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Posted: Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Clinical Ethicist

Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Alberta Health Services

Red Deer , Alberta, Canada

Brandon Hoffner

The Clinical Ethics Service, within the Quality and Healthcare Improvement (QHI) team, plays an essential role in supporting the practice of ethical health care in Alberta Health Services (AHS) and provides mentoring, coaching and inspiration to others to build a positive moral climate throughout the organization. This exciting, innovative team is at the forefront of bioethics internationally in developing provincial standards and practices on the path towards professionalization.

Your Opportunity

As the Clinical Ethicist for the Central Zone of AHS, you will provide support in addressing, analyzing and resolving complex ethical issues arising in the planning and delivery of health care. You will develop collaborative relationships with team members, staff, physicians and external stakeholders in enhancing the practice of ethical healthcare within AHS. You will be a valued member of a cohesive team with diverse education, experience and expertise.

Furthermore, the Central Zone will offer you an excellent quality of life with a relaxed, small town feel within easy driving distance to Alberta’s two largest cities. No matter what your lifestyle, picturesque central Alberta has something that meets your needs and wants. With prolific trail systems for biking, hiking and walking, easy access to skiing in the nearby Canadian Rockies and Red Deer itself, and golf courses in almost every city and town, the Central Zone is a place where you can successfully achieve work and life balance.

Specific Accountabilities:

The Clinical Ethicist is primarily responsible to:
– Conduct and facilitate consultations to help address ethical issues arising in patient care, moral conflict and distress.
– Assess the need for and plan, coordinate and deliver ethics education and training to clinicians, support staff, administrators, patients and families.
– Assist in the review and development of policies, guidelines and practices that have significant ethical implications.
– Provide support for AHS and external initiatives that have significant ethical implications through participation on committees and task groups.

The Clinical Ethicist continually contributes to the promotion, awareness, and on-going development of a quality, high-performing, and responsive Clinical Ethics Service. The successful candidate will support the development of, and work collaboratively with, ethics committees and other resources within AHS to continually build organizational ethics capacity.

All Non-Union/Exempt positions are being reviewed for possible inclusions in the AUPE General Support Services bargaining unit. If this position is impacted, the incumbent will be notified accordingly.

Please Note:  This position is to cover a Maternity LOA.

– Graduate degree in a discipline relevant to clinical ethics and/or professional clinical degree with specialized ethics training.

– Completion of practical clinical ethics training from a fellowship, residency or practicum program.
– Minimum of three (3) years experience providing applied health ethics consultative services and health ethics education.
– Experience and proficiency in the use of systematic methods of reasoning and mediation to help analyze value conflicts by developing, weighing and balancing moral arguments and counter-arguments.
– Knowledge of health ethics literature and fundamentals.
– Experience conducting ethics consultations, providing ethics education, and reviewing and developing policies.

Other key competencies for this role include:
– Demonstrated excellence in developing and fostering interpersonal work relationships to contribute to collaborative and respectful working relationship.
– Past success in identifying, supporting and implementing workplace changes that enhance effectiveness and build ethics capacity.
– Predisposition to self-effacement, ability to bracket personal for the sake of greater good in patient care, team and organizational settings.
– Intellectual humility, recognition of personal, and professional fallibility and of the potential limitations of ethics expertise and consultants.
– Self-awareness and recognition of personal and intellectual biases.
– Ability to manage and prioritize complex and diverse workloads.
– Skill and knowledge in techniques of mediation, facilitation or conflict resolution.
– Outstanding verbal communication and presenting skills.
– Exceptional written communication skills.

Please Note: This position requires a vehicle for business use. Possession of a valid driver’s license and access to a motor vehicle in good repair for work-related travel is required.

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