Psychiatrist Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychiatrist (5+ Years’ Experience)
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Staff Psychiatrist
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Example 1

Posting #: [phone number]Openings Remaining: 1 Full/Part Time: Full Time Reg/Temp/Casual: Regular Union: ONA Hours of Work: Rotating Shifts & Extended Hours Time of Day: Days, Nights, Weekends, Holidays Shift Length: Open Date:: 15/06/21 Closing Date:: 22/06/21 UNIT Profile: The Forensic Psychiatry Program work towards restoring and maintaining the mental health and well-being of mentally disordered adult offenders while managing risk as mandated by the Criminal Code of Canada and ordered by the Ontario Review Board. This multi-disciplinary team includes nursing and allied health professionals working together to provide a wide range of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services. In this capacity the Forensic Psychiatry Program provides: clinical, risk and medico-legal assessments, inpatient treatments in General and Secure environments, and outpatient treatment and community reintegration services/support for the Central-South region and Halton. Position Summary: The Registered Nurse provides care for patients in accordance with the mission, vision and values of SJHH and the Mental Health and Addiction Program (MHAP), the standards of practice of the College of Nurses of Ontario, and the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nursing (CFMHN) Standards. Nurses in the MHAP are committed to the alleviation of stigma and discrimination related to mental health and addiction, as well as reduction of the use of seclusion and restraint in all our services. The principles of person-centred nursing, recovery and trauma informed care is foundational to this specialized nursing practice. As a member of the inter-professional team, the RN is responsible for the provision of quality, holistic, specialized nursing care for patients with complex mental illnesses. The RN provides safe, evidence-based therapeutic interventions across the care continuum. The RN completes assessments, plans and organizes treatment/therapeutic interventions, documents and evaluates interventions. The RN models professional leadership and provides decision-making support by collaborating and delegating within the inter-professional team. Qualifications:
  • Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario required.
  • BScN is preferred.
  • CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (CPMHN(c)), or commitment to complete within 5 years of hire as a condition of employment, is required.
  • Current CPR certification is required.
  • CPI – Crisis Prevention Training (or successful completion as part of clinical orientation) is required.
  • Minimum of one year of recent mental health nursing experience with demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability in the care of patients with serious mental illness required knowledge of the application of the Mental Health Act, Consent and Capacity, and other legislation relevant to the practice of psychiatric/mental health nursing is required.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, professional standards and guidelines, SJHH corporate and departmental Policies and Procedures, including successful completion of WHMIS training.
  • Knowledge of documentation standards, privacy legislation, and health record management processes. knowledge of the assessment and management of co-morbid medical disorders (ie. diabetes, metabolic monitoring, etc.) knowledge of Mental Status Examinations (MSE). knowledge of individual counseling and group skills (ie. DBT, MI, IPT, CBT, Behavioral Activation).
  • Knowledge of risk assessment and management, including knowledge of trauma informed care and alternatives to seclusion and restraint, and associated risks.
  • Knowledge and practice of safe and secure environment for clients/families/teams by listening, discussing, exploring, clarifying and acting on their concerns, needs and priorities.
  • Proficient computer skills including successful completion of Resident Assessment Instrument – Mental Health (RAI-MH) training upon hire. knowledge and skill related to crisis intervention and conflict resolution. leadership, superior problem solving, critical thinking skills and strong team building skills. interpersonal and de-escalation skills. knowledge of psychopharmacology, including current psychotropic medications and side effects. Forensic Service-specific Qualifications:
  • Prior recent psychiatric/mental health nursing experience is required; additional experience in forensic psychiatry is preferred of understanding of Criminal Code of Canada as it pertains to mentally disordered offenders familiarity and understanding of Risk Assessment Tools (ie. HARM/AIS) knowledge and understanding of custody and caring in the clinical care of mentally disordered offenders HOURS OF WORK: Rotating shifts and extended hours - days, nights, weekends, holidays St. Joseph’s Nursing Vision is to make a difference in the lives of those we care for, our organization, and the future of our community through achievement of excellence in nursing and commitment to a culture of nursing innovation, empowerment, leadership and accountability.
  • Example 2

