Regina Area is Looking for Physicians to Take Part in an On-Call Rota for the Youth Detox

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Regina Area is Looking for Physicians to Take Part in an On-Call Rota for the Youth Detox

20-Mar-2018

Participation in the on-call rota is remunerated by a $210,000 annual stipend to be shared between participants. This is not an SECP on-call stipend. Physicians will need to partner with their colleagues to manage the call rota and ensure complete coverage and delivery of service within the timelines outlines in the YDDSA. The start date is July 1, 2018.

Regina Area Mental Health and Addiction Services is looking for physicians to take part in an on-call rota for youth who require detoxification and stabilization services pursuant to the Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act (YDDSA). Participation in the on-call rota is remunerated by a $210,000 annual stipend to be shared between participants. This is not an SECP on-call stipend. Physicians will need to partner with their colleagues to manage the call rota and ensure complete coverage and delivery of service within the timelines outlines in the YDDSA. The start date is July 1, 2018.

Physician will be required to meet the intent of the legislation which is to provide services to youth unwilling or unable to engage in voluntary services for severe substance abuse or substance dependence through the least intrusive treatment option possible by utilizing community orders in conjunction with the community addiction workers at Child and Youth Services for Regina. The physician will be required to provide support to the unit coordinator to assist physicians in other areas of Saskatchewan to arrange care in their local hospital when required. Where a community order is not sufficient or appropriate for the assessed youth, utilizing a detoxification order as per the legislation is an alternative option. The legislation does provide for youth to be held within any provincial hospital, regional hospital, or a northern hospital for this service to be provided. While familiarity with the legislation is an asset, it is not essential. Appropriate orientation will be provided to any physicians requiring more information to take on this role.

Services that need to be provided may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Consultations (direct or indirect), including history and physical evaluation as needed, for patients in Regina area as well as providing advice when called by physicians from other areas of the Health Authority. Physician will provide assessment of drug use, mental health status and prioritization of appropriate pathway of care as outlined in the YDDSA.
  2. Daily Management of patients admitted to the youth detox including work with the team of a psychiatric nurse and addiction counsellors to provide appropriate treatment & discharge plans.
  3. Attend Appeal Panel hearings (30 min) and provide certifications/recertification within the timelines outlines in the YDDSA.

Services provided are remunerated through the Physician Payment Schedule on a fee for service basis. Remuneration for attendance at appeal panel hearings is paid through Mental Health and Addiction Services at the rate of $100 per hearing.

The Youth Detox located at Regina General Hospital 4A (this is a 6 bed, locked social detox with medical supervision) which serves youth ages 12 -18 years of age. We require 24/7 availability of a privileged physician to be available to respond by telephone within 30 minutes in order to provide advice to the unit on patient care or to arrange an assessment of a youth within 12 hours (police without 1st assessment) or 24 hours (for second assessment). Youth are not required to be seen in a hospital setting for assessment and drug testing is not required by the legislation.

For more information please contact Lorri Carlson, Executive Director of Mental Health & Addiction Services (Regina Area) or send your expression of interest in writing by April 27, 2018 to Lorri.Carlson@saskhealthauthority.ca.