Central Local Health Integration Network – Vice President, Clinical Health System Transformation & Quality

  • Amrop Knightsbridge
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Apr 21, 2018
Full time Vice President

Job Description

Central Local Health Integration Network – Vice President, Clinical Health System Transformation & Quality

The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is one of 14 LHINs established by the Ontario provincial government to plan, coordinate, integrate and fund health services at the local level.

Geographically varied, the Central LHIN comprises sections of northern Toronto, a portion of Etobicoke, most of York Region and South Simcoe County. With a population of nearly 2 million, the Central LHIN has the most residents, is among the most diverse and is one of the fastest growing of all LHINs. A key challenge is to meet the increasing demand for care and services as the population continues to grow and age at a rate above the provincial average.

For 2017-2018, the Central LHIN’s budget of approximately $2.1 billion funds 93 Health Service Providers through 99 Service Accountability Agreements including:

  • 7 public and 2 private hospitals
  • 46 Long-Term Care Homes
  • 31 Community Support Service providers
  • 23 Mental Health and Addictions service providers
  • 2 Community Health Centres

As of June 2017, home and community care services previously provided by the Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) transitioned to the LHIN who now also coordinates and delivers home and community care and employs approximately 780 staff.

Bringing together health care providers from sectors such as hospitals, community care, community support services, community mental health and addictions, community health centres and long-term care as well as collaborating with primary care providers and public health, LHINs work locally to achieve meaningful system improvements – results that could only be achieved at a local level based on a thorough understanding of local health care needs and established relationships.

THE CONTEXT

Enhanced clinical leadership in LHINs has been identified as a critical success factor for achieving the goals of these reforms. Clinical leads are seen as necessary elements of the LHIN organization to support their expanded mandate to act as the single point of accountability for local health service planning and performance management. Effective clinical leadership will also enable LHINs to engage clinicians, drive the adoption of evidence-based clinical standards in partnership with Health Quality Ontario (HQO), support clinical change management and quality improvement, contribute to population-based health care planning and lead clinical activities related to service integration and performance improvement.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Vice President, Clinical Health System Transformation & Quality provides clinical leadership and strategic direction to advance the priorities of the LHIN. The role is focused on clinical change management and leadership, health system planning, performance management and quality improvement. The position fosters strong collaborative relationships across the clinical spectrum, from public health, primary care providers and inter-professional teams to medical and clinical leaders in community and acute care settings.

The VP Clinical reports to the Central LHIN CEO and works closely with the Central LHIN senior management team to drive positive clinical change and clinical engagement across the LHIN. The VP Clinical will be accountable for and lead all other clinical leadership positions in the Central LHIN, and will work collaboratively to achieve Central LHIN and provincially-defined performance metrics and to develop a more integrated health care system.

This Vice President also plays the important role of Regional Clinical Quality Lead in a collaborative partnership between the Central LHIN and Health Quality Ontario. Reporting to the Chief of Clinical Quality at Health Quality Ontario, the VP will influence positive change with the ultimate goal of aligning the quality agenda, engaging communities to build on existing efforts, and promoting a culture of quality that will enable improved patient outcomes, experience of care and value for money.  

NEAR-TERM PRIORITIES AND EXPECTATIONS  

  • Develop a strong understanding of the LHIN’s mandate and priorities.
  • Complete staffing of and provide leadership to the sub-region clinical leads to support the engagement of clinicians across the region and advance the ongoing development and implementation of the sub-region strategy.
  • Establish one’s credibility and develop sound, trusted and collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders, including clinical counterparts across the LHIN network.
  • In partnership with Health Quality Ontario, lead/participate in and contribute to the broader provincial clinical quality agenda.
  • Contribute to the co-creation of a sub region model that will integrate primary care and other clinical services.
  • Participate as a valued, contributing member of the LHIN’s senior management team. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Educational Qualifications

  • Currently or recently practicing, is a respected physician actively engaged at the system level who can dedicate 4 or 5 days per week to this mandate.
  • Formal leadership training, change management, quality experience, system leadership, and physician engagement are assets.

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrates understanding of local health issues, priorities and needs while recognizing the broader trends in health care policy and system development.
  • Practical experience in clinical change management and quality improvement methods and tools, and the ability to draw on leading practices to adapt and apply these skills.
  • Knowledge of existing medical and clinical networks that can be tapped for effective engagement and communication of strategies and initiatives.
  • Experience developing and implementing health care quality improvement strategies, implementation of clinical standards or other large-scale initiatives that cut across traditional health care silos.
  • Proven ability to manage and guide planning and implementation, including developing resource requirements, timelines, and milestones.

Key Attributes

  • Ability to work well with others in teams, networks and organizations and achieve consensus when there are diverse views.
  • Ability and credibility to reach and engage clinicians across a variety of settings and disciplines.
  • Ability to think conceptually, plan flexibly, identify continual opportunities for improvement, and operate effectively in a complex environment.
  • Sensitivity and organizational skills to operate effectively across complex work cultures and environments
  • Political acuity, and understanding and commitment to diversity.

LEADS Health Leadership Competencies

  • Lead Self
  • Engage Others
  • Achieve Results
  • Develop Coalitions
  • Systems Transformation

Job Specific Competencies

  • Strategic Planning: Communicates corporate goals and objectives within the department. Aligns department tasks and objectives with corporate goals and objectives. Establishes clear targets and measures to track progress toward department objectives. Shares organizational performance measurement information and encourages dialogue and analysis.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Develops networks and builds alliances. Engages in cross-functional activities; collaborates across boundaries, and finds common ground with a widening range of stakeholders.
  • Relationship Management: Builds multiple external collaborative relationships to support department performance. Identifies the key issues and accommodates the key players when dealing with external parties/units on joint projects.
  • Communication and Interpersonal skills: Listens well and encourages open communication. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others in different situations; is tactful, compassionate and sensitive, and treats others with respect.
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management: Builds consensus and seeks cooperation of others when working with stakeholders and other departments. Recognizes and manages difficult relationships by stressing the importance of valuing diverse viewpoints.
  • Program and Patient Services Leadership: Contributes to developing key values and a shared vision in planning and implementing programs and policies in the community.
  • Change Management: Actively embraces change efforts and initiatives to improve department performance. Develops and uses different methods to help employees to positively react to change.

To request a copy of the position profile that outlines in more detail the mandate and key responsibilities, please contact Ed Perkovic, Director of Research, at Amrop Knightsbridge, at eperkovic@amropknightsbridge.com or 1-416-640-4311. If this opportunity is of interest, please submit to Ed your resume along with an expression of interest for consideration.