The government of British Columbia (BC) recently announced its vision for an integrated system of primary care across the province. The strategy, which will focus on team-based primary care that connects a range of specialized and standard services within the community, will include funding for up to 200 General Practice/Family Practitioner (GPs) and up to 200 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) positions for this new team-based model.

Types of Primary Care Centres

At the heart of this new strategy will be:

Patient Medical Homes: The Patient Medical Home (PMH) is a team-based, primary care practice supported to provide timely and comprehensive care.

Primary Care Network: The Primary Care Network (PCN) is a network of local primary care service providers, including Patient Medical Homes, Community Health Centres, Urgent Primary Care Centres, and other service providers working together to ensure patients within the community can access comprehensive, timely, and family-centred care.

Urgent Primary Care Centres will provide access to primary care for patients currently without a GP or NP and will work to attach those individuals to primary care providers within a Primary Care Network. They will also offer weekend and after-hours primary care for both attached and unattached patients with urgent care needs in order to relieve pressure on local hospital emergency departments.

Community Health Centres will bring together broader health and social services to improve access to health promotion, preventative ongoing care, and primary and community care services.

Patient Medical Homes (PMHs) and Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Patient Medical Homes: The Patient Medical Home (PMH) is a team-based, primary care practice supported to provide timely and comprehensive care.

Primary Care Network: The Primary Care Network (PCN) is a network of local primary care service providers, including Patient Medical Homes, Community Health Centres, Urgent Primary Care Centres, and other service providers working together to ensure patients within the community can access comprehensive, timely, and family-centred care.

Urgent Primary Care Networks

Urgent Primary Care Centres will provide access to primary care for patients currently without a GP or NP and will work to attach those individuals to primary care providers within a Primary Care Network. They will also offer weekend and after-hours primary care for both attached and unattached patients with urgent care needs in order to relieve pressure on local hospital emergency departments.

Community Health Centres

Community Health Centres will bring together broader health and social services to improve access to health promotion, preventative ongoing care, and primary and community care services.

Locations

The Ministry of Health aims to support the development of at least 15 PCNs in 2018-19. Over the next 3 years, PCNs will be established in 70% of BC communities, from large cities to less populated rural areas.

The first five PCNs are being rolled out in: Burnaby, Comox Valley, Prince George, Richmond and South Okanagan-Similkameen with an additional six PCNs coming online in: Smithers, Kootenay-Boundary, Fraser Northwest, Vancouver City Centre, Ridge Meadows, and South Island.

These opportunities span the province’s five regional health services and offer a unique opportunity to match your lifestyle with an exciting and impactful career opportunity.

Payment

Successful applicants placed into a PCN primary care practice will be compensated based on a provincially standardized contract, administered by the regional health authorities, that allows you to join an established clinic/practice or establish your own group practice.

A service contract will allow you to provide longitudinal primary care using a patient-centric approach within a team-based environment.

The Ministry of Health is currently in discussions with the Doctors of BC and the BC Nurse Practitioner Association on the contract templates. Finalized contract templates are expected by the end of August 2018.

What are the Perks?

A service contract will provide:

  • The opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team supported by other health care professionals.
  • Options to actively connect with other NPs, GPs, health authorities, health care providers, and community-based health and social service organizations to provide seamless and timely patient care.
  • Access to specialized programs and coordinated referral systems for key areas, such as mental health and substance use, older seniors, cancer care and surgical and diagnostic programs.
  • Access to professional development and support networks that will foster skills and develop leadership.
  • In time, digital platforms will allow the ability to directly connect to your patients through websites, email, text and video conferencing.
  • An opportunity to effectively manage your time and achieve a healthy work-life balance.
  • Income security while you establish your practice and build your patient panel.
  • Competitive contract rates.
  • Service contracts also include payments for annual overhead.

Patient-Centred Health Care

About Healthmatch BC

Health Match BC is the provincial health care professional recruitment service funded by the Government of British Columbia, Canada. Since 1999, we have successfully facilitated the recruitment of thousands of health professionals into the province.

Health Match BC will:

  • Guide you through registration and licensing procedures.
  • Match your skills and interests to opportunities in the regions of your choice.
  • Provide you with information about communities of interest.
  • Connect you with prospective clinics and opportunities.
  • Connect you with appropriate resources (such as transition to practice supports) throughout the health system.
  • Provide and connect you to the personal and professional support you will need from the initial stages of expressing interest and through arriving to your new clinical practice.

QUESTIONS ABOUT PATIENT CARE NETWORKS?

Please contact Health Match BC via email at pcn@healthmatchbc.org or via telephone at 604.736.5920.

First Nations Health Authority
Fraser Health
Interior Health
Island Health
Northern Health
Providence Health Care
Provincial Health Services
Vancouver Coastal Health
BC Government Ministry of Health
BC Government, Ministry for jobs, tourism and skill training
HEABC
RCCBC
BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry
Western Canada
Practice Ready Assessment BC
Practice in BC
Locums for Rural BC

TOP