Where are we in the process?
The Nanaimo Primary Care Network (PCN) Service Plan, including all the proposed services and most of the requested resources, was approved by the Ministry of Health on March 17th, 2021.
These Primary Care services reflect the priorities identified through engagement of providers and community partners, which were feasible within the Ministry funding parameters. The details of the Service Plan are high level and will require more thorough design prior to implementation.
The Nanaimo PCN Planning partners have been working over the past few months to lay the foundation for implementation while eagerly awaiting this Service Plan approval. In the coming weeks, the PCN Steering Committee will finalize the strategic approach to rolling out the services over a 4 year timeframe, then move into the design of year 1 services. The funding is provided incrementally, with the goal of 20% being implemented in the first year.
One of the foremost priorities is to support existing Family Practice clinics with the integration of Allied Health Providers. Representation from Primary Care is included at all PCN Governance tables and will be included in the creation of each service model.
The PCN Partners kindly ask for your patience as we prepare ourselves for this next phase of exciting work and promise to keep you informed.
If you have any PCN related questions, please contact Laura Loudon, Division PCN Manager, at email@example.com.