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Kingston Health Sciences Centre

This position has been posted on behalf of the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Position:  Regional Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead (South East LHIN)

Region:  Frontenac & Kingston

Description:  REPORTS TO:  Regional Vice President, South East Regional Cancer Program, and CEO, South East LHIN


In March 2016, the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) was officially launched. The OPCN is a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners who together are developing a coordinated, standardized approach for delivering hospice palliative care services in the province. It supports and aligns with the Ministry’s Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care, which highlights a commitment to improved access and equity in hospice palliative end-of-life care at home and in the community.

At the LHIN level, a new local Palliative Care Network is being established that will provide leadership and structure to facilitate the development of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of palliative care for our patients and their families. The South East Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN) will support the provincial vision for hospice palliative care as outlined in the Declaration of Partnership and will provide advice on planning, oversight and leadership for the network activities. The network will include both administrative and clinical leadership, namely: a dedicated (1.0 FTE) RPCN Lead and two Regional Clinical Co-leads (one physician and one multidisciplinary lead, comprising 0.4 FTE in total). 


In a co-leadership model, one physician and one multidisciplinary lead will provide leadership and collaborate with local partners to improve palliative care across all patient population in the South East LHIN. At this time, applications are being sought to fulfill the Regional Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead role from palliative care clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care providers, including social workers. No physician applications will be considered for this position. The Co-Leads will collaborate with local partners to improve palliative care across all patient populations, illness trajectories, and health care settings.



Work in close partnership with their Co-Lead counterpart and the South East RPCN Lead to achieve regional deliverables defined or outlined in the regional work plan
Work collaboratively with the other Regional Clinical Co-Leads, and the Provincial Clinical Co-Leads to align priorities, accountabilities and deliverables at both the provincial and regional levels and ensure consistency among regions
Provide strong, visionary clinical leadership at the regional level as a recognized leader in the region in hospice palliative care, demonstrating in-depth and current knowledge of clinical and system level issues
Participate as an active member of the South East RPCN to facilitate regional planning, palliative care network development, performance measurement, and quality improvement
Promote and strengthen collaboration within the LHIN – through the local network, the LHIN, the Regional Cancer Program, and at regional and provincial committees or councils

Facilitate and Implement

Facilitate, in partnership with regional stakeholders, the development of yearly hospice palliative care education plans
Work closely with the South East RPCN stakeholders (e.g. regional primary care leads, nurses, Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultants, and others) to ensure a standardized approach is being employed regionally with regards to hospice palliative care education and implementation of OPCN Clinical Advisory Council recommendations for clinical improvements in the regions
Facilitate the implementation of the South East quality initiatives (e.g. guidelines, and standards) in alignment with the OPCN and South East LHIN direction
Support the building of health service provider skills to increase primary level hospice palliative care at the local level through partnerships with Health Link Leads, local providers and other Regional Leads – including the Primary Care Lead(s) and the Aboriginal Lead
Facilitate knowledge transfer of provincial hospice palliative care initiatives and strategies to stakeholders throughout the region and act as a voice of the South East at provincial tables
Participate in provincial and regional committees as required


The Regional Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead will report directly to the LHIN CEO and the RVP – Regional Cancer Program for Regional Palliative Care Network deliverables. Together, with the Regional Palliative Care Network Lead, they will work to achieve regional deliverables.

Specifically, the incumbent is responsible for:

  • Completing an annual work plan and submitting quarterly reports describing accomplishments, outcomes, and challenges, as well as upcoming activities 
  • Contributing to the completion of an annual regional work plan in collaboration with the Regional Palliative Care Network Director. The annual regional work plan will be approved and supported by SE RPCN 
  • Collaborating with other clinical leads (e.g. LHIN Primary Care Co-Leads) in the South East region as required 
  • Reporting to the LHIN CEO and RVP on a quarterly basis against annual deliverables 
  • Engaging with regional and provincial leadership as required 
  • Engaging with the OPCN Provincial Clinical Co-Leads to ensure alignment on shared priorities and deliverables 


  • The Regional Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead must be a member in good standing of a discipline falling under the Regulated Health Professionals Act and/or a health professional governed by a regulatory college. 
  • Extensive palliative care experience and recognized as a leader in palliative care 
  • Experience in a leadership role focused on quality and system improvements 
  • Proven track record of clinical leadership within health care and/or academic institutions 
  • In-depth knowledge of clinical, administrative and system issues with respect to hospice palliative care 
  • Aptitude for systems thinking, ability to analyze information and make sound decisions 
  • An understanding of hospice palliative care services in the South East LHIN. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to build consensus and work with and lead a diverse group of stakeholders 
  • An in-depth knowledge of the Ontario health care system and stakeholders involved in the provision of hospice palliative care 
  • Strong professional presence and ability to present to large and small audiences in a concise, articulate, and dynamic fashion, as well as clear writing skills 
  • Demonstrated commitment to person-centered care and public accountability

Salary:  To be negotiated

Terms of Employment:  Temporary Part-Time * 7.5 hrs/week * for 2 years

Deadline for Application:  Sunday, September 30, 2018

How to Apply:  Please apply directly by clicking on this link:

Location:  Kingston, Ontario

Profession Type:  Management

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