Recruiting and keeping doctors in communities where they currently practice are top priorities for most divisions of family practice in BC, particularly with older doctors retiring. With support from the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), the Divisions of Family Practice Recruitment and Retention Steering Committee has made some important strides over the past year, including development of the Recruitment and Retention Toolkit.
The toolkit includes comprehensive information in three, easy-to-navigate core sections:
- being prepared for local and regional recruitment activities,
- assessing physician candidates for the best fit, and
- supporting new and existing physicians and their families to remain in their chosen community for the long-term.
Practice profile templates, recruitment marketing samples, a full listing (with links) of organizations to support recruitment efforts, and practice transition tools are just a few of the resources included.
The toolkit is part of the Committee’s work to help coordinate and align resources in a way they can be more easily accessed by those who are recruiting physicians into their communities.
Content is based on best and promising practices from divisions and other organizations and jurisdictions and builds on the work of and learnings from divisions’ A GP for Me recruitment and retention strategies. The toolkit will be updated regularly with new materials and approaches.