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Divisions Dispatch - Round 2 PCN expression of interest intake dates revised, GPSC Summit and new PMH-PCN materials

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Divisions Dispatch - Round 2 PCN expression of interest intake dates revised, GPSC Summit and new PMH-PCN materials
by Lucy Last - Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 12:05 PM

Divisions Dispatch

April 23, 2018




Date revision: Round 2 PCN expression of interest intake

The GPSC received its first intake of primary care network (PCN) expressions of interest (EOI) from CSCs on February 1, 2018 and selected 10 communities to move ahead in two waves starting in April.  A second intake of EOIs was originally planned for May 1, 2018; however, that intake will now be delayed.

This decision was made to ensure that adequate supports are in place for the groups moving ahead and to smooth the process for upcoming CSCs, based on what we are learning from the first intake. Delaying the intake process won't impact a community's ability to access resources in the future. 

Revised dates for the next EOI intake and others thereafter will be made available by early May.

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GPSC Spring Summit and new PMH-PCN materials

The GPSC’s Spring Summit earlier this week was our largest ever. The two-day event attracted more than 440 attendees, including physicians, Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC staff, health authority representatives, and Divisions support staff.

The event showcased learnings from a team of Alberta physicians who shared their experiences in setting up a primary care network. The GPSC also highlighted its own work and successes, focusing on themes of leadership, teamwork, and trust. Participants also explored topics such as tools and resources for patient medical homes, the practicalities of setting up a primary care network, and learnings from examples of team-based care models.

At the summit, the GPSC distributed a new handout about patient medical homes, primary care networks, and their connection, as well as a new marketing rack card.

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Section 41 compliance: GPSC supports co-op model as a fourth option

Many divisions have successfully adapted to their Board composition and compensation to comply with Section 41 of the Socieities Act via the three GPSC-approved approaches shared and discussed to date.

At the March 28 meeting of GPSC core members, the committee supported including the community services co-op model as an option for divisions to consider to bring their Board governance into compliance with the new BC Societies Act.

Three divisions have plans to move to the co-op model and their experiences will provide valuable information for other divisions to learn from. Other divisions are holding off in consideration of recent PCN developments, which include several different governance models.

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Salt Spring Island mental health resource featured in BC Medical Journal

Recognizing the need for community-specific suicide intervention resources to support local youth who are struggling with suicidal ideation, the Salt Spring Island Chapter of the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice and the Salt Spring Island Local Action Team (LAT) of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative worked together to create the Salt Spring Island Youth Suicide Intervention Toolkit.

To highlight the toolkit’s value as a customizable resource for all BC communities, the project has been featured in the April 2018 GPSC column in the BC Medical Journal entitled “A mental health resource for all communities: The Salt Spring Island Youth Suicide Intervention Toolkit.” The toolkits have so far been repurposed and distributed in 11 communities throughout BC.

For information on accessing the customizable toolkit design files, contact

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New instructional video and reference card for PLS phone translation service

The Primary Care Telephone Interpreting Service Pilot Project, launched October 1, 2017, provides immediate phone translation services to help physicians and their teams (nurses, MOAs, etc.) when treating culturally and linguistically diverse patients. Two newly released Provincial Language Service (PLS) resources provide additional support to those using the service:

The Provincial Health Services Association (PHSA) and BC Ministry of Health collaborated on the phone-based interpreting service and are providing it at no cost to practices during the pilot period. Doctors interested in using the service can contact their local division of family practice to receive the toll-free number and division-specific access code.

For more information, visit the Provincial Language Service website or contact

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North Shore Division collaboration with VCH highlighted by College of Family Physicians of Canada

The HealthConnection Clinic in North Vancouver, a collaboration between the North Shore Division and Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), was highlighted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in the second issue of its Innovation in Primary Care series. Published in March 2018, Innovation in Primary Care: Caring for Unattached and Marginalized Patients outlines the success of the clinic, a team-based facility combining the expertise of GPs, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and social workers.

