Richmond, British Columbia
Founded in 1917, the vision of WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia) is to keep workers and workplaces safe and secure from injury, illness, and disease. WorkSafeBC is an independent statutory agency responsible for the administration of the Workers Compensation Act. British Columbia’s workers’ compensation system is dedicated to promoting workplace health and safety for the workers and employers of this province. The system also ensures that workers who are injured or become ill as a result of employment are provided benefits and assistance to enable a return to work
The organization provides prevention, compensation, return-to-work programs, and insurance services to 2.33 million workers and more than 231,000 employers throughout BC and is funded through insurance premiums paid by registered employers and through investment returns. Each year 155,000 new claims are registered for a workplace injury, disease, or death.
As part of a response to the increasing number of mental health claims, WorkSafeBC has created a bold new role – one of the first of its kind in Canada within a Workers’ Compensation Board system – of Chief Mental Health Officer. The CMHO’s mission is to create consistent standards and approaches to mental health in clinical and claims practices. Reporting to the Vice President, Claims Services, the CMHO is responsible for devising a strategy for Mental Health Services at WorkSafeBC. The role maintains oversight of all clinical mental health related services and activities, and provides strategic leadership to the department teams in formulating operational plans relating to mental health. The CMHO will forge relationships with community partners to draw on innovations in mental health and promote an understanding of WorkSafeBC’s mandate; determine department priorities; promote education to clinical and claims staff to better enable the effective response to and management of mental health issues on claims; and collaborate with policy developers to better align policy with mental health knowledge and practice standards.
The ideal candidate is a registered psychologist or psychiatrist within a health authority, insurance company, rehabilitation organization or in research/academia environment. He/she would have either had experience in at least two of the following:
- delivering return to work services, vocational rehabilitation and disability programs
- developing and working with and influencing stakeholders on the advancement and development of mental health programs and policies
- a strong research background and recognized as a thought leader in mental health and return to work/disability management
The CMHO will bring leadership, ideas and a vision to help create this new function within WorkSafeBC.
This is a unique and tremendously impactful opportunity to build a program that will have a lasting legacy on the lives of many British Columbians. This role is located in the head office in Richmond, B.C.
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