Primary Care Lead - Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

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Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO, is a network of 27 local hubs that provide integrated services co-designed with youth for youth in over 30 communities across the province. YWHO brings together local service providers to address gaps in the youth mental health and substance use service system by providing access to integrated services, treatment and support for young people aged 12-25, including mental health and substance use treatment, primary care, education, employment, housing, peer support, outreach, system navigation, and other community and social programming.  Outcomes are rigorously evaluated within and across hubs focusing on positive outcomes in areas of wellness important to youth and their families. This initiative engages youth, family members and other stakeholders through a co-creation process, ensuring services are designed and delivered according to their needs.

The Primary Care Lead reports to the YWHO Director Operations and works closely with the YWHO Clinical Practice Lead. The role has dual reporting to the CAMH Professional Practice Office for direction and support with nursing practice. The Primary Care Lead will work to enhance discipline-specific professional development and education on the YWHO model of service delivery and key competencies needed for the implementation of YWHO core components across existing and new YWHO networks in Ontario. In addition, the successful candidate, working within the scope of practice of a Registered Nurse (Extended Class) [RN(EC)], will provide direct care to youth and function as part of the inter-professional team at select YWHO sites across the province, including the provision of in-person and virtual care.


The Primary Care Lead will provide leadership and support to YWHO sites and clinical partners on the integration of primary care and a continuum of mental health and substance use treatment options for youth within the Integrated Youth Services (IYS) model of service delivery. This role is responsible for the development and implementation of primary care specific resources, practice standards, policies & practice guidelines. The Primary Care Lead will develop and facilitate orientation and training sessions relating to best practices, practice innovations and the use of clinical screening tools within measurement-based care. The Primary Care Lead will co-facilitate a Primary Care Community of Practice for YWHO Networks and will capture and work to address various primary care challenges and capacity building needs of each Hub site. The successful candidate will work with the YWHO Director of Data Management and Evaluation to analyze patterns of client responses and needs within the youth populations and their family members to optimize models of primary care and health outcomes. This role is responsible for the dissemination of knowledge at local, regional and national levels to reduce stigma and advance YWHO’s role as a leader in Integrated Youth Services in Ontario and will be a representative of YWHO on internal and external boards and committees. The Primary Care Lead will negotiate complex inter-professional relationships to manage change to optimize clinical outcomes.

In addition, the successful candidate will provide comprehensive care to clients at select YWHO sites across the province, including health assessments, follow-up and treatment, providing expert consultation to clients or members of the inter-professional team, prescribing medications and ordering a range of diagnostic tests; leading and managing crisis response, including suicide risk assessment, and family support. This role will include supporting evidence-based models of care and programming. The Primary Care Lead will have sound knowledge of crisis prevention and intervention, mental health and addiction issues, harm-reduction, withdrawal management, child development, trauma-informed care, recovery, and family-informed care. The successful candidate will bring an ability to perform thorough assessments, develop, implement and evaluate inter-professional client-centered care plans, support clients in establishing and working toward attaining their goals, and participate effectively in inter-professional collaboration and effective teamwork.

As the successful candidate you will be able to work with adolescent clients and families from diverse populations, practice in accordance with the College of Nurses of Ontario practice standards, the Canadian Nurses’ Association Advanced Practice Nursing Framework, and with all applicable legislation requirements. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. Day, evening and/or weekend hours may be required. This position is located in Toronto.


  • You must be Registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario, and be registered as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class [RN(EC)] and with a specialty certificate in either Adult or Primary Care and possess a current BCLS.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who possess, or are currently pursuing a Master’s in Nursing or related graduate degree, with a focus in mental health and addictions.
  • Current CNA certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing is preferred.
  • Current membership with RNAO and valid CPR Certificate is required.
  • You must have 5 years of direct clinical experience working with youth clients with mental health and substance use challenges.
  • Previous experience with YWHO or other integrated models of service delivery for youth with addictions and/or mental health concerns preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mental health and addictions issues; familiarity with system level issues within Ontario’s youth mental health and substance use system; social determinants of health; and the principles of health equity is required.
  • The ability to work independently and as a member of an inter-professional team, and a demonstrated ability to effectively and professionally carry out the responsibilities of the role is required, including demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with complex clients.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, demonstrated strategic thinking, and extensive knowledge of the clinical standards related to the scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners is required.
  • The ability to work with clients from diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds is required as is the ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure excellence in client care and education.
  • Required experience developing and maintaining effective, strong partnerships, amongst diverse stakeholders with varying priorities and needs, including experience with youth and family engagement, service provider engagement, co-development, coaching and system change.
  • Excellent presentation skills are required to lead workshops and participate in health teaching.
  • Effective organization, decision-making, and problem solving skills are required.
  • Computer skills, including word processing, electronic communication, videoconferencing, and workload measures are essential. Ability to work flexible hours is a requirement.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language is considered an asset.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package.