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Divisions Dispatch - May 11, 2018

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Divisions Dispatch - May 11, 2018
by Lucy Last - Monday, 14 May 2018, 9:09 AM

May 11, 2018


New PMH tool: Practice Characteristics Matrix

GPs can access a new provincial tool that helps doctors understand what the patient medical home (PMH) means in the context of their practices. The GPSC’s Practice Characteristics Matrix takes a closer look at the 12 attributes of the PMH and what they could look like at the practice-level. It describes the attributes using a series of characteristics, and includes information about what a transition toward a PMH might entail.

These characteristics provide a reference point for GPs to reflect on their own practice experience and identify where they are in their move toward the patient medical home model of care. The matrix was created based on extensive consultation and research to ensure the tool is relevant to family practice in rural, remote, and urban settings in BC.

Download the PDF or download the large poster for community events.

For more information, please contact

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Learning, connection, community: Event attendees confirm value of Champions of Change

This past February, close to 500 physicians and health care partners, including representatives from many divisions of family practice, attended and presented at the Joint Collaborative Committee ”Champions of Change” event in partnership with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council (BCPSQC) Quality Forum. Through 15 rapid-fire presentations, 50 posters, group discussions, and speakers, attendees spent the day sharing knowledge and learning from others about the diverse quality improvement (QI) work taking place throughout the province and beyond.

Watch the JCC Champions of Change video for a brief collection of thoughts about the event shared by some of the partners involved in JCC initiatives— including division physicians and staff.

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Nova Scotia adopts PSP’s Adult Mental Health module

The success of the Practice Support Program (PSP) and its Adult Mental Health module has gained recognition elsewhere in Canada, as GPs in Nova Scotia are engaging in widespread delivery of the module.

Eighty per cent of BC GPs who have completed the learning module reported an increase in their skills and confidence when diagnosing and treating mental health conditions; 94% said it had a positive impact on patients. Mental Health Week provided a recent reminder of the need for ongoing support for GPs as they diagnose, treat, and develop care plans for patients experiencing mental health conditions.

To learn more about how the module is doing this, as well as physician perspectives on their experience with the module, click on the links below:

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BC family doctors: Leading the way to better patient care

May 19 is BC’s first, BC Family Doctor Day. On it, we celebrate the 6,500 family doctors in BC. We also acknowledge all family doctors around the world, with World Family Doctor Day.

In addition to the hard work individual physicians contribute, it’s worth reflecting on what doctors have accomplished through their collective voices. By participating in GPSC’s programs/initiatives, BC family doctors are improving the way they deliver care to their patients, starting at the family physician’s office.

Please feel free to share this article with your members.

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Campbell River Division doctor wins international leadership award

Campbell River emergency room physician Dr Jeffrey Beselt is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian College of Health Leaders’ Celebrating the Human Spirit Award. The award recognizes the meaningful contributions of individuals or teams who provide health services for acts of caring and compassion that go above and beyond the call of duty, inspire others, and have a profound and lasting impact.

The award acknowledges Dr Beselt for his inspirational leadership and commitment to culturally inclusive health care, including his work with local Aboriginal Chiefs and Councils to incorporate a welcoming and culturally safe environment for Indigenous people into the design of two new hospitals opened in Comox Valley and Campbell River in 2017. As Executive Medical Director for North Vancouver Island, Dr Beselt created an Aboriginal Working Group (AWG) that provided input on hospital design and signage and customizing both sites to local First Nations traditions. The AWG approach is being adopted as a standard by the provincial government and will be incorporated into the design process for the new St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.

Click here to read more.

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PNW division member Dr Jaco Strydom wins College Coin award

Pacific Northwest (PNW) division member Dr Jaco Strydom has been awarded the College Coin—an award designed to honour unsung heroes in family medicine— from the BC College of Family Physicians, for his outstanding work supporting patients in Terrace.

Dr Strydom’s contributions to patient care and the community include serving as lead physician at his busy family practice, providing obstetrical care at the Women’s Wellness Clinic, taking on responsibilities as a GP psychiatrist, maintaining a leadership role with the PNW division, and supporting many charities and boards in the community.

Click here to read more.

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Central Interior Rural Division physician featured in Doctors of BC's "Doctors Making a Difference" series

Williams Lake ER physician Dr Jeff Peimer is the second member of a local division to be featured in Doctors of BC's "Doctors Making a Difference" series. Dr Peimer is passionate about emergency medicine and children and has combined those passions to make a real difference for youth in BC, playing a key leadership role in development of an ER protocol for treatment of youth in distress.

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Chilliwack Division supports student-developed overdose advice app

Chilliwack Division support (via the Chilliwack Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Local Action Team) has enabled local students to complete development of a new app that provides lifesaving overdose advice for teens, even in situations where they may not have cell or Wi-Fi service. Called OD hero, the app will dial 911 directly if the user has cell service, and also provides information on what to expect in overdose and alcohol poisoning scenarios. It lets teens know they won’t be charged with possession for calling 911 and won’t get in trouble for attempting to administer first aid.

Click here to read more.

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Kathleen Speakman retires from Doctors of BC

Kathleen has been a vital part of the Community Partnerships and Integration (CPI) team at Doctors of BC for the last three years. Kathleen began as a Physician Engagement Leader to many of the Island Health and Vancouver Coastal Health divisions. Last year, she took on the role of Manager, Community Development and Learning. Her skills and experience building and managing relationships with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, physicians and external partners, will be greatly missed.

The CPI team thank Kathleen for her important contributions to the organization and to divisions across the province.

Until Kathleen’s position has been filled, please direct any questions to Michelle Briere.

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