February 24, 2020

Twenty-three divisions of family practices are collaborating with partners at the local, regional and provincial levels to develop primary care networks (PCNs) in communities across the province.

As of February 2020, 42 PCNs are in various stages of planning and implementation:

PCNs in implementation
Ten Collaborative Service Committees (CSCs) and 20 PCNs with approved funding allocations are now implementing their service plans:

  • Burnaby, Fraser Northwest, Ridge-Meadows, Prince George, Comox, South Okanagan-Similkameen, Kootenay-Boundary, Vancouver (Part 1), Richmond, and South Island

PCNs in Review / Approvals
Thirteen communities and 22 PCNs have service plans currently under review. Meetings between CSCs and GPSC have taken place with most of these communities:

  • Central-Interior Rural, East Kootenay, Central Okanagan, Oceanside, Cowichan, Vancouver (Part 2), North Shore, Chilliwack, White Rock South Surrey, Northern-Interior Rural, North Peace, Haida Gwaii, and Mission

An implementation meeting is being held on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Communities applying for PCNs
New Expressions of Interest from communities which have not yet begun the formal PCN planning process are being accepted. Communities are asked to work with their partners to assess whether they are ready to enter into the formal planning process prior to submitting their EOI. Approvals and funding will be issued as capacity allows through 2020 and 2021. This differs from the previous approach where approvals took place in “waves” and recognizes that work will happen at a different pace related to community dynamics and local, regional and provincial capacity to support this work. The new EOI template and information can be found on the PCN Toolkit website.