The Strategic Clinical Networks™(SCNs) have been created as the provincial vehicle for evidence-based improvement of outcomes for patients and sustainability of health and health care in Alberta. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is the steward of the networks and provides support for each SCN core structure. Each SCN has a membership model that includes care providers, clinicians, administrators, patients & families, as well as other partners and stakeholders, including key members in each of the Universities in the Alberta Academic Health Network (AAHN). Each SCN develops an embedded, provincial research and knowledge translation team designed and supported to appeal to University-based researchers and educators. Facilitating, coordinating, and supporting the SCNs to perform world-class health research and functions will require high level in-kind partnership support from the Universities, including the support of some senior research expertise for each SCN to support translating that research into common practice.
This position summary describes the profile of a research leader, the Scientific Director, for the Neurosciences, Rehabilitation, and Vision (NRV) SCN. The Scientific Director (SD) is a key member of the Strategic Clinical Network’s (SCN’s) leadership team, responsible for leading the scientific office and developing, implementing, and evaluating a research and knowledge translation strategy that supports the SCN’s mandate and objectives. In partnership with the Senior Medical Director (SMD), Senior Provincial Director (SPD), and members of the research community, the SD will champion and facilitate a broad research agenda that addresses the health needs of the SCN’s populations and focuses on improving the quality, safety, and sustainability of Alberta’s health system. The SD will support individual researchers, help them access funding to advance SCN research priorities, and facilitate the creation of an efficient research network. The SD is responsible for knowledge translation, including but not limited to publishing results of SCN research, and working with the SMD and SPD to implement evidence into practice.
Definition of Role:
The Scientific Director (SD) is a key leadership position within AHS. Typically there is one SD assigned to each SCN. The SD fulfills the following main roles for the SCN:
Builds a community of research support for the SCN from bench to bedside to community and back again.
Establishes the processes that ensure the right research is being conducted in a timely manner, set research priorities, and attract adequate financial and infrastructure support to achieve those priorities with partners.
Collaborate with other academic partners to identify interested researchers and link them to appropriate front-line teams to embed research and knowledge translation within AHS.
As the most senior provincial research leader of the NRV SCN and with expertise in clinical, health systems, and/or population health research areas aligned with the SCN’s mandate, the NRV SD will be a key member of the SCN’s core strategy and leadership group. Through processes that engage health researchers, front-line and knowledge users (e.g. patients, clinicians, policy makers, community leaders, industry, and others), the SD will be responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing the impact of a research and knowledge translation strategy that will support its overall mandate and objectives of the SCN’s transformational roadmap.
The NRV SD will champion a broad provincial health research agenda that addresses the health needs of the SCN’s populations with a focus on generating and applying research evidence to achieve the SCN’s priorities. All pillars of health research are in scope for this role, including building bridges back to discovery research for a better understanding of diseases, new diagnostics, and new therapeutics of interest. It is expected that the SD of the NRV SCN will collaborate and help to promote all SCNs. The SD of the NRV SCN will make a particular effort to facilitate health services research that improves quality, safety, cost effectiveness and sustainability in the respective SCN and broader health system.
Most importantly, the SD will enable the success of both individual researchers and groups of researchers within the SCN to facilitate the creation of an efficient and effective research network in the province; one that successfully attracts national peer-reviewed funding as well as funding from other local, provincial, and national sources. In addition, the SD will be accountable for the SCN’s production and publication of new knowledge and, wherever possible, enabling new knowledge to be translated into action in Alberta.
The NRV SD will report directly to the Vice President of Systems Innovations and Programs (SIP) and will have a strong working relationship with the Chief Program Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer of the SCNs and other leaders in the SIP portfolio.
Key Collaborative Relationships:
The position of the NRV SD will be for five years, renewable once for a second five year term, based on successful performance evaluations against the described accountabilities and responsibilities.
Infrastructure and Operating Support:
Contingent upon annual funding and approval by the Vice President, Systems Innovations and Programs, and based on progress toward a written "SCN Research Development Plan" (with a justified budget), the NRV SD will direct an annual "SCN Research Development Budget" of up to $80,000 (for provincial workshops, training, mentorship and/or seed funding or operational development of provincial SCN research or innovation projects of value).
If required to “backfill” his/her personal research program, the NRV SD will be eligible for a research grant of up to $50,000 per year in order to support his/her own research program.Qualifications:
The NRV SD does not need to be a physician but must be an outstanding, nationally or internationally recognized research leader within the scope of the SCN. Expertise in health services research and knowledge translation is highly desirable. The applicant must have leadership experience and a proven record of nurturing partnerships; effectively engaging a variety of stakeholders, and facilitating the success of others.
A doctoral degree (PhD or MD) or equivalent, as well as an academic appointment with a relevant Alberta post-secondary educational institution are strongly preferred.
The NRV SD will obtain and maintain an AHS Medical Staff Appointment as a Physician, Dentist, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Podiatrist, or Scientist Leader if applicable.Compensation:
Remuneration is within the range of the ML2 Level of the AHS Medical Leadership Compensation Grid.Recruiter Contact:
Expressions of interest including a current curriculum vitae and a letter of support from the candidate’s institution should be forwarded by February 28, 2019 to:
Chief Program Officer
Strategic Clinical Networks
Alberta Health Services