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Prab Grewal
by Elizabeth Maynes
Published: November 22, 2022 (2 weeks ago)
Location
Calgary

Status: Full-time, temporary

FTE: 1.0

Vacancies: Two

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Work from home in the Calgary Zone

The Primary Care Registered Psychologist (PCRP) is a member of an interprofessional healthcare team utilizing collaboration, innovation, and teamwork in the provision of primary care services that support the Patient Medical Home (PMH) within the Calgary West Central Primary Care Network (CWC PCN). The CWC PCN is an innovative, progressive organization that uses digital healthcare technology to collaborate with team members, physicians, and in the provision of care.

The PCRP will work from home and provide virtual care to patients through video and telephone calls, and will be supported by a collaborative and experienced team of Registered Psychologists. The successful candidate can be located anywhere within the Calgary zone or surrounding region (e.g., Cochrane, Canmore, Airdrie).

This role provides an excellent work-life balance with all work being completed within business hours. There are two positions available: a 12-month maternity leave cover and an 18-month maternity leave cover. The anticipated start date for both positions is January or February 2023.

Responsibilities

Patient-centred care

  • Address a wide range of mental health concerns in a diverse patient population.
  • Maintain a patient caseload with the goal of early identification, quick resolution, long-term prevention, and health promotion.
  • Ensure that the duration and frequency of patient visits is based on maximizing the scope of practice and utilizing guidelines for referring patients to more appropriate services (e.g., Access Mental Health).
  • Use evidence-based strategies and treatments in the provision of patient care.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with the PMH team (i.e., Physician, Primary Care Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Quality Improvement Consultant) to provide care to patients.

Physician collaboration

  • Work collaboratively with physician members to provide patient care that addresses both mental and physical health concerns.
  • Ensure that patient care is communicated through same-day clinical notes within the patients’ electronic medical record.
  • Work collaboratively with physician members and other PMH team members to ensure that appropriate patients are referred to specialized services within the community (e.g., Access Mental Health, Calgary Counseling Centre, etc.)

Clinical expertise

  • Provide care through digital health technologies (e.g., telephone, video).
  • Demonstrate expertise and skills to support patients presenting with:
    • Depression, anxiety, and stress
    • Stress-somatization responses
    • Sleep disturbances
    • Chronic pain
    • Self-management of chronic diseases and other health conditions
    • Occupational problems
    • Relationship difficulties, including marital and child and family issues
    • Bereavement, loss, and grief
    • Substance abuse
    • The needs of the elderly and their caregivers

Chronic disease management

  • Collaborate with other PMH team members to provide comprehensive care to chronic disease management patients.

Quality improvement

  • Participate in the identification of new service requirements and address deficiencies in current services for the benefit of patients.
  • Participate in program evaluation initiatives and submit data as required, provide timely and accurate information for team meetings, and prepare periodic reports, as requested, on program goal accomplishment.
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate records as outlined in CWC PCN policy and through professional affiliations.
  • Participate in CWC PCN educational programs and interdisciplinary and staff meetings.
  • Attend mandatory education and update sessions.

Qualifications

Education: A master’s level degree in counselling psychology or a related psychology degree is required. Registration and membership with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) in good standing is required. The successful candidate must be a Registered Psychologist by the start date; however, the interview process can commence while the candidate is provisional.  

Additional certifications in mental health and chronic disease management are an asset. Professional education related to quality improvement (QI) in the workplace and on teams is an asset.

Experience: Clinical experience in a primary care setting is an asset. Previous experience in patient teaching and with successful QI initiatives in the workplace and on teams is an asset. Experience and comfort providing care through digital health technologies (e.g., telephone, video) is required.

Technical: Proficiency in computers, Microsoft Office Suite and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems is required. Experience in and/or willingness to learn platforms such as Pomelo and digital health is required.

Background check: a clear Criminal Background check with Vulnerable Sector check is required to start. If you have resided outside Calgary in the past 12 months, you will need to contact the local police or RCMP detachment in your previous residential municipality to be able to obtain a full report.

Vaccination: This role requires the incumbent to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., have received all doses that are recommended by Health Canada) and must be able to provide proof of vaccination.

BLS: A current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate issued through Heart and Stroke Foundation is required.

Why work for us?

We have been recognized as an Alberta Top 75 Employer for 2022. Employees of the CWC PCN enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package that includes employer-paid premiums for health and dental benefits, health spending/wellness account, learning account, eligibility to contribute to our group RRSP plan and receive an employer match, flexible working options, generous vacation and personal time off allowances, education days, as well as professional development opportunities.

The CWC PCN is a leader in the provision of primary care through collaboration, innovation, and teamwork, creating healthy patients and satisfied providers.

The CWC PCN is committed to providing a physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe environment for all workers, patients, and visitors. We are also committed to promoting policies internally that ensure team members across the organization feel they belong and can perform to their best capacity in a supportive and respectful work environment.

How to apply

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only those who apply through LinkedIn or the CWC PCN website will be moved forward in the recruitment process. This is a necessary step as we require important information from our online application form. Please include your cover letter and resume when submitting your application.

Please click here to apply directly on our website.

Our hiring practices ensure that all qualified candidates are considered and decisions are merit-based. We invite applicants of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, ancestry, religious beliefs, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, age, family status, family/marital status, and physical and mental disabilities.

The CWC PCN welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities or those needing an accommodation based on any other protected ground. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. To request an accommodation, please email [email protected].

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Posting will remain open until the role is filled.