EOI Network Community Family Practice Lead

Date: May 14, 2024

Location: Pugwash, NS, CA, B0K 1L0

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Requisition ID: 167651 

Opportunity Type: Long Term Assignment 

Estimated Annual Salary: 0 - 25,000 

Type of Remuneration: Other 

Site Visit & Reallocation Allowance Programs:  

For information and to determine eligibility for Department of Health and Wellness Incentives, please contact Physician.Resources@novascotia.ca

About This Opportunity

Each of the four administrative Zones within the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) have a Department Head of Family Practice supported by a broader medical administrative structure for family practice, which includes medical leadership at the network level.   Community Health Networks are geographic based; there are 14 networks in Nova Scotia, with three in the Northern Zone. The Networks serve as a mechanism to facilitate linkages across all health system and community partners, linking primary, secondary, tertiary, and diagnostic care across settings (hospital, community, long term care).

Reporting to the Head, Department of Family Practice, Northern Zone and working within a co-leadership model with the network Primary Health Care Manager, the network community family practice lead provides service leadership and support to ensure that Network medical staff activities are consistent with the overall strategic and operational direction of the Department and aligned with NSHA strategic imperatives.


The Family Medicine Network Lead agrees to the following service deliverables:

1.    Support the Zone Department Head. Examples include responding to physician network inquiries on specific topics, providing contextual information about specific issues, individuals, communities, etc., based on existing knowledge of network and relationships with network physicians.
2.    Meet with the respective Zone Department Head in person or via e-technology at a minimum once a month. Meetings will focus on network and departmental updates. 
3.    Work in a co-leadership model with the Network Primary Health Care Manager with scheduled check-ins in person or via e-technology. Co-leadership activities include (but not limited to) meeting with physicians, family practice teams and other key stakeholders in the network to support activities associated with implementation of the Health Home Model. 
4.    Advise and assist the Zone Department Head in family physician recruitment and retention within the Network. This includes activities such as:
a.     Contacting retiring physicians, reviewing data gathered about their practice, making recommendations regarding replacements. 
b.    Meeting with potential new recruits, working with the Zone Physician Recruitment Consultant, making recommendations to the Head regarding payment models and deliverables.
5.    Maintain linkages with family physicians within the Network, working to promote the functions and activities of the DFP including (but not limited to) engaging in ad hoc meetings and interactions with individual physicians and family practice teams, either in person or by telephone.
6.    Attend meetings of Network physicians (where there are meetings) as required either accompanying the Zone Department Head or attending in their stead.
7.    Liaise with the regional hospital and CEC/UTC site leads in the network where applicable through the Network Council and on an ad hoc basis.  
8.    Assess minor complaints or SIMS reports concerning family physicians within the network and refer to the Zone Department Head as indicated. This would include activities such as initial trouble shooting and data gathering, resolving minor complaints, referring more significant issues to Department Head or ZMED.  Participate in respectful workplace responsibilities as needed in conjunction with the Department Head.
9.    Chair meetings of the Network Family Practice Council on a regular basis (every 4-6 weeks) in addition to biannual department meetings with the family physicians of the Network.
10.    Participate in leadership development and shows a commitment to lifelong learning and acquisition and refinement of leadership capabilities.
As the organization matures, deliverables may change to create needed alignment of Departments and networks.


⦁    MD (WITH OR WITHOUT SPECIALTY) with an interest in Medical Leadership and evidence of past and ongoing leadership training.
⦁    experience as a family physician 

Application Requirement

Application Requirement: Please submit your expression of interest with cover letter and CV outlining your experience in relation to the accountabilities for the position to Lisa Bedford, Manager Department of Family Practice, Nova Scotia Health Authority lisa.bedford@nshealth.ca.

Compensation Data

Compensation: Three Year term with a stipend of $18,750 annually

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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