South Island Division of Family Practice

Western Communities PCN Summaries/Updates

December 2019:

The Western Communities (WC) Primary Care Network (PCN) continues to be in a limited implementation phase pending full funding from the Ministry of Health (MOH).  The SIDFP’s Board of Directors signed the Ministry of Health’s Letter of Intent (LOI) in September and a Cash Flow schedule and Change Management budget were submitted to the MOH in October.  The Funds Transfer Agreement expected in late December/early January will enable further roll-out of the PCN by SIDFP and its partners.

 

Other PCN updates include the following:

Funding for Clinic Renovations/Expansion

Limited capital funding for clinic expansion and renovations is available from the Ministry of Health and GPSC.  A total of $10M is available in fiscal years 2019/20 and 2020/21.  The GPSC will contribute up to 85% of the total cost of up to a maximum of 2 rooms per clinic to accommodate PCN nurses (RN/LPN) and allied care providers.  The original deadline of December 15th has recently been extended to March 31, 2021.  Funding must be expended by June 30, 2021.  Detailed information about this funding can be found here and the funding submission form can be found here.

Please contact Margi (margi.bhalla@sidfp.com), if your clinic is interested in accessing these funds or if you are considering a larger renovation/expansion of your clinic.

 

Western Communities Primary Care Network Leadership Committee (WC PCN LC)

The most recent meetings of the WC PCN LC were held on November 15th and 29th.  The minutes from the November 15th meeting can be accessed here.  The Terms of Reference for this committee have now been finalized and are available here. It is expected that the WC PCN LC will transition to an implementation committee at its February 2020 meeting.    As a result, the WC PCN LC is looking for a physician representative from each clinic participating in the PCN.  At a minimum, the Committee requires a physician representative from each PCN neighbourhood to participate on the Committee as a voting member (View Royal/Esquimalt; Colwood/Metchosin; Langford/Highlands; and Sooke).  Please contact Margi (margi.bhalla@sidfp.com), if you are interested in becoming a member of this Committee and also please indicate your availability for monthly two hour meetings.  We are tentatively looking at the 4:00 – 6:00 timeslot on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.  You will be compensated for your participation. 

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

 

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Upcoming Meetings:  your participation is welcome and teleconference options are available. 

 

Western Communities PCN Leadership Committee:  January 10, 2020; 1:00 – 3:00pm

Team Based Care Working Group:  January 16, 2020;  Noon – 1:00pm

South Island PCN Physician Forum:  January 20, 2020;  5:30 – 7:30pm

Communications Working Group:  January 14, 2020;  1:00 – 2:00pm

Health Connect Waitlist Working Group:  TBC

 

Should you be interested in participating on the above committees or if you have any comments or questions, please contact Margi Bhalla at margi.bhalla@sidfp.com.

 

 

 

August 2019:

The Western Communities (WC) Primary Care Network (PCN) is now in a limited implementation phase pending full funding from the Ministry of Health.  The SIDFP’s Board has signed the Ministry of Health’s Letter of Intent (LOI), which indicates the Division’s willingness to continue to work with its partners to move forward with the WC PCN.  Once the LOI is submitted to the Ministry, a Funds Transfer Agreement will be forthcoming.

Other PCN updates include the following with more details available in the accompanying document:

  • A change management strategy has been developed for the WC PCN that will focus supports at the clinic level.  The leads for this work will be staff from the Division and PSP and a menu of offerings is attached here.   In addition to the supports at the clinic level, the SIDFP and IH will lead change management activities at the neighbourhood and PCN levels.  In addition, at the PCN level, a South Island PCN Collaborative Learning Series is being developed to provide learning opportunities about team-based care models from high performing organizations but with relevance to our local context.   The first offering is being planned for October/November. 
  • Job descriptions for GPs (St. Anthony’s Primary Care Pods and 7 Community Clinics), NPs (St. Anthony’s Primary Care Pods and High Complexity Care Team) and Social Work (High Complexity Care Team and Eagle Creek) have been prepared and posted.  Hiring and onboarding is underway as candidates are identified.  
  • Limited capital funding for clinic expansion and renovations is available from the Ministry of Health and GPSC.  Details on how to access these funds and the criteria to do so are not yet available although the expectation is that the SIDFP will receive this information, shortly. 
  • The PCN Steering Committee (SC) recently met (August 9th) to review a governance model for the PCN.  This feedback and discussion at the Partners for Better Health meeting (August 14th) has resulted in a model that once approved by IH Executive and the Division Board of Directors will likely be launched in September. 

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