We are recruiting for a Psychiatrist – Flexible Assertive Community Treatment Team
The Waterloo Wellington Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association is interested in expanding its mental health services to the Waterloo Wellington communities.
In partnership with the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, CMHA is redesigning outpatient service delivery for patients with severe and persistent mental illness, through the development of FACT teams. FACT, which stands for Flexible Assertive Community Treatment, brings the benefits of interprofessional collaboration within a team based care model of an ACT team to a wider range of patients in the community. The “flexible” allows for patients to be rostered on the team who may not require ACT level service intensity, may fluctuate in their service intensity, and may have a wider range of psychiatric diagnoses (including undifferentiated diagnoses, primary substance use disorder diagnosis, or multiple medical comorbidities). CMHA plans on establishing four FACT teams in the Waterloo Wellington region, and is currently recruiting psychiatrists for teams based in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge.
Full time and part time opportunities exist, and there is flexibility to build a position around a psychiatrist’s particular set of knowledge, interest and experience. A core group of 10 psychiatrists also make this an attractive opportunity for a new graduate. Interest and skills in psychiatric psychopharmacology and a desire to work with patients in a community setting who often have a variety of co-morbidities and psychosocial challenges, are necessary. There is an opportunity for psychiatrists who are required by the CPSO to have a year of supervised practice.
Leadership to a multidisciplinary team and active collaboration with primary care providers and other community partners is expected.
Opportunities also exist for an academic appointment with the Kitchener-Waterloo campus of the McMaster School of Medicine, and active teaching of medical students, family medicine and psychiatry residents is encouraged. There are also options for more formal teaching roles within the satellite medical campus which is situated in Kitchener.
Additionally, there is the opportunity to jointly credential with Grand River Hospital, and join their department of psychiatry, a 25 member group providing acute and specialized mental health services across the age continuum with 115 inpatient beds and associated outpatient services.
The Waterloo-Wellington Region consists of 4 cities; Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo. Each with numerous urban amenities but with small town charm and atmosphere. Just a short drive from the cities are numerous small towns set within inviting farmland, forests and rivers of the region. Pearson International Airport is just an hour away, and the sites of Toronto are easily accessible for an evening or day trip. Waterloo-Wellington is a highly regarded area to raise a family offering modest housing prices with an abundance of lifestyle options, and safe, nurturing, family focused communities to live and grow. Three highly regarded universities and a community college contribute to a spirit of academic innovation and leadership, supported by excellent public, separate and private primary and secondary schools.
Payment is a combination of fee for service and sessional fees with no overhead costs. This offers a competitive earning potential while maximizing physician autonomy and choice.