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Opportunity ID:
East Coast Forensic Hospital
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Requisition ID: 136305 

Opportunity Type: Permanent 

Estimated Annual Salary: 350,000 - 400,000 

Type of Remuneration: AFP - Academic Funding Plan 


About the Opportunity

The East Coast Forensic Hospital (ECFH) is in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. It is a Provincial Service affiliated with the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Nova Scotia Health. The Forensic Section is also an academic hospital affiliated with the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry.

ECFH is the largest psychiatric hospital in the Atlantic region and the largest east of Montreal. There are 60 inpatient rehabilitation beds, 24 beds for Forensic Assessment and Correction Treatment (FACT unit), two bungalows on the premises, and a community program for patients on conditional discharge. The service is also responsible for the delivery of Correction Health Services, with hospitalists and psychiatrists delivering in- person and virtual care to all correction facilities in the province.

Purpose of Position: To provide forensic care. Also, to oversee the development and implementation of a Royal College Subspecialty residency program in Forensic Psychiatry.



  • Provide forensic psychiatric care to the services and units at the East Coast Forensic Hospital utilizing pharmacological & psychosocial treatment interventions as per current standards of practice. Examples include Court Ordered Assessments, rehabilitation programs, acute and long-term psychiatric treatment, and correction psychiatry. 
  • Provide psychiatric care to persons in custody within Correction Health Services.
  • Act as consultant and leader of a multi-disciplinary team that involves psychologists, social workers, case coordinators, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, and nurses.
  • Provide submissions to the Criminal Code Review Board (CCRB) including assessment of patient readiness for different levels of privileges and care.
  • Take part in a psychiatry on-call schedule as required within the program unless specifically exempted.


  • Establish a Royal College accredited subspecialty training program in Forensic Psychiatry 
  • Involved in the didactic education and clinical supervision of residents and medical students as part of the academic mission of the Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry
  • Research interests are encouraged
  • Membership in academic committees as required.
  • Forensics specialty capacity building for intra-professional staff and nursing teams.


FRCPC with Forensic subspecialty training is preferred. Equivalent international training and qualification plus eligibility to sit the FRCPC exams will be considered. Level of experience in Forensic Psychiatry will also be considered.

Reporting to the ECFH Clinical Director and Head, Section of Forensic & Correction Psychiatry

The position is funded through an Academic/Alternative Funding Plan. This covers direct and indirect care, virtual care, clinical administration, care coordination, etc.

  • Psychiatric call is remunerated as per department of psychiatry funding mechanism 
  • Enhancements based on academic rank are also available

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit

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Community Details

Dartmouth is a great place for getting outside and appreciating its natural beauty on land and water. In addition to its green spaces, the City of Lakes boasts 23 lakes that provide opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing and swimming. Lake Banook is a world-class paddling course, where regattas are often held. The city features many parks and walking trails and easy access to the unspoiled coastal beauty of the Eastern Shore.

The urban centre across the harbour from downtown Halifax offers visitors everything from family restaurants, global cuisine, breweries and brewpubs, celtic pubs, and romantic bistros to traditional bakeries and fish & chip shops. On Saturdays, the Alderney Landing Farmers' Market provides marketgoers with an amazing selection of baked goods, ethnic dishes, and more..

Known affectionately as the City of Lakes, Dartmouth sits across the harbour from Halifax, sharing its urban energy and cosmopolitan feel but with a charm all its own: see for yourself, here!

Physicians in Nova Scotia provide fulfilling patient care which embraces family life, professional development and community involvement. That's what makes practicing medicine in Nova Scotia unique. Physicians are increasingly attracted to practices that offer team-based care to their patients and allow them to consult with their peers. The size and scale of Nova Scotia allows for better connections across the health care system. Your practice of medicine and your life is richer here. Nova Scotia is more than medicine. 


Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy.


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Central Zone: Halifax, Eastern Shore, and Windsor-West Hants

From the modern yet historic city of Halifax, to the rugged and wild Eastern Shore, this region of Nova Scotia is a compelling study of contrasts. The largest city east of Montreal, Halifax is the cosmopolitan centre, bursting with restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and nightlife. But just a short drive (or bike ride) out of the city, the allure of nature envelopes you. Imagine dinner and the theatre at night, surfing and hiking the next morning.