Leader, Medical Device Reprocessing Department

Full Time | Trail, BRITISH COLUMBIA | 6 months
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Job Summary

Full Time
Interior Health

Job Description

Interior Health is one of six publicly funded health authorities in British Columbia. With more than 19,000 employees and nearly 1,600 physicians on our team, we are developing the future of health care through innovation and professional development.
Located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, our beautiful region includes larger cities such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Penticton, and Vernon along with a multitude of rural communities such as Cranbrook, Golden, Ashcroft, and 100 Mile House. Interior Health is dedicated to providing the best possible service to our citizens with staff and physicians who are committed to teamwork and high quality patient care â all playing an important part in our vision to set new standards of excellence in the delivery of health services in the Province of British Columbia....

We have an exciting opportunity in Trail, BC for a Leader in our Medical Device Reprocessing Department.
The Leader, Medical Device Reprocessing Department (MDRD) works in collaboration with the Manager to plan and coordinate the MDRD for a designated portfolio, to ensure the effective delivery of medical device reprocessing and replenishment services. The Leader ensures the principles and practices related to sterility of all delivered instrumentation and supplies is consistent with IH’s approved infection control guidelines and accepted device reprocessing standards. The Leader ensures that the leadership and management of the human, financial, and material resources for the designated portfolio support the priorities, strategic plans, organizational initiatives, goals, policies, and vision of IH and ascertains the delivery and implementation in an effective and efficient manner. 
  • Acts as role model and provides expertise on medical device reprocessing practices by demonstrating leadership, staying current with standards, and by promoting excellence in clinical practice.
  • In collaboration with the Manager, coordinates and implements the strategic plans, initiatives, and operation of MDRD services for the site/s in a manner consistent with the philosophy and practices of IH.
  • Participates in the ongoing review and evaluation of MDR and surgical supply strategies, systems, programs, and outcomes in support of IH’s strategic plan, best practices, consistent standards, mission, philosophies, and goals. 
  • Assists in the development of short-, medium-, and long-range goals, objectives, and needs for the MDRD and Surgical Supply Chain Logistics throughout the Health Authority by providing input to the Manager, IH MDR Team, key stakeholders, and staff members.
  • Ensures the principles and practices related to sterility of all delivered instrumentation and supplies are carried out through the use of the Instrument Management and Tracking System, variance reporting, and recall procedures. Implements systems to ensure the proper reprocessing of equipment, materials, and supplies and a preventative maintenance program for equipment are in place.
  • In collaboration with the Manager and the IH MDR Team, implements and provides input into the development and evaluation of measurable objectives for a Quality Assurance Program through the promotion and application of research toward continuous improvement of services. 
  • In collaboration/consultation with the Manager, Infection Control Practitioners, the IH MDR Team, and other key stakeholders, provides input into establishing appropriate reprocessing locations and transfer requirements for sterile instrumentation and the routines for safe decontamination and soiled return-transfer requirements. 
  • Establishes and implements departmental goals and objectives, policies, practices, systems, and programs for the site/s. In collaboration with the Manager and other MDRD team members, implements standards for reprocessing, reuse, re-sterilization, and recall of sterilized goods, in related departments.
  • In collaboration with the Manager, evaluates the human, financial, and other resources used in MDR and surgical supply and makes adjustment for effectiveness and efficiency. Maintains the annual budget, completes variance analyses of the allocated budget, reports significant problems, and makes recommendations for budgetary adjustments.
  • Ensures the implementation and management of current human resource standards and procedures, including the selection, orientation, management, professional development, performance evaluation, and discipline, up to and including termination, of employees within the MDRD. Ensures the department complies with applicable acts, regulations, and collective agreements. Recommends human resource plans and organizational structures to support the operational needs of the site/s.
  • Along with responding to routine and confidential employee issues, interprets and administers collective agreements covering all bargaining unit employees, investigates and responds to grievances, and attends Third Party hearings as a representative of the Employer.
  • Prepares or provides reports, statistics, and information on workload management, department activity, and quality assurance for administrative and regulatory requirements and forwards to the Manager.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships with internal and external services/programs.
  • Participates on assigned internal and external committees as appropriate at local, regional, and provincial levels.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

    Education, Training, and Experience

    • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Nursing or Microbiology).
    • Certification in Medical Device Reprocessing from an accredited educational institute.
    • Three to five years of recent, related OR/MDR experience, including teaching, and three years of recent or related management experience in an acute healthcare setting.
    • Or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

    Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, coordinate, implement, organize, and problem-solve.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate within a team environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to relate to technical data and to monitor technological changes affecting reprocessing practice.
    • Demonstrated ability to be effective in an environment subject to continuous change.
    • Working knowledge of applicable regulations, legislation, and collective agreements.
    • Proficiency in the use of computers and applicable software.
    • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

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