Integrated Practice Support Initiative (IPSI)
The KB Division partnered and learned alongside PSP, PITO, Interior Heath and the KB/Creston Community of Practice to create a prototype practice coaching model. KB was one of eight provincial Integrated Practice Support Initiatives (IPSI).
This collaborative project was designed to aid and empower KB GPs to access appropriate and timely supports to enhance practice efficiency and ensure continuing quality care. Through IPSI, challenges around time limitations, chronic disease management, EMR utilization, and office efficiency, to name just a few, were addressed by the cohort of five physicians participating in this initial practice support initiative.
The open coaching model enabled dedicated time for family doctors to focus on relevant concerns, resulting in deliberate action to advance the overall health and efficiency of their practices. Valuable progress has been achieved through professional coaching and utilization of a variety of available supports ie. PITO/PSP-TG, IPCC, Peer Mentoring.
The implementation phase of the project ran January through July 2014 with evaluation and final report due in the fall of 2014 (Click here to download the final report card
). Building on IPSI's successes, practice efficiency using a coaching model is a main component to the Attachment/A GP for Me work developing in the Kootenay Boundary through 2014-15.