Thompson Region Division of Family Practice

2018 June Newsletter

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2018 Practical Capacity Analysis for Recruitment and Retention

Win a getaway to Sparkling Hill for completing the Capacity Analysis

Participate in the 2018 capacity analysis survey before June 15 and get a chance to win some great prizes! 

The crucial information we are collecting will help us to understand the current capacity and challenges within our practices and will provide data to help predict capacity and practice trends through 2023.

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Click here to take the survey >

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4Ps for Practice Survival

4Ps for Practice Survival: Pathways, Practice Supports, Partnerships, and Physician (and NP) Communication

Thanks to the 62 people who attended our spring member engagement event on May 30 at TRU and contributed to the discussion. Family physicians and nurse practitioners were joined by MOAs and office managers for dinner and a Pathways presentation before dividing into separate workshops. Thanks to all who attended, and a special thanks to our presenters! The information gathered through the breakout rooms will inform our community visioning, discussions with Allied Health, and in practice support. 

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Feedback new College Referral-Consultation process guideline

Feedback new College Referral-Consultation process guideline

The professional guideline, Expectation of the Relationship between the Primary Care/Consulting Physician and Consultant Physician, has recently undergone revisions, including a title change to Referral-Consultation Process. Some physicians have expressed concerns about this change, specifically to this guideline: “The referring physician should explain the referral process to the patient, and once confirmed, inform the patient of the date and time of the patient’s appointment with the consulting physician.” 

Please provide any feedback on the guideline changes directly to the College via this survey. The deadline to complete this survey is June 15, 2018. The draft guideline can be found here

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First Nations Health and Wellness

First Nations Health and Wellness 

Did you know that there are ten Nations within the area covered by the Thompson Region Division which sits on Secwepemc territory? Kamloops comes from the Secwepemc work Tk'emlups, meaning "where the rivers meet" and refering to the area where the North and South Thompson rivers flow together.

Each upcoming issue of the Thompson Focus newsletter will contain information about the indigenous peoples in this area and their culture. 

 

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Medical Staff Yearbook Revival

Medical Staff Yearbook Revival

RIHPA is creating a new physician/medical staff yearbook. The Division is supporting photographs for community family physicians and nurse practitioners.

Photo shoots have begun at RIH. The next one will be on June 20 at 8:00 a.m. by Auxiliary. We'll also  be arranging shoots in the community, but if you're at RIH feel free to get your picture taken! 

 

 

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Rhonda Eden

Angela Hapke

Welcome to our new staff

We are pleased to welcome Rhonda Eden and Angela Hapke to the Division Team. Rhonda is joining us as a Project Lead, Community Engagement with a focus on community visioning for an optimal primary health care system.

Angela, of Novalla Consulting, is working with us as a consultant until August 2018 to help develop the FP Support Framework. Click the link below to read their full bios. 

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Are you on MBMD?

Are you on MBMD? 

MBMD usage is on the rise both in the community and at RIH. MBMD is a secure messaging app that supports communication with consultations by sharing data, instructions, photos, patient information, and more.  If you need assistance or training (large or small groups or individual), please call or email Shelley  250-372-1621. 

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GPSC Summit Summary

GPSC Summit Summary

On April 16-17 the General Practice Services Committee held its annual two-day provincial learning and knowledge exchange event in Vancouver. Dr. Chip Bantock, Past Chair, Dr. Peter Loland, Vice Chair, and Monique Walsh, Executive Director, attended to share the Thompson Region experience.

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Do the right amount of less!

Do the right amount of less! 

Use Pathways clinical resources to optimize the care you provide. Watch this new video from the Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice to learn more.

Contact Melanie Todd or call 250-372-1621 if you have any questions or want to sign up. 

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Interior Health Update

MRI Expansion Strategy Update

In March of 2018, the Ministry of Health announced increased MRI volume targets for IH. The 2018/19 target is 26,000 exams, with 29,000 proposed for 2019/20. 

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Child Health Report Overview

Child Health Report Overview

The Interior Health Child Health Report identifies strengths and vulnerabilities in child and youth health outcomes across all critical domains of child health and wellbeing. Findings from the report will be presented on June 25 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Ken Lepin Lecture Theatre in CSB.   

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Telephone Access to Provincial Specialist Services

Telephone Access to Provincial Specialist Services 

RACE Connect is based in the lower mainland, but you can utilize this service to access 16 provincial services for urgent advice on patient care within two hours. New additions include Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Perinatal Addictions, and Perinatal Psychiatry. You can access this service by calling 1-877-696-2131 toll free. 

Please continue to use MicroBlogging MD to access the advice of local specialists.    

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Interior Health Update

Diabetes Practice Lunch & Learn Webex Series

IH Diabetes Medical Lead, Dr. Richard Phillips, will be providing highlights and an overview of the newly released 2018 Diabetes Canada Clinical Practice Guidelines. Sessions will take place via Webex once per week at lunch.   

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Online survey

5 Minute Survey for a chance to win a $100 gift card

Family physicians who have provided any postpartum services to at least two patients in the past year are asked to participate in a short online survey on the approaches they use to treat breastfeeding mothers who have insufficient breast milk supply.

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Healthy By Nature

Health By Nature

Join the Canadian Association of the Physicians for the Environment and the BC Parks Foundation in kicking off the Healthy by Nature initiative, which promotes the health benefits of connecting to nature in our everyday lives. The official launch will be on July 21 with doctor-led walks in 100 parks across the province. 

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Thompson Region Division of Family Practice
209-310 Nicola St.  Kamloops, BC  V2C2P5
Phone: 250-372-1621   Fax: 250-372-1610
thompsonregion@divisionsbc.ca 
divisionsbc.ca/thompson-region