Nova Scotia Health Authority continuing efforts to establish collaborative family practice teams

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is inviting groups of family doctors and existing family practice teams to identify their interest in working with the health authority to add new team members to their practices.

This is a step toward adding even more health professionals such as nurse practitioners, family practice nurses, and other health professionals to strengthen family practices over the next several years.

“We have heard from many family physicians that they want to work in a team. We have also heard from Nova Scotians that they need improved access to primary care,” said Tricia Cochrane, NSHA’s vice-president of primary health care and population health. “There is strong evidence that a team approach supports a coordinated, comprehensive and accessible primary health care system.”

Earlier this year, NSHA added 23 nurse practitioners and family practice nurses to 14 different practices around the province.

“Our practice added two nurse practitioners and a family practice nurse earlier this year as a result of working together with NSHA,” said Dr. Robert Oliver of Woodlawn Medical Clinic. “We’ve been able to provide more comprehensive care for our practice, and have added about 1,000 new patients.”

Family practices are invited to complete an online expression of interest by Jan. 8, 2018. All applications will be reviewed in early January.

“We welcome expressions of interest from all communities,” said Dr. Rick Gibson, NSHA’s senior medical director of primary health care and department of family practice. “This is a multi-year process, and we are committed to working with everyone interested in working in a collaborative family practice team environment.”

A critical step in achieving NSHA’s vision of Healthy People, Healthy Communities – For Generations is for Nova Scotians to have access to a collaborative family practice team that serves as a health home for themselves and their family.

Adding new team members to work in a health home model strengthens the primary health care system in Nova Scotia, supports ongoing recruitment and retention efforts, and increases access to comprehensive primary care.

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