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Provincial Health Services Authority, Perinatal Services BC
Vancouver, BC

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Job Summary

The Director, Provincial Acute Care reports to the Provincial Executive Director, Perinatal Services BC (PSBC), and oversees the development, adoption and approval of provincial guidelines and standardized forms as well as supporting outreach education that support best practices for maternal and newborn care using a multidisciplinary approach. Leads the knowledge transformation of best practices for the strategic planning of perinatal services in British Columbia and works in collaboration with other program directors, provincial stakeholders, and front-line leaders to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, accountability and sustainability of clinical activities in maternal, fetal and newborn health. Negotiates and facilitates consensus within PHSA and other health organizations within the mandate of PSBC. The Director plays an integral role by providing leadership and expertise in the application of quality improvement, patient care management, engagement strategies and practices within PSBC and across the province. The Director guides the development, recommendation and implementation of new or changed policy; oversees designated portfolio staff; and develops, monitors, and maintains an operating budget

Roles and Responsibilities

* Develops the strategic operational plans for the Acute Care portfolio and contributes to the overall strategic leadership of PSBC as a member of the leadership team in support of the PSBC, PHSA and the province wide direction and mandate.
* Directs the development, implementation and evaluation of local, provincial, and national patient care standards. Provides expertise and facilitation in implementing and evaluating evidence-based clinical decision support tools such as protocols, care paths, and structured improvement collaboratives. Leverages expert support for analysis of multiple sources of data to promote a balanced approach to identifying and acting upon improvement opportunities.
* Provides leadership for local, provincial and national planning in the area of perinatal (including neonatal) health care and advanced clinical practice approaches at the program, organizational, community, provincial, national and international levels. Leads, facilitates and/or participates in internal, local, provincial and national committees/projects on an ongoing basis.
* Promotes evidenced-based practice and shares knowledge about current research and literature including normal birth and transition for mother and baby, complications of pregnancy, enabling innovation in practice, and management of complex situations. Establishes opportunities for internal staff and provincial teams to implement evidence based practice, clinical research endeavors and promotes and advances best practice through publications, presentations, and conferences.
* Oversees the development and/or delivery of tools to support implementation of evidence-based practice including quality improvement tools, resources, learning curriculum, topic materials, web-based tools and related resources to build capacity and drive quality improvement.
* Oversees designated staff of PSBC, establishes clear definitions of responsibility, evaluates performance in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, fosters a positive working environment, listens to concerns, and enables decision-making. Investigates work and staff issues and where necessary initiates disciplinary action up to and including termination and participates in the management of labour relations matters.
* Develops and recommends designated budget to complement strategic directions within existing fiscal constraints and uses best utilization methods to monitor an allocated budget.

Skills and Competencies

Demonstrated ability to develop a strategic operational plan. Demonstrated ability in developing educational programs with a focus on perinatal care. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with individuals at all levels, both internal and external to PHSA. Demonstrated ability in leading change, inspiring and engaging others, and promoting innovation; ability to build and maintain effective relationships. Demonstrated analytical and critical thinking skills including the ability to present information in concise and meaningful ways. Demonstrated ability to establish courses of action for self and others that are results oriented. Demonstrated ability to supervise, motivate, and lead staff. Knowledge of and experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Education and Experience

A level of education, training and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (such as nursing, medicine, health administration etc.) plus a minimum of seven (7) years recent related clinical experience relevant to maternal, infant and/or perinatal health, including a minimum of three (3) years in a progressively responsible management role. Previous experience and education in quality, patient safety, risk management or accreditation is preferred.

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