The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service Line (MHBS), Hampton VA Medical Center, Hampton, Virginia is currently recruiting for an experienced Psychiatrist leader to fill the position of Psychiatry Section Chief - Inpatient Services. MHBS is divided into sections to include inpatient, residential, outpatient and primary care mental health integration. Each section is supervised by a Mental Health Service Section Chief who is a licensed independent practitioner (LIP). The primary duties of the Psychiatrist include: Administrative Duties a. Provide for quality and safety of the care, treatment and services provided by the Section in the MHBS service. This requires ongoing monitoring and evaluating of quality and safety (including access, efficiency and effectiveness); appropriateness of care and treatment provided to patients; patient satisfaction activities; patient safety and risk management activities; and utilization management. b. Assist in identification of important aspects of care for the Section, identification of indicators used to measure and assess important aspects of care and evaluating of the quality and appropriateness of care. c. Utilize VHA performance measures and monitors as a basis for assessing the quality, timeliness, efficiency and safety of service activities. d. Maintain records of meetings that include reports of conclusions, data recommendations, responsible person, actions taken, and an evaluation of effectiveness of actions taken as appropriate. e. Develop criteria for recommending clinical privileges for LIP and scopes for non-LIP as appropriate for members of the section in MHBS service and ensure that FPPE and ongoing professional practice evaluation is continuously performed, and results are utilized in re-privileging. f. Responsible for supervision of staff and evaluations including performance appraisals, proficiency, personnel actions, peer reviews. g. Define and develop clinical privilege statements for staff in his/her section including levels of care that include all requirements of VHA handbook 1100.19 (credentialing and privileging). h. Develop policies and procedures to assure effective management, ethics, safety, communication and quality within the section and between MHBS sections and other services as appropriate. i. Review at least annually privilege templates for each service and make recommendation to the Chief, MHBS as needed for modifications. j. Must demonstrate knowledge and skills in interpersonal relations through appropriately and courteously relating to internal and external customers. k. Support and monitor time and attendance of staff including leave requests via VATAS. Academic/Teaching a. Support and ensure compliance on the part of his/her staff support of resident/PA/NP/DO student supervision policy, clinical reminders, completion of encounters and notes, performance measures and indicators as required by local, VISN and national policy. b. Plans and oversees the completion of personal research programs, designed to provide information regarding program planning and relevant treatment approaches. c. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assist in implementation of treatment plan as appropriate regarding their patients. d. Process Owner for Implementation of Clinical Programs / Projects with improved results in Metrics associated with Access/ Veteran Experience /Quality. Supervisory Controls The physician is a LIP who practices based on his/her specific approved privileges, guidance derived from VHA, Medical Center Bylaws and Service Directives/MCMS. The Section Chief is responsible for implementing, managing and overseeing programs and services within the Inpatient Services and reports directly to the Assistant Chief MHBS. Customer Service Requirement Incumbent meets the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Incumbent provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with the consumer constructively and appropriately. AGE, DEVELOPMENT, AND CULTURAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS REQUIREMENTS The primary age of patients treated and cared for are normally at the age level of 18 - 60 years of age or older. The position requires the incumbent to possess or develop an understanding of the needs of these types of patients. Sensitivity to the special needs of all patients in respect to age, developmental requirements, and culturally related factors must be consistently achieved. Personal contacts and coordination with a wide variety of persons are essential to this position. Contacts are with patients, caregivers, family members, administrative and clinical medical staff, and community professionals. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 08:00AM- 4:30PM; subject to change based on agency needs Relocation incentive: Authorized Recruitment incentive: Authorized Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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