The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 16, 2019 South Island Division E-Bulletin
PRIMARY CARE NETWORK PLANNING
The SIDFP has continued to meet with member physicians, Island Health, and the Ministry of Health since the initial meeting with the Ministry in December 2018.
Both geographies are moving towards signed Letters of Intent and have initiated multiple working groups.
For updates, a summary of approvals and more details, please click through to our Primary Care Network page.
PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT RAMP-UP
As part of the ramp-up of physician recruitment efforts, Gary Clarke (SIDFP Recruitment Co-ordinator) attended the Pri-Med Conference in Mississauga for 2.5 days (from 9-11 May, 2019). Recruiters Helen Welch from Victoria Division and Regan Grill from Nanaimo Division also attended. For the full update, please see the attached.
IN THE NEWS
IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE YOU!
The 2019 BC Family Doctor Day is set for May 19, coinciding with World Family Doctor Day, the international day of celebration set by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). BC’s own day of recognition for family physicians and family medicine is made possible by a proclamation of the Province of BC requested by the BC College of Family Physicians.
The Division office has created this poster for you to display in your clinics to encourage appreciation and awareness of all that you do.
NEW - BCMJ ARTICLE ABOUT SI CBT SKILLS GROUPS
The GPSC column in the May issue of the BCMJ about Victoria and SI CBT Skills Groups (and the program’s subsequent spread to Vancouver) is now published online and in print.
Click here to read the full article.
NEW - ISLAND HEALTH HAS ADDED A NEW ROLE TO THEIR COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES TEAM
Esquimalt Westshore Sooke Community Health Services has added a new role to their team – LPN Primary Care Health Support Nurse. The role is to prevent health needs developing into a crisis, to decrease ED encounters, delay the need for AL or LTC, and to support timely and appropriate visits to the Primary Care Provider (PCP). For more information please see the attached.
NEW - OSCARCON 2019 - VICTORIA JUNE 22 & 23
OSCAR BC is holding the OSCARCON conference in Victoria on June 22nd & 23rd. Early bird rates apply for registrations made prior to May 15th. To see the agenda and details on rates, click through to their website.
NEW - SERVICE TO HELP KIDS WITH ANXIETY
Confident Parents: Thriving Kids – Anxiety Program is a phone-based coaching service for parents and caregivers that effectively reduces mild to moderate anxiety in their children ages 3-12. Developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division in collaboration with experts on child anxiety, the program incorporates concepts from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). For more information and referral forms, please see the attached.
NEW - EXPANDED HOME HEALTH MONITORING SERVICES
Home Health Monitoring has expanded; we now offer monitoring for patients with heart failure, COPD and diabetes across all of Island Health. We also added screening tools for anxiety, depression and chronic pain. Patients are provided with a tablet and biometric devices with which to complete a daily monitoring plan. A nurse monitors this information and provides ongoing education and coaching on self-management, as well sharing key information with the family physician. Home Health Monitoring is a proven service with significant reductions in ED visits, admission and length of stay for patients who participate, as well has a high patient satisfaction rating.
Home Health Monitoring referrals are through Community Access with Community Health Services. Below is eligibility criteria and referral contact information:
Consider referral to Home Health Monitoring if your patient:
- Has a confirmed diagnosis of COPD or heart failure and is symptomatic
- Has confirmed diagnosis of diabetes and is struggling to manage blood glucose
- Is willing to engage in self-management
Refer to Community Health Services:
Greater Victoria & Gulf Islands Phone: 250-519-5282 Fax: 250-519-5288
CONNECTING FOR WELLNESS GROUPS
Two new groups have been launched at the Westshore AVI Health Centre located at 111-2787 Jacklin Rd in Langford, Connecting for Wellness: Friends and Family and Connecting for Wellness: Peer Support. Both groups are drop-in, and will offer a variety of resources from week to week including support, sharing circles, guest speakers, art and journaling, and other fun activities. Snacks and bus tickets will be provided.
SELF-MANAGEMENT HEALTH COACH PROGRAM
The Self-Management Health Coach Program is a telephone-based health intervention offered to adults of all ages who have chronic health conditions, at no cost. Participants are assigned a trained peer Health Coach, who provides a 30-minute telephone interaction each week for a period of 3-6 months. They receive information, support and guidance to help them achieve better health outcomes. The self-management strategies are evidence-based and this program is fully supported by the BC Ministry of Health. Please see the attached poster for posting in an appropriate area of your office, if you wish.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
NEW - ISLAND HEALTH'S FIVE DAYS IN MAY
Island Health’s flagship health research month is designed to educate, inform, inspire and stimulate. Every year, we bring together researchers and students, patients and healthcare providers, decision-makers and members of the public to share ideas and spark innovation.
