The Physician (Psychiatrist) serves as an Impact Unit (IU) Leader Section Chief of one of the sections in the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Mental Health Care Line (MHCL). This position provides leadership, budgetary oversight, and programmatic management. Major duties and responsibilities include: Plans, controls, organizes and directs the activities of staff within the IU, ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and meeting stakeholder needs. Develops goals and objectives that integrate organization and multidisciplinary staff objectives. Plans, analyzes and monitors data from VSSC, ProClarity and other VA databases to ensure IU is succeeding on all performance measures and monitors related to IU functioning. Explains performance expectations to employees and provides regular feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Holds employees responsible for satisfactory completion of work assignments. Appraises subordinate performance ensuring consistency and equity in rating techniques. Recommends awards and approves within-grade increases. Hears and resolves employee complaints and refers serious unresolved complaints to higher-level management. Initiates action to correct performance or conduct problems to include minor disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands. Prepares documentation to support actions taken. Identifies employee developmental needs and arranges training (formal and informal to improve job performance). Applies EEO principles and requirements to all personnel management actions and decisions, and ensures all personnel are treated in a manner free of discrimination. Reviews position descriptions to ensure accuracy, and the most effective utilization of personnel resources. Explains classification determinations to subordinate employees. Member, MHCL Core Group, MH Council, VISN 22 and other MHCL, VASDHS, VA/community professional committees, task forces, and work groups as needed. Participates in special projects and initiatives and performs special assignments. Identifies the need for special projects and initiates milestones and goals. Evaluates reports by analyzing facts and performing appropriate research and prepares detailed responses. Determines appropriate recommendations for unresolved or questionable problems and performs follow-up. Researches and determines or recommends appropriate actions or interpretation of issues that impact care line, medical center, or agency. Develops short and long-range policies and plans for the IU by coordinating the mental health administration needs. Responsible for making and implementing decisions directly affecting patient care and has the final line decision-making authority under the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health. Adapts the principles, practices, processes, and techniques common to any situation to the specialized requirements of the Medical Center. Provides active and well informed administrative participation in planning for the delivery of health care by taking the initiative to identify needs and potential issues/concerns and devising flexibility's in operations and constructive, cost-effective approaches to the resolution of problems. Develops, implements, monitors, and adjusts plans to effectively and cost-efficiently accomplish the mission within budgetary constraints. Provides leadership and guidance in determining the resource needs of all IU elements, distributing initial allocations, and adjusting resource allocations as dictated by program needs. Provides direct services to patients and their families utilizing a comprehensive range of techniques, skills, and resources. Provides a documented, comprehensive assessment of the bio-psychosocial needs of the patient/caregiver situation, for individuals enrolled in the MHCL/ VASDHS. Develops a documented treatment plan for identified needs. Assesses patient's eligibility for VA and other governmental benefits and assists in application for benefits where eligibility exists. Refers to community agencies for any needs of the patient and his family, which cannot be met by the VA. Provides information on the biopsychosocial aspects of the patient and his/her situation at the request of the treatment team. Informs providers about interventions that occur without formal consultation, as a means of providing comprehensive and coordinated care. Counsels and supports patient's caregivers/significant others in order to establish and maintain a supportive environment conducive to the recovery of the patient. Collaborates with other team members to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for patients and documents interdisciplinary care in the computerized record. Develops and implements systems and procedures for improving cost-effectiveness and productivity. Maintains a current community resource file by seeking out new information on agencies and programs that would benefit the veteran. Develops networks with public and private organizations to meet the needs of veterans. This involves establishing meaningful communications and ongoing dialogue with such agencies to keep abreast of new programs, changes, procedures, or other entitlements/ eligibility areas of interest to our veteran population. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 08:00am to 4:00pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.