    Job Description: Clinical Psychiatrist Opportunity – Join our Growing Organization Experience a place where people come first As a healthcare leader serving a population of more than half a million people, Mackenzie Health offers a dynamic, supportive environment of respect and continuous learning. A place where all staff are valued, can engage in meaningful work as part of a friendly, diverse team and use best-in-class technology to provide exceptional patient care. Experience a place where people come first. Experience Mackenzie Health – your ultimate career destination. As we prepare to open Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital, and continue to operate Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, we have many opportunities for passionate professionals like you, who share our commitment to quality, timely patient-centred care. Ultimately, this is where you want to be. Position Overview Mackenzie Health is currently recruiting a full-time Clinical Psychiatrist who will be accountable to the Chief and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry and the Program Director for clinical and operational management within the Psychiatry Program. The Physician will work in consultation with the Chief of Psychiatry as well as the other physicians within the department. There is an on-call requirement. The physician must complete a full credentialing application and must have their appointment approved by the Medical Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. The appointment will not be official until the approval of the Board of Directors has been obtained. The physician will be credentialed according to the terms specified in the Hospital By-laws. Responsibilities The Physician must demonstrate the following competencies: Assess patients to diagnose the nature and extent of mental health disorders. Assess and treat hospitalized patients. Manage patients through the continuum of hospital care. Order treatments, tests, and consults with specialty physicians and primary care physicians where necessary. Prescribe, direct, and administer medications to treat various mental health and behavioral disorders. Counsel outpatients during office visits and implement appropriate care plans. Assume MRP on patients when deemed appropriate, including assuming the rounding and discharge process. Provide consultation on patients already admitted. Prepare and submit case reports and summaries as required for MOH reporting criteria where required. Perform such duties and services as may be reasonably assigned by the Chief and Medical Director, Psychiatry. Demonstrate understanding of, compliance with, and commitment to patient safety responsibilities and corresponding program plans, policies and procedures to ensure a safe environment for patients. Comply with rules. Skills – Abilities – Experience Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work both independently and as a team member within a group environment. Ability to perform the essential duties of the job. Demonstrates behaviors consistent with Mackenzie Health’s Commitment to Caring. Models behavior that is aligned with the values of Mackenzie Health – Excellence, Leadership and Empathy. Commitment to providing an exceptional experience for staff and clients within a challenging and exciting health care environment. Demonstrates understanding of contribution to patient and staff safety. Education – Certification – Licenses Medical degree approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) required. Certification in Psychiatry as recognized by The Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) required. Canadian Medical Protection Association in good standing. Member of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). Preferred candidates would possess 3 to 5 years’ experience. Mackenzie Health is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer committed to providing accommodations for applicants upon request at any stage of the recruitment process in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration for an interview will be contacted. Interested Candidates should submit their curriculum vitae by 4:30 pm on March 29, [phone number]to: Sophie Stratos, Manager of Medical Affairs Mackenzie Health 10 Trench Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario L4C 4Z3 [phone number] Ext. [phone number]

    Psychiatrist job summary

    A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

    Example of a Psychiatrist job summary

    Our suburban psychiatric practice needs a dedicated Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to join our team. We’re looking for a compassionate, devoted individual who enjoys working with children and teens to solve all types of problems, from serious mental illness to adjustment difficulties. The successful candidate will be the only medical staff member to focus on youths, which means he or she will be responsible for designing his or her own program and referring patients as necessary. We also have a Psychotherapist on staff who works with teens. We offer excellent benefits and generous paid leave.

    Psychiatrist responsibilities and duties

    The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

    • Conduct initial patient evaluations and take detailed medical histories
    • Diagnose teens and children based on symptoms and prior medical treatment
    • Treat psychiatric conditions in teens and young children using a conservative approach, which should include CBT
    • Explain treatment plans to patients and their parents or guardians and provide familial support throughout treatment program
    • Advocate for young patients, especially with regard to schools and other organizations
    • Prescribe medication on a conservative basis to treat verifiable mental health diseases and conditions

    Psychiatrist qualifications and skills

    Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

    • Unrestricted provincial licence to practice medicine required
    • 6+ years’ experience in psychiatric practice
    • 2+ years’ experience treating children and/or teens
    • Willingness to learn and follow clinic’s standards of practice
    • Demonstrable ability to connect with and provide support for children
    • Current DEA permit required
    • Familiarity with EMR/EHR systems
    • Ability to pass background check and drug screening
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