Medical Director

Canuck Place Children's Hospice - Vancouver, BC (4 months ago)

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Regular Full-Time

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (CPCH) is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider. For over two decades, through the many programs and services we provide, we have made a significant difference in the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Be part of a talented and innovative team that takes pride in supporting and providing the highest quality pediatric palliative care.

Rest, renewal and support.

Respite and family support is an essential component to our pediatric palliative care program. We offer 24-hour in-house clinical care on a temporary basis for children with or without their families. Respite allows children the opportunity to receive clinical care for complex illnesses, pain and symptom management, recreation therapy and counselling, and offers families much-needed rest, renewal and support. Through multiple respite stays, our team gets to know the children and families on our program over a period of time, providing first-hand knowledge of their evolving symptoms, and an increased awareness of complex needs and required support. Our respite care program allows us to help children and families make the most of the time they have left.

Advanced Symptom Management and End of Life Care

We provide advanced clinical and counseling care at home, hospital and hospice to enhance the quality of life for children and families who are living with a life-threatening/life limiting condition. Our Advanced Symptom and Palliative Care Service include inpatient and telephone consultation, assessment and management of symptoms associated with life-threatening conditions and/or end of life. Education and support for families and/or health care providers, Information about symptom management, trajectory, and advanced directives and coordination with other healthcare professionals. Symptom management is active care aimed at reducing the adverse physical and emotional symptoms of the child's illness and/or side effects from treatments. We help children, their families, and healthcare professionals work together to make decisions regarding treatment and care options.

We operate out of two free-standing inpatient hospices, we are the popular based palliative care team at the provincial territory – care children’s and maternity hospitals (RGH and BCA) provide consultation to hospitals and clinicians throughout BC including site visits when required, and support an extensive care at home program.

Just a phone call away.

At Canuck Place, we know caring for children with a progressive life-threatening illness can be complex and daunting for the families who love them. Our 24-hour phone line lets them know they are not alone. Accessible to families and caregivers, who are registered on our program, at no charge 24 hours a day, our clinical staff provide answers to questions ranging from the everyday care of a child, to complex issues surrounding medications, pain and symptom management, and end-of-life support. This service is also available to care professionals in BC communities who need pediatric palliative care consultation support. This service ensures our specialized knowledge and support is accessible at all times, resulting in peace of mind for families, fewer emergency room visits, and better care for the children we serve.

Loving support along a life-altering path.

The end-of-life transition is a profound and heart-wrenching experience for children and the families who love them. Our team recognizes this, and works collaboratively to ensure the final wishes and needs of each child and family are met in the weeks and days leading up to the end-of-life, and beyond. This involves helping family members make difficult decisions around end-of-life plans, and addressing pain management, emotional and spiritual care needs. We offer heartfelt guidance and compassionate support in order to help make this sacred and profound transition as gentle as possible for each child and family we are honoured to serve.

Medical Director

Role Summary

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s Hospital are seeking a visionary Medical Director. Expanding provincial program: a Royal College sub-specialty fellowship: growing research program pioneering clinical reach to hospitals and home.
CPCH, as British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider under Child Health BC Tiers of Service Framework, provides comprehensive services for children with complex medical challenges in the context of life-threatening/life limiting conditions. This active and total approach to care requires robust programs, specialized services, and dedicated staff. Our programs include medical and nursing care, art, music, and recreation therapy, counselling, and provincial community care and outreach.
We offer a 24/7 continuum of care to children and families staying in-house, as well as an extensive outreach program to meet an ever-increasing demand for services throughout the province of BC and as the consultation team at BCCH/BCW.
This position will incorporate clinical and research work and the salary will be commensurate with the experience and expertise of the applicant. We offer a collegial atmosphere, a unique warm environment, many research opportunities and enthusiastic colleagues. This is a joint appointment between CPCH, BCCH and the UBC Faculty of Medicine. The successful candidate will have a faculty appointment at UBC at, or above, the level of Assistant Professor commensurate with experience.
As the successful candidate for the Medical Director you will have demonstrated both a commitment to academic and clinical excellence in both pediatrics and palliative care over several years and the leadership and management skills that are necessary to ensure high quality clinical service and academic productivity. There should be demonstrated scholarly experience in any or all of: clinical research, medical education, or quality improvement.
Applicants should be certified (or eligible for certification) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have demonstrated experience and recognized training in Pediatric Palliative Medicine and must be licensed (or eligible for licensure) in the Province of B.C.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about the applicant’s status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, - or – No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.


Please submit your cover letter and your resume here:
The position will remain open until filled.
We recognize the importance of a diversified workforce, and we encourage First Nations, Inuit and Metis candidates, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates who have been short-listed will be contacted.