a lead role when required, you will be involved in the assessment and management of new referrals while providing ongoing care and treatment to existing clients. This role with support management of acute psychiatric emergencies and hospital recalls, with an emphasis on risk assessment and management.




• Eligibility: Provisional OR unrestricted license to practice medicine from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. Eligibility OR active fellowship in psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Eligibility for current appointment as clinical faculty with University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine.
• Experienced: A Psychiatrist, ideally with a minimum of two years in managing complex cases or supporting vulnerable populations and familiarity with principles of Community Psychiatry. New residency and fellowship graduates with a current or pending provincial licensure will also be considered.
• Passionate: Passionate about patient welfare you understand the importance of delivering high quality care in the context of complex health care systems.
• A Strong Communicator: Understanding the importance of continuous and effective communication, you are highly skilled at listening, engaging and consulting with diverse stakeholders including patients, internal and external healthcare professionals and caseworker teams.
• A Leader: have the ability to pull together the appropriate data and resources to make sound decisions that are based on fact and supported rationale. The common sense and good judgement to ‘make the call’ or understand the risks associated with certain decisions and able to work well under pressure.

Please note successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.



1 or 2 Psychiatrists to make up 0.9 FTE. E.g 0.4 sessions for Psychiatrist 1 and 0.5 for Psychiatrist 2. Alternatively this role combined or blended with another role in one of our mental health teams to make up a full time position.



Blend of BC MSP fee-for-service and sessional funds; physicians are responsible for their own billings.


This is an exciting leadership opportunity to have meaningful impact on the delivery of care at Vancouver Coastal Health based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. 


If this sounds exciting to you, we would love to connect with you.  Reach out now to Danielle Tadman, Physician Recruitment Advisor at 604-875-4250/


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