Physician Assistants will have the opportunity to be trained and scheduled for a variety of clinical settings, including all regional and provincial clinical programs in the facility. Shifts will be assigned to meet the staffing needs of the organization therefore non-traditional scheduling will be required.
Physician Assistants will join inter-professional care teams, and assist physicians with a variety of responsibilities as the discretion of the supervising physician, including: a) contributing to patient assessments e.g. gathering collateral data, taking histories, and completing admission and discharge notes, b) providing some follow up monitoring once the MRP-patient relationship is established and the patient consents, c) liaising with families, d) educating patients and families, and e) communicating within the Waypoint care team and with external members of the patient care team.
Physician Assistants will also contribute directly to several quality improvement initiatives in the hospital, including implementation of HQO's Quality Standards for Schizophrenia care, the Ottawa Smoking Cessation Program, reduction of restraint and seclusion, integration of physical and mental health care, and potentially expansion of outpatient services. For example, Physician Assistants will contribute to: screening and referring patients for evidence-based psychotherapies as indicated; educating patients, families and substitute decision makers about physician-recommended medications and psychotherapies; monitoring response to and tolerability of treatments to facilitate treatment and dosing adjustments; ordering and initially reviewing metabolic investigations; providing education about metabolic health and prevention; measuring patient-reported outcomes, and; documenting all aspects of care including compliance with quality standards.
Physician Assistants may complete additional responsibilities at the discretion of the supervising psychiatrist (or other physician) and in accordance with their formal and on-the-job training.
Providing support in the provision of services within the inter-professional teams under the direct or indirect supervision of, and at the request of, a physician
Assessing patient condition and needs based on interviews, interaction and direct observation; contributing to the development and implementation of therapeutic patient care and transition plans
Developing therapeutic rapport with patients and families and providing education
Documenting patient care and compliance with quality standards (under physician supervision)
Ordering, and conducting preliminary review of results of, investigations (under physician supervision)
Contributing to a safe, therapeutic environment through adherence to the PACCC standards, and program/facility-wide policies and procedures, including completing mandatory trainings
Certified, or eligible to be certified, through the PACCC
Previous experience in mental health an asset
Experience with patient safety including emergency patient care procedures
Results oriented work ethic to work with graded responsibility, undertake tasks needed to accomplish work objectives, and deliver quality, consistent and timely results
Demonstrated collaborative, interpersonal and organizational skills
Proven written and verbal communication skills
Proven ability to adapt to change
Models and promotes core ethical practice, Waypoint Values, and reflects an optimistic and positive attitude
Proficiency in English language; working knowledge of French language an asset