Mental Health Review Panel Roster
It is recognized in Alberta as a fundamental principle and as a matter of public policy that all persons are equal. Diversity and inclusion are valued and supported on the boards of Alberta's public agencies
The Minister of Health is seeking Albertans interested in serving as psychiatrist members on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster.
Are you passionate about protecting patient rights? Do you have an interest in Alberta’s mental health system? Are you looking for ways to give back to your community and further your professional development? If you answered yes to any of these questions, serving on the Mental Health Review Panel Roster (roster) may be just the opportunity you are looking for.
The roster plays an important role in protecting the rights of patients in facilities and individuals subject to community treatment orders. The roster is an adjudicative body that considers applications pertaining to:
• Cancellation of admission and renewal certificates for patients detained in designated facilities;
• Return of a patient to a correctional facility after treatment;
• Cancellation of community treatment orders;
• Patient competence to make treatment decisions;
• Administration of treatment to patients who object to it under the Mental Health Act (Act).
The roster provides services to cover across the province.
The roster has three Chairs and three Vice-Chairs appointed. In addition to the Chairs and Vice-Chairs, the roster includes psychiatrist members, physician members, and public members. Each hearing panel has four members: one Chair/Vice-Chair, one psychiatrist member, one physician member, and one public member. The roster maintains a large number of members to schedule hearings.
This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to provide a valuable service to their community, and for those interested in helping uphold the rights of mental health patients in our province. This unique position provides a multi-faceted insight into Alberta’s health care system as well as continued professional development.
• Psychiatrist members will take part in hearings, meetings and business of the roster.
• Members also participate in meetings, both scheduled and ad hoc as deemed appropriate by the Chair, to conduct the business of the roster.
• Members are required to review the application package prior to the hearing date.
• Flexibility in scheduling and ability and willingness to travel is required.
• Willingness to drive a personal/rented vehicle and/or car pool with other panel members to be fiscally responsible may be considered an asset.
The psychiatrist member must be registered as a regulated member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, authorized to use the title of psychiatrist, holds a practice permit, and is not under suspension and has no conditions affecting his/her ability to serve.
Relevant Professional/Volunteer Experience
Governance experience with knowledge or expertise in board governance in the private, public and/or volunteer/non-profit sector is an asset.
Specialized Contextual Knowledge
Government/public policy knowledge:
• Knowledge of the Act, related regulations and human rights, privacy and other legislation that impacts the work of the roster, as well as administrative law principles.
Industry/sector knowledge of mental health:
• Working with third parties, stakeholders, and communities in mental health.
• Knowledge of the mental health system.
Personal Effectiveness Skills
Communication/ listening skills:
• Ability to listen and review information from multiple sources.
Critical thinking/problem solving skills:
• Ability to analyse and synthesize information from several sources.
• Group decision making.
• Experience with telehealth considered an asset.
This is not a salaried position. Psychiatrist members receive remuneration in accordance with the Mental Health Review Panel Regulation:
- $790 for up to and including 4 hours in any day; and
- $197 for each additional hour or part of an hour in the day spent on business of the review panel.
Members may also be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the course of performing their duties as roster members in accordance with the Public Service Relocation and Employment Expenses Regulation and the Government of Alberta’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expense Policy.
The number of hearings may vary from one year to the next. In 2017-18 the roster held 2,465 hearings across the province.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and should indicate in their resume or cover letter any previous or current appointments to government, private or not-for profit sector agencies, boards or committees.
The following will NOT be considered for appointment:
• Employees of Alberta Health:
• Individuals whose appointment would result in an actual or perceived conflict of interest that cannot be managed; and
• Individuals who are not registered psychiatrists in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, authorized to use the title psychiatrist.
Although efforts will be made to draw upon members who reside in or near the communities where the hearing will occur, substantial travel may still be required to fulfill this role.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
This competition may be used to fill current and future public agency vacancies.
In addition to your cover letter and resume, we require the following documents to complete your application:
Conflict of Interest and Eligibility Forms need to be dated and signed. You can scan and submit through your online application or you may choose to mail the forms to the attention of: Renee Hackney, Manager – Agency Governance Alberta Health, 21st floor ATB Place, 10025 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, AB T5J 1S6 or E-mail: HEALTH.ABHealthGovernance@gov.ab.ca
Sharlene Stayberg Director, Mental Health Alberta Health
24th Floor, ATB Place North Tower 10025 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB T5J 1S6
Phone: 780-415-2609 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carefully read the Recruitment Posting and the Position Profile to ensure this is an appropriate opportunity for you. Applicants are advised to provide information that clearly and concisely demonstrates how their qualifications meet the advertised requirements.
Online applications are preferred. To apply, click on the 'apply' button, create or sign into your account in the ePAAS system; upload your resume, view the listing under Current Opportunities and click on 'submit application'. The uploaded resume will be automatically attached.
Provide a short 4 line biography using the Biography template found under additional documents section. Your biography should include your name, current work experience, board/committee experience and relevant education. Please note that biographies may be edited for length and clarity.
Once your biography and other required form(s) are completed, save it to your PC. When you hit 'submit application', you will be prompted to upload additional documents. Drag and drop (or upload) your completed cover letter, biography and other form(s) into the 'Drop files below or click to upload' section before clicking the 'apply' button.
If you are unable to apply online, please submit a cover letter and resume, quoting the recruitment posting competition number, to the contact provided on the posting. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to assess which candidates' qualifications most closely match the agency's requirements. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted to advance to the next step in the appointment process. You can check the status of each competition on-line at https://www.alberta.ca/public-agencies.cfm.
All potential candidates will be screened for potential conflicts of interest. Please Note: Successful applicants will have the following information about them made publicly available on the Public Agency Secretariat Website: name, biography, public agency, and position title.