Learn about the Primary Care Strategy and more | December 2019
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December 2019





Transforming our primary care system through Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

The Ministry of Health, and all our partners, are working to transform the way care is delivered by setting up networks of clinicians and providers who plan and deliver all the primary care needs of a community. Thanks to the hard work of our partners, implementation work is underway in 20 communities and planning underway in an additional 21 communities. 
Learn more about the Primary Care Strategy. 




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GPs and NPs in Partnership
With the shift in primary care delivery to focus on team-based care, general practitioners and nurse practitioners are finding new ways to work together to improve patient experiences and outcomes. We sat down with three pairs of practitioners who shared their experience. 
Read our interviews and find out how team-based care is working.
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First Nations-led Primary Health Care

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), supported by the Ministry of Health, announced more than $2 million in funding to health Lu'ma Medical Centre expand Indigenous primary health care services.
Learn more about the Lu'ma Medical Centre.
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UPCCs - What's new and why?

Urgent Primary Care Centres (UPCC) are now Urgent and Primary Care Centres, making it easier to attach more patients to physicians and nurse practitioners, while continuing to provide service evenings and weekends. 
Learn more about urgent and primary care centres.

GPSC Membership Change

The Ministry of Health has refreshed its GPSC membership to ensure health authority and nurse practitioner representation.
Learn more about GPSC membership.

Info Sharing Task Group

PCNs are transforming the way patient information is shared between care providers to more effectively deliver integrated care.
Learn more about the Info Sharing Task Group.

Team-Based Care Work Group

The GPSC Team-based Care Working Group will lead the implementation of team-based care within PCNs and PMHs.
Learn more about the TBC Working Group.





Primary Care Network Toolkit

The PCN Community Toolkit is a resource for individuals engaged in planning and implementation of a PCN. As new information becomes available, additional documents will be uploaded for communities to access. 
Visit PCN Toolkit to access community resources.

Implementation Guide

An early version of the provincial PCN Planning and Implementation Guide is available. It covers a variety of topics including key activities, roles and responsibilities, hiring, funding, evaluation and more. 
To download a copy, visit Implementation Guide.

Clinical Practice Guidelines 

BC Guidelines are clinical practice guidelines and protocols that provide recommendations to B.C. practitioners on delivery high quality, appropriate care to patients with specific clinical conditions or diseases. 
Learn more by visiting BC Guidelines.




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BCPSQC Signs Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety

The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council and the FNHA and have signed a Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility for First Nations People in B.C., recognizing the leadership in both organizations to champion cultural safety.
Learn more at FNHA.

GPSC: New payment to support longitudinal care

Community-based family physicians who work under FFS and who care for a panel of patients will soon receive a new annual payment to recognize their  role in providing longitudinal care that evidence shows results in better health outcomes for patients.
Learn more at GPSC.








About Us

A Picture of Health is a monthly e-newsletter focused on telling the provincial health care transformation story. This online resource for B.C.'s health sector is aimed at keeping our health system partners, practitioners and administrators up-to-date on the work to improve patient experiences and outcomes.  This issue can be found the B.C. Government website along with frequently asked questions. 




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