The Senior Medical Director (SMD) of a Strategic Clinical Network™ (SCN™) is a key leadership position in the Alberta health system. In partnership with a Senior Provincial Director (SPD), the SMD is co-responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the SCN. The SMD and SPD work collaboratively with the SCN’s Scientific Director (SD), core committee, executive team, operational partners and working groups to achieve the SCN mandate and objectives. The SMD is also responsible for building and facilitating partnerships across the health system and engaging key stakeholders (both within and outside the SCN) to improve health outcomes, translate evidence into practice, and spread and scale quality improvements across the province. In the case of the Medicine SCN (MSCN), this role includes significant liaison and engagement function with the Medicine SCN’s three sections (Hospital Medicine, Respiratory Health, and Kidney Health), the Section Leads and the Section Scientific Directors.
Responsibilities / Accountabilities (in conjunction with the SPD):
Co-lead the planning, development, and identification of SCN initiatives, opportunities, priorities, and actions provincially. Work collaboratively with all health system partners, including Alberta Health Services (AHS) Zones, to determine priorities leading to improved outcomes, synergy and coordination across provincial health system activites.
Champion SCN projects and process improvements, particularly those with a provincial scope and focus. Build interest and support by articulating the potential benefits of these actions, communicating evidence-based outcomes, and acknowledging the differences that exist across zones and health care delivery environments.
Provide strategic oversight, leadership, and input into projects while maintaining focus on the SCN’s mandate and key priorities as defined in the transformational road map (TRM) for the MSCN and its three Sections.
Develop strategies, methods, and incentives to facilitate innovation, advance priority projects, mitigate barriers, resolve challenges, while supporting implementation of SCN recommendations.
Work with the SPD and SDs to align the research portfolio with SCN priorities and opportunities as identified in the TRM.
Support the core SCN team, including regular and active participation at weekly SCN leadership meetings, and core committee and section meetings.
Meet regularly with physicians, allied health partners, urban and rural clinician leaders, Zone Leads (including Zone Medical Directors), Medicine SCN Section leads, and SCN leadership to listen to their priorities, exchange ideas, address gaps, and coordinate actions.
Actively engage in constructive, ongoing dialog with all stakeholder groups within AHS (i.e., patients, operational partners, health care managers, researchers, and clinicians).
Develop strategies to enhance communication across the network and connect key stakeholders (within the SCN and AHS operational partners). Create opportunities to hear from front-line clinicians, incorporate their feedback, and build trust, consensus, and positive relationships with all health disciplines.
Critical Analysis and Decision-Making
Work with the SDs and SPD to identify appropriate indicators, track outcomes and system performance, and interpret results.
Use measurement data, research outcomes, and feedback from stakeholders and the core committee to inform SCN priorities, actions and decision making.
Where appropriate, seek opportunities to spread and scale SCN projects on a provincial level.
Use the skills, expertise and resources the SCNs possess to respond to requests from the AHS executive.
Partnerships and Collaboration
Foster strong linkages across the Medicine SCN’s three sections, including identifying opportunitites for collaboration across the Sections and achieving agreement on common Medicine SCN priorities.
Foster strong partnerships with Zone Medical Directors and AHS operational partners, Alberta Health, primary care networks, professional colleges and academic institutions to align strategic priorities and build relationships.
Provide input to AHS leadership and other stakeholders into provincial planning and priorities on behalf of SCN members
Engage and recruit leading clinicians to be active members of the SCN, and participate in projects that support the SCN mandate.
Foster and nurture strong partnerships and alliances with SMDs, SPDs and SDs of all SCNs. Collaborate on matters of common interest and seek opportunities to address pan-SCN priorities in health care delivery and health research.
Support effective knowledge translation, including (but not limited to) communication with operational partners and effective clinical engagement, as required. Incorporate knowledge translation and evaluation into all SCN research and innovation projects.
Collaborate with SMDs, SPDs, and SDs of all SCNs to support pan-SCN knowledge translation priorities and goals. Communicate these goals and engage all health partners in helping to scale and spread SCN quality improvements across the province.
- Strategic Clinical Network Leadership Committee, AHS.
- Steering and other committees internal/related to the SCN. Includes MSCN Core Committee and the three Section Committees (Hospital Medicine, Kidney Health, Respiratory Health)
- Senior Leadership Team, AHS.
- SMD / SD Quarterly Meetings with ACMO
The SMD, SCN reports to the Associate Chief Medical Officer (ACMO), Strategic Clinical Networks.
- Clinical Co-Leads of any SCN Sections / working groups.
- Senior Medical, Senior Provincial and Scientific Directors of other SCNs.
- Zone Medical Directors & Chief Zone Officers.
- AHS Operational leaders of relevance across the spectrum of the Medicine SCN
- Senior Leaders in Quality & Healthcare Improvement.
- Vice President, Provincial Clinical Excellence
- Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer
- Vice President, Collaborative Practice, Nursing and Health Professions