The HealthConnection Clinic opened in 2013 and each year provides care to more than 900 vulnerable patients, many of whom face the challenges of mental illness, substance use, or homelessness.

This is the second division-related feature in the CFPC’s innovation report. The first issue – Innovation in Primary Care: Effective Primary/Secondary Care Interface – was released in January 2017 and included a feature about the Fraser Northwest Division’s role in developing Pathways.

Read more about the HealthConnection Clinic:

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Powell River Division and VCH partner to improve palliative care

The Powell River Division of Family Practice, with funding from the Shared Care Committee and in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), is working to shift perceptions and improve the palliative care journey for patients in their small community. To support patients and providers to have conversations about palliative care, their team created a collection of resources - including a full resource binder, videos, and pamphlets – which are available on the Powell River Division website.

For more information, contact or visit the Shared Care website.

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New staff join Provincial Divisions team

The provincial Divisions team is pleased to welcome two new internal recruits to the team.

Caroline McGechaen started as Communications Coordinator, Divisions of Family Practice on April 23. Caroline has spent the last five years supporting collaborative health care work in BC, most recently as a Project Coordinator for the Practice Support Program.

Nikita Soares starts as the Primary Care Network Central Liaison on May 1 with the focus of supporting the establishment and development of primary care networks. She spent the last four years with the Shared Care Committee - most recently leading the planning an implementation of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.

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Doctors of BC event highlights physician burnout and solutions for it

Physician burnout was the topic of a recent Doctors of BC event, hosted by Dr Andrew Clarke, Executive Director of the Physician Health Program (PHP). Attendees included close to 50 physicians representing medical staff associations (MSAs) and divisions of family practice.

For Dr Clarke’s brief summary of the background, intention, and goals of the session and the PHP, read “Helping to meet the challenge of physician burnout.”

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UBC-CPD offers online perinatal depression and anxiety course at no charge

An online course targeted at family physicians and health care professionals who provide care during the perinatal period examines the potential immediate and long-term effects of perinatal depression and anxiety on parents, children, and families.

Developed with input from the GPSC Maternity Working Group, the course is being offered to physicians at no charge and provides a basic overview of perinatal depression and anxiety, including common risk factors, screening, treatment approaches, and treatment planning.

Through evidence-based material, quizzes, and interactive video vignettes, participants will learn about the importance of routine screenings for perinatal depression and anxiety and become more comfortable with the steps involved.

Click here for more information.

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BC Health geographies interactive map

An interactive mapping tool created by the BC Ministry of Health enables users to explore the relationship between geography and health services in BC.

The geographies are nested, i.e.,

  • Health authorities (HAs) are comprised of multiple health service delivery areas (HSDAs).
  • HSDAs are comprised of multiple local health areas (LHAs).
  • LHAs are comprised of one or more Community Health Service Areas (CHSAs).

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BCCDC seeks physician input for HPV vaccine provider survey

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) researchers are seeking physician input in a nationwide research study designed to better understand Canadian health care providers’ attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and clinical practice regarding HPV vaccination in men, with a focus on men who have sex with men (MSM). The results of the study will provide important data to guide informing vaccination policy and practice. Respondents will be entered into a draw to win one of two $500 gift cards. Click here to take the survey.

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Subscribe to Patients as Partners monthly bulletin

The Patient as Partners initiative creates a monthly activity guide each month, containing learning opportunities available to physicians and health care providers, as well as events and activities available to patients. To subscribe to the monthly bulletin, contact

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Divisions in the news






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Media coverage is monitored by the Divisions of Family Practice provincial communications team and compiled on the Divisions in the News page. If you would like more information on a particular story, please contact Courtney Peters at

This newsletter is sent to local division physician leads, executive directors, coordinators, boards of directors, and admin staff; Doctors of BC staff involved in the GPSC and the Divisions of Family Practice initiative; and a number of Ministry of Health and health authority staff.

We encourage divisions to share the newsletter, or the relevant items, with their members. This issue can also be found on the Divisions of Family Practice website.