Practice Lead, Mental Health and Substance use

Practice Lead, Mental Health and Substance use

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date November 25, 2021
Deadline Open
Type Full Time
Company Interior Health Authority
Location Flexible, BC
Category Mental Health
Client Interior Health Authority
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Position Summary

Are you looking for a meaningful and rewarding career? We have an amazing opportunity as Practice Lead, Mental Health and Substance Use.

The Practice Lead, Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) provides clinical expertise and leadership to the programs and services within MHSU. The Practice Lead develops and recommends program plans, standards, and guidance documents, and works alongside partners to support implementation. The Practice Lead ensures all plans, standards, and guidance documents are patient-centered, consistent with current evidence and best practice, and support the strategic objectives of the organization. The Practice Lead provides leadership to quality improvement and evaluation initiatives by assisting in design, interpreting data, and supporting scale and spread of the outcomes.

The Practice Lead will be expected to support the success of the Clinical Operations portfolio by developing strong, collaborative relationships with operational and physician leaders. The Practice lead must leverage these relationships to understand and respond to issues and opportunities within operations, champion and build support for change, ensure new initiatives are sound, and successfully execute their implementation.


• Continuously reviews the operating environment to identify opportunities and/or gaps, identifying solutions and recommending priorities within existing approved plans, strategies and organizational priorities.
• Provides clinical expertise into the development of plans, strategies and priorities, ensuring that proposals are robust, operationally feasible and can be expected to deliver a clearly-described patient/client benefit.
• Maintains a strong working knowledge of current evidence and best practice, using that knowledge to inform planning.
• Collaborates with multiple stakeholders to identify, design, and address service and program gaps that exist, and to develop recommendations for addressing those gaps.
• Researches, develops, and implements plans to address emerging priorities of care for issues where no current program or structure exists.
• Participates in the development and/or develops indicators for the portfolio in collaboration with the Operational Division of the portfolio and, as required, other portfolios across IH.
• Monitors and responds to changing health status needs. Collects, compiles, analyzes, and interprets statistical data to monitor program outcomes and identify emerging issues and trends.
• Liaises with internal partners, stakeholders, programs, and portfolios.
• Develops service goals and monitoring frameworks for contracted services, and supports contract managers to review contract performance.


• Master’s degree in a clinical area.
• Five years of recent, related experience in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use.

LEADS Capabilities
Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility – self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.
• Engages Others/Empathy – communicates effectively; listens with heart rather than reacting
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation – takes action to implement decisions, assesses & evaluates results, follows culturally respectful processes that also produce results
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship – builds partnership and networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers and service, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture
• System Transformation/Credible Champion – demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge and ability to work with diverse populations, incorporating diverse perspectives, values, and approaches into planning.
• Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze situations and problems such that viable solutions are found. Approaches challenges and complexities from a systems perspective.
• Demonstrated ability to guide individuals toward a vision while maintaining group cohesion, motivation, commitment, and effectiveness. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams.
• Demonstrated ability to introduce and manage purposeful change that is consistent with the mission, vision, values, and operating principles of IH.
• Demonstrated ability to identify strategies and opportunities in a dynamic environment that lead to identified outcomes.
• Ability to critically analyze and synthesize evidence, and utilization/statistical data.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing, including the ability to facilitate and negotiate.
• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

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