Learn about hiring health care assistants and more | January 2020
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January 2020
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Hiring Health Care Assistants Got Easier
On January 15, 2020, a new expedited registration pathway is making it easier and faster for qualified health care assistants trained in Canada to work in British Columbia.
Learn more about changes for hiring health care assistants.
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UPCCs - The first five celebrate their first year

The first five urgent primary care centres opened in the fall of 2018, one from each health authority, and recently celebrated their one-year anniversary.
Learn more about one year-anniversaries of UPCCs.





Connecting with Resident Doctors

They are the future of medicine in B.C. The Ministry is working with the Resident Doctors of BC to connect directly with residents to hear their thoughts and talk about how we can continue to improve our health system for patients and health care providers.
Learn more about engaging resident doctors.

Nursing Awards of Excellence

NNPBC honoured the nursing community by recognizing 18 individuals who demonstrated excellence in nursing practice. 
Learn more about NNPBC's Nursing Awards of Excellence.

New consent regulations

The Government recently brought part three of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act into effect.
Learn more about Health Care Consent.

MSP premiums eliminated

With MSP premiums eliminated, British Colombians will be starting 2020 with more money in their pockets.
Learn more about the MSP premium elimination.




PCN Resources
New resources are available on the PCN Toolkit, including a nurse practitioner (NP) overview document answering questions about the role of nurse practitioners as providers in teams and within PCNs; NP overhead principles which serves as a guideline for NP overhead allocations provided within PCN service contracts; and an overview of encounter reporting guidelines which provides instructions for clinic set up for encounter reporting within the PCN. 
To access these resources and more, visit the PCN Toolkit.




Partner Snapshot

Volunteering as a nurse

The opportunity to spend a week outdoors sounds exciting - and daunting. The BC College of Nursing Professionals developed a case study to help nurses better understand their professional responsibilities. 
To access this resource, visit BCCNP.

Patient Experience Tool

GPSC's new Patient Experience Tool is now available to all family physicians and teams. The tool is a tablet that asks patients about topics such as wait times, office hours and coordination of care.
To learn about how to participate, visit GPSC.

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre Opening

The Ponderosa Primary Care Centre celebrated its official grand opening which means Penticton residents now have increased access to team-based health care. The Centre is a key component of the South Okanagan Similkameen PCN announced April 2019.
Visit the SOS Division of Family Practice to learn more about primary care implementation.





Did you know 2020 is the year of the Nurse and Midwife?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife". The year 2020 is significant for WHO in the context of strengthening nursing and midwifery. 
Learn more about Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020.








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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