Req ID: 165284
Department/Program: Medicine, Quality & Safety, Quality, Patient Safety and Patient Experience
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: Management, Management/Non Union Bargaining Unit
Compensation: Salary under review
Closing Date: October 30, 2023 (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)
IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.
Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.
The Knowledge Translation/Implementation Scientist (KT/IS), will be fully imbedded in the QS program. The acquisition of this critical skill set will enable IWK Health to change our evaluation culture from an optional extra to part of core service delivery.
Being embedded in the health care setting increases the potential for co-designed, relevant research and evaluation, applied directly to the context in which solutions will be adopted, to facilitate successful implementation and improve health and care for service users. This model will allow researchers, health care staff/physicians, patients/families and community members to understand and value each other’s roles, knowledge, and approaches and develop their complementary skills.
KT/IS is a multidisciplinary field that strives to improve population health by studying different methods and strategies to promote the uptake of interventions into practice and policy. The discipline uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to identify the best ways to embed research that is equitable and sustainable. Important features of this work include mixed methods research that is grounded in theory, engagement of system partners, and contributions to an integrated knowledge translation process for the larger health system.
It is expected that this individual would be eligible for an adjunct appointment with the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Medicine, and/or Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University
Monday to Friday; 75 hours bi-weekly
- PhD in health-related field.
- Post-doctoral record (or equivalent) of research productivity.
- Licensed with NSBEP preferred.
- Minimum five (5) years’ experience in the science and practice of Knowledge Translation in health care.
- Experience in conducting collaborative KT research with various interested parties including policy makers, researchers, health care administrators, clinicians, and patients/families.
- Experience in building capacity in the science and practice of KT including assessing what works, for whom and under what circumstances, and how interventions can be adapted/implemented and scaled up in ways that are effective, safe, accessible, equitable.
- Experience in applying implementation science theories, models and frameworks to identify factors that help or hinder the adoption and sustainability of health interventions.
- Experience in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research designs including pragmatic trials, randomized controlled trials, interrupted time series, and process evaluations.
- Experience in conducting and reporting knowledge synthesis - track record of research grants and publications relevant to implementation science.
- Experience in collaborating with and advising faculty/students.
- Experience with managing an interdisciplinary team.
- Strong leadership, mentor and team building skills.
- Excellent communication skills to positively influence change and support the change management process.
Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.
Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.
This is a Management/Non Union bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.
An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis
If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant.