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CAMH’s new acute care inpatient unit offers unique opportunity

By Patrick Callan

For someone as passionate about working in the mental health field as Joselin Lai, the opportunity to be a part of a new inpatient acute care unit was one she couldn’t pass up.

In fact, when Joselin heard about CAMH’s new General Psychiatry and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (GPU 2 -PICU) set to open in March 2018, she jumped at the chance to get in on the ground floor. Joselin has been a social worker on CAMH’s General Psychiatric Unit/Acute Care Unit for the past year. She’s looking forward to helping lay the foundations of client care on GPU2-PICU for years to come with her new team.

“I can’t wait to meet my new colleagues and be a part of this exciting opportunity,” says Joselin. “This new unit is going to transform patients’ lives.” 

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Social Worker Joselin Lai is thrilled to be the first person hired to work on CAMH’s new acute care unit. ​

​​The model of care on GPU 2 -PICU will mirror CAMH’s existing General Psychiatry and Acute Care Units, which emphasizes treatment for patients with concurrent disorders and patient engagement in therapeutic programming. Located on the fourth floor of CAMH’s College Street site, it will consist of 20 general psychiatry and three psychiatric intensive care beds. Renovations will begin shortly to optimize the use of the existing space.

Wendy MacLellan, Manager, GPU2-PICU, says the new unit will meet a growing need for acute care services at CAMH. But first, she’s assembling a dynamic interprofessional team of care providers, including RNs, RPNs, program assistants, and social workers to work on the new unit.

“I’m looking for people who are passionate, like to work in a fast-paced environment, and have excellent critical thinking skills,” she says. “This is a great opportunity to help build something from the ground up.”

While GPU2-PICU is still a few months from opening, Wendy would like her new team to get started right away in other units at CAMH so they can gain some valuable experience.

“This will help them get settled in at CAMH and become more familiar with the unique needs of our patients,” says Wendy.  

Joselin says it’s important for patients to feel they are heard, valued and respected.

“They also need to receive the support, treatment and resources that will help them continue to recover and thrive when they are discharged,” she says.

Joselin is aware of all the planning underway for the new unit – from renovations and team recruitment to developing team training and designing clinical processes – and she’s confident it will ensure safe patient care and a strong team environment. 

She admits she doesn’t know exactly what to expect on the new unit, but she’s looking forward to growing with her new colleagues, learning from them, and supporting each other along the way.

“It’s always nice to start with a new team and to know each other from the beginning,” she says. “It’s like having a new family.”

Check out the links below to apply for a job on CAMH’s new acute care unit.

Registered Nurses- Full-time

Registered Nurses- Part-time

Registered Practical Nurses- Full-time

Registered Practical Nurses - Part-time

Program Assistant - Full-time

Program Assistant- Part-time

Clerk 2

Social Worker 2

Social Worker 2 (Group Programming)

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