A GP for Me
A GP for Me was a provincially funded initiative that was designed to increase primary health care access, enable patients to find a physician, strengthen patient-physician relationships and support the needs of vulnerable populations. A GP for Me was provincial in scope, yet initiatives were designed and implemented locally by the Divisions of Family Practice.
The A GP for Me project comprised an Assessment and Planning phase followed by an Implementation phase. During the Assessment and Planning phase, the SIDFP conducted an analysis of their regional capacity and limitations in regards to primary care and then used this information to develop an implementation proposal. This proposal was submitted to the GPSC for approval and funding for implementation was granted to the SIDFP in the fall of 2014.
To address these challenges, the SIDFP developed the following 5 core pillars/strategies (.PDF) as areas of focus for the Implementation phase of A GP for Me:
- New Models of Care – Primary Health Care Initiative
- Practice Efficiencies & Support
- Recruitment and Practice Coverage
- Attachment Mechanisms - Improved Access for Aboriginal Populations
- Health Promotion & Education
To achieve these goals, the SIDFP formed a Steering Committee comprised of family physicians and other health care partners to work with project staff to execute the implementation plan. A GP for Me implementation concluded on March 31, 2016 and this report provides an evaluation of the effectiveness of the 5 core strategies in meeting the objectives of the initiative.
For access to the complete report, please contact the South Island Division of Family Practice office: firstname.lastname@example.org