Family Physician - Care by Design

Date: May 22, 2024

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3H 0A1

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 35907 

Opportunity Type: Locum to Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 100,000 - 150,000 

Type of Remuneration: FFS - Fee For Service 


About This Opportunity

Nova Scotia Health Authority's innovative Care by Design program provides residents of long-term care facilities access to high-quality and consistent primary care. Care by Design strives to achieve quality of life for our most frail seniors and an appropriate health care approach to meet their health needs. The program ensure comprehensive, collaborative, and resident-centered care.  
As a Care by Design physician, you will join dozens of existing family physicians on a collaborative team that strives to improve continuity and quality of resident care in long-term care facilities by ensuring better safety of residents' medication regimens, reducing transfers to emergency departments, and empowering residents to be participants in their care planning.  
Physicians are assigned to one geographical network, providing them with minimal travel and improved communication with facilities and residents. The networks allow for robust on call services, more efficient training, and supportive quality improvement opportunities. Physicians are assigned to one floor/wing/unit in a facility and visit no less than once per week at a scheduled time. After hours "on call" is supported by a group of physicians and are centrally managed. call – typically once every 2 months or 8 weeks (including weekends). Physicians are paid for fee-for-service under NS MSI, an additional stipend is paid for on-call shifts and there are no overhead costs to participate in Care by Design. If a physician is working on the Longitudinal Family Medicine model, this can be discussed as well.

There are currently immediate opportunities in Truro, Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville, and West Hants.

For more information please contact Heather Rushton, Physician Recruitment Consultant at . 


  • deliver comprehensive primary health care services to practice patients of all ages and stages of health or illness with particular focus on geriatric care
  • round on patients at the long term facility no less than once a week and be on call between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • work with other providers in the geographical network to provide evening and weekend coverage
  • utilize an electronic medical record (EMR) and record all relevant patient details in a provincially approved EMR which is common and accessible to all collaborating team members

Expected Hours

  • permanent or locum, part-time
  • minimum requirement to round on patients once a week
  • shared evening and weekend call



Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine.  

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.

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