Psychiatrist and Psychiatric Medical Care Lead

Outer Cape Health Services Inc

Job Overview


Under the general supervision of the Behavioral Health Director and leadership of the Chief Medical Officer, the Psychiatrist provides comprehensive and continuing care to patients requiring psychopharmacological evaluations and medication management, to adult and pediatric patients. The psychiatrist will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, and may provide consultation to Primary Care providers regarding psychiatric care management. The psychiatrist will also provide services in support of health promotion and preventive medicine consistent with the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care. Care is performed in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws, professional standards, and OCHS policies and procedures.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides leadership among psychiatric providers to ensure that quality metrics are met, standards of care reflects current best practices.
  • Provides direct and general supervision to psychiatric providers, as indicated.
  • Delivers comprehensive, high quality psychiatric care, working within OCHS’ clinical and administrative guidelines, to a panel of patients. This includes including regular communication with team to provide expertise regarding treatment plans and medical needs of patients.
  • Provides guidance and appropriately delegates to staff registered nurses and other allied health care staff, as appropriate, to ensure the proper delivery of medical care to patients.
  • Collaborates with the Site Director and nursing staff regarding daily schedule.
  • Demonstrates willingness to accept patients with urgent psychiatric needs, and to cooperate with site staff in managing such requests.
  • Oversees patient care, including referring patients when necessary for emergency, inpatient and diversionary services.
  • Keeps accurate, complete, legible, and timely medical and other records as required by federal and state regulations, which records shall become and remain the sole property of OCHS.
  • Actively participates in department meetings, general staff meetings and other relevant meetings including those pertaining to quality assurance, pharmacy, etc.
  • Participates in peer review and patient care audits for quality assurance and utilization review to maintain and improve patient care standard of excellence.
  • May provide administrative management input for staff performance reviews, hiring decisions, and disciplinary issues.
  • Maintains knowledge of current developments in specialty to enhance professional expertise including maintenance of Board Certification if applicable and completing CME as needed to maintain licensure.
  • Maintains a good working relationship with other clinicians and health care professionals within the Health Center and OCHS administrative and support staff.
  • Participates in regular clinician and staff meetings as set by Behavioral Health and Medical leadership.
  • Performs other related duties as reasonably required or assigned.
  • Ensures that participation in activities outside of the Health Center does not interfere with duties hereunder.


Core Competencies:

  • Physicians must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Physicians must be able to demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  • Physicians must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.
  • Physicians must be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates.
  • Physicians must be able to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Physicians must be able to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.

Preparation, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Possesses and maintains a valid and unlimited license to practice medicine in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Possesses a valid federal Drug Enforcement Administration number and any other required state public health certifications with respect to prescribing privileges. Suboxone waiver is encouraged.
  • Is a Board-certified in psychiatry and accepts assignment under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and a qualified physician with respect to such other third party payers with whom the Health Center may do business.
  • Is not excluded by state or federal authorities from participating in any health care programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Is not penalized with civil monetary fines or assessments, or administrative or criminal sanctions for a material violation of any federal or state law involving Medicare, Medicaid, or any other federal or private third-party reimbursement program.
  • Maintains full privileges as a member in good standing of the Health Center’s Medical/professional staff and comply with all by-laws and rules and regulations thereof.
  • Upholds the Health Center’s goodwill and reputation, and conforms to all legal requirements, rules and regulations of medical staffs and professional associations of which physician may, from time to time, be a member, and to codes of ethics applicable to physician’s specialty and the generally accepted practice and community standard of quality of such specialty in particular.
  • Complies with the Health Center’s policies, rules and regulations as determined from time to time by the Health Center.
  • Position requires an M.D. or D.O. degree and board certification in an appropriate specialty, and a current medical license in Massachusetts.
  • Position requires Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification as well as Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Training (ACLS).

Physical and Mental Job Requirements:

  • Exposure to:
    • Radiation
    • Chemicals
    • Hazardous waste
    • Acidic or harsh substances
    • Infectious bacteria/viruses
    • Infectious diseases
    • Blood-borne pathogens
    • Bodily fluids
  • Use of and/or subject to:
    • Vehicle
    • Light equipment
    • Heavy equipment
    • Moving mechanical parts
    • Computers/monitors
    • Confined spaces
    • Vibration
  • Physical requirements:
    • Occasional lifting/carrying up to 25 lbs
    • Occasional motor control
    • Frequent bending
    • Occasional squatting
    • Occasional kneeling
    • Occasional reaching
    • Frequent standing
    • Frequent sitting
    • Frequent walking
    • Frequent fine motor control
    • Frequent repetitive motion
    • Occasional finger dexterity
    • Occasional grasping/holding
    • Frequent handwriting and typing
    • Frequent visual perception
    • Frequent visual inspection
    • Frequent hand/eye coordination
    • Frequent color distinction
    • Frequent hearing
    • Frequent speaking
    • Frequent smelling
  • Mental requirements:
    • Understand and apply routine verbal and/or written instructions
    • Understand and apply non-routine verbal and/or written instructions
    • Understand complex problems and collaborate to explore alternative solutions
    • Organize actions to complete sequential and/or routine tasks
    • Organize and prioritize individual work schedule to manage multiple patients, tasks, and/or projects
    • Organize and prioritize the work schedules of others to manage multiple patients, tasks and/or projects
    • Make decisions that have an impact on the individual’s work
    • Make decisions that have an impact on the immediate work unit’s operations and/or services
    • Make decisions that have significant impact on a department’s credibility, operations, and/or services
    • Make decisions that have an impact on the health and wellbeing of patients
    • Communicate and exchange routine/basic information
    • Communicate and explain a variety of information
    • Communicate in-depth information for the purpose of interpreting, and/or negotiating
    • Communicate complex medical information to patients and patient families
    • Memorization/concentration
    • Learning/knowledge retention
    • Preparing/analyzing numerical figures
    • Analyzing/examining/testing data
    • Emotional/behavioral self-regulation
    • Interacting with others

Work Environment:

  • The functions of this role are conducted in a clinical environment.

Hours of Work:

  • This position is full-time, salaried, exempt.
  • Typically, full-time salaried employees work 40 hours during a Monday through Friday workweek, and occasional on-call duties on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays. Full-time salaried individuals are expected to work as required to complete the duties of the position. This may mean hours beyond 40 per week are required.


AAP/EEO Statement:
Outer Cape Health Services is committed to a firm policy in favor of equal employment opportunity and will abide by all applicable state and federal regulations by not discriminating against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability or veteran status. Our commitment to equal employment opportunities shall include employment, upgrading, promotion, demotion, transfer, leaves or other absences from work, layoff, compensation and benefits, selection for training or other education, professional opportunities and conflict resolution.

It is also the policy of OCHS to take affirmative action to employ and to advance in employment, all persons regardless of their status as woman, minority or individuals with disabilities or protected veterans, and to base all employment decisions only on valid job requirements.

Please inform us of any necessary accommodations required during the application process and/or at any time during employment.

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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