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Clinical Lead, Surgical Services Network

Interior Health Authority

This is a Full-time position in Waterloo, ON posted May 30, 2021.

Job title :CLINICAL LEAD, SURGICAL SERVICES NETWORK Community :FLEXIBLE Facility :FLEXIBLE Status :PERMANENT FULL TIME Position Summary Rewarding and exciting career opportunity located in the sunny Southern Interior of BC Join us as Clinical Lead, Surgical Services Network.

If you are a driven and successful healthcare professional with Operating Room and/or Post Anesthesia Recovery experience along with project management or leadership experience then we want to hear from you.

This position offers a flexible worksite location within our Interior Health region in addition to an amazing total compensation package.

We have one of the best benefit packages and pension plans in Canada.

In addition to Medical, Dental and Extended Health coverage, we offer paid vacation starting at 4 weeks up to a maximum of 7 weeks annually.

About this opportunity: The Clinical Lead, Surgical Services is responsible for the maintenance, implementation, and monitoring of the Clinical Practice Standard manual for Surgical Services and Medical Device Reprocessing.

This includes IH-wide planning, leadership development, program development, coordination, implementation, strategic/health service performance improvement initiatives, and ongoing evaluation of clinical service delivery of surgical care.

In addition, the Clinical Lead provides critical linkages with senior leaders, physicians and clinical staff across Interior Health (IH) and other Health Authorities, various provincial ministries, and other external organizations.


Provides Health Authority level expertise in surgical care and models effective leadership at all levels of the organization and with external stakeholders by promoting excellence in clinical practice using well-established methods based on current recognized standards of practice.

This includes providing input and expertise to other program and project areas in the Health Authority.


Responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance, monitoring and prioritization of clinical practice standards and policies, including identifying gaps in process and procedures that require clarification and documentation.

Clinical practice standards and policies are based on standards of practice and tailored to fit IH needs and processes.


Provides clinical leadership for Health Authority-wide planning, development, implementation, and ongoing improvement activities, including support with implementation, ongoing monitoring and evaluation of surgical services.


Collaborates within the Surgical Services Network team and site-based clinical areas by sharing clinical information and supporting clinical requirements that enable the attainment of service delivery goals and objectives, consistent with the strategic plan for IH.


Provides subject area expertise to solve issues and addresses critical incidents that occur within the Health Authority related to surgical services to support the resolution of systemic issues and ensure high quality patient care and staff safety.


Identifies and evaluates new clinical initiatives, partnership opportunities, and new developments and trends in health services planning through literature review, contact with peers at other organizations and professional associations.

Communicates information and makes recommendations to the Network Director, Surgical Services.


Facilitates consultation and consensus building with stakeholders, including the Professional Practice Office and operational teams, as it relates to the delivery of clinical surgical services in IH.

This includes leading subject specific project teams and working groups to plan for and achieve deliverables.


Supports the standardization of all equipment, reusable and consumable products, supplies, and processes for surgical care.

Represents Surgical Services on product evaluation committees, as required.


Provides project management role for authority-wide implementation of clinical change management initiatives.

This includes identification of process requirements, implementation planning, delivery, and monitoring outcomes of clinical projects for IH, the Ministry of Health, other Health Authorities, and health professionals as required.


Prepares and/or coordinates the preparation of concept documents, reports, briefing notes, issue papers, and presentations for review by the Network Director, Surgical Services, to gain the appropriate approvals.

This may include presentations and recommendations to the broader IH senior executive, quality committees, and the Board when required.


Supports site operations’ organizational training needs in regards to products, supplies, equipment, relocation of services, policy and procedures, critical incidents, advisories, recall alerts, or program expansions.


Participates and supports regional committees such as the Surgical Services Executive and OR/MDR Managers and Leaders Committee.


Participates and collaborates with the Ministry of Health on provincial working groups, as assigned.


Performs other related duties as assigned.

• A Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or health-related discipline; a Master’s degree in a health-related field is preferred.

• A minimum of 7 to 10 years of recent, related clinical Operating Room and/or Post Anesthesia Recovery experience, with three years’ experience in project management or leadership.

• Knowledge or experience with Medical Device Reprocessing is an asset.

LEADS Capabilities Demonstrates all LEADS Capabilities, in particular:
• Leads Self/Cultural Agility
– self-awareness, demonstrates character; noticing and adapting to cultural uniqueness to create a sense of safety for all.

• Engages Others/Empathy
– communicates effectively; listens with heart rather than reacting
• Achieves Results/Process Orientation
– takes action to implement decisions, assesses & evaluates results, follows culturally respectful processes that also produce results
• Develops Coalitions/Building a Trust-Based Relationship
– builds partnership and networks to create results, demonstrates a commitment to customers and service, participating in open exchanges of experiences and culture
• System Transformation/Credible Champion
– demonstrates systems/critical thinking, strategically oriented to the future, champions & orchestrates change, remains self-aware and maintains effective relationships, shows courage and conviction in advocating for change for the betterment of Aboriginal people.

Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage and support change that is consistent with the vision, purpose, and operating principles of Interior Health.

• Demonstrated ability to coordinate and facilitate working groups, chair multi-stakeholder meetings, and collaborate with physicians and nursing staff.

• Ability to research and collate national and international best practices and/or clinical practice standards and identify implications to surgical services practice.

• Ability to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate outcomes.

• Broad knowledge of healthcare and system/service delivery models, including medical device reprocessing.

• Demonstrated ability and extensive knowledge/experience in managing strategic planning, health systems, and service initiatives at the organizational, regional, and provincial levels.

Leadership and management skills in a large diverse environment.

• Strong conceptual and policy-oriented skills.

Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and information; to creatively problem-solve with a global perspective in order to incorporate the organization’s systems and strategies when developing viable solutions to problems; and to establish courses of action for self and others that are results-oriented.

• Excellent communication skills including the ability to facilitate, negotiate, and persuade others both internal and external to the organization, often in stressful environments.

Superior verbal and written communication skills required.

• Strong presentation skills with the ability to express a view convincingly, coherently, and concisely both verbally and in writing.

• Demonstrated experience with multi-faceted projects and stringent timelines.

• Demonstrated ability to productively use medical/computer equipment and programs (i.e., spreadsheet, word processing, database, email, internet, presentation, and project management applications).

• Valid BC class 5 BC Driver’s License.

• Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.