An important letter to NPs from the NP Council President
Hello,

I am writing to you regarding the MoH release of the contract process for the new Nurse Practitioner positions and the governance terms for PCNs. As you may recall in May of 2018, the Ministry of Health announced the creation of 200 new Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and 200 new Family Physician positions over the next three years as part of their plan to reform and improve primary health care service provision in BC.

NPs are key stakeholders with an important role in assisting with this transformation of primary health care delivery and your NP Council executive has been working closely with the MoH to include the NP perspective and voice in the new interdisciplinary team based collaborative model of care. We want NPs to be integrated into a successful supported and optimized practice environment.

The NP Council executive have partnered with the Nursing Practice Secretariat in the Clinical Integration, Regulation and Education Division, the Compensation Division and the Primary Care division at the MoH to ensure NPs in these new roles have all the clinical and operational supports required for success. We have engaged with the MOH on the key areas of recruitment, practice support, and the Provincial NP contract template.

Recruitment: HealthMatchBC launched a recruitment and marketing campaign to attain early expressions of interest from NP candidates for the initial 11 communities in the first phase of the implementation. The NP Council provided feedback and support in the recruitment processes. Moving forward, the MOH, HealthMatchBC, and the NP Council of NNPBC will continue to work together to ensure the successful integration of NPs over the next three years. The first wave of communities will be posting positions soon so we encourage any NP who may be interested to contact HealthMatchBC.

Practice Supports: The NP Council of NNPBC and the Provincial NP Advisory Network are engaged in discussions with the Nursing Practice Secretariat and other MOH stakeholders to clarify and identify the supports required for NPs to work successfully in this new practice environment. There will be further information provided on these practice supports when it becomes available. Please check the NNPBC NP Portal website for any upcoming events Provincial NP Contract Template: The NP Council provided feedback and guidance to the MOH regarding the contracts for these new positions. We are told the new contracts will be shared publicly this week. The NP Council is planning for webinar sessions in order to provide support to NPs who choose to embark on this new opportunity for clinical practice.

We encourage all NPs to be informed, stay involved, and to continue to provide leadership in health care which is a keystone of our practice. If you have any questions or comments please send them to speck@nnpbc.com.
Sincerely,

Sue Peck
President NP Council of NNPBC