South Island Division of Family Practice


PCN Meeting Information

Primary Care Network Updates (May 30, 2019):

Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network (PCN) Update April 2019:

On April 8th, the Ministry of Health requested the SP PCN revised submission document by mid-April. While the SIDFP has approved the plan, to adhere to this timeline, a detailed implementation plan has been requested by one of our partners before signing off on the revised submission and the Letter of Intent. We are working with the Island Health PCN planning members to create a high-level implementation plan for Phase I of the SP PCN. This is challenging due to the number of outstanding issues requiring clarification from the MoH that are likely not forthcoming by the intended Letter Of Intent submission date of April 30th.

The MoH has requested a meeting on April 17th to touch base with SIDFP and VIHA to discuss our timeline to submission.

At the April 8th SP PCN Physician Leadership meeting, agreement was reached to form topic-specific working groups to support the planning and implementation of the PCN:

First Nations Working Group – Physician Lead: Dr. Krista Stogryn.                                        The first meeting of this working group was held on April 10th, with representation by Health Directors or Managers from all four W’SANEC communities, one MOA, and the Island Health Aboriginal Health Manager, in addition to the core IH/SIDFP planning team.

Team Based Care Working Group – this will be a joint WG with the Western Communities PCN team. SP Physician representation confirmed by Dr. David Harrison, Dr. Jaron Easterbrook, Dr. Kate Evans and Dr. Laura Ritonja.

Capital Planning Working Group – SP focus only -Physician representation confirmed by Dr. David Harrison, Dr. Jaron Easterbrook.

Health Connect Registry Working Group – this will be a joint WG with the Western Communities to determine the local implementation process for the Provincial Health Connect Registry in the SP and WC PCNs.

Communications Working Group – TBD

Information Technology Working Group – TBD

Details about the frequency and location of these new working group meetings will be posted here on the Primary Care Network page as they become available.

*The invitation to participate in any of these working groups is open to all SIDFP members. If you are interested and able to participate, please email Valerie Nicol - to receive further details.

Also at the April 8th SP PCN Physician Leadership meeting, discussion of our PCN capital funding allocations process resulted in agreement to utilize a portion of the “South Neighbourhood” capital budget to cover the current costs associated with planning the South Community Primary Health Care Centre. 

The capital planner has completed meetings with interested SP clinics, and further planning has begun on the South Community Primary Health Care Centre.

Recurring Saanich Peninsula Primary Care Network Meetings:

  • Saanich Peninsula Steering Committee – meets bi-weekly
  • Saanich Peninsula Physician Leadership Committee – meets bi-weekly
  • W’SANEC Community partners meeting – frequency to be determined

If you require further information about any of the above, please contact Valerie Nicol – SIDFP Saanich Peninsula PCN Project Director at:


Western Communities Primary Care Network (PCN) Update May 2019:

Primary Care Network Steering Committee and Working Groups Updates:

  • Western Communities PCN Steering Committee: the Committee discussed the recruitment process and the allocation of the 16 physician service contracts provided to the PCN.  Interested physicians will be offered a list of potential opportunities and will be able to decide amongst them.  The Committee supported a consistent overhead rate for physicians on MOH new-to-practice service contracts. 
  • Team-based Care Working Group:  the Working Group discussed the role of a clinical Pharmacist and how they can enhance and support primary care.  Next steps are to learn from the Sea Cove practice in Comox about how pharmacy can integrate with primary care.  The job description for social workers is being finalized prior to posting.
  • Health Connect Registry Working Group:  a process for referring for priority patients for attachment is under development in conjunction with criteria for identifying patients who require priority attachment to a primary care provider.
  • Physician Compensation Working Group:  will be expanded to include representation from the Saanich Peninsula PCN.  The next meeting will focus on identifying interest in the planned roll-out of population based funding models and identification of overhead rates for physicians on service contracts.
  • Communications Working Group:  Right Care Right Place rack cards have been re-printed and distribution is underway.  Ministry of Health staff joined the Working Group meeting to discuss provincial communication supports for launch of the Health Connect Registry.
  • Physician Leadership Working Group:  discussed the composition/distribution of the Allied Health 6.0 FTEs that have been allocated to the Western Communities PCN.  The Working Group determined that all six should be social workers.  Overhead rates in the community were also discussed and there was support for a flat-rate overhead charge of 30-35% for physicians on service contracts.    


Upcoming Meetings

(your participation is welcome and teleconference options are available)

  • Western Communities PCN Steering Committee:  May 31st
  • Team-based Care Working Group:  June 6th
  • Physician Leadership Group (Western Communities):  June 7th
  • Health Connections Waitlist Working Group:   June 12th
  • Communications Working Group:  June 6th

Should you be interested in participating on the above committees or if you have any questions or comments, please contact .  


Supporting Documents for Division Survey

GP Backgrounder and FAQs

Primary Care GP Service Contract Template

NP Backgrounder and FAQs

Primary Care NP Service Contract Template

Click here to read the Executive Summaries of the PCN Plans

Click here to view the Saanich Peninsula PCN Plan Overview

Click here to view the Western Communities PCN Plan Overview



Primary Care Announcement from the Premier of BC, dated May 24, 2018.