Medical Director Provincial Mental Health & Addictions

  • Health PEI
  • Apr 15, 2021
Full time

Job Description

Health PEI is seeking a dynamic physician leader to assume the position of Medical Director Provincial Mental Health & Addictions.

The Medical Director, Provincial Mental Health & Addictions will provide psychiatric leadership and expertise for physicians across PEI. Specific functions of the role include policy development and planning, human resource management, quality monitoring and improvement, leadership, risk management, communication with physicians, continuing education, liaison between administration and physicians and general management and administration duties. The Medical Director is expected to develop and demonstrate the capabilities of a leader as defined in the “LEADS” capability framework; Leads Self, Engage Others, Achieve Results, Develop Coalitions and Systems Transformation. 

This is an exciting opportunity to play an important role in modernizing and building a new physician leadership structure in Prince Edward Island. Reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Director Provincial Mental Health & Addictions will work collaboratively with other physician leaders across PEI to promote consistent standards and practices to achieve excellence in patient care. Hospitals across PEI need to demonstrate a high degree of consistency and collaboration in order to ensure Islanders can expect the same standard of care regardless of where they may live. Health PEI is committed to ongoing efforts to achieve consistent, high quality practices and desire leaders who will strive for that achievement. 

Duties include:

  • Promote a collaborative multi-disciplinary team environment where members work together to complete projects, participate in problem solving, and work collectively and collaboratively to achieve goals and meet deadlines;
  • Provide advice to the Chief Medical Officer and other members of the Executive Leadership Team and senior managers on medical/clinical  and administrative matters;
  • In collaboration with Health PEI, establish priorities, strategies and plans to achieve stated outcomes, goals and objectives as part of the mental health & addictions system:
  • Promote a healthy, inclusive and safe work environment; 
  • Coach and mentor program physicians;
  • Promote the profile of mental health & addictions to support recruitment and retention strategy for PEI; 
  • Review and address patient complaints concerning medical staff pursuant to Medical Staff Bylaws, as required;
  • Inform and support strategic direction and operational plan for mental health & addictions;
  • Participate in quality improvement processes, including incident reviews, safety enhancements and innovation opportunities ; and
  • Work collegially with physicians, hospital administrators, and managers to ensure that appropriate medical programs, utilization and services meet the needs of the population


Option 1:  $147.90 per hour (with benefits)
Option 2:  $173.17 per hour (without benefits)

Hours of work:

Up to 0.8 FTE Administrative (Negotiable)
Clinical FTE negotiable 

Certifications and other requirements:

  • FRCPC or eligibility for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification;
  • License (or eligibility for same) to practice medicine in Prince Edward Island;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • A Membership in Good Standing with the Medical Society of Prince Edward Island(link is external);
  • A Membership in the Canadian Medical Protective Association(link is external);
  • Experience in medical administration and additional training in physician management (MS-PEI PLDP Masters Certificate, CCPE certification, PMI or similar courses) or equivalent management education is preferable; 
  • A broad understanding of health care, involvement in acute care and managing the complex issues in the continuum of care; 
  • Broad knowledge, background and interest and experience in clinical practice and use of best practice guidelines; 
  • Experience in management of quality initiatives using principles of quality management and implementing change; and 
  • Working knowledge of Health PEI Medical Staff By‐Laws and Master Agreement between the Medical Society of PEI, Government of PEI and Health PEI.

The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and organizational skills, will be effective at engaging physicians, leading change and innovation.  A collaborative, participatory leadership style is essential. 

To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to:

Gail Scott
Medical Affairs
16 Garfield Street
Charlottetown, PE ClA 7N8 
or by email at

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