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Human Resources Division
115 South Andrews Avenue, Room 508
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


Class Code:Z2095

PSYCHIATRIST

NATURE OF WORK

 

This is responsible professional work as a medical doctor providing psychiatric evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of persons participating in a County mental health program, which may include individuals with substance abuse, psychiatric and/or co-occurring disorders.

 

Work may also involve rendering group psychotherapy services, holding individual psychotherapy consultations, and conferring with medical and professional staff concerning patient or client progress. Duties may include planning, organizing and administering a major segment of the psychiatric program, including supervision of professional staff, such as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and other staff as assigned.

 

Employees in this class exercise medical judgment and skill in the independent performance of their duties. All services are performed in accordance with laws of the State of Florida and established operating policies and procedures. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports, and observation of results achieved, and depending upon the area of assignment, by the agency’s Treatment Director.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE TASKS      

(Presented in no particular order)

 

Abides by safety and/or risk, infection control, and other guidelines as required.

 

Applies knowledge of addiction and treatment, Buprenorphine treatment, or other specialized treatments as required for the area of assignment.

 

Assists in ensuring State and Federal regulations, and JCAHO, or other accreditation standard/s adopted by the area of assignment are met and maintained.

 

Assures that documentation, including progress notes, orders, psychiatric evaluations, and discharge summaries, is completed in a professional, legible, and timely manner in keeping with physician practice standards.

 

Confers with and advises members of the medical and professional staff and allied personnel, agencies, relatives and other interested persons on the care, treatment, and prognosis of patients.

 

Demonstrates knowledge of JCAHO, HIPAA, DCF regulations and of addiction and addiction treatment as required for the area of assignment.

Provides in-service training for nurses, counselors and other direct-service staff on such topics as the care and treatment of individuals with psychiatric, substance abuse, and/or co-occurring disorders, etc.

 

Makes rounds of assigned units, checks medications, notes progress and condition of assigned patients under care.

 

May provide after hours, on-call coverage or coordinate emergency medical or medical need responses for patients as assigned as required for the area of assignment.

 

May review and recommend public health program policies, practices, and procedures as required for the area of assignment.

 

Participates in interdisciplinary staff meetings, as required, to coordinate and review the delivery of patient care and related services appropriate to the area of assignment.

 

Prepares periodic evaluative reports on medical services.

 

Reviews medical and laboratory reports.

 

Performs related work as required.

 

 

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS

 

Considerable knowledge of detoxification protocols and psychiatric medications.

 

Considerable knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to the specialized phases of medicine related to assigned duties including addiction medicine.

 

Considerable knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases, injuries, and psychiatric disorders.

 

Considerable knowledge of the laws and regulations pertaining to psychiatry.

 

Considerable knowledge of the modern principles and practices of, and current developments in psychiatry, substance abuse treatment, and/or other areas of general medicine, as required for the area of assignment.

 

Considerable knowledge of the policies, procedures, and practices of mental health, including substance abuse treatment programs and facilities.

 

Knowledge of policies, practices and procedures of public health programs generally and medical best practices specific to and appropriate to the area of assignment.

 

Considerable knowledge of public health laws, JCAHO standards, federal confidentiality laws (42CFR, 45CFR), and state regulations (65D-30).

 

Ability to diagnose and perform general and specialized psychiatric treatments and examinations as required by the area of assignment.

 

Ability to effectively work in an inter-disciplinary team.

 

Ability to interpret results of medical and psychiatric examinations and tests.

 

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.

 

Ability to use a personal computer and basic office software and applications.

 

Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.

 

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.

 

Skill in the use of psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and materials.

 

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

 

Graduation from an accredited school of medicine and successful completion of an approved psychiatric residency; four (4) years of experience in psychiatric practice, treating mental disorders; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.

 

 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

 

Licensed as a physician to practice medicine in the State of Florida as provided for in Chapters 458 and 459 of the Florida Statutes.   For Substance Abuse and Health Care Services Division, preference is given to physicians who are Board Certified in Addictions Medicine by ASAM. May be required to obtain certification in Buprenorphine.

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Bargaining Unit:                  Unrepresented
FLSA Status:                      Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification:     No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised:        E10/76; R01/91; R09/05


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