All events take place in Victoria and are available online; all events are free and open to anyone interested.
If you would like to access the live streaming of these events, please subscribe to the Island Health YouTube Channel and be online at the times the events are scheduled.
NEW - SURVEY ON THE PRIMARY CARE TELEPHONE INTERPRETING SERVICE
The pilot of The Primary Care Telephone Interpreting Service came to an end on March 31, 2019, however the services are available and continuing on. If you participated in the pilot and would like to help improve the services offered, please click here to participate in a short survey.
NEW - EDUCATION DAY AT HOMEWOOD RAVENSVIEW
On June 4, 2019 Homewood Ravensview invites you to attend an Education Day. This is an opportunity to learn first-hand from our medical and clinical teams about the leading mental health, trauma, addiction, & concurrent disorders programming at Ravensview, and to tour the facility. For questions or to RSVP please contact – Cassandra Sampson, 236-333-3893, email@example.com
NEW - RECORDING AND SLIDES FROM "CANNABIS AND DEMENTIA: WEEDING THROUGH THE EVIDENCE"
Recently Victoria Hospice streamed an informative webinar on the use of cannabinoids to treat agitation in Alzheimer’s and dementia. It was put on by BrainxChange. The slides and recording can be found here: https://bxc.adobeconnect.com/pr339mut938c/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal
BC PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY COUNCIL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Engage to Improve: Creative Solutions for Working Better Together
June 5 | Victoria
Ever notice that the best ideas often come from the most unexpected sources? And that when you feel included and engaged, you want to do the best job possible? Do you think the teams in which all members make valuable contributions produce much better results? Do you want to surface the best ideas for the problems you’re facing today? If you answered yes to these questions, then Liberating Structures are for you. Learn how to make them work for you and your team in this full-day workshop!
July 11 | Nanaimo
Measurement and the effective use of data are cornerstones of any improvement effort, from incremental changes to radical transformations, but it can be difficult to know where to begin. This workshop explores how data can be used to drive the improvements we wish to see – setting up measurement systems that work, analyzing data to uncover new insights and monitoring improvements over time. Not a technical person? Don’t worry, this workshop isn’t about crunching numbers in Excel or using statistical software. Instead, we take a practical, hands-on approach to exploring how data can be used to answer questions, understand problems and drive meaningful change.
UBC-RCPD RURAL ROUNDS SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS
The season to start planning the 2019-2020 series of RCPD Rural Rounds is upon us! We aim to have more regional representation amongst our speakers and moderators for the upcoming season and to meet that goal your help is needed!
Please see the attached letter from Dr. Dana Hubler outlining how you can help.
FOSTERING RESILIENCE RETREAT – MAY 31-JUNE 5, 2019
Drs. Mark Lau, R.Psych. and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, both certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teachers and MBCT Mentors of the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, will be teaching a 5-day retreat for health professionals that focuses on training skills to cope with burnout and to increase resiliency. The attached flyer contains additional details and registration links. Now certified for 27 hours of CFPC Mainpro+ Group Learning credits.
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
FAMILY PRACTICE SHORT FORM & REFERRAL TRACKER
Your Pathways leadership team would like to invite all Family Medicine division members to be registered in Pathways! Download the form now for Word or PDF and return it completed to your Pathways Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax your completed form to 778-265-0298.
What is the goal for Pathways?
Pathways is a tool that was built to help improve physician to physician communication, helping them better serve their patients.
How will this help me?
When your contact information is in Pathways then hospitalists, locums and other Family Doctors will be able to reach you.
Anything else I need to know?
Your contact information will get us ready to implement the Referral Tracker dashboard in Pathways.
What's next for Pathways?
The Referral Tracker dashboard! This new platform within Pathways will now allow physicians and their staff to send and track referrals as well!
For more information about Referral Tracker watch this video https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K0WdnuVfUh1zhiSQ8guh0uMP8wFVZICS/view.
Referral Tracker is currently being used in the White Rock South Surrey Division. There are plans to start expansion to additional Divisions in 2019For more information about Referral Tracker watch this video https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K0WdnuVfUh1zhiSQ8guh0uMP8wFVZICS/view
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
NEW - BOUNCE BACK NEWSLETTER
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to email@example.com or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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