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These resources are available to all Northern Health physicians. These resources are safe, confidential, and cover a wide variety of topics.
The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a health and benefit service offered by Morneau Shepell which provides clinical counselling, work-health-life information, professional advice, online resources (videos, blogs, fact sheets, assessments, financial calculators, a community resource directory, online access to appointment scheduling, mobile device compatibility and monthly webinars) on topics such as:
Visit: Work Health Life (search Northern Health Authority)
Download the MY EAP App
or Call toll free: 1-844-880-9142
LifeSpeak is a total well-being platform that is 100% confidential and covers topics from mental health, financial well-being to marital relationships and eldercare.The resources available include: videos, audios, tip sheets and direct access to leading experts on topics such as:
LifeSpeak makes it easy for physicians and their families to access the support they need to overcome hurdles and accomplish goals, so you can keep your mind and bodies at work.
The purpose of the Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) is to support physicians in the provision of exceptional care to patients by identifying and connecting physicians with CME/CPD opportunities. The CME program also increases the availability of learning opportunities for physicians across the North.
The Rural Education Action Plan (REAP) provides educational funding to MD students, residents, rural locums and rural physicians. Please visit the REAP web page to see which programs are available.
Northern Health physicians can search for CME opportunities on the CME Event Calendar or can contact Heather Gummow, Continuing Medical Education Coordinator
The Dr. Charles Jago Awards recognizes individuals and teams that have made outstanding contributions to the achievement of organizational goals, reflecting NH’s values (empathy, respect, collaboration, and innovation) in the process. The deadline for nominations will be promoted to physicians each year and are typically in February.
To nominate someone for the Dr. Charles Jago award, or to access further information visit OurNH (please note: to access nomination link on OurNH, you must login using your Northern Health username and password).
The Canadian Medical Protective Agency has a goal of protecting the professional integrity of physicians and promoting safe medical care in Canada. CMPA can support physicians in managing stress and building resilience by offering articles and resources to support physician wellness and coping with the stress of medical practice.
CMPA members also have access to medical-legal assistance as well as a variety of education and event opportunities for physicians.
For more information contact, visit the Contact Us page on the CMPA website or call 1-800-267-6522.
The Physician Health Program is a confidential support program for anytime you need it. Call the 24-hour helpline for private, discreet assistance with what you and your family might be facing.
The program provides confidential help, referrals and counselling for physical and mental health issues, plus a wide variety of other concerns including:
For more information visit the Physician Health Program or call 1-800-663-6729
Through Doctors of BC benefits program, you will have access to confidential practice management support if and when you need it, along with a host of additional innovative system improvements.
Member benefits include:
For more information, visit the Benefits Page on the Doctor's of BC web page.
Each year, scholarships of up to $10,000 are available to practicing specialist physicians and general practitioners who wish to take leadership and quality improvement training courses and events. The funding is provided by the Specialist Services Committee (SSC) and Shared Care Committee (SCC), and covers travel and tuition costs.
How to Apply:
1. Complete the application form then submit to the Vice President of Medicine for endorsement and signature.
• Individual physician application form
• Groups physicians from the same health authority who are attending the same activity can download and complete a group application. Note: Custom courses designed for a specific group/purpose do not meet funding criteria.
2. The endorsed application is submitted to the Joint Collaborative Committees Leadership administration team for subcommittee approval.
Courses commonly approved are provided by Physician Leadership Institute (Joule), B.C. Patient Safety and Quality Council’s Clinician Quality Academy, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
For more information on leadership training and funding, please contact Jayleen Emery, Physician Quality Improvement Coordinator, or visit the leadership training scholarship page.
For information on Quality Improvement, please visit the Quality Improvement page on our Northern Health Physicians Website and contact your local Physician Quality Improvement Coach
Medical Staff Associations are meant to provide physicians (GP's and Specialists) a greater voice and influence within the health systems, and to enable physicians to directly engage with health leaders and lead change initiatives.
Contact info for a Prince George MSA:
UHNBC Physician Initiative Committee (UPIC)
Email Renata Chapman, Project Manager, Facility Engagement
What is Physician/Facility Engagement?
"It is a way to empower physicians to make things better. It helps to develop and strengthen relationships with administrators in general and hospital staff in particular." Quote by Dr. Paul Johar, Burnaby General Hospital.
Why do we need Physician Engagement?
Each Health Authority has committed through a Memorandum of Understanding to support greater engagement and collaboration to involve physicians in organizations change and improvement. Primary use of funds has been for meeting time to provide:
Local divisions undertake various initiatives, projects and programs to address specific areas of patient care, administration and physician support.
Division work on these initiatives helps to recruit new doctors, support specific patient populations and support doctors in practicing more efficiently.
To find the division in your area, see the community web page on the Divisions of Family Practice site.
For the Prince George Division of Family Practice, see their web page.
The Practice Support Program has successfully developed inventive and effective tools and techniques to enhance clinical and practice management and to support better delivery systems of patient care for GP's.
With its flexible delivery modules, the PSP provides Continuing Medical Education accredited training, support and education for physicians and their medical office assistants through: In-practice supports, learning modules, small group learning sessions, peer support networks and Electronic Medical Record Optimization.
For further information, visit the Practice Support Coaching page on the NH physician website or contact the coach in your community.
The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) provides system-wide leadership efforts designed to improve the quality of healthcare in BC. Through partnerships with health authorities, patients, and those working in the healthcare system, they promote and inform a provincially-coordinated, patient-centered approach to quality.
Some of the Council’s ongoing activities include:
A wide range of education information and resources are available, from downloadable resources to webinars and comprehensive professional development programs. You can also access tools and supports to drive and sustain improvements, improve culture and advance the patient voice.
For more detailed information, contact Shari McKeown, Director of Learning & Capability Development.
The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) Quality Forum is an annual conference featuring deep-dive sessions, presentations and interactive workshops on a variety of topics related to improving quality across the continuum of care. 1,200 people attend over three days. Presentation abstracts are to be submitted by September each year, and conference registration opens in November.
For more information, please visit the Quality Forum website.
The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) Quality Awards celebrate people and projects that have improved the quality of health care in BC. Winners are recognized in many ways, including being awarded a $2,500 sponsorship, receiving plaques in a ceremony at Health Talks, and attending the Quality Forum. Eight winners and eight runners-up are chosen. Applications are to be submitted by July each year.
For more information, please visit the Quality Awards page on the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council website.
The patient voices network is a community of patients, families and caregivers working with health care partners to improve the health care system. The inclusion of patient voices provides new perspectives and greater understanding for both patient and health care partners, leading to more informed decisions.
For more information, please visit the Patient Voices Network web page.
A 24/7 crisis prevention, intervention and information centre in Northern BC for anyone feeling overwhelmed, depressed, suicidal or needing someone to listen. Call on behalf of yourself or someone else.
Contact: 1-888-562-1214 or visit the Northern BC Crisis Prevention,Intervention and Information Centre.
If you are a physician who provides professional services to one of B.C.'s health service authorities, WorkSafeBC has established a streamlined process to determine whether or not you are required to register.
For further information, and to determine your status as a physician please visit the physician page on the WorkSafe BC site.
POP will pay health care, wage-loss, and rehabilitation benefits if you are injured at work. When you apply, you can choose the level of coverage you need.
For more information, please visit the POP web page.