In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of the Vancouver Island Health Authority, patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at VIHA; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Manager and under the clinical supervision and direction of the anesthesiologist in accordance with the standards of practice and guidelines of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS), the Regional Practice Lead practices within a patient- and family-centred care model and the vision and values of the organization.
The Regional Practice Lead participates in recruitment and performance management, coaches and orientates team members and supports Anesthesia Assistants (AA) in their competency development & ongoing competency according to the National Competency Framework for Anesthesia Assistance. The Practice Lead updates and standardizes policy and procedure manuals, compiles financial and statistical reports, facilitates and coordinates research and development projects, monitors equipment performance, and maintains inventory of supplies.
The Regional Practice Lead is accountable for the development, implementation, and evaluation of Anaesthesia technology and ensuring professional practice standards and quality care are optimized.
The Practice Lead coordinates the delivery of clinical education, training and supervision of AA students/trainees by providing best practice guidance, collaborating with educational institutions to ensure educational outcomes adhere to program requirements, assigning students to appropriate trainers and clinical rotations, providing education support, maintaining inventories of training supplies, and identifying/promoting the development of clinical research opportunities.
Travel may be a requirement of this position. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Graduation from a recognized post-graduate diploma Anesthesia Assistant Program; and Certified Clinical Anesthesia Assistant (CCAA) certificate and eligible for membership with CSRT; and a minimum of five (5) years' recent, related experience, including two (2) years' supervisory and leadership experience; and Basic Cardiac Life Support certification; and Comprehensive knowledge of current anesthesia theory and practice, and knowledge of the Canadian Anesthesiologists Society (CAS) clinical practice guidelines. Valid BC Driver's License.
An equivalent combination of training and experience may be considered.