Community Clinical Assessment Specialist

Job CategoryProfessional Consulting
Position TypeContract
Application Deadline March 31, 2020
Experience RequiredN/A
Job DurationTemporary
Education RequiredN/A

Scope of Services and Deliverables

The Community, Mental Health and Addictions & Long-Term Care (CMHALTC) I&IT Solutions Branch requires a Community Clinical Assessment Specialist to provide clinical subject matter expertise to implemented HSPs and support the ongoing use of the assessment tools, assessment best practices and processes in the community care sectors to meet the Ministry’s and government’s strategic direction and priorities for the health system.
The Community Clinical Assessment Specialist plays a critical role in the CCIM Common Assessments team, tasked with supporting and delivering activities related to the continued use, adoption, support and sustainability of the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) and the interRAI Community Health Assessment (interRAI CHA), the provincial standardized assessment for the community mental health and the community support services sector. This assessment is being completed by 200 community mental health and 360 community support services organizations and submitted to the IAR to support care planning and collaboration within the circle of care.
The Community Clinical Assessment Specialist takes the lead role in developing and implementing provincial standards for the OCAN and interRAI CHA to maintain clinical value, and enhance the consistency, accuracy and quality of the data for system planning and policy development. This includes ongoing training and communication for IAR users, as well as ongoing ticket support for requests submitted to the IAR Service Desk. The Specialist will continue to liaise with stakeholders to understand business needs and opportunities around the mental health common assessments, providing clinical leadership for non-discretionary functionality enhancements required in the IAR.
In addition, the Community Clinical Assessment Specialist role is also essential in providing operational oversight to supporting mental health service providers to upgrade to the current OCAN version 3.0 and interRAI CHA version 3.1.4 to ensure that they have the most up to date digital tool for the provision of clinical services. While the assessment tools have been updated, not all health service providers have transitioned to the current versions.
The Community Clinical Assessment Specialist will support the development and implementation of appropriate tools, processes, procedures, data quality and sound business practices to support the Ministry’s senior management team.
The Community Clinical Assessment Specialist will be required to:
1. Provide subject matter expertise, knowledge and advice on assessment coding, assessment practices and processes regarding the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) and the interRAI Community Health Assessment (interRAI CHA).
2. Provide senior level expertise and advice regarding clinical and integration issues to ensure that the standards, tools and processes supporting the common assessments remain relevant to the sectors and that they align to strategic initiatives;
3. Lead and collaborate on the OCAN Community of Interest working group to support the use of OCAN in the community mental health sector by providing subject matter expertise, knowledge and advice on assessment coding, assessment practices and processes;
4. Monitor day to day activities regarding the upgrade of OCAN to version 3.0 and interRAI CHA 9.1.4, and ensure the continued use of common assessment standards, benefits of sharing of common assessment data, service level objectives and industry best practices are met;
5. Document operational processes to ensure adequate support for implemented HSPs;
6. Provide clinical expertise on common assessment standards, strategic advice and support to CMHALTC to ensure effective governance, risk management and mitigation strategies and recommended approaches and plans are in place to support operational success;
7. Conduct and facilitate training sessions in a variety of formats and aid HSPs on reporting, data quality, the use of common assessment tools and outcomes and other key deliverables;
8. Work with service managers to support the use of industry best practices, processes and policies that are required to maintain and support the common assessment standards (i.e. privacy and security requirements, change management, incident and problem management);
9. Foster collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, HSPs and third-party vendors to ensure coordinated and effective communications that are aligned with Ministry and government priorities;
10. Work with the Ministry, Ontario Health and appropriate governance structures to review and discuss issues, seek approval on new requests and to provide reports related to project status and other key deliverables;
11. Provide input and recommendations to current and future initiatives, support other operational and transitional activities, and perform other duties to support the team, as required; and
12. Support the Ministry’s Mental Health and Addictions Data Strategy.
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